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Hall of Legends
The 3rd inductee to earn this status is Kingsley Bugarin who competed at five Paralympic Games and won five Paralympic Gold medals throughout his career. Kingsley still holds the World Record for the S12 200m Breaststroke, 23 years after having achieved it.
New to the 2018 Westpac Swimmer of the Year Awards ceremony was the Swimming WA Hall of Legends.
This new category recognises outstanding swimming performances at an international level. Their performances are deemed to have inspired the nation and to have established the name of the athlete, their State and their country on the world stage.
The first inductee to the Swimming WA Hall of Legends was Elizabeth Edmondson, who won WA’s first swimming gold medal at Tokyo Olympics in 1964 for multi-class freestyle.
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The second inductee into the Swimming Hall of Legends was Lyn McKenzie nee McClements who won a gold medal in 100m Butterfly at Mexico 1968 Olympics.
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Hall of Fame
Ms Dianne Saunders
34-year-old Saunders is a 2004 Paralympian (Athens) competing in the SB7 100m Breaststroke, finishing 4th. Saunder’s highest world ranking was 2nd. Since retiring from competitive swimming, Saunders has remained an active Member of the Superfins Swimming Club and competes at a Masters State and National level.
35 year old Travis is a two time Olympian (Athens and Beijing) competing in the 400m IM and 200m butterfly. Since retiring from competitive swimming he owns his own personal training business, is head coach at Tuart Hill Swimming Club and has been valued member of the Swimming WA Board since 2016.
A school teacher by profession, George has been coaching both able-bodied and Multi-Class swimmers since 1976. During his illustrious career, he produced athletes who enjoyed international and national success. George’s love of coaching in the Western Australian MultiClass arena saw him develop swimmers of all abilities and produce athletes who achieved international success over the last 40 years. He was a Coach within the Australian Team in the 1984 Paralympic Games in New York, USA and Head Coach for the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. George is still coaching today at the Thornlie Swimming Club.
Eamon was the youngest male in the 2008 Athens Australian Olympic Team and improved his personal best in the heat time that gained him a spot in the final of the 4x100m Freestyle. From a Relay swimmer to the “leading man” Eamon swam his way to the top of Australian sprinting before conquering the world and becoming the World Record holder in the 50m and 100m Freestyle in early 2008. At his second Olympics in Beijing in 2008, Eamon twice broke the 100m World Record.
Eamon continued his strong swimming form in 2012, qualifying for the London Olympics and swimming in the finals of both the 4x100m Freestyle and the 50m Freestyle.
Sandra Yaxley OAM
Sandra competed at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics where she won a gold medal in the Women's 100m Freestyle C6 and silver in the Women's 50m Backstroke C6. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics she won a gold medal in the Women's 4x50m Freesyle S1-6 and a bronze medal in the Women's 100m Freestyle S6 after breaking the world record in her heat and then again in the final along wth the other medallists. Sandra retired from swimming after the 1992 Paralympics but continued to be involved as a coach, working with both disabled and able-bodied swimmers. In 2000 she was awarded an Australian Sports Medal for her services to the sport.
Dual Olympian Jennifer Reilly has worked tirelessly for the sport of swimming. In recent years she has served on the board for Swimming WA. Originally from Victoria Park Swimming Club under the guidance of Roger Bruce, Jen represented Australia at 3 Commonwealth Games, winning 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals, including her first medal as a 15 year old in the 400 IM, the event she won 8 times at the Australian National Championships. Arguably her best event, Jen’s time in the 400m IM is the 3rd fastest time swum by an Australian female, and remains the WA All Time Open record
Member of the 2004 Australian Olympic Team, Adam remains a well respected swimmer amongst the WA community. Competing for West Coast and training under Grant Stoelwinder, Adam’s time for the 200IM remains the 10th fastest time swum by an Australian male and the 3rd fastest by a WA swimmer. Adam’s record for the 400IM set in 2005, remains the WA All Time Short Course Record. Adam also holds the WA Residential long course record in the 400IM, along with the Residential records for both the short and long course 200IM. Adam’s family continue their involvement in the sport of swimming with his father Ron serving on the board for Swimming WA.
Lara made her international debut as a member of the 2004 Australian Olympic Team. She made the finals in the 200IM, claiming bronze in the same event at the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Competing for Fremantle Port Swimming Club under Simon Redmond, Lara’s times in the 200IM and 400IM remain as the 7th fastest all time swum by an Australian female. Lara has previously been named as the WA Swimmer of the Year, Open Water Swimmer of the Year and Age Swimmer of the Year. Lara was the only person to have beaten Jen Reilly in the 400IM in 9 years at the Australian National Championships. Lara holds the WA All Time records for the 200IM for both short and long course, as well as the 400IM short course record.
Alf has been a member of Swimming WA’s Technical Committee for 18 years. Alf was the first WA Country Referee to ref an Australian Swim meet, and is currently the only Country Referee to achieve FINA accreditation. Some of Alfs greatest achievements have been refereeing at two World Championships, the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the Beijing Olympics. Alf also has a passion for football, having played over 300 A grade football games in the Mortlock Football league. When he is not tied up with his swimming commitments, Alf enjoys fishing and running his new business with his wife.
Frederick de Lacy
Along with his wife, Winafred, Fred de Lacy OAM, AM, began teaching swimming in the Swan River. As their enrollments grew, the school moved to the 25m pool on their property. After the formation of Central Aquatic Swimming and the Life Saving Club in 1993, the DeLacys trained at Chisolm Catholic College. Later the training moved to Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre where the club still trains. The club has produced many notable swimmers including 2 time Olympian, Sally Hunter, 2 time Para Olympian Sandra Yaxley and Megan Grant, Para Olympian.
Phil Jose made a significant contribution to the coaching of swimmers with disabilities. He was involved in the establishment of the WA Cerebral Palsy Sport and Recreation Association in 1985, and went on to become a team coach at world titles in Assen in 1990 and the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. He was a central figure in the formation of the club which became Superfins WA and was its coach for over 15 years.
Victoria Park SC Life Member Lesley Arrowsmith is one of Western Australian swimming's most recognised faces having severed as a Technical Official across four decades including officiating at the 1992 and 1998 World Championships, 2000 Paralympics, 2004 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games. In addition to these achievements, Lesley has demonstrated her commitment to swimming by being a mentor to many new Officials. This sharing of knowledge, experience and skills is so valuable to our sport to ensure Swimming WA maintains the highest standards of officiating at all levels, and secures the numbers of Technical Officials required to officiate at the many Meets held each year.
For Peter Lawless, like many dedicated volunteers in the sport, his pathway through the ranks of swimming began as a parent and spectator. Mr Lawless' long spanning contribution to the education and advancement of the Sport of Swimming in WA included sitting on the Technical Education and Officials Committee for 16-years. Lawless, who was inducted in the Swimming WA Hall of Fame in 2011, has achieved lofty heights in the world of Swimming including officiating at the Commonwealth Games and FINA World Championships. His contribution to the evolution of Swimming in WA left and indelible mark and earned him SWA Life Membership in 2014.
After achieving both Australian and FINA accredited referee status, Peter has since gone on to officiate at Olympic Games, Para Olympic Games and Pan Pacific Championships. He has kept interest in local sporting clubs and has become life member of Maddington Football and Sportsman Club.
Belinda Woosley (nee Foley)
Belinda represented Australia at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in the 100m Backstroke. From 1978-1979 she was a member of the Melville Marlins swim club and also served as their captain. During her career, she held six state records.
Jonathan Van Hazel
Jonathan Van Hazel competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics Men’s 4x100 Relay after training at City of Perth Comets Swim Club under Bernie Mulroy. Along with Ashley Callus, Eamon Sullivan and Todd Pearson the team made it to the Olympic finals where they finished sixth.
Some or Deane's many career highlights include representing Australia at the 1991 FINA World Championships, 1991 Canada Pan Pacific Games, 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and 1993 Kobe, Japan Pan Pacific Games taking out silver in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay.
Deane is also a former World Life Saving champion (1990) and won eight Australian Surf Life Saving Titles between 1990 and 1993
Jacqui hit the international swimming circuit at the 1991 Pan Pacific Games Edmonton, Canada taking out Bronze in the 200m Individual Medley. Jacqui also competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, 1993 FINA World Swimming Championships in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. Jacqui still holds the Residential LC 12yrs 200m IM record set on 5th January 1986.
Kevin's passion for swimming started in 1963 when he joined West Perth Amateur Swimming Club. After 20 years of service, Kevin retired in 2008 from all technical and administrative involvement with Open Water Swimming for SAL and Swimming WA.
Lorraine McCoulough-Fry (nee Dodd)
Lorraine was an Australian Paralympic Swimmer, athlete and table tennis player. She also competed in the 1962 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in Perth where she won seven gold and two silver medals.
At the 1966 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games she won six gold medals and at the 1968 Tel Aviv Games she won three gold medals and broke world records in the Women’s 25m Backstroke Class II and the Women’s 25m Breaststroke Class II.
Tracey is a triple Paralympian who has an abundance of medals to show for it. Tracey took out two gold and two silver at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games, two gold and a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and two silver and one bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. Between all these medals Tracey was also crowned West Australian Youth of the Year in 1993.
Representing WA, Christine competed at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games in the 200m Breaststroke.
Fiona took home a Silver Medal when she competed in the 4x100m Medley Relay at the 1989 Tokyo Pan Pacific Games. Fiona also made her way to the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games where she competed in the Women's 100m Butterfly and the Women's 4x100m Medley Relay. Click here: http://bit.ly/fionalessandri to learn more about Fiona and her association with Swimming WA
Grant has been selected as an Australian Team Coach on numerous occasions including the: 2005 FINA World Championships, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 2006 Athens Olympic Games, World Championship, 2006 Vancouver Pan Pacific Championships and the 2007 FINA World Championships.
Simon coached at Fremantle Swimming Club for 15 years before becoming the Australian Team Coach at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Redmond has also coached with WAIS and several other high performance programs internationally.
Roger has been selected as an Australian Team Coach on numerous occasions including the: 2001 FINA World Championships, 2002 Yokohama Pan Pacific Championships, 2004 Athens Olympic Games, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the 2007 FINA World Championships.
Bernie has been selected as an Australian Team Coach on numerous occasions including the 1991 and 1999 Pan Pacific Games and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games. During his career Bernie coaches many successful Olympians including Neil Brooks, Julia Greville and Travis Nederpelt.
Gerry excelled to become an Australian Team Coach at the 1985 & 1989 Tokyo Pan Pacific Championships, the 1987 Brisbane Pan Pacific Championships and the 1991 FINA World LC Championships
Lester and his wife Jan established the Watkins Southside Swimming School in 1993. After regularly sending swimmers to the national championships, Watkins excelled to become an Australian Team Coach at the 1991 Edmonton Pan Pacific Championships.
Kevin started his own swimming club, East Fremantle Swimming Club before going on to coach for City of Perth Swimming Club.
Anthony Matkovich gained a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in 2000. At the world Championships in 2001 he won a gold medal for the 4x200m Freestyle. He then went on to represent Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where he won silver as a part of the Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay.
Todd stormed onto the international circuit at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as a member of the gold medal 800m freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams. With two Olympic Gold Medals under his belt, Todd continued his swimming career at the 2001 and 2002 world swimming championships. He was selected as a member of the Athens Olympic Swimming Squad, where he won a silver medal as part of the 800m freestyle relay.
Bill hit the international swimming circuit at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998, finishing with a silver medal in the 200m butterfly. Kirby went on to swim as part of the Gold Medal 800m freestyle relay team at the 1999 Pan Pacific Games, the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2001 Fukuoka World Championships. During his career Bill was involved in six long and short course World Records.
Julia represented Australia at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics winning bronze as part of the 800m freestyle relay and at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games winning gold in the 800m freestyle relay where her team also set a Commonwealth Record. At the 1998 Fina World Championships, here in Perth, Greville won two bronze medals
Rachel Harris' first major international competition was the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, where she won gold in the 800m freestyle. Rachel also competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Helen competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where she won a silver medal swimming the breaststroke leg of the 4x100m Medley Relay team. Two years later she won an individual silver medal in the 100m Breastroke at the 1998 World Aquatics Championships. Later that year at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, she claimed gold in the 4x100m Medley Relay.
Born with cerebral palsy, Priya began her swimming as a form of therapy. She was encouraged to compete in the 1991 National Wheelchair Games, where she won 9 gold medals. Priya then focused her sights higher winning 2 Gold and 2 silver at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games, and 5 Gold at the 1994 Malta World Championships. In addition, Priya has represented WA at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games, winning numerous medals in both events. In addition, Priya broke numerous world records throughout her career.
Shelley has represented WA in numerous marathon swims. In 1991 she was the World Race Record holder for both men and women in marathon swimming. Taylor-Smith is the holder of 15 World Race records and two records in the Guinness Book of Records for marathon swimming.
Ian Brown represented Australia at two Olympic Games in the 400m Freestyle event. He made his Olympic debut in Seoul 1988 where he placed 13th. His best result was four years later in the Barcelona Olympics where he placed 5th.
Nicole Redford completed for Australia in the 1990 Commonwealth Games where she won a bronze medal for the 200m Butterfly behind fellow Australian, Hayley Lewis. She also competed in the 1991 World Championships where she and her teammates placed fourth in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle.
Kingsley represented WA at five Paralympic Games, from the 1984 New York Paralympic Games to the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. During his career, Kingsley won an astonishing medal haul of 5 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 Bronze paralympic medals.
Tom is a triple Olympian who represented WA at the 1984 Los Angeles, 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Stachewicz also represented Australia at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games taking home bronze in the 800m freestyle relay. At the 1990 Commonwealth Games, he walked away with four medals.
Sarah Thorpe first emerged onto the swimming scene in 1985 winning bronze in the first Pan Pacific Games. In 1986 Sarah went on to compete at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games, winning a gold medal in the 800m freestyle relay and bronze in the 400m freestyle relay teams.
Barry Armstrong was a member of the Australian team that competed at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, taking home bronze as a team member of the 400m medley relay team.
Neil first represented Australia at the 1979 FINA Cup in Tokyo, before moving on to the 1980 Moscow Olympics at the age of 17, taking Gold in the 400m Medley Relay Team. Brooks took home 4 medals at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwelath Games, and won silver and bronze medals again in the relay events at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Peter is one of Australia's greatest swimmers. He was the only male swimmer in the world to win an individual medal and relay medal at both the 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Peter also represented his country at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games
John first attracted international attention at the 1973 Long Course World Championships, as part of the silver medal winning 800m freestyle relay team. John continued his form at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth games, winning Gold in the 400m freestyle and 800m freestyle relay.
Ross represented Australia at the 1974 Commonwealth Games, winning silver as part of the 400m freestyle relay team.
Lyn McKenzie nee McClements
Lyn was the first Australian women to win a gold medal for an Olympic butterfly event, which she did in the 100m butterfly at the 1968 Mexico City Games- setting a games record.
Lyn McClements swam butterfly for Australia throughout the 1960s and 70s. Her greatest achievement was winning a gold medal in the 100m Butterfly at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. In the same Olympics she teamed with Lynne Watson, Judy Playfair and Janet Stienbeck to claim silver in the 4x100m Medley Relay behind the US team.
John was a member of the Australian team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, where he won a bronze medal as a part of the 4x100m Freestyle Relay team. In 1966 John represented Australia at the Jamaica Commonwealth Games, where he was a member of the gold medal winning and world record breaking 400m Medley Relay team.
Elizabeth first broke onto the international swimming scene when she was only 14, winning three gold medals and breaking three world records at the 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Elizabeth also took home two gold medals, and again broke the respective world records, at the 1968 Israel Paralympic Games.
David represented Australia at the 1960 Rome Olympics winning Bronze as part of the 800m freestyle relay. He took home two bronze medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in the 440yard freestyle and medley relay teams. Dickson also competed and medalled at both the 1962 Perth and 1966 Jamaica Commonwealth Games.
Kevin O'Halloran was WA's first swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal, which he did at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics as a part of the world record breaking 800m Freestyle Relay team. Earlier in the games, O'Halloran narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the 400m freestyle by 0.4 seconds.
Sir Garrick Agnew
Sir Garrick Agnew was a dual Olympian who represented Australia in the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games. Agnew took home a silver medal in the 1950 Commonwealth Games, as part of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay team.
Evelyn de Lacey
When Evelyn was only 16 she set a WA record in the 100m Freestyle at Crawley Baths. She went on to represent Australia in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and won gold at the 1938 Empire Games in the 100m Freestyle.
Following her successful swimming career, her and her husband Fred de Lacy ran a swim school in Perth.
Dorothy was a successful 1938 Empire Games swimmer, winning gold in the 440 yards freestyle and Silver in the 330 yards freestyle relay.
Ernest represented Australia at the 1938 Empire Games, where he won a bronze medal as a member of the 3x100m freestyle relay, alongside team mate Percy Oliver.
Percy dominated the Australian Championships in backstroke and freestyle between 1934 and 1940. Percy represented Australia at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Two years later, Oliver competed at the 1938 Empire Games, where he won gold for the 110 yards backstroke. At the same games, he also won bronze in the 330 yards medley relay team.