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Shane Gould, born on this day, 23rd November, 1956.

Shane Gould, born on this day, 23rd November, 1956.

Australian swimmer and Olympic gold medalist

Australian of the Year 1972

Shane Gould was just 15 years old when she competed in the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. She won five individual medals: 3 gold, a silver and a bronze - the youngest athlete to win an Olympic gold medal for Australia and the first woman to win 3 gold medals at the one games in world record times. Shane Gould won 7 titles at the National championships in February 1973 and later that year retired from competitive swimming.

[Shane Gould’s autobiography ’Tumble turnsML 797.21092/3] State Library of New South Wales

Shane Gould’s diary which she wrote during the Munich Olympics is held at the State Library of New South Wales. See

Shane Gould - Papers MLMSS 7025 This collection includes Shane Gould’s two diaries covering the period Apr. 1971 - Sept. 1974, including the Munich Olympic Games.

Her diary records her efforts to cope with the gruelling training program, the strict diet, media engagements and drug testing, plus the emotions of extraordinary success and achievement.