Vale Australia’s Golden Girl Betty Cuthbert AM MBE

Vale Australia’s Golden Girl Betty Cuthbert AM MBE

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Vale Betty Cuthbert AM MBE

Victor P Taffa

Betty Cuthbert known as Australia’s ‘Golden Girl’ has died aged 79 years.

Ironically, Betty Cuthbert was born in the year of the Sydney 1938 Empire/Commonwealth Games was very much a Sydney Girl who brought Australia home 3 gold medals and then carried the Olympic flame into the main stadium at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Today we reflect on the extraordinary life of Betty Cuthbert who has died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Betty was born in Merrylands in 1938 and attended Ermington Public School and Macarthur Girls High School.

At the age of 18, the young woman from Western Sydney became an Olympic super star with 3 gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Australia’s golden girl set an extraordinary nine world records during her sporting career and added a fourth Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games in 1964.

Betty retired after Tokyo, but returned to the Olympic arena as a torchbearer at the opening ceremony in 2000 for the Sydney Games.

Accompanied by Raelene Boyle she carried the Olympic flame into the main stadium a defining moment in what was a remarkable time in Sydney’s history.

She was awarded an MBE in 1965 for services to athletics in New South Wales and in 1984 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to sport and the community.

Betty’s legacy will live on in her home suburb of Ermington where her original family home is heritage listed and the main shopping street is named in her honour.

We remember Betty Cuthbert for her incredible achievements and being a pioneer for women in sport, as well as her advocacy for multiple sclerosis funding and research.

Betty Cuthbert AM MBE 20 April 1938-6 August 2017

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

 

 

 

 

 

Betty Cuthbert AM MBE Sporting Record

Olympic Games

Medal             Games                       Event

Gold                1956 Melbourne          100 Metres

Gold                1956 Melbourne          200 Metres

Gold                1956 Melbourne          4×100 m relay

Gold                1964 Tokyo                 400 Metres

Commonwealth Games

Gold                1962 Perth                   4×110 yards relay

Silver               1958 Cardiff               220 yards

Silver               1958 Cardiff               4×110 yards relay

Personal Bests (PB)

Personal Bests Outdoor

Event              Time   Wind               City                 Date

60 Metres        7.2                               Sydney            27 February 1960

100 Yards       10.4                             Sydney            1 March 1958

100 Metres      11.4                             Melbourne       24 November 1956

200 Metres      23.2                             Sydney            16 September 1956

220 Yards       23.2                             Hobart             7 March 1960

400 Metres      52.01                           Tokyo              17 October 1964

440 Yards       53.3                             Brisbane          23 March 1963

World Records

Individual

Manual and electronic timing

60 Metres        7.2       0.6+                 Sydney, New South Wales     27 February 1960

100 Yards       10.4     0.0                   Sydney, New South Wales     1 March 1958

220 Yards       23.6     Under 2.0        Perth, Western Australia         18 January 1958

220 Yards       23.5     1.2+                 Sydney, New South Wales     8 March 1958

220 Yards       23.2     Under 2.0        Hobart, Tasmania                    7 March 1960

200 Metres      23.2     No wind          Sydney, New South Wales     16 September 1956

440 Yards       55.6     –                       Sydney, New South Wales     17 January 1959

440 Yards       54.3     –                       Sydney, New South Wales     21 March 1959

440 Yards       53.5     –                       Melbourne, Victoria                11 March 1963

440 Yards       53.3     –                       Brisbane, Queensland             23 March 1963

400 Metres      52.01   –                       Tokyo, Japan                           17 October 1964

Team

Manual and electronic timing

Event              Time   Wind               City                 Date    Other Team Members

4×100 Metres  44.9     –           Melbourne, Victoria                1 December 1956 Shirley Strickland, Norma Croker, Fleur Mellor

4×100 Metres  44.5     –           Melbourne, Victoria                1 December 1956 Shirley Strickland, Norma Croker, Fleur Mellor

4×110 Yards   45.6     –           Sydney, New South Wales     5 December 1956 Shirley Strickland, Norma Croker, Fleur Mellor

4×220 Yards   1.36.3  –           Sydney, New South Wales     5 December 1956 Marlene Matthews, Norma Croker, Fleur Mellor