1972 Australian of the Year Olympic Swimmer
DOB: 1 / Jan / 1956
From: New South Wales
Shane Gould MBE, takes her place in Australia’s sporting heritage as one of the worlds greatest female swimmers. She swam at the Munich 1972 Olympics, and is still the only woman ever to win 5 individual medals, (3 gold, all in world record times, plus 1silver and 1 bronze medal.) From 1971 to 1973 she broke 11 world records in 6 different events. In 1972 she held all Freestyle World Records from 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 200 IM which to date, is unmatched. Shane received the highest of Olympic honours in 1998, the Olympic Order.An advocate of lifelong learning, Shane completed a Masters of Environmental Management at University of Tasmania in 2010. She did a major assignment on Sustainable Consumption of Mega Events and a thesis on the Social uses of Public outdoor swimming pools. Not content with that, she completed a Masters of Contemporary Art at the UTAS Academy of Arts Launceston in 2012. Shane is on the ambassador for Ocean Planet and is on the board of directors of the Devil Island Project and Against Malaria Foundation. She is ambassador for Ocean Planet, working toward more marine protected areas in Tasmania.