Dawn Fraser is an Australian icon and one of our greatest swimming champions, winning eight Olympic and eight Commonwealth medals. In October 1962 she became the first woman to swim the 100 metres in less than a minute, a record that stood for eight years after her retirement.
She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1998 for service to the community as a sports consultant and administrator,through organisations for people with disabilities, and to the environment. In 2000 she was a truly fitting choice as an Olympic torchbearer at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Games.
She is a remarkable speaker and remains one of Australia's best-loved identities.