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12 October 2012
26/2012
Commemorative Issue

Sporting Legends

Australia
This stamp issue is part of the Australia Post Australian Legends program. Created in partnership with the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Sporting Legends issue honours an exceptional Australian athlete who has made a significant contribution to our sporting culture.

Since its founding in 1985, the Sport Australia Hall of Fame has inducted more than 500 individuals, each year elevating one Member to Legend. In 2012, Susie O’Neill OAM, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, joins a group of 33 elite athletes in being named a Sport Australia Hall of Fame Legend.

Susie’s international swimming career was launched at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, where at just 16 she scooped both gold and silver in the pool. It was here that Susie set the tone for her future, for she was to return from every international event in which she competed as a decorated athlete. At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur her stellar performance resulted in eight medals, six of which were gold - setting a record for gold at a single Commonwealth Games.

The 1992 Olympic Games were the first at which Susie competed. Her performance in Barcelona earned her a bronze medal in the 200-metres butterfly. Dubbed “Madame Butterfly” in Atlanta four years later, she took gold in this event. She also won silver in the 4 x 100-metres medley relay and bronze in the 4 x 200-metres freestyle relay.

At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, she took her total Olympic medal count to eight, securing one gold medal for the 200-metres freestyle and three silver medals for the 200-metres butterfly, the 4 x 100-metres medley relay and the 4 x 200-metres freestyle relay. This made her the first Australian woman to win gold in the pool in successive Olympics since Dawn Fraser. But it was at the trials for Sydney that this remarkable swimmer etched her name in sporting history, breaking the world record in the women’s 200-metres butterfly, which was set by the USA’s Mary T Meagher 19 years earlier.

Besides Susie’s many medal triumphs in the pool, her contribution to Australian sport has been recognised through a range of honours. These include being named Female Olympian of the Year and attaining the AAF World Trophy in 1996; receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1997; being appointed to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in 2000, from which she stepped down in 2005; being inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2002; and becoming an honoree in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2006.

Susie O’Neill  

Susie O’Neill

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games  

Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Sporting Legends

Technical Information

Issue date: 12 October 2012
FDI withdrawal date: 9 November 2012
Denomination: 2 x 60c
Stamp and product design: Jo Murι, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: McKellar Renown
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp (sheetlet) size: 26mm x 37.5mm (156mm x 101mm)
Perforations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout: Sheetlet of 10 (checkerboard)
National postmark: East Melbourne, Vic 3002
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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