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Evelyn de Lacy

Evelyn de Lacy (swimming) was a gold medal winning swimmer at the Sydney 1938 British Empire Games. As a 16-year-old, de Lacy set a Western Australian state record in the 100-yard freestyle putting her on the national map. Hailing from Maylands, a suburb of Perth, a community fund was established to help raise funds to send de Lacy to Adelaide for the Australian championships in 1936, where she qualified for the Olympic team where she competed in the 100m and 400m freestyle events. de Lacy went on to compete at the Sydney 1938 Games as a 20-year-old and despite battling a back injury on the day of the final, de Lacy won gold in the 110-yard freestyle final. She added a silver medal as part of the 4×110-yard freestyle relay team and bronze in the 3×110-yard medley relay team to complete a set of medals. Following the Games and after the years of intensive training which came with competing at elite international events, de Lacy decided to retire from swimming at 20-years-old and decided she would only swim in the future just for fun. She returned to elite swimming in 1940, now a 22-year-old, but never represent Australia at the Games again. She passed away in 2004, aged 86. de Lacy’s grandniece is two-time Commonwealth Games medallist Sally Hunter.

Sport / Discipline

Swimming

Birth Place

Maylands

Birth state

WA

Date of Birth

21/11/1917

Date of Death

27/06/2004

Sydney, 1938

Results History

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