Gary Chapman (swimming) was a four-time gold medallist after competing for Australia at the Vancouver 1954 and Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. After breaking through at the national level as a 14-year-old winning the 440-yard freestyle event at the 1952 Australian Championships, Chapman went on to win the 440-yard freestyle at the Vancouver 1954 Games at just 16-years-old. He added a bronze in the 1650-yard freestyle event and joined David Hawkins, John Henricks and Rex Aubrey to win gold in the 4×220-yard freestyle relay. After the rise of Murray Rose, Chapman turned his attention to shorter distances, resulting in Chapman winning bronze at the Melbourne 1956 Olympics in the 100m freestyle behind Australian teammates Henricks and John Devitt. At the Cardiff 1958 Games, Devitt again narrowly upset Chapman, leaving him with silver in the 110-yard freestyle before winning two gold medals as part of the 4×220-yard freestyle and 4×110-yard medley relay teams. Chapman retired from swimming the following year. A passionate fisherman, in September 1978, Chapman and a friend headed out on a fishing trip but sadly their boat capsized south of Sydney, their bodies were never recovered, tragically Gary Chapman was only 40-years-old.
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