Jean Coleman (athletics) is a three-time medallist after representing Australia at the Sydney 1938 British Empire Games. Hailing from Boggabri in northern New South Wales, Coleman partnered with Decima Norman and Eileen Wearne to win gold in the women’s 660-yard relay event, before joining Norman, Joan Woodland and Thelma Peake to win gold in the women’s 4×220-yard event. In the individual 220-yard event, Coleman pushed Norman right to the finishing line to finish narrowly behind her teammates and claim the silver medal. Sadly due to the outbreak of World War II interrupting world sport, Coleman who was only 19-years-old at the time of the Sydney Games, didn’t get to continue to compete on the international stage. The two-time gold medallist passed away in 2008, aged 90 years old.
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