Lorraine Thurlow (Crapp) AM (swimming) competed in two Commonwealth Games picking up six medals including two gold at the 1954 Vancouver Games in the 110 and 440 yards freestyle events and 4×110 yard relay gold at the Cardiff 1958 Games. A two-time Olympic gold medallist from the Melbourne 1956 Olympics in the 400m freestyle and 4x100m relay freestyle events. Thurlow added Olympic silver in the 100m freestyle in Melbourne and in the 4x100m freestyle four years later in Rome. From a golden era in Australian history, Crapp earned a place in the record books as the first woman to break the five-minute barrier in the 400 m freestyle. During her career she set twenty-three world records and won nine Australian championship titles. In 1972, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and in 1986 into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. On 8 June 1998, she was named as Member of the Order of Australia. Thurlow was one of the eight flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.
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