Pam Kilborn-Ryan AM MBE
Pam Kilborn-Ryan (athletics) won a total of six gold medals over three editions of the Commonwealth Games and was the opening ceremony flag bearer in 1970 in Edinburgh, the first time a women had been honoured with the role. A former sprint hurdler who set multiple world records, for three years Kilborn was ranked as the world’s top woman hurdler. After winning gold medals in the 80m hurdles and the long jump in Perth in 1962 in her Games debut, Kilborn defended the hurdles title in 1966 in Kingston and was part of the gold medal winning 4×110 yards relay team. In 1970 in Edinburgh, Kilborn won her third successive hurdles title, the first time the feat occurred at the Games, this time over 100m, and was again a member of the winning 4x100m relay team. Also an Olympic sprinter, long jumper and pentathlete – Kilborn won a total of 17 individual national titles between 1962 and 1972. Kilborn bronze in the 80m hurdles at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo and then silver four years later in Mexico City cementing her place as of Australia’s greatest athletes. Kilborn is a member of both the Sport Australia and Athletics Australia Halls of Fame.
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