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Tiger Ryan

Noel Ryan (swimming) carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony of the 1934 British Empire Games in London. Nicknamed ‘Tiger’, Ryan won four gold medals in swimming events, two at each of the 1930 Hamilton and 1934 London Games. Along with ‘Bobby’ Pearce (rowing), Ryan won Australia’s first Games medals in Hamilton, where he was successful in the 440 yards and 1500 yards freestyle events. Ryan would then go on to defend these titles four years later in London. Competing in Sydney in 1938, Ryan won a bronze as a member of the 4×220 freestyle relay team, becoming the first Australian to compete in three Games and win medals in three successive Games. ‘Tiger’ also swam at the 1932 Olympic Games and won 16 Australian titles. A significant figure in surf life saving with the Manly club, Ryan unfortunately died doing what he loved, collapsing after a race at the Manly pool in 1969. Noel Ryan was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1988.

Sport / Discipline

Swimming

Birth state

NSW

Date of Birth

10/12/1911

Date of Death

23/11/1969

Hamilton, 1930

London, 1934

Sydney, 1938

Results History

GAMES SPORT / DISCIPLINE EVENT / PHASE OPPONENT PERFORMANCE RESULT MEDAL

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