Ivan ‘William’ Cameron (swimming) represented Australia at the 1930 Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada despite a storm of controversy over his selection. Born in New Zealand, Cameron moved to Sydney after playing high level rugby union in his home country and made waves in the swimming world when he set the Australian record in the 100-yard backstroke at the 1930 NSW Amateur Swimming Association champions. Cameron’s selection for the 1930 Games brought about objections from the Queensland Amateur Swimming Association, but the Australian Amateur Swimming Union ruled Cameron was eligible. He finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle events. Described as a physical specimen weighing 14 stone 9 pounds (92kg), Cameron was a talented boxer and was on track to represent Australia at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, but due to the financial strains of the Great Depression, the Australian team could not afford to send Cameron to the Games.
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