Vale Evelyn Dill-Macky AM


Commonwealth Games Australia mourns the passing of swimming ground-breaker Evelyn Dill-Macky AM.

Described by Ian Hanson in an obituary for Swimming World Magazine as “Australia’s First Leading Lady of swimming”.

Dill-Macky AM is being remembered today as a sporting trailblazer and as a “second Mum to many” after passing away peacefully in Sydney last week at 94.

The popular Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games swimming assistant team manager and three-time Olympic swim team manageress was affectionately known around Australian pool decks and in the boardrooms as “Mrs D.”

In 1992, Dill-Macky created history when she became Swimming Australia’s first female president.

It was a highly successful period for Swimming Australia, in and out of the pool, led by Dill-Macky and the sports first female executive director Vena Murray.

Elected as the first female Life Member of Swimming Australia in 1997, Dill-Macky was also awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for services to swimming as an Olympic team administrator and as president of Swimming Australia.

The complete tribute to Evelyn Dill-Macky by long-serving Swimming Australia and Commonwealth Games Australia Team media officer/manager Ian Hanson can be read here:



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