Vale George Corones


George Corones, an honourary member of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games team, passed away last week aged 101.

Born on 6 April 1918, George captured hearts when at 99 he set a new world record for the long course 50m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games swimming trials. His time of 56.12 ‘shaved’ 35 seconds off the previous record.

The inspiring performance moved Gold Coast Chef de Mission Steve Moneghetti to name George as an honourary member of the Australian team for the Games.



“It was hard not to notice George’s amazing effort in the pool on the Gold Coast a few weeks ago. It was everything we like to see from an Australian athlete – inspirational and courageous. I’m pleased to welcome George on to the team as our honorary 474th athlete for Gold Coast 2018,” Mona said at the time.

Having attended the 1938 Empire Games in Sydney as a 19-year-old, the Gold Coast Games capped an 80-year passion for supporting Australia.

George later became the first 100+ athlete to break one minute for the short course 50m freestyle. Bursting from the blocks, George powered off the wall at the turn to stop the clock at 55.75, smashing the previous world record of 1:16.92.

The Queenslander had a passion for the pool, and returned to competitive swimming in his 80’s.  He remains the short course world record holder for the 50m and 100m freestyle in the 94-99 and 100-104 age categories.

Corones’ granddaughter, Jess, who works at Swimming Australia as Performance Solutions Manager, said her grandfather lived a wonderful and fulfilling life.

“While we as a family are incredibly saddened by his passing, we know he lived an extraordinary life and brought joy to all those around him,” she said.

“We are so proud of his achievements and what he accomplished during his time both in and out of the water and we’ll always treasure those memories.”

Corones was laid to rest on the weekend in a service that was streamed to family and friends.

Rest in peace George.


  • Gold Coast Games legacy continues with Ron Clarke Griffith Futures Scholarship

    In honouring the memory of Ron Clarke AO MBE, Commonwealth Games Australia and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games partner Griffith University have combined to introduce the scholarship which is designed to support two young indigenous student athletes to study at Griffith University, commencing in 2021.

  • Vale Joy Forster

    Commonwealth Games Australia mourns the passing of Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist Joy Forster at age 70.

  • 2022 Poised to be a “bumper year of sport”

    Australian Commonwealth Games team chef de mission Petria Thomas believes 2022 will provide an unprecedented opportunity for Australian athletes and their sports to shine on the world stage and in the eyes of the Australian public.

  • Investing in our sports and athletes

    Commonwealth Games Australia’s funding programs continue to support Australia’s best young and developing athletes as they compete across the world in our partner sports, read some of the highlights from the past year of action.