Vale Shirley

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

In 2004, we lost one of the great­est ath­letes Aus­tralia had ever seen. Shirley Strick­land de la Hunty was pos­si­bly awarded more Olympic medals than any other Aus­tralian in run­ning sports. Shirley com­peted in the 1948 Lon­don Olympics, the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and the 1956 Mel­bourne Olympic games. Shirley won three gold medals, one sil­ver and three bronze medals in her Olympic ca­reer. And medals ga­lore at the 1950 Auck­land Bri­tish Em­pire Games (equiv­a­lent to the Com­mon­wealth Games), snag­ging her­self three gold and two sil­vers. Shirley passed away in Fe­bru­ary 2004 and was hon­oured with a state fu­neral.

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