Par­lia­ment’s salute to ‘ Golden Girl’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE na­tion’s lead­ers have taken a few mo­ments to re­call a run­ning race from 60 years ago in pay­ing trib­ute to the ath­lete dubbed Aus­tralia’s ‘ Golden Girl’. Betty Cuth­bert won tributes from Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull and Op­po­si­tion Leader Bill Shorten in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Cuth­bert died on Sun­day, aged 79, af­ter a long bat­tle with mul­ti­ple sclero­sis. Her feat of win­ning Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m re­mains un­matched. Mr Shorten watched re­plays of Cuth­bert’s gold- medal races dur­ing the 1956 Mel­bourne’s Games and echoed the call dur­ing his par- lia­men­tary trib­ute. “Farewell, Betty Cuth­bert, for­ever a golden girl,” he said.

Mr Turn­bull de­scribed Cuth­bert as “prag­matic, fiercely in­de­pen­dent and strong in faith” who saw the “tragic mis­for­tune” of her ill­ness as an op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness about mul­ti­ple sclero­sis.

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