Sport for Women

Lorraine Thurlow

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Swimming
Location: Australia

Lorraine Crapp was one of the group of champions, male and female, who spearheaded Australia's domination of world swimming in the '50s.

Lorraine, with 23 world records (16 individual and seven relay), was the first great swimmer of the modern era of Australian swimming; this in spite of the fact that her style resembled the traditional body flat on the water, six-beat kick American crawl that the Australians were replacing with their rolling perpetual motion centre line crawl with a two-beat kick.

Read more at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.