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Back row L-R: Keith Whitehead, Allan Charleston, Bill McCabe, Jake Foster, Jim Farrell, Peter Bennet, John O'Brien. Front row L-R: Doug Laing (g/k), Ray Smee (c), Colin French (Coach), Bill Orchard, Ted Pierce.

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Murray Rose Tribute Dinner

18 December 2013

Ian Thorpe, Dawn Fraser, Herb Elliot, Shane Gould, Grant Hackett.... 20 Gold Medallists in one room. The Murray Rose Tribute Dinner wasn’t short of Olympians ...or Olympic spirit.

1500m freestyle Olympians Daniel Kowalski, John Konrads and Grant Hackett with 1500m Olympic hopefuls Matt Levings, Jordan Harrison and Mack Horton at the Murray Rose Tribute Dinner at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on 26 November, 2013.

AOC: Imagine a room where you have Ian Thorpe and Herb Elliot deep in conversation; a table away three budding young 1500m swimmers are hanging on to Grant Hackett’s every word; Dawn Fraser is on the other side of the room reminiscing with teammates John Konrads and Sandra Morgan-Beavis; and London 2012 K4 gold medallist David Smith is down the back getting his Murray Rose book signed by 1956 and 1960 swim team captain John Devitt.

Athletes ready to start in the women's 100m freestyle at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games. Australia finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd with Dawn Fraser, Lorraine Crapp and Faith Leech resepctively.

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Betty Cuthbert with Sally Pearson and Usain Bolt in Barcelona for Cuthbert's induction into the IAAF Hall of Fame.

ATHLETICS: When the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) inaugurated the first members into the IAAF Hall of Fame, Australia's own golden girl Betty Cuthbert was one of the 24 inductees.

Betty Cuthbert of Australia wins the 200m beating Christa Stubnik of Germany ( silver) and Marlene Mathews of Australia ( bronze) during the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

One of Australia’s greatest Olympians, Betty Cuthbert, will this week be recognised with a prestigious international accolade as she is inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame.

He became known as "the seaweed streak" but mourners at a memorial service for Murray Rose heard he was making waves long before becoming a legend in the pool.

Swimming legend Murray Rose AM has passed away aged 73. The winner of six medals from the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games, including four gold, he is without doubt one of Australia’s greatest Olympians. Rose set 15 world records during his career and was admired both in and out of the pool.

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