Our Games History

By claiming a gold medal in the 200m Freestyle of the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris, Freddie Lane of Miller’s Point, Sydney began a long history of Olympic swimming champions from NSW, and indeed Australia.

As the Olympic historian, Harry Gordon (1994) describes, Freddie went on to win the 200 Obstacle Race ‘in which competitors were required to clamber across rowing boats and swim under punts’.

From this illustrious beginning of NSW participation, through over a century of Olympiads, athletes from NSW contribute significantly to the modern Olympic Teams, creating the champions of today, such as Malcolm Page and Tom Slingsby.