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‘It’s as good as winning my first gold medal’: Dawn Fraser receives highest Queen’s Birthday honour

Steve Price

Swimming legend Dawn Fraser is one of 10 people receiving the highest award in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Fraser, who won four Olympic gold medals, is receiving the Companion of the Order of Australia.

The 80-year-old tells Steve Price the recognition means as much as her medals.

“I sat down to reflect for a moment on it and it’s as good as winning my first gold medal because my mum and dad were there.

“They’re not with me anymore but at least I know that they’re very proud.”

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All up, more than 1,000 Australians are being recognised for their contribution to the nation.

COMPANION (AC) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA:

Professor Rose Amal

Jill Bilcock

The Honourable Catherine Branson QC

Professor Geoffrey Burnstock

The late Professor David Cooper AO

Dawn Fraser AO MBE

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Harcourt AO

Ms Erica Smyth

Emeritus Professor Virginia Spate

Professor San Thang

 

Steve Price
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