Dawn Fraser is a former champion swimmer and politician and is widely considered as Australia’s greatest female sprint swimmer ever. Fraser was born in the Sydney suburb of Balmain in 1937 and was discovered at the age of 14 swimming at the local sea baths. Fraser competed in the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics, winning eight Olympic medals, including four gold medals, and she also achieved six Commonwealth Games gold medals. She set 27 individual and 12 relay world records and was the first woman to swim the sprint distance in under one minute when she recorded a time of 59.9 seconds for the 100 metre freestyle in 1962. Fraser finished her international swimming career after the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and was named the Australian of the Year that same year. Fraser was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1967 and In 1998 Fraser was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and in 1998 she and was elected as an independent to the New South Wales Parliament where she represented the seat of Balmain until the seat was abolished 1991. She was one of the bearers of the Olympic Torch at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.