Australian athlete Marjorie Jackson (b. 1931) became the first Australian woman athlete to be awarded Olympic gold medals when she won the 100 m and 200 m women's sprints at Helsinki in 1952. Her time of 11.5 seconds for the 100 m equalled the 1936 Olympic record.

She was born in Lithgow, New South Wales, and first received recognition when she came first in the 100 m, 200 m, and 400 m sprints and the 600 m relay at the 1950 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. She won three more gold medals at the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver.

In 1988, she was nominated by the governor-general and the prime minister as one of the '200 Great Australians' recognised by the Australian Bicentenary Committee. In 2001, she was appointed Governor of South Australia.

Log in or registerto write something here or to contact authors.