LEGEND:  Dawn Fraser pictured in Sydney in 1956.
LEGEND: Dawn Fraser pictured in Sydney in 1956. Getty Images

Noosa a great place for swim great to reflect

SWIMMING: Dawn Fraser says she's relishing living at Noosa, where she's reflected on a remarkable career, alongside family.

The 81-year-old is among several Australian sports greats to have moved to the Sunshine Coast and surrounds, after their athletic days.

Fraser is No.1 on the list of Sunshine Coast Sport's Top 10 Imports, compiled by the Sunshine Coast Daily.

She was a powerhouse in the pool for more than a decade, winning four Olympic and six Commonwealth Games gold medals and breaking multiple world records along the way.

She was the first swimmer to win the same event at three successive Olympics (the 100m freestyle).

Fraser said she didn't think too much of her achievements when she was in the midst of her career but in more recent times she has savoured the memories, in the company of close family at Noosa.

"It's quite nice. I think I'm getting a lot more pleasure in it now, as I can reflect with my daughter and grandson," she said.

Dawn-Lorraine and Jackson, 15, relocated to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney 10 years ago and Dawn followed them.

"I missed them both very much so I decided to come up here and live," she said.

"When my daughter moved up here, I thought it was a great place for me to retire (to)."

And she's enjoyed the move.

"I love the weather and the community and I like the fitness it keeps me in," she said.

Fraser knows the region well. She's been coming to Noosa for more than 50 years, on holidays and through her involvement with the Noosa Triathlon.

She bought a house in the area about 35 years ago.

Fraser still travels for meetings and as a guest speaker.

She also mentors some Australian representative swimmers, including Sunshine Coast products Jake Packard and Brittany Elmslie.


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