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  Track & Field Athletics Australia    by Graham Thomas 

Golden Girls - Athletics History

Golden Girls Cathy Freeman & Melinda GainsfordWelcome to my Golden Girls History of Women's Track & Field Athletics in Australia.

For many years, most fans of athletics had  been led to believe that organised women's track and field in Australia only began in the 1920s.

While doing some research into performances of athletes in the past, I discovered this was not the case.  

Women's athletics in Australia had actually commenced much earlier and an amateur women's association had been established in Sydney in 1913.  Professional athletics for women was also popular around this time, and state championships for female athletes had been held as early as 1906.

In conducting this research, I came across 'forgotten' performances (some of which were actually world records or bests) and a number of interesting stories.

So, in 1996, I began to publish these findings on the internet to help complete a truer History of Athletics in Australia.  I hope you enjoy the chapters published so far:

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