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Audrey Helen Youl (nee Moore)

Audrey Helen Youl (nee Moore)

b. 19 September 1964

Member 1988

Audrey justifiably is hailed as one of Tasmania's finest swimmers, representing her country at the highest level and succeeding. Throughout her outstanding career she maintained the philosophy that, while winning was great, the best part of swimming was the sheer fun and exhilaration of moving through the water at speed.

Since winning her first State gold medal at the tender age of nine, Audrey has gone a long, long way. In 1982 she was the first Tasmanian to win a Commonwealth Games swimming medal (Brisbane), carrying off the bronze medal in the 100 metres backstroke event.

In 1983 Audrey was a gold medallist in the same event in the national titles and in the following year she won silver medals in both the 100 metres and 200 metres backstroke events. In 1986 she won the silver medal in the 200 metres backstroke at the Australian championships, which gained her selection to the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games.

Audrey also represented Australia at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, winning the consolation final. Audrey's combination of dedication and application, together with her good nature, clearly demonstrated that she could match it not just with the country's best, but also with the world's best.