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Gail Patricia Luke (nee Millar)



Gail Patricia Luke (nee Millar) (Member 1997)

b. 25 May 1963

The younger of the two Australian track and field representative Millar sisters, Gail had an equally distinguished career as Jocelyn but specialised in different events. Gail made her mark in the 400 and 800 metres and 400 metres hurdles events where she broke numerous state records including lowering the Tasmanian record five times in the 400 metres hurdles during 1992.

It was really only a matter of time before Gail represented Australia and she did so on five separate occasions from:

  • 1981 World Cup, Rome
  • 1990 Commonwealth Games, Auckland
  • 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona (400 metres hurdles)

During her pre-Olympic preparation, Gail won the silver medal at the British Amateur Athletics Association championships over the 400 metres hurdles. Gail's selection for Barcelona made her the first Tasmanian female athlete in 36 years to compete at that international level in an individual event.

Like her sister Jo, Gail also achieved other significant honours being voted Tasmanian Athlete of the Year five years in succession, won a Mercury Star of Sport Award and was voted Tasmanian Sportswoman of the Year in 1992 to cap an outstanding sporting career.