Gael Martin

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Gael Martin
Personal information
Born 27 August 1956
Gael Martin
Medal record
Competitor for Australia
Women's Powerlifting
World Games
Silver 1981 IPF Women's World Powerlifting Championships +82.5 kg
Gold 1983 IPF Women's World Powerlifting Championships 90 kg
Silver 1988 IPF Women's World Powerlifting Championships +90 kg

Gael Patricia Mulhall-Martin (born 27 August 1956 in Melbourne, Victoria) is a former Australian athlete, daughter of footballer Ken Mulhall, an Australian rules footballer with the St Kilda Football Club.[1]


Mulhall-Martin competed in the shot put and in the discus throw.

She won the bronze medal in women's shot put at the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States, becoming the first Australian (male or female) to win an Olympic medal in a throwing event.

Mulhall competed in four successive Commonwealth Games events from 1974, winning double gold in Shot Put and Discus at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

Coached by Franz Stampfl, she won a total of 20 senior Australian national championships in her career.[2]

At the 1981 Pan Pacific Conference Games she was tested positive for the use of anabolic steroids and received an 18 month ban.[3]


Gael Martin represented Australia in the Women's World Powerlifting Championships in 1981, 1983 and 1988. In 1987, Martin received a grant from the ACT Talented Athletes Development Awards program. The higher level grant, which Martin received, was awarded to applicants with international ranking and the support of their sporting organization.[4]