Lisa Curry

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Lisa Curry
Lisa Curry-Kenny 2.jpg
Personal information
Birth name Lisa Gaye Curry
Nationality Australian
Born (1962-05-15) 15 May 1962 (age 52)[1]
Brisbane, Queensland[1]
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 62.0 kg (136.7 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, Individual Medley, Freestyle

Lisa Gaye Curry (MBE, AO) (born 15 May 1962) is a former Australian swimmer.

Curry won 15 gold, seven silver and eight bronze international swimming medals and is the only Australian swimmer to have held Commonwealth and Australian records in every stroke except backstroke.[2] She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[3]

Curry was the chair of the National Australia Day Council from 2000 to 2008.

Swimming career[edit]

Curry's swimming ability was noticed at a young age and by the age of 12 was one of the fastest swimmers of her age in the world. From 1977 to 1992, she represented Australia 16 times. She won 15 national long course open titles and competed in World Championships in 1978 and 1982. Curry had success in three Commonwealth Games - a silver medal in the 4x100m medley relay at Edmonton in 1978, three gold medals (100m butterfly, 200m and 400m individual medley) and a bronze (100m freestyle) at Brisbane in 1982, and four gold medals (100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 4x100m freestyle relay, 4x100m medley relay) and one silver (100m freestyle) at Auckland in 1990. Curry also competed in the Olympic Games at Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and Barcelona (1992). After retiring from swimming, she competed in surf boat rowing competitions and outrigger canoe events, and her team won the World Championship Outrigger Canoe event in 1997.[2]

Honours[edit]

On 31 December 1982, Curry was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire "in recognition of service to the sport of swimming".[4] She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.[2] At the 1994 Australian Day Honours, Curry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia "in recognition of service to the sport of swimming".[5] On 14 July 2000, Curry was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for "her significant contribution as a competitor in swimming".[6] On 1 January 2001, Curry was awarded the Centenary Medal for "service to Australian society through swimming and the National Australia Day Council".[7] At the 2008 Australian Day Honours, Curry was named as a Officer of the Order of Australia "for service to the community through encouraging national pride and identity, particularly through leadership of the National Australia Day Council."[8] In 2009 Curry was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.[9]

Television[edit]

In October 2011, Curry appeared on the Nine Network's The Celebrity Apprentice Australia. She appeared in advertising campaigns for cruise liner P&O Cruises Australia and Uncle Tobys.

Business interests[edit]

Curry and former husband Grant Kenny co-own the Curry Kenny Aviation Group, which in 2009 owned approximately 60 aircraft.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Curry was married to Grant Kenny, former ironman surf lifesaver and olympic bronze medallist, in 1984. They have three children, Jaimi, Morgan and Jett. Curry-Kenny and Kenny separated in May 2009.[10][11] In 2008 Curry had heart surgery operation to implant a defibrillator after being found to have an irregular heartbeat as a consequence of a viral infection.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Lisa Curry". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Lisa Curry-Kenny AO OAM MBE". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ AIS at the Olympics
  4. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry MBE". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny OAM". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lisa Curry". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny AO". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Ms Lisa Curry OAM, AO MBE (C)". Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. qsport.org.au. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b McCullough, James (29 May 2009). "Lisa Curry-Kenny, Grant Kenny separating after 23 years of marriage". The Courier-Mail (News Limited). Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  11. ^ AAP (29 May 2009). "Sporting couple Curry and Kenny split". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  12. ^ ninemsn staff (31 March 2008). "Emergency heart surgery for Lisa Curry-Kenny". ninemsn. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 

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