Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher

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Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher
Irma Schuhmacher 1951.jpg
Irma Schuhmacher in 1951
Personal information
Born 24 February 1925
Ginneken en Bavel, the Netherlands
Died 8 January 2014 (aged 88)
Berkeley Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Sport Swimming
Club RDZ, Rotterdam
Coach Ma Braun

Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher (24 February 1925 – 8 January 2014)[1] was a freestyle swimmer from the Netherlands who won two medals at the Summer Olympics. After having claimed the bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay in London (1948), she won the silver medal four years later in Helsinki, Finland, in the same event. Individually, she was sixth in the 100 m freestyle at both games.[2] She also won two gold and two silver medals at the 1947 and 1950 European Championships.[3]

In 1950, while touring Australia with Geertje Wielema, Schuhmacher met Johan Heijting, a Dutch animal husbandry specialist who had recently immigrated to Australia. They married on 22 March 1952,[4] and one week after the 1952 Olympics, Heijting-Schuhmacher moved to her husband's breeding farm near Brisbane.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher's obituary (in Dutch)
  2. ^ a b Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher Archived 2012-11-13 at the Wayback Machine..
  4. ^ Huwelijk Irma Schuhmacher. Dutch Nationaal Archief