Joan Harrison (swimmer)

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Joan Harrison
Personal information
Full name Joan Cynthia Harrison
Nationality  South Africa
Born (1935-11-29) 29 November 1935 (age 80)
East London, Eastern Cape
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle and Backstroke

Joan Harrison (born 29 November 1935 in East London, Eastern Cape) is a South African swimmer and Olympic champion. She competed at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, where she won the gold medal in the women's 100 m backstroke event.[1]


She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1982.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1952 Olympics – Helsinki, Finland – Swimming" (Retrieved on 3 May 2008)
  2. ^ "ISHOF 1982 Honorees"International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on 3 May 2008)
  3. ^ "JOAN HARRISON (RSA) – 1982 Honor Swimmer"International Swimming Hall of Fame (Retrieved on 3 May 2008)