Lisa Curry

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Lisa Curry
Lisa Curry (7715995860).jpg
Curry in 2012
Personal information
Full nameLisa Gaye Curry
National teamAustralia
Born (1962-05-15) 15 May 1962 (age 60)
Brisbane, Queensland
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
StrokesButterfly, medley, freestyle
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing Australia
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane 200 m medley
Gold medal – first place 1982 Brisbane 400 m medley
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland 50 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland 4×100 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland 4×100 m medley
Silver medal – second place 1978 Edmonton 4×100 m freestyle
Silver medal – second place 1990 Auckland 100 m freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Brisbane 100 m freestyle

Lisa Gaye Curry AO MBE (born 15 May 1962), also known by her married name Lisa Curry-Kenny, is an Australian former competition swimmer.

Curry won seven gold, two silver and one bronze Commonwealth Games medals, and is the only Australian swimmer to have held Commonwealth and Australian records in every stroke except backstroke.[1] 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. She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder,[2] and won 15 national long course open titles.

From 1977 to 1992, Curry represented Australia 16 times. She competed in the 1980, 1984 and 1992 Olympics; the 1978 and 1982 World Championships; and the 1978, 1982 and 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Curry won seven gold medals, two silver medals, and a bronze medal across three Commonwealth Games: a silver medal in the 4×100-metre medley relay at Edmonton in 1978; three gold medals (100-metre butterfly, 200- and 400-metre individual medley) and a bronze (100-metre freestyle) at Brisbane in 1982; and four gold medals (100-metre butterfly, 50-metre freestyle, 4×100-metre freestyle relay, 4×100-metre medley relay) and one silver (100-metre freestyle) at Auckland in 1990.

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.[1]


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".[3] She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.[1] At the 1994 Australia Day Honours, Curry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia "in recognition of service to the sport of swimming".[4] On 14 July 2000, Curry was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for "her significant contribution as a competitor in swimming".[5] On 1 January 2001, Curry was awarded the Centenary Medal for "service to Australian society through swimming and the National Australia Day Council".[6] At the 2008 Australia Day Honours, Curry was named as an 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."[7] In 2009 Curry was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.[8]


In 2011, Curry appeared as a celebrity contestant on the first season of Nine Network's Australian reality series The Celebrity Apprentice Australia. Curry was fired in the 6th task.[9]

She appeared in advertising campaigns for cruise liner P&O Cruises Australia and Uncle Tobys.

In January 2017, Curry was revealed as a celebrity contestant on the third season of Network Ten's Australian reality series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[10] On 8 March 2017, Curry was the 9th celebrity eliminated from the series after 41 days in the jungle coming in 6th place.[11]

Curry was the subject of the episode of Who Do You Think You Are? aired on 9 June 2020.

Lisa was the subject of an episode of Australian Story, on the ABC, called The Deep End, which aired in June 2022.

In 2022, Curry appeared on the fourth season of The Masked Singer Australia as Caterpillar and was the second contestant to be revealed.[12][13][14]

Business interests[edit]

Curry and former husband Grant Kenny co-own the Curry Kenny Aviation Group, which in 2009 owned approximately 60 aircraft.[15] Curry has a partnership with Naturopath Jeff Butterworth in the company Happy Healthy YOU, featuring the products Happy Hormones, Happy Greens and Happy Turmeric. Happy Healthy You was launched in Australia in 2015 and has grown into resource for women dealing with hormonal conditions with over 65,000 women following Lisa's advice and taking the health supplements.

Personal life[edit]

Curry was married to Grant Kenny, former ironman surf lifesaver and Olympic bronze medallist, in 1986. Curry and Kenny separated in May 2009.[15][16] They had three children together; Jaimi Lee, Morgan and Jett. Daughter Jaimi Lee Kenny died on 14 September 2020 at age 33, following a long illness.[17]

In 2008 Curry had a heart surgery operation to implant a defibrillator after being found to have an irregular heartbeat as a consequence of a viral infection.[18]

In October 2016, Curry announced her engagement to entertainer Mark Andrew Tabone.[19] They married in May 2018.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Lisa Curry". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  2. ^ AIS at the Olympics Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry MBE". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny OAM". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Lisa Curry". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny AO". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Ms Lisa Curry OAM, AO MBE". Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  9. ^ "Lisa Curry fired from Celebrity Apprentice Australia defends Deni Hines in row with Polly Porter". 11 November 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Celebrities enter the jungle". 12 February 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Lisa Curry voted out leaving five in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!". 8 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  12. ^ Release, Media (8 August 2022). "RECAP | LISA CURRY revealed as the Caterpillar on THE MASKED SINGER AUSTRALIA". TV Blackbox. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Lisa Curry reveals emotional reason why she did The Masked Singer". Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  14. ^ Whines, Emma (9 August 2022). "Olympic Athletes Second Celeb Revealed on The Masked Singer". The Music.
  15. ^ a b McCullough, James (29 May 2009). "Lisa Curry-Kenny, Grant Kenny separating after 23 years of marriage". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  16. ^ AAP (29 May 2009). "Sporting couple Curry and Kenny split". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  17. ^ "Daughter of Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny dies aged 33". The Sydney Morning Herald. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  18. ^ ninemsn staff (31 March 2008). "Emergency heart surgery for Lisa Curry-Kenny". ninemsn. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
  19. ^ "Lisa Curry announces engagement". Courier Mail. 31 October 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Lisa Curry marries Mark Tabone in secret Sunshine Coast ceremony". Courier Mail. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2020.

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