Mina Wylie in 1913
|Full name||Wilhelmina Wylie|
27 June 1891|
North Sydney, New South Wales
6 July 1984 (aged 93)|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Strokes||Freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke|
After competing against each other in the Australian and New South Wales Swimming Championships in the 1910/11 swimming season, Wylie and Durack persuaded officials to let them attend the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden where women's swimming events were being held for the first time. Durack won a gold medal and Wylie a silver medal. Twenty-seven women contested the 100 metre event, including six from Great Britain and four from Germany. Swimsuits generally reached down to the mid-thigh although some were sleeveless. The pool was built in an inlet of Stockholm Harbour and competitors swam without lane ropes. Durack's time in the 100 m final was 1:22.2, and Wylie's was 1:25.4.
Wylie competed in New South Wales and Australian championships from 1906 to 1934, winning 115 titles, including every Australian and New South Wales championship event in 1911, 1922 and 1924 in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1975.
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- Sport Australia Hall of Fame
- ABC article on the 1912 Stockholm Games
- "Too much Boldness and Rudeness - Australia's first Olympic Ladies Swimming Team"[permanent dead link] National Centre for History Education (Peter Cochrane)