Terry Gathercole AM
Terry Gathercole has been involved in all aspects of swimming as an international competitor, coach and administrator. Terry started swimming competitively at the age of 8 and went on to successfully represent his country. Terry retired from competitive swimming in 1960 and continued his involvement in the sport by undertaking an outstanding coaching career.
As a professional swim coach, Terry enjoyed great success. He was Australian Olympic Swim coach in 1964, 1976 and 1992, and Australian Commonwealth Games Coach in 1966. In 1981 he was named NSW and National Coach of the Year by Australian Swim Coaches and in 1986 was named Senior Coach of the Men’s Swimming Team at the Australian Institute of Sport. In 1987 Terry took out the prestigious Master Coach Award at the Australian Swim Coaches Conference and in the same year he was awarded life membership of the Australian Swim Coaches Association.
Terry served on a number of committees throughout his illustrious career including Chairman of Australian Swim Coaches Association, President of Australian Swimming, Chairman of the Organising Committee, 1998 World Cup and member of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association Committee in 1997.
Terry was also an outstanding athlete. He was a silver medallist at the 1960 Rome Olympics, a gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games in Wales, and the Australian 100 and 200 metres and 110 and 220 yards breaststroke champion from 1954 to 1960. Terry held the World record in the 200 metres, 110 yards and 220 yards breaststroke from 1958 to 1961. In 1985 Terry was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in 1998 was made a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 1999 was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of
Born: 25 November 1935
Deceased: 30 May 2001