Shelley Taylor-Smith commemorative plaque

Western Australian marathon swimmer, Shelley Taylor-Smith, won gold at the 1991 World Swimming Championships in the inaugural 25-kilometre distance race, an event that commenced and finished on the Burswood Park foreshore.

A commemorative plaque now stands on the banks of the Swan River, and features a reproduction of a Western Australian newspaper picture that was taken as Taylor-Smith exited the water after her outstanding swim.

The plaque was unveiled on 12 January, 1998, on the 7th anniversary of her gold medal winning swim.

Career Highlights

  • 1983 - broke the world four-mile record
  • 1990 - Swum the English Channel
  • 1990 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame - Inducted
  • 1991 - FINA World Swimming Championships – Gold
  • 1994 - FINA World Swimming Championships - Bronze
  • 1995 - Manhattan Island Marathon Swim – 5:45:25 (WR)
  • 2008 - International Swimming Hall of Fame – Inducted
  • 2014 - Western Australian Hall of Champions - Inducted

Taylor-Smith's record is all the more remarkable given the obstacles she's overcome that include; growing up with scoliosis, being diagnosed in 1998 with chronic fatigue syndrome and surviving a life-threatening case of Giardia lamblia infection from prolonged exposure to polluted water.

Taylor-Smith was a Burswood Park Board member from 2011 – 2017.

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