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Judy-Joy Davies

Full name: Judith Joy "Judy-Joy" Davies
Gender: Female
Born: June 5, 1928 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: March 27, 2016
Affiliations: ?, Queensland, (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Judy-Joy Davies was known for her swimming career, but also for her pioneering career as a female sports journalist. Davies swam several strokes but concentrated on backstroke, winning the Australian national title in that stroke from 1946-52. In all, she was a 17-time Australian Champion. In addition to her 1948 Olympic bronze in the backstroke, she won three gold medals at the 1950 British Empire Games in the 110 yard backstroke and the freestyle and medley relays. At the 1953 Victorian Championships, Davies set a world record for the mile freestyle.

In the early 1950s Davies became the first woman sportswriter in Australia, working for the The Argus, for whom she covered the 1954 British Empire Games and the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. She later moved to Sun News Pictorial and had a 34-year career in sportswriting. Although she started out focusing on swimming, she later branched out to athletics and other sports. In 1982 she was given the National Press Club Award for Sports Journalism. In 2011 Davies was inducted into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 20 London Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Swimming Women's 400 metres Freestyle Australia AUS 6 h1 r2/3

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 6 5:25.6
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Swimming Australia Round One Heat Two 3 Q 5:21.2

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 20 London Swimming Australia Final 3 1:16.7
1948 Summer 20 London Swimming Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 1:17.8
1948 Summer 20 London Swimming Australia Round One Heat Three 1 Q 1:16.4
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