Lisa Currie



Swimming career

Lisa 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. From 1977 to 1992, she represented Australia 16 times. She won 15 national long course open titles and competed in World Championships in 1978 and 1982. Curry had success in 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. Curry also competed in the Olympic Games at Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and Barcelona (1992). 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.


On 31 December 1982, Lisa Curry was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire “in recognition of service to the sport of swimming”. She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985. At the 1994 Australian Day Honours, Curry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia “in recognition of service to the sport of swimming”. On 14 July 2000, Curry was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for “her significant contribution as a competitor in swimming”. On 1 January 2001, Curry was awarded the Centenary Medal for “service to Australian society through swimming and the National Australia Day Council”. At the 2008 Australian Day Honours, Curry was named as a 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.” In 2009 Curry was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.


In 2011, Lisa 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.

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

In January 2017, Lisa 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!. On 8 March 2017, Curry was the 9th celebrity eliminated from the series after 41 days in the jungle coming in 6th place.

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