The athletics community today pays tribute to Betty Cuthbert who has passed away at age 79. Winning four gold medals from two Olympic Games, Cuthbert was the golden girl of athletics. Athletics Victoria acknowledges and pays tribute to the life of Betty Cuthbert. We acknowledge the recent statement from Athletics Australia President, Mark Arbib below.
Athletics Australia President, Mark Arbib, has made the following comments about ‘Golden Girl’ of the track, Betty Cuthbert.
“Betty was an icon of Australian and international athletics and it is with great sadness that we learned of her passing this morning.
“Athletics Australia, and indeed the Australian athletics community, extend our most sincere condolences to Betty’s family and friends, including her dedicated carer Rhonda Gillam, at this sad time.
“Betty’s history of success in athletics is inspiring. She is the only athlete, male or female, to win Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m, with her trophy cabinet also including three medals from the Commonwealth Games.
“Betty was tragically diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1969 and she has battled the disease courageously. She will be forever remembered as a legend of the sport and a trailblazer for our female athletes.”