Faith Yvonne Leech was an Australian freestyle swimmer who won a gold medal in the 4×100–metre freestyle relay and bronze in the 100-metre freestyle at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. A tall and lean swimmer known for her elegant technique, Leech started swimming as a child to build strength after a series of stomach disorders in her infancy. She quickly rose to prominence after breaking a string of age group records. In 1955, she became the youngest swimmer to win an Australian title, claiming victory in the 110-yard freestyle at the age of 13. She twice broke the Australian record in the 100-yard freestyle in late 1955, thereby positioning herself as a leading contender for Olympic selection in 1956. Leech's preparation was hindered by illness, which forced her out of the 1956 Australian Championships, but she recovered to gain Olympic selection in both the 100-metre freestyle and the corresponding relay.
About Faith Leech
Freestyle swimmer who won the 4 x 100m gold and the 100 m bronze at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.
She set an unoffical world record in the age 12 range for 100 yards with a time of 1 minute 7.1 seconds.
She retired from professional swimming at age 15, but continued to be an Olympic advocate.
She has two sons, Adam and Troy, with Mitch Tuohy.
She is a gold medal-winning Australian swimmer, much like 2008 gold medalist Stephanie Rice.
Information related to Faith Leech
- World record progression 4 × 100 metres freestyle relay - This article includes the world record progression for the 4×100 metres freestyle relay, and it shows the chronological history of world record times in that competitive swimming event.
- Sportswomen from Victoria (Australia)
- Australian female swimmers
- Swimmers at the 1956 Summer Olympics
- Olympic gold medalists for Australia
- Olympic gold medalists in swimming
- Olympic swimmers of Australia
- Olympic bronze medalists for Australia
- Olympic bronze medalists in swimming