Dawn Fraser is an Australian freestyle swimmer, also known for her involvement in politics. Fraser has made fantastic achievements in her sport and is well remembered for these accomplishments. Fraser has held 39 records, including her 100 meter record, which she kept for 15 years. A noteworthy accomplishment is that Fraser was the first woman to swim the 100 meter freestyle in under a minute, holding a time of 58.9 seconds, which wasn’t beaten for another eight years. Fraser has been honored numerous times for her contribution to sport, including being voted as the greatest female Australian athlete in history in 1998, being inducted into the international swimming hall of fame in 1965, being named Australian of the year in 1964 and the Australian sports medal for her contribution to swimming. She was also one of the torch bearers during the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony.