Patron – Shane Gould Olympic Champion Swimmer
Shane Gould MBE, takes her place in Australia’s sporting heritage as one of the worlds greatest female swimmers. She swam at the Munich 1972 Olympics, and is still the only woman ever to win 5 individual medals, (3 gold, all in world record times, plus 1silver and 1 bronze medal.)
From 1971 to 1973 she broke 11 world records in 6 different events. In 1972 she held all Freestyle World Records from 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 200 IM which to date, is unmatched. Shane received the highest of Olympic honours in 1998, the Olympic Order.
This international success in the 1970’s caused a world spotlight to be shone on Australia as a young emerging nation. In recognition, Shane was world sportswoman of the year and named 1972 Australian of the year and a National Living Treasure in 1998.
However because of the amateur era of the 1970’s and the immaturity of professional sport, she withdrew from competitive swimming when she was 17. Shane turned her energies to social and environmental curiosity. She studied environmental science at Murdoch University and established a productive sheep and horse farm and alternative lifestyle in Margaret River. Shane also had a private family life for 22 years, raising 4 children, now independent adults.
Shane has always loved to swim and race. She swims now for fitness and health, enjoying body surfing, masters pool swimming and ocean races. In the 1990’s Shane did some informal studies about athlete career transitions. She mentored and consulted with a masters and another Phd student who then developed Australian athlete career transitions programs now used internationally.
In 2006 Shane was inducted to the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in the pioneer category and is one of 30 Legends of Australian sport.
Her autobiography “Tumble Turns” was published in 1999.
Shane remarried in 2007, and continues to contribute to sport and swimming with her husband Milton Nelms as he consults with federations, teams and athletes around the world. Shane is also a consulting advisor the World Aquatic Research Centre base in Lund Sweden. Together, Shane and Milt have a current philanthropic swimming project in Fiji where Shane grew up.
Her artistic photography of swimmers underwater is a beautiful mixture of art and instruction. She is a member of the Art of the Olympians group of athlete artists with a permanent gallery in Fort Meyers, Florida.
An advocate of lifelong learning, Shane completed a Masters of Environmental Management at University of Tasmania in 2010. She did a major assignment on Sustainable Consumption of Mega Events and a thesis on the Social uses of Public outdoor swimming pools. Not content with that, she completed a Masters of Contemporary Art at the UTAS Academy of Arts Launceston in 2012.
While Tasmania is her base, Shane travels extensively throughout Australia, USA and Europe, and has been to 34 countries. For 3 years Shane has owned and operated a self-contained holiday accommodation called Beachend Bicheno, on the East coast of Tasmania. She has also organised the annual ocean swim the ‘Devil of a Swim’ for five years in Bicheno.
Shane is on the ambassador for Ocean Planet and is on the board of directors of the Devil Island Project and Against Malaria Foundation. She is ambassador for Ocean Planet, working toward more marine protected areas in Tasmania.