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Dr Shane Gould AM MBE

The Mercury's Closing Key Note Address - Shane Gould

One of the world's all-time great swimmers, Dr Shane Gould, has led a truly amazing life in the pool and ocean; but also in academia, art and business; and is a bona fide "Survivor'.

Shane is also a Wife, Mum, and Grandmother; and, of course, an East Coast tourism operator!

Shane is going to share with us some lessons and insights from her extraordinary life - messages of resilience, growth and remaining true to one self. She's also got a vision to share for Tasmanian tourism, and remembering the little things that make Tasmania truly special.

About Shane

Shane Gould MBE, takes her place in Australia’s sporting heritage as one of the worlds greatest female swimmers. She swam at the 1972 Olympics, and is still the only woman ever to win 5 individual medals, 3 gold, all in world record times, plus 1 silver 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 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 200m IM which to date, is unmatched.

After retiring from the pool, Shane raised a family in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, before moving to the East Coast of Tasmania, where she operates an accommodation business.

Shane studied at the Sydney Film School (2007, Cert IV documentary film, Digital Filmmaking) and was awarded a Master of Environmental Management (2010, with a thesis on the social uses and functions of public swimming pools), and a Master of Contemporary Art (2012, with a video piece Loops and Lines). Both degrees are from the University of Tasmania. In 2019 she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from Victoria University.

Shane is also a photographer with works on display with the Art of the Olympians.

In 2019 Shane participated in Australian Survivor: Champions vs Contenders. Shane ultimately won the game, becoming the oldest person in the world to ever win an edition of the 'Survivor' franchise.