Dawn Fraser was a role model to working class girls like me, she came from an ordinary background and ‘made it’. She has suffered from discrimination in her life because she didn’t come from an ‘establishment’ background. I am disappointed by her comments but she grew up in a time and place when & where people didn’t analyse the implications of what they were saying because most of them didn’t have an education and it wasn’t the ‘mode’ of the day.
Sadly people from ordinary backgrounds in this day and age are being attacked on many fronts and are having any opportunities for them ‘to make it’ taken away from them, two for example are access to education and training. The swimming facilities Dawn accessed would have been public and the training was probably available for free as in those days swimming was what was called Amatuer Swimming not Professional as it is today. Being in a swimming club myself we were not allowed to accept presents or money or we would have been banned from competition.
Dawn made a silly comment about a silly young man, she did apologise and I forgive her. From my understanding she has always stood up for ‘the underdogs’ of this world. Non of us are perfect.