1956 Olympic Games - Women's Freestyle Relay

Olympic bronze medal winners Susan Roberts, Jeanette Myburg, Natalie Myburgh, and Moira Abernethy, with manager/coach Alex Bulley. All four swimmers were coached by Cecil Colwin.

Click here to see the results of that race.

  • Jeanette Myburgh also swam in the semi-finals of the 100m freestyle, finishing 8th.
  • Natalie Myburgh made finals of the 100m freestyle, finishing 8th, and swam the 400m freestyle but did not progress in that event.
  • Moira Abernethy swam the 100m backstroke, finishing 6th in her heat.
  • Sue Roberts finished 7th in the semi-finals of the 100m freestyle, just ahead of Jeanette. In the 400m freestyle, she finished 4th in her heat.

Coach Cecil Colwin wrote this article in the Rand Daily on 5 March 1956

Moira Abernethy

Moira Abernethy with her daughter Little Mo - also a Springbok backstroke swimmer, while her other daughter Anne Lamont was double Springbok freestyle swimmer and life saver. Moira Lamont was Transvaal swimming coach at the Ellis Park pool for many years. 

Natalie 'Toy' Myburgh

Natalie at the SA Championships in 1954, after winning the 100 freestyle, with Felicity Loveday and Joan Harrison.

Sue Roberts

Susan Roberts was a pupil at Roedene School in Johannesburg, who later graudated with a degree from Harvard. Today she is an active Masters swimmer. She wrote a three part article about her experiences on that trip to the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. 

Jeanette Myburgh

Jeanette Myburgh was a Western Province swimmer who came second in the 100m freestyle behind Toy Myburgh of Transvaal at South African championships in 1956. In her heat she broke Joan Harrison's SA record by 1,1 seconds. Sue Roberts finished third and Joan Harrison 4th.