Mary Maina's Life on Display
The Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame recognises the great achievements of Mary Mabi Maina.
Mary, born September 16th 1893, was 101 when she competed in the 1994 World Masters Games 50 metre race.
Mary set the world record (5:10.84) for the 100-104 age group and unofficially holds the Queensland State and National records for 50 metres.
She was the oldest member of the Twin Towns Services Memorial Club and was a valued member of their swimming club.
Her vast achievements were acknowledged as she was appointed an honorary member of both the Queensland Masters and the Twin Town Masters Swimming Club.
Mary, who celebrated her 90th birthday with a ride on Seaworld's Corkscrew rollercoaster, swam every day in her retirement village swimming pool until a few months before her death.
Mary passed away peacefully on December 11th, 1995 at 102 years and 3 months.
Mary's achievements have been recognised by the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame and a display honoring her accomplishment in swimming and her vivacious outlook on life is on show to the public.
Her photo, biography and bathing suit she wore when she made world record time are on display at the hall, and all swimming enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the tribute to a woman who made swimming history.