Mexico City Olympics: 200m sprint – Silver, 100m sprint – Fourth 1968
Munich Olympics: 100m sprint – Silver, 200m sprint – Silver 1972
Edinburgh Commonwealth Games: 100m sprint – Gold, 200m sprint – Gold, 4x100m relay – Gold 1970
Christchurch Commonwealth Games: 100m sprint – Gold, 200m sprint – Gold, 4x100m relay – Gold 1974
Edmonton Commonwealth Games: 100m sprint – Silver 1978
Brisbane Commonwealth Games: 400m sprint – Gold, 4x400m relay – Silver 1982
Awarded an MBE 1974
ABC Sportsman of the Year 1974
Sport Australia Hall of Fame 1988
Australian Track and Field Hall of Fame 2004
One of the National Trust’s 100 Living Treasures
At the age of 17, Raelene won her first silver medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games for the 200m sprint and at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, collected two more silver medals, in the 100 metre and 200 metre sprints.
At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Raelene finished fourth in the 100m sprint, but was disqualified from the 200m race for allegedly making two false starts. Unfortunately, a video replay later showed that she had not false started on her first start. However, Raelene received the honour of flag bearer for the Australian team, the first women to do so.
Her final major competitive appearance was at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, where she won gold in the 400m sprint, and silver in the 4x400m relay.
In 1996, Raelene was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent treatment and subsequently, she became a campaigner for breast cancer awareness. After beating breast cancer, Raelene was dealt another blow when she was diagnosed in 2000, then again in 2001 with ovarian cancer. She once again underwent treatment, and again successfully fought her illness.
An experienced speaker, Raelene provides insight into her battle with overcoming cancer and the determination to beat the illness in her speeches. Raelene also touches on stories from her outstanding Olympic career and highlights some of her fondest sporting memories.
Raelene divides her time between public speaking duties and helping raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Network Australia and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation in partnership of NAB. She is a board member of BCNA.
Raelene Boyle is a legendary name synonymous with Australian sport and during her athletic career produced some inspiring performances, winning seven gold and two silver medals over four Commonwealth Games meets, as well as three silver meals at the Olympic Games.