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    Jan 10, 2014

    Champion Australian sprint athlete Raelene Boyle.Champion sprinter Raelene Boyle AM MBE, a three-time Olympic silver medallist and seven-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, will be guest speaker at the Australia Day Luncheon on Sunday January 26.

    MCC members and their guests are invited to celebrate our national day in fine style with a three-course meal with beer, wine and soft drinks.

    Boyle represented Australia at three Olympic Games as a sprinter, winning silver medals at Mexico City in 1968 (200 metres) and Munich in 1972 (100m and 200m).

    At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Boyle finished fourth in the final of the 100 metres, but was disqualified from the 200 metre-race for making two false starts.

    In 1998, Boyle was named one of 100 National Living Treasures by the National Trust of Australia and is a board member of Breast Cancer Network Australia. She has also been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

    Champion Australian sprint athlete Raelene Boyle.Boyle's seven Commonwealth Games gold medals included back-to-back victories in the 100 and 200 metre sprints and the 4x100 metre relay in Edinburgh (1970) and Christchurch (1974), where she was also the first women to act as flag bearer for the Australian team.

    Her final major competitive appearance was at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, where she won gold in the 400 metre sprint, and silver in the 4x400 metre relay.

    Some people consider Boyle unlucky not to have won Olympic gold as some athletes who beat her were later revealed to be drug cheats. 

    Bookings are now being taken.