Today is International Women’s Day so it is a fitting day to announce inductees into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. Decima Norman (1909 -1983), born in Tammin, Western Australia, was last night posthumously inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame for her achievements in athletics.
Decima Norman was the star of the 1938 Empire Games in Sydney, winning 5 gold medals, a feat yet to be equalled in athletics. In 1939 she equalled the 100yds World Record for Women. Due to the onset of World War 2, Decima was denied the opportunity to compete at the 1940 and 1944 Olympics which were disbanded. We can only imagine what she might have achieved at the Olympics given the opportunity.
In 1937, Decima was actively involved in establishing the Western Australian Women’s Amateur Athletic Association which became affiliated with the Australian Women’s Amateur Athletic Association. This affiliation opened the door for female athletes from WA to compete at National and International competitions.
Decima’s legacy has been handed down to many generations of female athletes in WA and today she would be proud to know her efforts were not in vain. She was a humble champion who deserves to be recognised not only in athletic circles but as a female role model who overcame disappointment in her athletic career to become the First Golden Girl of Athletics in Australia.