Eileen Wearne at the 1932 Olympics
|Born||30 January 1912|
Enfield, New South Wales
|Died||6 July 2007 (aged 95)|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Event(s)||100 m, 200 m|
|Club||Western Suburbs AAC, Sydney|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 m – 12.3 (1932)|
200 m – 25.0 (1938)
Wearne was selected in the Australian Olympic team as a sprinter and was the second woman selected to represent Australia in athletics at the Olympic Games after Edith Robinson. She competed in the 100 metre sprint competition finishing fourth in her heat.
Wearne continued to participate in athletic events in Australia during the 1930s and won New South Wales and Australian championships enjoying a healthy rivalry with Robinson. However, she did not compete in the 1934 British Empire Games or 1936 Summer Olympics. She entered the 1938 British Empire Games which were held in Sydney. Wearne finished third in the 220 yard sprint behind fellow Australians Decima Norman and Jean Coleman. She was a member of the 440 yard relay gold medal team with Norman. Wearne was the first woman to represent Australia at both the Olympics and British Empire Games with Victorian high jumper Doris Carter.
Wearne continued to be active in the Olympic movement in Australia. She lived to be 95 making her Australia's longest lived Olympian before her death in July 2007.