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Phyllis O'Donnell

Australian surfer

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Phyllis O'Donnell is an Australian surfer who became the first Women's World Surfing Champion. O'Donnell won the championship in 1964 at the age of 27. At the time, surfing was dominated by men, and her championship was regarded as a step forward for women's recognition in the sport. O'Donnell also won the women's division of the Australian National Titles in 1963, 1964, and 1965.

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From the Archives: Three World Surf Titles To Australia

On May 17, 1964 a crowd of 60,000 gathered on Manly beach to watch Phyllis O'Donnell and Midget Farrelly become the first world surfing champions.
The Age - Published

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