Golden Girl Betty Cuthbert to be farewelled at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on August 16

Betty Cuthbert wins gold in Melbourne in 1956. Photo: Getty
Betty Cuthbert wins gold in Melbourne in 1956. Photo: Getty

A FUNERAL service for Mandurah’s Golden Girl Betty Cuthbert will be held at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, August 16 at 1pm.

The community is welcome to attend and due to the number of people expected, the Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah, Mandurah Senior and Community Centre and Reading Cinemas car parks will be closed to the public but open to those attending the service.

Ms Cuthbert, who is still the only athlete to win Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m, died last weekend aged 79.

City of Mandurah chief executive Mark Newman said the council was sad to hear of the passing of the Mandurah treasure and sporting icon and offered condolences to her family and friends.

“As well as being an Olympic legend and Golden Girl of the Australian track and field events, she also campaigned for research funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society after being diagnosed with MS in the 1970s,’’ he said.

“She worked hard to deliver messages about MS to a huge number of schools across the country and gave educational talks at most schools in Mandurah.”

He said the council was proud to honour Ms Cuthbert by unveiling the Betty Cuthbert Park in Halls Head in 2014.

“She will be missed among the Mandurah community,’’ he said.

Ms Cuthbert moved to Mandurah in 1991 and also has a rose named after her.

A memorial service will be held in Sydney at a later date.