She was one of the fastest 12 year old swimmers in the world with a personal best of 28.3 seconds for 50m freestyle and just three years later she won her first international medals – two gold and two silver at the Canada Cup in Alberta.
Swimming Coach Harry Gallagher told Lisa to get her teeth straightened as he forecast great things for this swimming sensation . and great things she has achieved, succeeding in both sport and business.
Lisa Curry is the proud holder of 30 medals in international competitions. The three times Olympic and multiple Commonwealth Games contender has a total count of 15 Gold, 7 Silver and 8 Bronze medals.
Her collection of world rankings started at the young age of 15, when she was ranked number of five in the world, for the 100m breaststroke. Then, from 1977 through 1992, Lisa went on to win 15 National Long Course Open Titles.
She has competed in two world championships, one in Berlin (1978) and the other in Guayaquil, Equador (1982). Success was also experienced in three Commonwealth Games including 1978 in Edmonton where she won Silver, 1982 in her home city of Brisbane winning 3 Gold and 1 Bronze; and at the 1990 Auckland Games, where as a mother, aged 27, she won 4 Gold and 1 Silver.
As an Olympian, Lisa represented Australia in Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and at age 30, and mother of two children she swam at the Barcelona Games (1992), swimming just seven one hundredths of a second outside the Commonwealth Record, ranking her 9th in the world. She describes her Barcelona experience as the â€˜greatest event ever’.
Lisa Curry is the only Australian swimmer to have held Commonwealth and Australian records in such a variety of events, from 50m to 400m, and in every stroke except backstroke. She has been in the top 25 in the world since she started participating in international events.
Today, Lisa Curry, continues her sporting pursuits. Competing in five Molokai to Oahu World Championship Outrigger Canoe events her team has met with success. In 1991 her team was placed 4th, 3rd in 1994, 2nd in 1996 and in 1997 the team won the race, becoming the first Australian team to win the World Championship. Then, in 1998, they returned to Hawaii and successfully defended their World Championship Title.
In 1996 Lisa took up another sport. This time, Surf Boat rowing, and after only five months of learning and training her team, won the State Surf Life Saving Championship.
Extra curricula activities have included promotional work with the Queensland Tourist & Travel Corporation, a Director of the Australian Institute of Sport and a presenter for the Nine Networks Wide World of Sport.
Since 1983, Lisa has been the presenter for Uncle Tobys Muesli Bars, appearing in many television commercials promoting the product. This association with Uncle Tobys has been the longest between any company and athlete. She is also spokesperson for Fone Zone, a national chain of telecommunications stores, and Fernwood Fitness Centres, Australia’s largest chain of fitness and health clubs, catering exclusively for women. Lisa also supports World Vision as a spokesperson and helps abandoned and orphaned children in Romania.
Lisa is the author of a series of fitness books including, â€˜Lisa Curry’s Total Health and Fitness’, Lisa Curry’s Pregnancy and Fitness’, ‘Lisa Curry’s Health and Fitness’and her latest book, â€˜Get Up and Go’, is the number one best seller sports publication.
Additionally, with her Olympian and Ironman husband Grant Kenny, she is a Director of the family company’s diversified interests, including the division which produces and markets her own swim and active wear label â€“ Hot Curry. Hot Curry was the winner of two prestigious RAQ Fashion Awards in 1998, and again was an RAQ Finalist in 1999.
The Curry Kenny Group, located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and operated by the high profile sporting couple, now has four divisions including Hot Curry; Curry Kenny Promotions; Curry Kenny Aviation; and Curry Kenny Developments.
Lisa Curry is also one of Australia’s most successful keynote motivational speakers, speaking at many national and international company conferences.
LISA CURRY â€“ SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS
Three times Olympic and three times Commonwealth Games competitor, with a total of 30 medals, including:
Winner of 15 Gold Medals
Winner of 7 Silver Medals
Winner of 8 Bronze Medals
Coach and Member of the Winning Team 1997 and 1998 World Championship Outrigger Canoe Race
Coach and Member of the Winning Team 1996 Surf Boat Rowing State Surf Life Saving Championship
Only Australian swimmer to have held Commonwealth and Australian Record in every stroke except Backstroke:
50m Freestyle 100m Freestyle
50m Butterfly 100m Butterfly
100m Breaststroke 200m Breaststroke
200m Individual Medley 400m Individual Medley
4x100m Freestyle Relay 4x100m Individual Medley Relay
Winner of 15 National Long Course Open Titles