AUSTRALIAN Olympic Committee historian, Harry Gordon, remembers Faith Leech winning her medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
Mr Gordon was working as a sports reporter for the The Sun News at the time.
"The thing about Faith was that compared to Dawn Fraser and Lorraine Crapp, she was a dark horse," he said.
"She won her national titles in 1954 or 1955 when Dawn wasn't applying herself for whatever reason.
"(Faith) was far from unknown but she was definitely a dark horse."
Leech finished in third position behind Fraser and Crapp in the 100m women's freestyle.
"Dawn and Lorraine fought it out but the wonderful thing to watch was the battle for third," Mr Gordon said.
Mr Gordon said Leech and American swimmer Joan Rosazza went stroke for stroke before Leech edged ahead to claim bronze.
"Talking to the (Australian) girls, they were elated and said to me 'it's great for the relay'," Mr Gordon said.
Mr Gordon recalls Faith Leech was extremely modest and shy, which he attributed to her country lifestyle.
"She was a wonderful girl to talk with," he said. The Australian swim team won every freestyle event at the 1956 Olympic.
It was the first time this had happened at the Olympic Games.
The December 7, 1956, edition of the Bendigo Advertiser featured a play by play coverage of the 4x100m women's freestyle relay.
Of Faith Leech, the report said: "Faith Leech, of Bendigo, took the second leg and swam in her usual fluent fashion to maintain the advantage over the Americans."
Another report said: "Bendigo will long remember the 1956 Olympic Games - mainly through Faith Leech's outstanding achievements."
The Australian Olympic Committee yesterday said they would offer Leech's family the Olympic flag.
See videos of Faith Leech at the 1956 Olympic Games at http://media.olympics.com.au/athlete/faith-leech1