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Lisa Curry

Lisa Curry
Lisa Curry (7715995860).jpg
Curry in 2012
Personal information
Full nameLisa Gaye Curry
National teamAustralia
Born (1962-05-15) 15 May 1962 (age 57)
Brisbane, Queensland
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
StrokesButterfly, medley, freestyle

Lisa Gaye Curry AO MBE (born 15 May 1962), also known by her married name Lisa Curry-Kenny, is an Australian former competition swimmer.

Curry won 15 gold, seven silver and eight bronze international swimming medals, and is the only Australian swimmer to have held Commonwealth and Australian records in every stroke except backstroke.[1] She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[2]

Curry was the chair of the National Australia Day Council from 2000 to 2008.

Swimming career

Curry's swimming ability was noticed at a young age and by the age of 12 was one of the fastest swimmers of her age in the world. From 1977 to 1992, she represented Australia 16 times. She won 15 national long course open titles and competed in World Championships in 1978 and 1982. Curry had success in three Commonwealth Games - a silver medal in the 4×100-metre medley relay at Edmonton in 1978, three gold medals (100-metre butterfly, 200- and 400-metre individual medley) and a bronze (100-metre freestyle) at Brisbane in 1982, and four gold medals (100-metre butterfly, 50-metre freestyle, 4×100-metre freestyle relay, 4×100-metre medley relay) and one silver (100-metre freestyle) at Auckland in 1990. Curry also competed in the Olympic Games at Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and Barcelona (1992). After retiring from swimming, she competed in surf boat rowing competitions and outrigger canoe events, and her team won the World Championship Outrigger Canoe event in 1997.[1]


On 31 December 1982, Curry was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire "in recognition of service to the sport of swimming".[3] She was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.[1] At the 1994 Australian Day Honours, Curry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia "in recognition of service to the sport of swimming".[4] On 14 July 2000, Curry was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for "her significant contribution as a competitor in swimming".[5] On 1 January 2001, Curry was awarded the Centenary Medal for "service to Australian society through swimming and the National Australia Day Council".[6] At the 2008 Australian Day Honours, Curry was named as a Officer of the Order of Australia "for service to the community through encouraging national pride and identity, particularly through leadership of the National Australia Day Council."[7] In 2009 Curry was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.[8]


In 2011, Curry appeared as a celebrity contestant on the first season of Nine Network's Australian reality series The Celebrity Apprentice Australia. Curry was fired in the 6th task.[9]

She appeared in advertising campaigns for cruise liner P&O Cruises Australia and Uncle Tobys.

In January 2017, Curry was revealed as a celebrity contestant on the third season of Network Ten's Australian reality series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[10] On 8 March 2017, Curry was the 9th celebrity eliminated from the series after 41 days in the jungle coming in 6th place.[11]

Business interests

Curry and former husband Grant Kenny co-own the Curry Kenny Aviation Group, which in 2009 owned approximately 60 aircraft.[12]

Personal life

Curry was married to Grant Kenny, former ironman surf lifesaver and olympic bronze medallist, in 1986. They have three children. Curry and Kenny separated in May 2009.[12][13] In 2008 Curry had a heart surgery operation to implant a defibrillator after being found to have an irregular heartbeat as a consequence of a viral infection.[14] In October 2016, Curry announced her engagement to entertainer Mark Andrew Tabone.[15]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Lisa Curry-Kenny AO OAM MBE". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  2. ^ AIS at the Olympics Archived 6 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry MBE". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny OAM". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Lisa Curry". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Lisa Gaye Curry-Kenny AO". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Ms Lisa Curry OAM, AO MBE (C)". Queensland Sport Hall of Fame. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Lisa Curry fired from Celebrity Apprentice Australia defends Deni Hines in row with Polly Porter". 11 November 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Celebrities enter the jungle". 12 February 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Lisa Curry voted out leaving five in I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!". 8 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  12. ^ a b McCullough, James (29 May 2009). "Lisa Curry-Kenny, Grant Kenny separating after 23 years of marriage". The Courier-Mail. News Limited. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  13. ^ AAP (29 May 2009). "Sporting couple Curry and Kenny split". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  14. ^ ninemsn staff (31 March 2008). "Emergency heart surgery for Lisa Curry-Kenny". ninemsn. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
  15. ^ Alicia Vrajlal for Daily Mail Australia (30 October 2016). "Lisa Curry and Elvis impersonator beau Mark Tabone CONFIRM engagement after whirlwind romance".

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