1919 - 2000 (80 years)
||Arthur Cusack |
||9 Sep 1919
||Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
||5 Apr 1947
||The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Queensland
|CUSACK-JESSEN.The engagement is announced of Elna Fay, younger Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Jessen, Roseneath Street, Maryborough, to Arthur, eldest Son of Mrs. C. and the late Mr. A. P. Cusack, Adelaide Lane, Mary borough.|
Transcribed from "The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, Queensland," 05 April 1947
||6 Dec 1947
||Maryborough Chronicle, Queensland
|Mr. Arthur Cusack|
During afternoon tea on Thurday, opportunity was taken to make a presentation to Mr. Arthur Cusack. from the hospital staff, Mr. Cusack, being a member of the clerical section.
Mr. Cusack's marriage will lake place this afternoon at 5 p.m.at St Mary's R.C. Church, to Miss Fay Jessen. Mr. D. L. Bliss, who made the presentation, congratulated Mr. Cusack on the step he was taking and wished him every happiness in his wedded life. On behalf of the hospital staff he asked him to accept a beautiful eight-day walnut clock together with the staff's sincere good wishes.
Mr. Cusack suitably responded.
Maryborough Chronicle, Queensland, Saturday, 6 December 1947
|Arthur Cusack (born 1919 in Maryborough, Queensland and died 2000 in Brisbane) was a prominent Australian Olympic Swimming Coach from Maryborough, Queensland of the 1950s and 1960s. Arthur Cusack was the coach of Olympic Gold medal winner David Theile, who, under the guidance of Cusack, won gold in the 100m backstroke in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He also won the silver in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay team at the same games in Rome. |
|Arthur Cusack (born 1919, Maryborough, Queensland; died 2000, Brisbane) was an Australian Olympic swimming coach in the 1950s and 1960s.|
In 1938, at 18 years old, Cusack became the Secretary of the newly formed Maryborough Amateur Swimming Club. He, along with Des Ramsay, became a Coach at the club at the end of the Second World War. David Thiele was initially coached by Ramsay, but soon switched to Cusack, even though Cusack was thought to be a difficult coach by many swimmers, as he would require long, tiring sessions in the pool. In 1958, Cusack left Maryborough.
In 1962, Cusack was appointed as a coach on the Australian 1962 Commonwealth Games team in Perth. In the mid-60s, Cusack took over the lease of the Centenary Pool in Brisbane. It was from here that he would take on the coaching of his nephew Robert Cusack into the Australian Olympic Team. In 1970, Cusack was again named as a coach on the Australian Commonwealth Games team for the Edinburgh Games, this time as coach of the Women's team.
Arthur Cusack was the coach of Olympic Gold medal winner David Theile, who won gold in the 100m backstroke in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He won the silver in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay team at the same games in Rome.
Arthur Cusack coached his nephew Robert Cusack, who won a bronze medal along with Michael Wenden, Bob Windle and Greg Rogers in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. He coached Ann Margaret Nelson, a finalist in the 110-yard backstroke in the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, where she finished fifth with a time of 1.15.5, behind Judy Grinham of England.
Arthur Cusack is the great uncle of Simon Cusack, Robert Cusack's son. Simon Cusack is the head Coach of Indooroopilly Swimming Club, where he coaches Australian swimmers Cate Campbell and triple Olympic Gold medalist Jodie Henry.
New turning technique
Arthur Cusack introduced a backstroke turn and a bent-arm stroke to assist David Theile in his quest for Olympic gold. This new turning technique was seen as suspect by some officials during the heats of the 100m backstroke at the 1956 Olympics, who wanted Theile to give a demonstration for their review, a request Cusack refused. The turn was not subsequently used by Thiele during the final, but during the 1957 Queensland Championships, Theile was disqualified for the only time in his career when officials ruled that the turning style was illegal. This turning style was soon adopted by other swimmers, and is still used today.
Awards and recognition
Cusack was a member of the Australian Olympic Committee for many years. He is a Merit Award Recipient and is on the Honour Roll of the Australian Olympic Committee, - Queensland Olympic Council for his services to Olympic Swimming and the Olympic Movement in Australia.
On 24 December 2007, at the Queensland Swimming championships in Brisbane, Queensland, Arthur Cusack was posthumously inducted into the Queensland Swimming Association Hall of Fame.
||8 Jan 2000
||Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
||11 Jan 2000
||Pinnaroo Cemetery, Bridgeman Downs, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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||Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
||31 May 2021 |
||Elna Fay Jessen, d. 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia |
||6 Dec 1947
||St Mary's R.C. Church, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
||24 Jun 2014 |