Top Ten Greatest Australian Athletes of All Time
Sir Don Bradman was twice as good as the next athlete in his generation. Never has this been achieved by any other sports person especially Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan. In fact today, his record is still 50% more than the leading players on average runs scored. And other facts that should be considered are the laws were changed subsequently to protect the batsman (see the bodyline series) but Bradman had to play through it. And all without the protective headgear of today and the super springy lightweight bats. Bradman is by far the best cricket player the world has ever seen and should also be considered as the best athlete worldwide too.
The comment that these two gentlemen who are no doubt great but in my humble opinion not the greatest are voted into such a position due to the heavy USA American and North American influence on the results. Even today, the laws remain changed
Greatest sportsman of all time. Amazing for Australia. Did so much for Australia and the beautiful game of cricket
Had a legendary batting average of 99.94 and was an absolute first rate man
The don...most respectful person in universe
Simply the greatest.
She deserves the number 1.
As I have written elsewhere, the greatest can be considered according to International recognition of their sports. The Olympic credit is the most important.
Margaret Court is one of the most accomplished athletes of all sports.
Bradman maybe an Australian legend but his sport is of low international acceptance, so the same is for him as an athlete.
Check the statistics people, they simply speak for themselves! No male or female sportsperson comes close.
Why isn't she a well known and recognised Australian icon?
He is the best spinner of all time and a great ambassador of the sport.
Best bowler of all time!
For the world game, is the most recognisable and respected players for Australia. Even at his ol' age, people would look to him to carry the socceroos in times of need.
He just retired yesterday. What a legend he was to the game!
Open Championship winner or runner-up seven years in a row including against even the might of the US, Palmer etc
Australia's most accomplished and skillful athlete in its national game
When Australian cricket was struggling in the 80s due to massive big name retirements, A.B. stepped up like nobody else could.
Come on she won gold medals in her only Olympic Games at 15, she deserves to be in the top 5.
Undoubtly Australia's greatest athlete hands down in all categories playing nfl first Aussie athlete to do so and be successful, NRL produces Australia's best athletes
The most popular sport in the world still isn't enough developed and popular in this country.But at least a mention can be made.
One of the greatest players of his era 'Artie' Quill was an undisputed champion. Starting his career with the Pyrmont club, Quill moved to Wallsend in 1931 on the offer of work during the tough depression years. What Wallsend got, was a forward of exceptional ability as Quill's goalscoring feats shattered every record. Over a period of 24 senior seasons he reportedly scored 868 goals in premiership and cup games. Unfortunately Quill never got the international adulation he deserved, playing just 7 times for Australia.
Non of these reported stats are officially recognised by any international 'authority'.
But this doesn't mean that it is not true.
Image of A.Quill can be found in "Newcastle Herald-Gallery: Hall of Fame athletes".
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