Home | | Site Map | Contact Orange City Council |
  

Swimming

James Campbell     |     Anna Windsor

James Campbell

1944 -

Swimming International

James Campbell was born on 4 August 1944 at Calcutta, India where his father was a chief engineer with the Royal Air Force. At the age of 13 he moved with his family to Orange where he attended Wolaroi College and became an active member of the Orange Swimming Club.

A swimming carnival held at West Wyalong was to prove eventful for James as he was entered in the breaststroke event, over 200m, a distance he had never swum and a stroke he had never used. On this day he came a third to future Olympian Terry Gathercole and Australian Champion Don Jones. His performance caught the eye of leading coach Tony Wall who invited him into his training squad.

Six weeks of intensive training at the Orange Olympic Pool in temperatures of 56 Fahrenheit saw the 16 year old Orange swimmer compete in the Country Championships where he ran into future Olympian Ian O'Brien from Wellington. This was the first of many duels between the two and James was only able to defeat Ian O'Brien on one occasion and it was O'Brien who cost Campbell a place in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

During 1960 James toured Australia competing against a team of Japanese swimmers and this gave him an excellent preparation for the national titles. But again it was Ian O'Brien who was to push the Orange swimmer into second place. However, the times were so close that both swimmers were selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Perth in 1962, where James entered the 100m and 200m events, but narrowly finished out of a place.

James Campbell continued his involvement with the Orange Swimming Club until he was transferred by the police force to the one-man station at Cumnock in 1972, where he was to spend six years. James was transferred to Sydney in 1978 and shortly afterwards was retired from the police force because of severe neck and spinal injuries caused in a bus accident. He remained in Sydney.


Anna Margaret Windsor

1976 -

Olympian Swimmer

Anna Margaret Windsor was born in Sydney on 17 May 1976. When she was eight months old her family moved to Orange. In her primary school days at Orange Public School, Anna showed enormous potential in a number of sports and represented the Western Region in cross country running, athletics, netball and swimming. Her sporting talents continued to flourish at Kinross Wolaroi School where she competed at State level in netball, swimming and athletics and at the age of 10 she came under the guidance of Orange Association Swimming Club head coach Joe Wilkins.

Two years later her coaching was taken over by Robyn James who guided her for the next few years until the cool Orange climate forced her to the Central Coast in 1992. This enabled her to utilise a longer training season. The move to the Central Coast also forced Anna to withdraw from the State Netball talent squad due to her heavy training program. This decision was to prove a wise one with Anna gaining an Australian Institute of Sport Scholarship in 1993.

In 1993 Anna took out six gold and three silver medals in the Country Championships, one gold one silver and one bronze in the State Championships and two silver in the Nationals. This was to gain her selection in the Australian team for the Pan Pacific Games in Kobe, Japan where she won two silver medals.

Anna travelled to Europe and won a bronze medal in an international meet in France and later in the year she represented Australia at the World Short Course Championships in Majorca, Spain. She again won two silver medals.

Nineteen ninety-four saw Anna again start with the Country Championships where she took out six gold and four silver medals and in the State titles she won gold medals in the 50m, 100m and 200 m freestyle and silver in the 200m individually medley.

The Nationals saw Anna win Silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 200m freestyle. This was followed by competition in Spain, France and Monte Carlo leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Canada.

At the Commonwealth Games Anna led the Australian team to take out gold in the 4x200m freestyle. She then returned to Rome for the World Championships and later in the year was back in Europe for the World Cup Series, where she won a gold medal in the 100m individual medley, along with four silver and four bronze medals.

In 1996 Anna represented Australia in the relay at the Olympic Games in Atlanta and again at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the individual medley. After the 2000 Olympics, Anna retired and continued her studies in medicine; she became a doctor in 2004.

Back to Top