Pat Norton
Norton in 1933
Personal information
Full namePatricia Norton
National team Australia
Born(1919-03-20)20 March 1919
Died2 September 2007(2007-09-02) (aged 88)
Killarney Vale, New South Wales
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
StrokesBackstroke, freestyle, medley
ClubBondi Ladies Swim Club
Medal record
Representing  Australia
British Empire Games
Gold medal – first place 1938 Sydney 110 yd backstroke
Silver medal – second place 1938 Sydney 4×110 yd freestyle
Bronze medal – third place 1938 Sydney 3×110 yd medley

Patricia Norton (20 March 1919 – 2 September 2007), later known by her married name Patricia Down, was an Australian backstroke swimmer. She competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics and was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 100-metre backstroke event.[1][2] At the 1938 Empire Games she won the gold medal in the 110-yard backstroke competition. She also won a silver medal with the Australian team in the 4×110-yard freestyle relay contest and a bronze medal in the 3×110-yard medley relay event.[3]


  1. ^ "Miss Pat Norton Breaks Two Records". The Sydney Morning Herald (30615). 17 February 1936. p. 9. Retrieved 27 June 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Patricia Down". Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Patricia "Pat" Norton". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2018.