Debbie Palmer

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDeborah "Debbie"•Palmer (-Southwood)
Used nameDebbie•Palmer
Born27 February 1957
Measurements166 cm / 53 kg
NOC Australia


Debbie Palmer swam four events at the 1972 München Olympics, making the final of the 200 backstroke and the 4x100 free relay, and helping Australia set a new Commonwealth record in the relay. At age 15, Palmer had won the Australian Championship in the 200 backstroke, for which she was selected for the 1972 Olympics. Palmer had switched to training with Harry Gallagher earlier in 1972 in an effort to make the Olympics. She was the fifth South Australian swimmer to make the Australian Olympic team.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) AUS Debbie Palmer
200 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 10
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Australia 8
100 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 13
200 metres Backstroke, Women (Olympic) 7