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Betty Cuthbert's state memorial will be held on August 21 at the SCG

Betty Cuthbert is pushed by Raelene Boyle during the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Photo: Shaun Botterill /Allsport

A State Memorial Service for Australian Olympic legend Betty Cuthbert will be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday, August 21, at 1pm.

The NSW government says the public is invited to attend.

Betty Cuthbert, one of the greatest track athletes the world, was 79 when she died last month in Western Australian

She was born in Sydney’s western suburbs in 1938, a twin with sister Marie, and grew up in suburban of Ermington.

The “Golden Girl” as she became known, was just 18 when she won three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

Cuthbert won four Olympic gold medals and set nine world records. She was awarded an MBE in 1965 for services to athletics in NSW, and in 1984 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to sport and the community.

But it was a cruel irony that she would lose the power of her legs are contracting multiple sclerosis in 1969 before defying the illness for nearly 50 years, albeit confined to a wheelchair.

Anyone who wants to attend next Monday’s service should head for the Alan Davidson Gates, adjacent to Gate A, the members entrance in Driver Avenue, Moore Park. Organisers say parking is limited.

Gates will open at 12.15pm and people are asked to be seated by 12.45pm.

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