Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher

Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher (24 February 1925 8 January 2014)[1] was a freestyle swimmer from the Netherlands who won two medals at the Summer Olympics. After having claimed the bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay in London (1948), she won the silver medal four years later in Helsinki, Finland, in the same event. Individually, she was sixth in the 100 m freestyle at both games.[2] She also won two gold and two silver medals at the 1947 and 1950 European Championships.[3]

Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher
Irma Schuhmacher in 1951
Personal information
Born24 February 1925
Ginneken en Bavel, the Netherlands
Died8 January 2014 (aged 88)
Berkeley Vale, New South Wales, Australia
ClubRDZ, Rotterdam
CoachMa Braun

In 1950, while touring Australia with Geertje Wielema, Schuhmacher met Johan Heijting, a Dutch animal husbandry specialist who had recently immigrated to Australia. They married on 22 March 1952,[4] and one week after the 1952 Olympics, Heijting-Schuhmacher moved to her husband's breeding farm near Brisbane.[1][2]


  1. Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher's obituary (in Dutch)
  2. Irma Heijting-Schuhmacher Archived 2012-11-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Huwelijk Irma Schuhmacher. Dutch Nationaal Archief

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