Australian Olympian Dick Thornett dies at 71

Olympian Dick Thornett, who represented Australia in three

separate sports, has died. He was 71.

Thornett was a member of the Australian water polo team at the

1960 Rome Olympics before playing rugby union for Australia with

his brother John, a Wallabies captain.

Thornett made the switch to rugby league in 1963 to join his

other brother Ken at Parramatta and on the Australian team.

He is best known for his ruby league career, during which he

played 11 matches for Australia.

Thornett’s death Wednesday came just a week before he and his

brothers were due to be honored at a tribute dinner in Sydney.