Kym Ireland with one of the original Olympics paintings of herself, as painted by Ludmila Clark. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Kym Ireland with one of the original Olympics paintings of herself, as painted by Ludmila Clark. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK090813solympic

Olympian finds out she has a double in Rockhampton

AUSTRALIAN Olympian Kym Ireland found out from friends she had a double.

The Rockhampton- Australian Olympic champion was told her double was living on the corner of Dean and Kerrigan Sts.

Out of utter fascination, she went to see her double - a life-sized portrait along with portraits of 20 other fellow Rockhampton Olympians who in the past have represented Australia.

Kym attended the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles as a goal keeper for the Australian Hockey team.

She now works at The Morning Bulletin after spending some time in Brisbane.

Kym described the moment she saw herself as one of amazement and disbelief.

"It looks exactly like me ... so much that I bought the portrait off the lady who painted it for $30," Kym said.

"When I went to the house I asked her (the artist) how much the painting was ... she looked at me, looked at the painting, then back to me again and said 'that's you'."

The artist, Ukranian woman Ludmila Clark, who has been in Rockhampton for more than 10 years, had painted Kym and the other Olympians in 2004.

All she had to work from was photos of the Olympians and she was given less than one day to complete each one.

Kym Ireland and artist Ludmila Clark with some of the original Olympics paintings for sale. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Kym Ireland and artist Ludmila Clark with some of the original Olympics paintings for sale. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK090813solympic

 

"When I painted the portraits of the Olympians they attracted several newspaper and ABC radio mentions," she said.

"Now because my oldest son Alex is finishing his Cert 3 in Information Technology we are selling our house for providing our sons a higher level of education.

"The portraits have a sentimental value because they are part of Rockhampton's history."

She said she contacted most Rockhampton sports clubs to display the portraits but none showed interest in the collection.

It was her daughter Jasmine who told her mother to simply sell the paintings from home.

Ludmila lives on the corner of Kerrigan and Dean Sts.

She urges anyone who is interested in buying a portrait to call in and make an offer.



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