Gold Medal winner at the 1930 Empire Games in Hamilton, Canada
At the 1930 Empire Games she finished first in the 3m diving, ahead of two Canadian girls - Doris Ogilivie and Mollie Bailey. There was no 1m event, and she did not compete in the 10m tower diving competiton.
Oonagh was a Natal diver, whose father was the Chief Constable of the province. She later married Edward Shaw, who was to become Mayor of Durban, and had a daughter Clodagh. She was a member of the Cygnus Amateur Swimming Club.
At the South African diving Championships, the Oonagh Whitsitt Trophy commemorates her achievements.
DIVING 1 METRE
"OONAGH WH1TSITT CUP"
1959 W. Almond, Transvaal 51,95
1960 J.Ward, Rhodesia 63,62
1961 S. Morgenrood, Rhodesia 102*8
1962 L. Grant-Stuart, Rhodesia 122,58
1963 L. Grant-Stuart, Rhodesia 112,74
1964 L. Grant-Stuart, Rhodesia 135,79
1965 S. Bezuidenhout, Rhodesia 132,20
1966 L. Grant-Stuart, Rhodesia 145,59
1967 L. Grant-Stuart, Rhodesia 128,38
1968 L. Grant-Stuart, Transvaal 121,42
1969 L. Pretorius, Rhodesia 115,47
1970 L. Pretorius, Rhodesia 378,90
1971 L. Woodard, Rhodesia