Jackie

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I have read with great sadness of the death of Jackie Fairweather.

I met Jackie when I moved to Australia in 2002. She was the head coach of the AIS Triathlon program at the time.

She helped me understand the spirit of Australian elite sport and was very clear about how I might support her as a coach. She was a very important part of my induction into the AIS. We continued our conversations for the next five years.

News of her death comes in a week when I have been thinking about Gary Speed after a visit to Dragon Park in Newport. It comes thirty-two years after the death of my brother, John.

All three of them remarkable … and profoundly missed. Each of them leaving family and friends wondering how it might have been different.

Vale Jackie.

Photo Credit

Jackie (Geoff McLachlan, Gold Coast Bulletin)

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