04 Nov 2014
The staff of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and AIS are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of their friend and colleague Jackie Fairweather.
ASC Chief Executive Simon Hollingsworth said that not only was Jackie a renowned world class athlete, she was also a richly gifted coach and sports administrator who would be incredibly missed.
“Jackie was a true star of international triathlon and a highly respected and valued member of the Australian Sports Commission and our thoughts go out to her husband, family and friends in this difficult time,” said Hollingsworth.
“In the 1990s she made her mark in triathlon wining three ITU world titles as well as two silver medals.
“Her passion for running resulted in her turning to the sport of athletics where she amazingly managed a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games before winning the Gold Coast Marathon in 2005.
“Jackie’s incredible achievements as an athlete have resulted in her being inducted into Triathlon Australia’s Hall of Fame and she has also received the Australian Sports Medal for her contribution to Australian sport.
“She was a first class coach being appointed as the inaugural coach of the AIS Triathlon program, a position she held through until 2005, the year in which the program was awarded AIS Program of the Year.
“Jackie will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives are better for knowing her.”