Netball mourns passing of Jackie Fairweather

Jackie Gallagher at 1999 CancunNetball Australia is deeply saddened by the passing of Jackie Fairweather. 

Jackie, pictured right, has worked closely with Netball Australia over many years providing guidance and support to the AIS netball program as well as assisting Netball Australia on the evolution of our High Performance program.

We have valued deeply her insights into high performance sport and her influence on our program has helped shaped the success that we currently enjoy.

Jacki was a world-class athlete in her own right, winning a triathlon world championship in 1996 and two world duathlon titles in 1996 and 1999. She also finished runner-up in the world triathlon titles three times.

Jacki was inducted into the Triathlon Australia Hall of Fame in 2012.

She also won a bronze medal for Australia at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester in the women’s marathon.

In 2001 she took up the position as head coach of the triathlon program at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, a position she held until 2005.

She joined the Australian Sports Commission’s Innovation and Best Practice program in 2005, where she delivered specialist advice to help boost the performance of elite athletes and teams.

Jackie was an enthusiastic supporter of netball and her contribution to our recent `State of the Game’ forum was valued greatly by all those that attended.

Netball Australia Board, staff, coaches and athletes will miss Jackie’s friendship, passion and guidance in our sport.

Her legacy is significant, not only to netball, but to the people she touched across the breadth of the Australian sporting system.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.