Gold Coast link behind Kenny Habul’s Mount Panorama buy


Gold Coaster Kenny Habul celebrating after winning last year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge title at Laguna Seca in California.


GOLD Coast real estate agent Mark Stafford was relaxing at home on a Sunday night when his eyes stopped on a property listing at Australia’s home of motor racing, Mount Panorama.

Located on Conrod Straight, the fastest stretch of the Bathurst circuit, Mr Stafford knew in an instant exactly who the new owner would be.

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489 Conrod Straight, Mount Panorama.


The Ray White Broadbeach agent fired off a text to his old friend and client of 20 years Kenny Habul, whose lifelong passion for motor sports made him an ideal candidate for the rare Mount Panorama holding, on the market for the first time in 88 years.

“I just knew straight away when I saw it – Kenny is the perfect guy for this property,” Mr Stafford said. “It just ticked all the boxes.”

A student at Merrimac State High School and later Bond University where he studied law, Mr Habul now lives in the US where he owns the fifth largest private solar company, SunEnergy1.

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Kenny Habul studied law at Bond University. Picture: Jerad Williams


When he’s not blazing trails in the renewable energy world, the professional driver is racing, sponsoring and collecting fast cars.

Mr Habul’s connection to Bathurst stems back to the early 90s when he swept floors in the workshop of Aussie motor racing legend Peter Brock, a relationship which sparked his passion motor racing – the last car Brock won Bathurst in is among 150 in his collection.

“He had those meetings with Peter Brock as young fellow so living on Mount Panorama has always been a dream for him,” Mr Stafford said.

Kenny Habul in action in his Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Laguna Seca.


Mr Habul was quick to give the green light for Mr Stafford to negotiate a deal on 489 Conrod Straight, with an offer of $1.6 million sealing the deal a month later.

Held by the Clarke family for generations, the 17 acre property is also home to a historic orchard which is famed for producing some of the best fruit in the region.

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489 Conrod Straight, Mount Panorama.


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489 Conrod Straight, Mount Panorama


While a picturesque farm with fresh fruit for the picking no doubt holds big appeal for the Habul’s four children, the proximity to Mount Panorama is the main attraction.

“He plans to leave a car there so when he flies in, he can get out on the track when it’s open for practice,” Mr Stafford said.

“There a road at the rear of the property which leads directly to the pits.”

As a former partner in Habul Brothers Luxury Home Construction, Mr Habul will draw on his background in luxury home development on the Gold Coast to generate plans for a spectacular new residence on the property.

“He plans to build something significant which will be a legacy for the Habul family name in Bathurst for years to come,” Mr Stafford said.

“It will be quite special.”



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Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny farewelled their eldest daughter on Saturday after her tragic death following a years-long battle with an eating disorder and alcoholism. 

Jaimi Kenny passed away at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday morning surrounded by her family, including both her Olympian mother and Ironman father.

Dozens of devastated family and friends gathered for the funeral on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon, after the tight-knit clan spent almost a week mourning in private. 

Jaimi Kenny, 33, had long battled an eating disorder, with her family supporting her through years of treatment at a private clinic (Jaimi, left, is pictured with her family at her sister Morgan’s 2016 wedding)

Devastated: Lisa Curry (right) has released a heartbreaking statement about the death of her daughter Jaimi (left) on Monday 14 September

Devastated: Lisa Curry (right) has released a heartbreaking statement about the death of her daughter Jaimi (left) on Monday 14 September

Jaimi is the eldest daughter of Australian sporting champions Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny

Jaimi sits on her mother's shoulders as she returns from the 1990 Commonwealth Games with gold medals around her neck

Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny farewelled Jaimi on Saturday September 19 in a moving service on the Sunshine Coast

Jaimi had also been battling alcoholism and had struggled to cope with the loss of her then-boyfriend Lachy Crossley in July 2017

Jaimi had also been battling alcoholism and had struggled to cope with the loss of her then-boyfriend Lachy Crossley in July 2017

As Saturday’s service got underway, swathes of brightly dressed mourners arrived at the Maroochydore funeral home wearing floral patterns.

They gathered out the front of the venue from about 3.30pm, chatting quietly among themselves until the Curry-Kenny clan arrived.

Jett donned a slick, grey suit and dark tinted sunglasses when he stepped out of a car alongside his Ironman father about 4pm.

The pair supported one another as they made their way through the crowd of friends and family.

A lone man playing a somber melody on the bagpipes eventually greeted guests, instructing them to make their way into the church for the service to begin.  

Morgan’s son Flynn was also in attendance, he and Jaimi were particularly close. 

The proud aunt often commented on how much she adored the two-year-old – who shares an incredible likeness to her when she was a child, with her famous golden blonde tresses and big blue eyes. 

Just three weeks ago, Morgan shared a photograph of her and Flynn to Instagram, and Morgan was quick to comment: ‘Just divine, both of you’, alongside several heart emojis.

Four weeks before that, she again commented on a photograph of Flynn, and commented that Morgan’s growing family was ‘just the cutest’.

‘Darling Flynn, oh you are beautiful,’ another comment left by Jaimi read.  

Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), surviving daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Family ties: Lisa is pictured with her son Jett (left), surviving daughter Morgan (right) and her grandson Flynn

Her model brother Jett (left) paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday 14 September admitting that while he 'may not have been the best brother' to Jaimi (right) they 'loved one another unconditionally'

Her model brother Jett (left) paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday 14 September admitting that while he ‘may not have been the best brother’ to Jaimi (right) they ‘loved one another unconditionally’

Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)

Gone too soon: Jaimi is the daughter of Lisa and her ex-husband, Australian ironman champion Grant Kenny (who is pictured with his daughter as a baby)

Prior to her death, Jaimi had expressed her desire to one day have a family of her own, and absolutely doted on the children in her family.

After her parents’ marriage deteriorated, Ironman Grant Kenny went on to have a daughter Trixie Belle with radio star Fifi Box.   

‘Trixie’ was the centre of Jaimi’s universe, and the nanny even moved down to Melbourne to live with the duo.

‘Jaimi absolutely adored children and was especially close to Trixie,’ a family friend told Sunshine Coast Daily. The children gave her ‘a whole new lease on life’. 

But her struggles with her mental health brought her back to the Sunshine Coast and her parents shortly after making the move.

She worked closely with the End ED clinic which specialises in eating disorder treatment and recovery.  

Jaimi met and fell in love with local business owner Lachy Crossley on the Sunshine Coast. 

His mother Gail said ‘they had plans to be together forever… They were certainly in love’. 

‘You could just see the love in their eyes that they had for each other. People described them as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet,’ Dr Crossley added.

Condolences: Lisa's husband, Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Tabone (left), also addressed the tragedy in an Instagram post on Tuesday September 16. Pictured with Lisa and Jaimi

Condolences: Lisa’s husband, Elvis Presley impersonator Mark Tabone (left), also addressed the tragedy in an Instagram post on Tuesday September 16. Pictured with Lisa and Jaimi

Sad: 'Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child,' Lisa said

Sad: ‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child,’ Lisa said 

New chapter: In 2013, Grant, 57, welcomed a daughter named Trixie Belle with radio presenter Fifi Box (right). Fifi - who had a close friendship with her ex's adult children, including Jaimi (left) - did not acknowledge Grant was the father of her daughter until 2016. Pictured in 2017

New chapter: In 2013, Grant, 57, welcomed a daughter named Trixie Belle with radio presenter Fifi Box (right). Fifi – who had a close friendship with her ex’s adult children, including Jaimi (left) – did not acknowledge Grant was the father of her daughter until 2016. Pictured in 2017

But in 2017, Lachy died in circumstances ‘too heartbreaking’ for the family to discuss.

The happy couple had recently moved in together and had began discussing their future together. They both loved each other and loved children even more.

The tragedy plunged Jaimi further into a depression and she spent the years to follow in and out of hospital and the eating disorder clinic.

Her medical team tried everything, including blood transfusions, to extend her life.   

The Curry-Kenny clan have repeatedly expressed their fondness of her medical team, and thanked them for their hard work in maintaining Jaimi’s quality of life. 

On Friday night, Morgan’s husband Ryan thanked the local community for their support and outpouring of love in the days since Jaimi’s death.   

‘Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered kind words, gifts, support and love to Jaimi’s family and I. The condolences are so welcome and helpful,’ he wrote alongside a photo with bouquets of flowers.

‘We have been sharing the messages with each other and although we may not have been able to offer a response we have received the love from all of it and are very appreciative. 

‘Jaimi was so very loved and will be so very missed but the love we all share for her will keep her memory alive.’

Co-parents: Lisa and Grant separated in 2009 after 23 years of marriage, before finalising their divorce in 2017. They are pictured with Jaimi on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

Co-parents: Lisa and Grant separated in 2009 after 23 years of marriage, before finalising their divorce in 2017. They are pictured with Jaimi on the Sunshine Coast on April 3, 2008

Tragedy: Lisa's ex-husband Grant Kenny announced their 'caring and loving' daughter had died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday September 14

Tragedy: Lisa’s ex-husband Grant Kenny announced their ‘caring and loving’ daughter had died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday September 14

The 33-year-old was extremely tough on herself, growing up in a family surrounded by Olympians, Ironmen, models and professional dancers. 

Meanwhile Grant and her brother Jett are both Ironmen and revered within the local surf life saving community.

Jett still works as a life guard with Alexandra Headlands Surf Club, and is also a successful model.

Meanwhile her younger sister Morgan flourished when she moved to France for her dance career, scoring a prestigious role with the Moulin Rouge.  

‘She was incredibly hard on herself and her own harshest critic, but completely non-judgmental of others,’ a Curry-Kenny family friend told Sunshine Coast Daily.

‘Growing up on the beach on the Sunny Coast, she was – apart from being incredibly gorgeous – a genuinely kind soul, bubbly, loveable and outgoing. No-one knew until many years later about her silent struggles with depression and chronic eating disorders. She managed to keep on smiling despite so many very dark days.’

Despite her ongoing struggles, friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her.

Even retail assistants at her local shopping centre in Kawana told Daily Mail Australia she was always a ‘friendly face’ when she popped in. 

Her model brother Jett paid tribute to his sister on Tuesday, admitting that while he ‘may not have been the best brother’ they ‘loved one another unconditionally’.

‘I may not have been the best brother to you all the time, I know you thought you weren’t being the big sister I needed all the time, but I do know we loved one another unconditionally all the time,’ he wrote.

‘I will love you forever. Rest In Peace my beautiful big sister, the world lost one of its treasures yesterday but heaven gained one. You will be dearly missed by all whose lives you touched.’

The tight-knit family have been congregating at Kenny’s luxury home in the days since Jaimi’s passing.

They’ve kept a relatively low profile, instead opting to mourn privately.

But Jett has been spotted several times around town, turning to his closest friends during the difficult time.

Friends of Jaimi told how she always brought 'light and laughter' to the lives of those she around her

Friends of Jaimi told how she always brought ‘light and laughter’ to the lives of those she around her 

Grieving: Jaimi (centre) is survived by her Ironman father, former pro swimmer mother (right), brother Jett (left) and sister Morgan

Grieving: Jaimi (centre) is survived by her Ironman father, former pro swimmer mother (right), brother Jett (left) and sister Morgan

RIP: Jaimi is pictured as a child with her mother, a three-time Olympian and former swimmer

RIP: Jaimi is pictured as a child with her mother, a three-time Olympian and former swimmer

He has shared several photographs taken at the gym, enjoying cocktails and pizza at a Brisbane bar and at the surf club where he works in the days since Jaimi’s passing. 

Jaimi had been struggling for some time in the lead up to her tragic death, both with her eating disorder and a dependency on alcohol.

She first sought help for mental health ‘troubles’, including anxiety, when she was 14. 

But in 2014, she was charged with high range drink driving after she was caught swerving between lanes on the Sunshine Coast Motorway.

Police pulled her over, and she was required to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, where the court heard she had consumed up to 16 bottles of Strongbow cider.

She recorded a blood-alcohol reading of 0.23 per cent at the scene.

Her lawyer at the time told the court she was getting help for ‘troubles’, and admitted that alcohol had become ‘a bit of a feature’ in her life since the deterioration of a romantic relationship in 2012.  

The 33-year-old had been supported by her parents and siblings through many years of treatment at private clinic End ED, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. 

Shattered staff at the clinic said they could not discuss Jaimi’s struggle, but told how she became part of the ‘family’ over the years.  

She was an avid swimmer at the time and hoped to follow in her Olympian mother’s footsteps.  

The family confirmed Jaimi’s death on Monday September 14 with a moving statement.  

‘It is with a very heavy heart that Lisa and I confirm that our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family,’ Grant first said on Monday.

‘Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,’ he continued.

‘Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.’ 

For free and confidential support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Butterfly Foundation for eating disorder concerns on 1800 ED HOPE   



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Fifi Box posts heartbreaking tribute to Jaimi Kenny following her death


Broadcaster Fifi Box has shared a sweet tribute to Jaimi Kenny, saying her daughter Trixie has had her “little heart broken” by the tragedy.

“The loss of such a beautiful loving sister and friend is suffocating,” Box wrote on Instagram. “We laughed, we cried, we shared so many wonderful memories that I will keep alive for Trixie who loved her big sister so much, her little heart is broken.

“You loved Trixie with all your heart and she felt every inch of your love. With every tight squeezy cuddle your love poured into her. We were so blessed to have you in our lives. You were such a true and loyal friend, we love you so much and can’t bear the pain of you not being here.”

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In a joint statement on Monday, Ms Curry and Mr Kenny revealed their beloved oldest daughter Jaimi had died in hospital that morning.

Jaimi, 33, had “lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family”.

The daughter of Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny was also a half-sister to Trixie, after Grant Kenny had a brief relationship with Box and Trixie was born in April 2013.

Box confirmed Trixie’s paternity in April 2016 when she posted photos of Mr Kenny in a jumping castle with the three-year-old to celebrate her birthday.

Fifi Box took a break from her popular radio show this week after the heartbreaking news.

Speaking on their hit breakfast radio show Fifi, Fev and Byron on The Fox 101.9 Melbourne, Box’s fellow hosts Brendan Fevola and Byron Cooke briefly addressed her absence.

“Well Fi is away today but the show must go on,” Cooke said.

“We’re a team, we’re one and one, we’re going to mould into one and just nail it,” Fevola joked.

“If we’re in the Titanic, I’ve got my arms around you, I’ll carry you bro.”

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Hundreds of friends and family continue to pay tribute to Jaimi following her death on Monday.

In a deeply personal tribute, brother Jett said “I may not have been the best brother to you all the time, I know you thought you weren’t being the big sister I needed all the time, but I do know we loved one another unconditionally all the time”.

And sister Morgan admitted “it still doesn’t feel real that you are not here”.

“I am grateful for you. There is no one like you. I love you so much and will forever miss you. Rest now beautiful sister. You will never be forgotten,” she added.

If you or anyone you know need help or support for an eating disorder or concerns about body image, please call Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 334 673 (ED HOPE)



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Brother Jett Kenny pays tribute to sister


Jett Kenny has taken to social media to remember Jaimi, his older sister, saying “the world lost one of its treasures yesterday but heaven gained one”.

His Instagram post, which has been liked by thousands of people, was deeply personal.

“I may not have been the best brother to you all the time, I know you thought you weren’t being the big sister I needed all the time, but I do know we loved one another unconditionally all the time,” he wrote.

Hundreds of Australians continue to pay tribute to Jaimi after she lost her battle with a long-term illness.

Jaimi, 33, the daughter of former Olympians Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny, died in hospital yesterday morning with the couple delivering the heartbreaking news in a joint statement.

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Jett, 25, is the youngest of the three children with Jaimi born first, followed by another daughter Morgan.

Mr Kenny and Ms Curry married in 1986 but amicably split in 2009 after raising their three children.

Friends and family continue to pay tribute to Jaimi with hundreds taking to social media to mourn her loss.

Ms Curry took to Instragram this morning, saying she could “barely breathe” after losing her daughter.

“Our hearts are completely broken,” she wrote. “Our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday morning with her loving family by her side.

“So loved. So beautiful. So kind to everyone …. So painful. I can barely breathe.

“Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself. Her love of flowers, cooking, art, decorating, photography, babies, the beach, and helping others will always be remembered.

“Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child.”

Fifi Box took a break from her popular radio show this morning as she wrangled with the heartbreaking death of her close friend and her daughter’s half-sister Jaimi Kenny.

Box hasn’t publicly spoken about Ms Kenny’s death yet but the pair were known to be quite close.

Mr Kenny’s sister and Jaimi’s aunt Melinda also paid tribute to her niece.

“I am utterly devastated to tell you all that my most beloved niece JK passed away this morning,” Melinda wrote.

“Words can’t express what she meant to me, the one who shared my love of fashion & styling. The one who thought I was cool in my fifties. The one I laughed with & the one who started my Instagram account for me.

“She was a gem & I loved her deeply as we all did.”

Ms Curry’s second husband Mark Tabone said he felt “heavy hearted” and mourned the loss of “a beautiful young lady”.

“As your mother & father weep your loss, I too feel lost and heavy hearted. Nobody should ever lose their child,” Mr Tabone wrote.

“You always put everybody else first. You were gifted with many talents, amazing cook, arts and crafts, writing, and your love and creativity with flowers.

“My job now is to nurture my wife through this unimaginable time.”

TV presenter Amanda Keller replied to Ms Curry’s tribute to Jaimi.

“I can’t imagine. Sending love,” she replied.

Singer and former Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte also mourned her friend’s loss.

“My dear friend! My heart is hurting for you right now! Sending love and light. Jamie was a beautiful soul inside and out and so very loved. I am here for you,” she commented.

Friend Jacki Hendy said her heart was aching for Ms Curry.

“Such a devastating loss, beyond comprehension,” she said.

“Sending all my love to you and Mark, Grant, Morgan, Jett and your family. Rest peacefully beautiful girl. Holding you in my heart on your journey to heaven.”

Interior designer and TV personality Darren Palmer said he was “so sorry for (her) tragic loss”.

Reality renovation TV stars Kyal and Kara also said they were “so sorry to hear, sending you all so much love Lisa”.

TV presenter and interior designer Barry Du Bois gave his condolences and said he was “sending love and strength”.



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Jaimi Kenny death: Lisa Curry Kenny opens up on losing daughter


HEARTBROKEN friends and family of Jaimi Kenny have paid tribute to the “fighter” and “bright, loving soul” as it emerged she waged a private battle against an eating disorder before her death.

High-profile Australians are rallying around her devastated parents, former swimming champ Lisa Curry and her ironman ex-husband, Grant Kenny, after the 33-year-old died on Monday from what her family said was a “long-term illness”.

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An outpouring of tributes and support for the family was led by swimmer Tracey Wickham, comedian Magda Szubanski and TV icons Bert and Patti Newton.

But none were as moving as that from her mother, who said the loss was so painful she could “barely breathe”.

Curry said Jaimi was “so loved, so beautiful, (and) so kind to everyone”.

“I will miss you every sunrise, I will miss you when the sun is shining and the birds are singing,” she wrote on social media.

media_cameraJaimi Kenny, 33, died on the Sunshine Coast on Monday after a long-term illness. Picture: Instagram

“I will miss you when the clouds are dark and stormy and when the rainbow appears. I will miss you when I close my eyes.”

It is understood Jaimi had been battling an eating disorder for some time before her death at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday.

It is understood Jaimi was being cared for by Sunshine Coast clinic End ED, which specialises in treating people with eating disorders.

Jaimi Kenny (centre) with sister Morgan and mum Lisa Curry. Picture: Instagram
media_cameraJaimi Kenny (centre) with sister Morgan and mum Lisa Curry. Picture: Instagram

When contacted yesterday, the clinic said it wanted to respect the privacy of her grieving family.

Jaimi’s best friend, Millie Thomas – who is a recovery coach at End ED – shared an emotional message that “heaven is very lucky” to have her “soul sister”.

“You are my best friend + my soul sister + you always will be,” Ms Thomas wrote.

“My heart is shattered into a million pieces right now – I can’t fathom life without you.

“My days will never ever be the same without your love, your light + your laughter.

Lisa Curry-Kenny with Jaimi as a little girl. Picture: Supplied
media_cameraLisa Curry-Kenny with Jaimi as a little girl. Picture: Supplied

“You mean the world to me darling heart + I will love you forever and always.

“Heaven is so very lucky to have you.”

Ms Thomas has been close with Jaimi for years through her health battles. She once shared on Instagram that she “couldn’t be more proud” of her best friend when she turned 30 in 2017, using hashtags including #fighter.

Eating disorder organisation The Butterfly Foundation said Jaimi’s death was devastating.

“We are devastated to hear this news and our heart goes out to Jaimi’s family at this incredibly difficult time,” Butterfly’s Kevin Barrow said.

A baby Jaimi with her ironman champion and businessman dad Grant Kenny. Picture: Facebook
media_cameraA baby Jaimi with her ironman champion and businessman dad Grant Kenny. Picture: Facebook

“Unfortunately, it’s the severity of these illnesses that cause them to have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.”

Wickham, a former teammate of Curry’s who lost her daughter, Hannah, to cancer in 2007, said her heart broke for her friend.

“It’s a tragic time when losing a child. I can’t believe we both have lost our beloved beautiful daughters,” she wrote.

Szubanski said: “Lisa I am just devastated on your behalf. Sending all the love and support in the world.”

Jaimi Kenny with her parents Lisa and Grant.
media_cameraJaimi Kenny with her parents Lisa and Grant.

Patti Newton wrote on behalf of herself and Bert: “Can’t stop thinking about you, my heart is with you love B and P x.”

But Jaimi also touched the lives of everyday Australians, including those she shared a hospital ward with.

Shea Osborn’s grandmother was in the same Sunshine Coast University Hospital ward and said the pair struck up a friendship and Jaimi even wrote her a letter.

“I remember my grandpa crying as he read it as Jaimi had such beautiful words to say,” she said.

Jaimi’s brother, Jett Kenny, said he knew they loved each other “unconditionally”.

“The world lost one of its treasures yesterday but heaven gained one,” he wrote on Instagram.

Jett Kenny posted a moving tribute to his sister on social media after her death. Picture: Instagram
media_cameraJett Kenny posted a moving tribute to his sister on social media after her death. Picture: Instagram

In a cruel twist for the grieving family, a Facebook impostor impersonating Curry’s husband started a funding page late yesterday.

Curry took to Facebook urging those on social media to not open any messages from the fake account using husband Mark Andrew Tabone’s name. “SOME PEOPLE” she wrote on Facebook, “someone has started a go fund me page on Mark Andrew Tabone FB page … this is NOT US.” She urged people not to open anything from the account.

Butterfly National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (1800 ED HOPE)



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Jaimi Kenny, daughter of sporting stars Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny, remembered as ‘beloved’ niece, ‘beautiful’ daughter


Former Australian Olympian Lisa Curry has spoken of the “unbearable” pain she feels following the death of her daughter, Jaimi Kenny, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The 33-year-old died peacefully at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on Monday following a battle with a long-term illness.

Ms Kenny is the eldest daughter of sporting stars Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny.

Paying tribute to her daughter, Curry remembered Jaimi as someone who was “so loved, so beautiful and so kind to everyone”.

“I can barely breathe. I just can’t believe you’re not here anymore, I sit and just shake my head,” Curry posted on social media.

“I will miss you every sunrise, I will miss you when the sun is shining and the birds are singing.

Jaimi Kenny had been battling a long-term illness.(Facebook)

“I will miss you when the clouds are dark and stormy and when the rainbow appears.

“I will miss you when I close my eyes. I will miss you when I open my eyes.

“I will miss our long hugs and long chats.

“You will forever be with me in my heart Jaimi. I love you so much.”

Jaimi Kenny as a small child jumps into a pool to mum Lisa Curry.
Lisa Curry posted a birthday tribute to her daughter Jaimi Kenny in June, which included childhood images.(Supplied)

‘My heart is shattering into a million pieces’

Jaimi’s best friend Millie Thomas said she was devastated by the loss of her “soul sister”.

“Fly high my darling Jaimi. You are my best friend, my soul sister, you always will be,” Ms Thomas posted to social media.

“My days will never ever be the same without your love, your light and your laughter.

“You mean the world to me darling heart and I will love you forever and always. Heaven is so very lucky to have you.

“Rest peacefully my darling and keep shining your beautiful light.”

Jaimi holds Melinda's hand on a picnic rug.
Jaimi Kenny (left) with her aunt Melinda Kenny (right).(Instagram)

Jaimi’s aunt, Melinda Kenny also took to Instagram to pay tribute to her “beloved” niece.

“Words can’t express what she meant to me,” she said.

“The one who shared my love of fashion and styling. The one who thought I was cool in my fifties, the one I laughed with,” she wrote.

Jaimi Kenny with mum Lisa Curry as a child.
Jaimi Kenny was the eldest child of Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny.(Supplied)

“She was a gem and I loved her deeply, as we all did.

“I’m going to take a short break to … support my much-loved brother GK [Grant Kenny] who, although a tower of strength and dignity, is suffering unimaginably.”

Kenny yesterday described his daughter as “a loving soul who always put others before herself”.

The family did not specify the nature of Ms Kenny’s illness.



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Grant Kenny and Lisa Curry’s daughter Jaimi dies on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast after long-term illness



Jaimi Kenny, the daughter of Queensland sporting greats Grant Kenny and Lisa Curry, has died at the age of 33.

Grant Kenny released a statement today, saying Jaimi had “lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family” at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

“Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself,” Mr Kenny wrote in the statement.

“Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.

“We thank the incredible team at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for their tireless commitment to making her better and giving us as the extra time we were able to spend with her.”

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Ms Curry posted a photograph on her Instagram page to celebrate Jaimi’s 33rd birthday on June 25.

Mr Kenny did not reveal the nature of his daughter’s illness.

“It goes without saying that this is a very difficult time for family and friends and we trust we will all be allowed to grieve in privacy,” he said.

Mr Kenny and Ms Curry married in 1986 and had three children together.

Jaimi was their eldest, born in 1987.

Queensland’s famous sporting couple separated in 2009, before finalising their divorce in 2017.



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Parramatta legend Brett Kenny looks to NRL after taking a COVID-19 hit


Parramatta legend Brett Kenny has reached out to the NRL and the Eels for opportunities after the COVID-19 pandemic put the rugby league great out of work.

The four-time premiership-winning Eels playmaker was made redundant from an apprentice and traineeship recruitment role on Monday and has offered his services back to the game he loves.

He has already messaged ARLC chairman Peter V’landys while he has also contacted Parramatta believing he has something to offer to the next generation of players.

“I’d like to see if there are any opportunities with the Country Rugby League as I’m on the Central Coast,” Kenny said.

“It is going to be hard given they have put a lot of people off during the virus, but we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve also left a message at Parramatta to talk to anyone.

“I just let them know if any sponsors or anyone could do with an old ex-footballer.

“There was a job on seek with the NRL with schools going back to work, but I have to get on to someone because I think the applications are closed.”

The legendary Eels playmaker is devastated about the position he’s in, and hopeful of resurrecting his career with a return to the rugby league ranks.

But first, Kenny had to content with a daunting visit to Centrelink.

“I had to ask what to do because I’ve never been in this position before,” Kenny said.

“I’ve been put off at other places in the past, but I usually have another job to go to.

“But it has been quiet through this coronavirus period, so the company said they can’t afford to keep everyone, so my position had to go.”

Kenny retired from rugby league in 1993, but he keeps a close eye on his beloved Parramatta.

He endorsed Jai Field as the man to replace Dylan Brown following his ankle injury.

Brown is expected to be sidelined for an extended period after falling awkwardly during the Eels’ big loss to South Sydney.

Eels coach Brad Arthur has options at No.6, including Jaeman Salmon and Brad Takairangi.

Kenny, though, would like to see Field given another chance after impressing in his three NRL games this season when he replaced the injured Mitch Moses.

“I would leave Moses at halfback and let him control everything and then have Field as a ball running five-eighth,” he said.

“I was impressed with Field when he played earlier this season. He is really fast on his feet and I think he would cause opposition defences some headaches with a bit of spark.”



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TNT’s Kenny Smith Walks Off Set in Solidarity with NBA Players



On Wednesday afternoon, NBA players decided to boycott their three scheduled playoff games and are considering ending their season, due to their frustration and anger over the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.

Later that day, NBA veteran and analyst Kenny Smith, walked off the set of the NBA on TNT, to show solidarity with the players.

According to the Associated Press:

The dramatic series of moves began when the Bucks — the NBA’s team from Wisconsin, a state rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man — didn’t take the floor for their playoff game against the Magic. The teams were set to begin Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 p.m., with the Bucks needing a win to advance to the second round.

Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. More discussions were scheduled Wednesday, but even before that the Bucks apparently decided they would act.

‘Some things are bigger than basketball,’ Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted. ‘The stand taken today by the players and (the organization) shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.’

ESPN NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reported that indeed, the NBA’s entire season is in jeopardy.

The NBA is nearly two months into its restart.

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Cooper Johns to debut as Melbourne Storm hand captaincy to Kenny Bromwich


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“Cooper has got the mentality that he is playing, he has had that all week,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said earlier on Wednesday.

“There is no use thinking he might, he might not, he might, he might not and then all of a sudden on Thursday morning he is playing.

“He has had that mentality all week.”

Johns has always carried his storied last name with confidence but the Storm have also been protective of the young half-back given the undoubted attention his debut will attract.

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“If I’m being honest I wouldn’t have thought Kenny would captain our side, that’s not to say he isn’t captain material. Over his career we have had Smithy, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, his brother Jesse and Dale Finucane who all had wonderful leadership qualities so I wouldn’t have expected to see him as captain,” Bellamy said.

“But having said that, he will do a great job. He has been in our leadership group for a number of years and he isn’t there to make up the numbers, he has deserved it.”

Young forward Darryn Schonig will come onto the bench in place of Jesse Bromwich and Sandor Earl will take the place of Suliasi Vunivalu (jaw) on the wing.

The Storm play the Eels at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday at 7.50pm AEST.

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