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Kerri-Anne Kennerley has been taken to hospital after a fall during a performance of the stage musical Pippin. Kennerley fell from a trapeze during Wednesday night’s performance in Sydney breaking her collar bone. The star performer reportedly finished her song before being taken to hospital. The 67-year-old actress plays Grandma Berthe in the Australian season of the musical, which is showing at Sydney’s Lyric theatre. It is the first major commercial production to open in Australia after curtains fell around theatres in March. Kennerley had spoken to The Senior earlier this year about the performance saying she was practicing on a circus trapeze – and putting her body through a gruelling training regime, six days a week. “It’s all about upper body strength and core work. In my big number, I have to get on a trapeze and go up 15ft. I’m helped by a very strapping, hunky trapeze artist and we do several movements including one called The Bird, and one where I have to hang by my feet,” Kennerley told The Senior. “At the moment we’re starting with the basics and I’m doing manoeuvres on a soft mat six inches off the ground. It’s a big learning curve and I realise how active and tough this is going to be. “It’s really coming home to roost now. But every day there is some improvement.” IN THE NEWS


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Cricket news, Kerri-Anne Hamilton, Koby Dean Hamilton tribute

Kerri-Anne Hamilton has shared a heartfelt tribute to the late Dean Jones as the Australian sporting community continues to mourn the cricket legend’s sudden passing.

Jones and Hamilton met in the late 1990s and had a secret affair, with the Sydneysider falling pregnant a decade later.

Their 11-year-old son Koby Dean Hamilton is a promising baseballer, and his club took part in a minute’s silence ahead of the 2020/21 season.

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On Sunday, Kerri-Anne shared an image of young Kobe on social media, paying tribute to the Victorian cricket icon.

“Players, officials and spectators all took part in a minute’s silence along with Koby’s team members wearing black armbands to commemorate and respect the passing of their teammate’s father … a legendary Australian cricketer who revolutionised the art of batting, a baseball fan and Kobys’ hero,” Kerri-Anne captioned the image.

“We are very lucky to be part of a wonderful baseball community and we feel very supported by our baseball family. One minute isn’t long enough, but it was a fitting way to start the process of goodbye.

“We think about you every minute of every day.”

Following Jones’ death in September, Kerri-Anne said it was important Koby’s voice was heard, because his dad was his hero.

“It’s an awful time for his wife and his other kids. I’m not trying to step out of line. I want to speak to you for Koby,” Kerri-Anne told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I don’t want Koby to go to school and for kids to say, ‘We didn’t see you, how do we know you were his son?’ He deserves acknowledgment.”

READ MORE: Jones’ broken relationship with Merv Hughes

After not meeting his son for almost two years, Jones turned a corner and did his best to be a father to Koby.

“Dean was always trying to look after everyone; his family and also me and Koby. He made everyone feel special and loved,” Kerri-Anne said.

“It was never easy for him. Deano didn’t meet Koby until he was almost two. He just said to me one day, ‘This is silly, I need to meet him’. Anyway, I didn’t need to introduce them. I told Koby that there was someone here to see him and told him it was his daddy. He just raced to him, tripped down the stairs and jumped into his arms.

“He always made sure Koby and I were OK. I am very respectful to his family and he loved his wife and his girls. It’s not my intention to cause problems. He had a son and he loves his son. I’ve always taken what Dean could give us and that’s always been enough.”

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Mother’s Day 2020: Kerri-Anne Kennerley writes letter to mum

Grace Isabell Wright you have always been a very stylish woman.

Never one to lounge around looking untidy. I remember a saying about something worn that you disapproved of “I wouldn’t wear that washing”, you would say. Your smart appearance had nothing to do with money or lack of it as we grew as a happy working class family of four kids with you and dad doing your very best to keep us clothed, fed and tidy and out of trouble. The house inside and out was always immaculate.

Mum, you’re 98 and heading quickly for 99 not out! You might not be very mobile and in need of high care but I love having you live with me. We still have great conversations and your imagination is extraordinary and fun. You still have a determined will to try and do things yourself because pressing a button for assistance would be too easy. ‘I don’t want to bother anybody.”

media_cameraKerri-Anne Kennerly with mum Grace Isabelle Wright

Gee no bother at all finding you on the floor and trying to get you up! But we laugh. On my Instagram page two years ago, you managed to get thousands and thousands of likes (far more than I have ever managed to get) dancing around to Meghan Trainor’s All about that Bass. You could really groove and everyone loved you for it. You were named the Dancing Queen. You always loved to dance, in fact you met Dad at a Saturday night dance.

You grew up in Blackall, Queensland as the last of twelve kids. I can imagine it was not the easiest of childhoods but it made you independent and self sufficient. I am sure that is where I got my dogged determination from. Your childhood was cut short when your father died when you were 12.

Your early life made you even more determined to make sure your kids would have what you didn’t. You were the centre of the household and what you said was gospel. You encouraged all of us to do whatever we wanted to in life and career. If you want something go and get it.

I look back at your life and can now only appreciate what you have survived and what you thrived on. Depression and war just to start with. You married dad two days before he went to war and was posted in New Guinea. The war was never discussed but Dad was often ’not well’. We much later realised he suffered Post Traumatic Syndrome and malaria which reoccurred often. It was never discussed or diagnosed in those days. Dad was a wonderful sensitive gentleman from the Darling Downs. You nursed him though and kept the family house hold running.

Grace Isabelle Wright is 98-years-old and heading quickly for 99 not out!
media_cameraGrace Isabelle Wright is 98-years-old and heading quickly for 99 not out!

You endured the loss of a baby to cancer. A trauma still felt even in your 90s. You raised four children in a house that Dad built … physically. You worked at home and with Dad in every aspect. We were shielded from a lot of the tough times. We had everything we needed and didn’t take anything for granted.

We were one of the families to go to the main street in our PJs and watch black and white TV in the window. We survived cracker night or Guy Fawkes night. You always cooked full meals. You didn’t rely on takeaway as there was none. There was no frozen food. It was all fresh. You made our clothes on a Singer sewing machine. You nursed Dad for 17 years with prostate cancer till we lost him a 91. He could never have survived that long without you. You never had lots of friends because the family and Dad were your entire life. And it still is.

There is something unbelievably strong and capable about you and your generation. I am so glad I inherited your strength, will and survival instincts. I am also glad I inherited Dad’s height, he was six foot and you’re only 5’3. But you were always a powerhouse. The light is just a little softer now.


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Originally published as KAK’s beautiful letter to mum Grace

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