Tracey Wickham and Lisa Curry united after tragedy


The tributes for the Curry-Kenny family have come flooding in following the shock and tragic death of Jaimi Kenny on Monday.

A joint statement from Lisa Curry and Grant 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”.

News.com.au understands the 33-year-old had been receiving treatment for an eating disorder for years at Sunshine Coast private clinic End ED.

As the tributes came rolling in, one from a long-time rival in the pool stood out on social media.

Tracey Wickham and Curry were stars of the pool throughout the 1980s, winning more than 20 international gold medals combined.

Despite the Aussie duo dominating between the lanes, out of the pool their relationship was far from friendly with the frostiest moment coming ahead of the 1982 Commonwealth Games when Curry slow clapped her rival as she walked out to the pool.

But after the tragic announcement of Jaimi’s death, Wickham put their rivalry aside and reached out to her long-time opponent.

“Lisa, my heart breaks for you and your family,’ Wickham wrote on Curry’s Instagram.

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

“God bless you and hoping everyone holds you tight. Big hugs … much love. Tracey.”

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Wickham sadly lost her daughter Hannah Ciobo in 2009 after a five-year battle with the rare disease, synovial cancer.

Hannah, 19, was first diagnosed with synovial sarcoma — a rare and aggressive cancer — in 2004 but beat it after several operations and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Sadly it returned for the final time in early 2009.

She died three hours after achieving her final wish as she married Tom O’Driscoll in a hospital wedding. The pair met two years earlier in a cancer ward.

Wickham said her daughter was in a hospital gown and on oxygen, but was aware of the ceremony, attended by 20 family and friends including Hannah’s dad and brother Daniel.

“There was love in her eyes,” she said.

“Tom was alone with her, and he saw her slip away.

“She was too young to die. Hannah was a fighter until the end, just like her mother.

“She passed away peacefully with family and friends.”

Curry thanked the outpouring of love from all corners after making the heartbreaking announcement of her daughter’s passing, while issuing advice to fellow parents in an Instagram post.

“Right now, go and give your children the biggest hug and tell them how much you love them, and do that everyday because you’ll never know if it’s the last day,” she wrote.

Sadly Curry was forced to hit out on social media when a dodgy fundraiser was set up by internet scammers.

“SOME PEOPLE !!! Someone has started a go fund me page on Mark Andrew Tabone FB page … this is NOT US,” Ms Curry wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

“It’s also sending friend requests. PLEASE DO NOT OPEN ANYTHING FROM THIS FAKE ACCOUNT.”

Thankfully evidence of the dodgy fundraiser appears to have been wiped from the Donor Box site.



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ANALYSIS: Ditching Tracey Cameron was about more than coal


TRACEY Cameron’s resignation as the Labor Party’s state election candidate for the key seat of Whitsunday sent the rumour mill into overdrive.

But to be fair, the writing was on the wall long before that.

As the gossip began swirling, all it took was a statement from Dawson MP George Christensen to cut through the noise.

Mr Christensen claimed Ms Cameron didn’t resign, but was unceremoniously “ditched” due to her stance on coal.

Ms Cameron agreed with his comments, but later said her stance on other issues, such as agriculture, could have played a part as well.

But if coal was such a major issue to the party, why would Labor endorse pro-coal Mike Brunker as a candidate for the seat of Burdekin?

It doesn’t really add up.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Attila Csaszar

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University of Queensland political expert Chris Salisbury doesn’t buy the coal story either.

“There was probably a mix of reasons,” Dr Salisbury said.

“Perhaps there has been some internal party polling done in Whitsunday and presumably other seats up north that indicated there wasn’t a great deal of candidate cut through.”

Dr Salisbury believes the crucial nature of the Whitsunday seat was likely the determining factor in the decision to replace Ms Cameron with Cannonvale State School principal Angie Kelly.

“Both the LNP, who had held this seat for some time now, but also Labor, will be gunning for that seat purely because the major parties know they have to hold or gain sets like this to have a chance at winning government,” he said.

“This kind of seat, held by a disenfranchised former LNP member, they will both be targeting to win.

“What makes Whitsunday of interest to the major parties is, it’s held on a very tight margin, so all players will be pulling out all stops to win this because so many marginal seats are going to be crucial to whoever ends up forming government.”

Views from the Honeyeater trail lookout at Airlie Beach stretch over the marina and Whitsundays. Picture: Rae Wilson

Views from the Honeyeater trail lookout at Airlie Beach stretch over the marina and Whitsundays. Picture: Rae Wilson

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As for “hand-picked” newcomer Ms Kelly, Dr Salisbury said there was a lot riding on her shoulders.

“The Premier will no doubt see this new candidate as critical to Labor’s chances,” he said.

“Parties make these calls from time to time, but they can fall either way depending on how that plays out with local branch members in the seat.”





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