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Triathlon Canada mourns one of the sport’s greatest athletes

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Jackie Fairweather (nee Gallagher)
1967 – 2014

The international triathlon community is heart-broken today after learning of the death of dear friend and talented world class triathlete Jackie Fairweather (nee Gallagher).

A true legend of Australian sport, Jackie was one of the toughest triathletes of her time, winning both the 1996 ITU Triathlon World Championships and the 1996 ITU Duathlon World Championships, becoming the only athlete to win both titles in the same year.

Jackie again won the 1999 ITU Duathlon World Championships, was also runner-up at the 1995, 1997 and 1999 ITU Triathlon World Championships.

Following her star studded Triathlon career, Jackie was appointed inaugural Coach of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Triathlon Program and turned her talents to a running career, winning a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and a gold medal at the 2005 Gold Coast marathon.

Triathlon Canada joins Triathlon Australia, and all the Triathlon community in expressing deep deep sadness, at the loss of such a wonderful, talented and inspiring individual.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with Jackie’s family, especially partner Simon at this time of sadness and grief.

Jackie (Gallagher) Fairweather you will be greatly missed.

Tim Wilson
Triathlon Canada