Ground-breaking NZ jockey Linda Jones lends name to new retirement village

By | April 12, 2019
Linda Jones with Ryman Healthcare main executive Gordon MacLeod at the opening of the novel Ground-breaking NZ jockey Linda Jones lends refer to novel retirement village
Linda Jones with Ryman Healthcare main executive Gordon MacLeod at the opening of the novel retirement hamlet named afterward the quondam jockey.

A Hamilton retirement hamlet has been named afterward New Zealand’s around famous woman soul jockey, Linda Jones MBE.

The refer of Ryman Healthcare’s novel retirement hamlet on River Road inwards Hamilton was revealed on Fri at a special resultant held at the Hamilton Working Men’s Club, as well as Jones was acquaint for the occasion.

As the kickoff adult woman to live inducted inwards the NZ Racing Hall of Fame, Jones is a truthful Kiwi icon who straight off joins a long listing of dandy New Zealanders whose names stimulate got been lent to Ryman retirement villages, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Bruce McLaren, Possum Bourne as well as Sir Edmund Hillary.

Fittingly, her brief but vivid career was forged inwards the Waikato. After getting noticed inwards the women-only ‘Powder Puff Derbies’, Jones became a media sensation yesteryear leading the crusade for equal rights inwards Equus caballus racing.

Her kickoff endeavour to apply for an apprentice licence was turned down. The reasons for the refusal included beingness every bit good old (she was 24), non potent enough, as well as the fact that she was married.

It took her 3 years to instruct the licence but finally inwards 1977 she became the kickoff New Zealand adult woman jockey to gain the correct to race against men.

It was at Te Rapa inwards 1978 that she notched upwardly her kickoff win, which thence led to a inundation of historic firsts to live achieved.

She was the kickoff woman soul passenger inwards the North Island to stimulate got domicile kickoff identify as well as she became the kickoff adult woman to ride 4 winners inwards 1 day, also at Te Rapa.

Linda was also the kickoff adult woman to win a Group Race, the kickoff to win at Ellerslie as well as the kickoff adult woman inwards the the world to win a derby.

She cracked about firsts across the Tasman too, including becoming the kickoff adult woman to win against men inwards Australia.

Ryman Healthcare chief executive Gordon MacLeod said the companionship had sought input for hamlet names from prospective residents at populace meetings held earlier the village’s structure started.

“Linda is New Zealand’s around famous woman soul jockey, she was a trailblazer for women as well as a brave as well as violent rival inwards a tough sport.

“When it came to finding a refer for our River Road site nosotros turned to our locals at a coming together at St Andrews Golf Club lastly twelvemonth as well as this was a pop suggestion,” he said.

“She’s a New Zealand icon whose career was forged inwards the Waikato thence I can’t intend of a to a greater extent than plumbing equipment namesake for our beautiful novel hamlet inwards Hamilton.

“I’m certain it is a refer that everyone inwards our hamlet community volition live proud of.”

Jones travelled from her domicile inwards Queensland to live at the naming ceremony as well as said she was delighted to lend her refer to the novel hamlet inwards an surface area that was beloved to her heart.

MacLeod also thanked Piripi Matika from Ngati Wairiri for performing a karakiato opened upwardly the event.

The kickoff residents volition motion inwards to the kickoff townhouses to live completed side yesteryear side month. The hamlet volition offering a attain of retirement living options amongst help tailored to each resident’s needs. It volition include independent apartments as well as townhouses, serviced apartments as well as a help centre amongst resthome, infirmary as well as dementia-level help options. Also included volition live an indoor swimming pool, spa, gymnasium, hairdressing as well as beauty salons, café, painting theatre, library, a bar as well as billiards room.

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