Lisa Curry says Olympic legend Dawn Fraser told her to ‘move on’ from her daughter Jaimi’s death: ‘It’s hard to do’
Lisa Curry has lived with unimaginable grief since the death of her 33-year-old daughter Jaimi in September 2020.
And the 59-year-old Olympian revealed on Tuesday that fellow champion swimmer Dawn Fraser recently told her to ‘move on’ from the tragedy.
She told Jonesy & Amanda on Tuesday that Dawn, a former independent politician, had meant well when she gave the advice.
Advice: Lisa Curry (right) said on Tuesday that fellow champion swimmer Dawn Fraser had told her recently to ‘move on’ from the death of her 33-year-old daughter Jaimi (left)
Lisa revealed her friend’s advice after telling radio hosts Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller that she no longer wanted to ‘dwell on everything that’s sad’ because it’s ‘not what Jaimi would have wanted’.
She also confessed it was heartbreaking to see her ex-husband Grant Kenny – Jaimi’s father – looking ‘sad all the time’.
‘You’ve got to, at some point [move on]… you know, I bumped into Dawn Fraser the other morning, and she said, “Lisa, you’ve just got to move on. You’ve just got to move on,”‘ she said.
Lisa’s tone suggested Dawn was simply trying to be kind, and revealed she’d told her in response: ‘I know, I know. It’s just hard to do.’
Advice: Lisa, 59, told Jonesy & Amanda that Dawn, a former independent politician, had meant well when she gave the advice. (Pictured: Dawn Fraser in Sydney on April 30, 2022)
Jonesy remarked: ‘That’s a simplistic approach.
‘I think a lot of people say “move on”, but there’s nothing wrong with grieving, living in the moment. You will get past this, because you’re a strong woman.’
Through tears, Lisa replied: ‘It’s… it’s one day after another. There’s not one minute of the day when I don’t think of our daughter.’
Lisa went on to say she was happy to be turning 60 soon, and was going to celebrate with a ‘birth year, rather than a birthday’.
Loss: Jaimi (right) died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on September 14, 2020, surrounded by her family, including her Olympian mother and Ironman father Grant Kenny
Jaimi died at Sunshine Coast University Hospital on September 14, 2020, surrounded by her family, including her Olympian mother and Ironman father.
She was receiving treatment for an eating disorder at the time of her death.
Lisa faced more heartache after she lost her mother, Pat, in April this year.
Loss: Lisa faced more heartache in April when her mother Pat died. (Jaimi and Pat are pictured)
Family: Lisa (left) married Grant Kenny (right) in 1984, before the pair separated in 2009. They welcomed three children together: son Jett, 28, and daughters Morgan, 31, and Jaimi (centre)
Lisa and Grant married in 1984, separated in 2009 and welcomed three children together: son Jett, 28, and daughters Morgan, 31, and Jaimi.
The retired competitive swimmer married Elvis impersonator Mark Tabone in 2018.
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Love story: The retired competitive swimmer married Elvis impersonator Mark Tabone in 2018
Who is Lisa Curry?
- A former competitive swimmer and Ironwoman, Lisa has won 30 international swimming medals
- As a swimmer, she represented Australia 16 times from 1977 to 1992
- Lisa competed in three Olympic Games – Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) and Barcelona (1992)
- The Brisbane-born star was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985
- Turning her hand to reality TV, Lisa starred in Channel Nine’s The Celebrity Apprentice Australia in 2011
- In 2017, she joined Network Ten’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
- Lisa married former Ironman and Olympic bronze medallist Grant Kenny in 1984. They separated in May 2009
- They share three children including Jaimi, son Jett, 28, and daughter Morgan, 31
- She announced her engagement to entertainer Mark Tabone in October 2016. They wed in May 2018