Olympic legend Leisel Jones honoured with a street in her (correct) name


She’s a dead set legend.

Leisel Jones: OAM, four time Olympian, three time Olympic gold medallist.

With seven World Championship titles, nine Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals, 14 individual world records and 23 National titles to her name, she’s one of the world’s greatest swimmers.

Oh, and she’s also a finalist for this year’s Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best New Talent on radio!

But still, there was NOTHING in Brisbane named after her.

That all changed when her co-hosts from Triple M Brisbane’s The Rush Hour in Liam Flanaghan and Dobbo, aided by their loyal listeners, wouldn’t take no for an answer.

One afternoon on the show, a call from Paul in Deception Bay changed everything.

He said there’s a Leisel Drive in Rothwell, and it turns out yes it WAS named for ‘our Leisel’ – it’s that just no-one ever told her, and it’s not even her full name!

Liam and Dobo wanted more – why wasn’t this 500m stretch of road between Anzac Drive and Brenner Road (behind Bunnings Warehouse) more specific?

Why wasn’t it named ‘Leisel Jones Drive’?

So they fronted Moreton Bay Shire Council to have the road’s name changed to Leisel Jones Drive, only to have the meeting declined.

Turns out that it is a council rule that the speaker must be to be a resident of the Moreton Bay Shire to address the Council.

So it was a case of: Aright then, game on!

So Leisel, Liam and Dobbo took to the street.

Dobbo petitioned residents from the area, and like a cluster of phoenixes (phoenii?), the people rose up, and agreed – the street name should be changed to Leisel Jones Drive.

And Council agreed.

Cue the fireworks, release the doves, and turn up the music!

The trio triumphs.

So they had one helluva party, with a street motorcade and officially RENAMED that street!

Now all is well with the world.

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