She’s a dead set legend – Leisel Jones OAM, a four time Olympian, three time Olympic Gold Medalist and one of the world’s greatest ever female swimmers. With seven World Championships titles, nine Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals, 14 individual world records and 23 National titles, she had nothing named after her in Brisbane … until now.
On Saturday, 5 Aug 2023, in Rothwell, Leisel Jones Drive will be finally and officially named – because her Triple M co-hosts and her fans wouldn’t take no for an answer!
AND Leisel is going to give away all of her state swimming medals (because that’s what legends do)!
The naming day will start with a free breakfast at 7:45 a.m. behind Bunnings at Rothwell. A motorcade will follow at 9:45 a.m. whilst Triple M’s RUSH HOUR with Leisel Jones, Laim and Dobbo will air live from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Prepare for an extraordinary procession of cars and a lively marching band, fit for a legend. The lineup includes:
- Gene from Main Beach, arriving with a Mahindra Scorpio that holds the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Crossing by a production vehicle of the Simpson Desert.
- Ash from Eagleby, showcasing his beloved 2017 Ford Mustang.
- Peter from Wakerley, presenting a 2000 Sydney Olympics Edition Commodore, even though it is no longer in his possession.
- Shane, the esteemed President of the FX-FJ Holden Club of Qld, joining with his impressive 1954 Holden Special Hotrod, complete with eye-catching go-faster flames.
Adding to the excitement, the purple Cadillac from the Elvis Film will be making an appearance. For context, Leisel previously interviewed and developed an admiration for Austin Butler just before the release of the Elvis movie.
About Leisel Jones
The former competition swimmer and Olympic gold medallist made a splash in the sports world at the age of 15 during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Known for her classic breaststroke technique and remarkable achievements in the Olympics, Leisel has been an inspiration to aspiring swimmers worldwide.
After an illustrious career in the pool, Leisel took on new challenge as she transitioned from being an athlete to being a media personality in 2014. Being one of the most renowned and prominent sports icons in Australia, she has made a name for herself as an outstanding media personality with vast expertise in commentating, conducting interviews, hosting, and engaging in light entertainment.
Having surmounted personal challenges, Leisel is a vocal champion for mental health assistance and promoting a positive body image. She actively supports these charitable causes by collaborating with organizations that hold special significance to her, such as Beyond Blue.