Ambassador

Jayne Parsons

Jayne is an exceptional wife, mother of three, stepmother of two and grandmother of seven. Jayne is also an elite athlete having represented New Zealand in the sport of cycling. At 21 years of age, Jayne had the world at her feet as a young bride, expectant mother with career prospects and a bright future. However, her life came crashing down and so much was taken from her both physically and mentally as a result of years of domestic violence. Jayne was a victim and lost her sight in both eyes.

After years of trauma and personal anguish, Jayne decided to stand up, be heard and to turn a negative experience in to a positive experience. At the age of 44, Jayne commenced a career as an elite cyclist. With a determined nature and with the support of a cycling partner, Jayne learnt the skill of tandem racing. She trained hard and set her goals for competition at local, national and international arenas. Jayne had a resilience and strong belief that she was capable of achieving anything and became the pioneer of tandem cycling in New Zealand.

Some of her milestones include:

  • (2006) Cycling World Championships in Switzerland – Bronze medal
  • (2007) Cycling World Championships in France – came off her bike and broke her collar bone
  • (2008) Pan American Cycling Championships in Columbia – Silver medal
  • (2008) Paralympics in Beijing – Bronze medal in the 25km time trials
  • (2010) Para Cycling Road World Championships in Canada – Silver medal
  • (2011) Para Cycling Track World Championships in Italy – Gold medal and awarded World Champion
  • (2011) Oceania Para Cycling Championships – Brisbane – Gold in time trials and Bronze in road race
  • (2011) Para Cycling World Cup – Sydney – Gold in time trials and Silver in road race and awarded overall World Cup Champion

With her goals set for the 2012 Paralympics in London, Jayne trained hard in the lead up, but unfortunately an injury resulted in her withdrawal of the competition. At that point Jayne realised that her international cycling career may be finished, but set new goals of being a spokeswoman, ambassador and advocate for both domestic violence victims and for disability groups.

Jayne became an Ambassador for the Child Cancer NZ organisation; addressed victims of domestic violence at women’s refuges throughout New Zealand; became involved in Youth Quest (an organisation supporting young boys at risk) and performed public speaking engagements at local high schools.

In 2014, with a new fresh outlook on life, Jayne and her husband Brent decided to pack up and move to Mandurah to follow her passion of fishing and the outdoors. Jayne commenced her involvement with Fishability in 2014 and is a regular jetty and boat participant on a weekly basis. At 53 years of age, Jayne has experienced so many achievements, but not one to be complacent, she has set new goals for 2015 and beyond. Jayne has recently commenced training in a new sport, blind lawn bowls and has the Australian National in Adelaide in 2015; Trans Tasman in New Zealand in 2016; Blind Lawn Bowls Championships in South Africa in 2017 and then the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018 in sight.