'Doesn't feel real': Sister's devastating tribute to Jaimi Kenny

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·4-min read
Morgan and Jaimi Kenny, pictured here on Instagram.
Morgan Kenny (R) has paid tribute to sister Jaimi. Image: Instagram

Morgan Kenny has penned a heartbreaking tribute to late sister Jaimi - the daughter of Australian sporting greats Lisa Curry and Grant Kenny.

Jaimi died on Monday at the age of 33 after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.

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Taking to social media on Tuesday night, Jaimi’s younger sister Morgan said the tragedy “doesn’t feel real.”

“I am so grateful for the time that I had you as my big sister,” Morgan wrote on Insragram.

“I am grateful that Flynn got two and a half years with his Aunty. I am grateful for you doing my hair and letting me borrow your clothes.

“I am grateful for you. There is no one like you. I love you so much and will forever miss you.

“Rest now beautiful sister, you will never be forgotten.”

Morgan’s tribute follows similarly emotional statements from the rest of her family.

“Our hearts are completely broken,” Curry wrote in her own tribute.

“Our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday morning with her loving family by her side.

“So loved. So beautiful. So kind to everyone … So painful. I can barely breathe.

“Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself.

“Her love of flowers, cooking, art, decorating, photography, babies, the beach, and helping others will always be remembered.

“Our hearts are broken and the pain is unbearable but we cherish every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured and so loved first child.

“We thank all the paramedics, support staff and the incredible team at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for their tireless commitment to give us the extra time we were able to spend with Jaimi.

“It goes without saying that this is a very difficult time for our family and all who knew and loved Jaimi so very much.”

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Younger brother Jett said he loved his sister “unconditionally”.

“I may not have been the best brother to you all the time,” Jett wrote on Instagram.

“I know you thought you weren’t being the big sister I needed all the time.

“But I do know we loved one another unconditionally all the time. I will love you forever.

“Rest In Peace my beautiful big sister. The world lost one of its treasures yesterday but heaven gained one. You will be dearly missed by all whose lives you touched.”

Grant Kenny announced the devastating news in a statement on Monday night.

“It is with a very heavy heart that Lisa and I confirm that our beautiful daughter Jaimi has lost her battle with a long-term illness and passed away peacefully in hospital this morning in the company of loving family,” the statement read.

“Jaimi will forever be remembered as a caring, bright and loving soul who always put others before herself.

“Our hearts are broken and the pain is immense but we must move forward cherishing every wonderful moment we got to share with our treasured first child.

“We thank the incredible team at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for their tireless commitment to making her better and giving us as the extra time we were able to spend with her.

"It goes without saying that this is a very difficult time for family and friends and we trust we will all be allowed to grieve in privacy.”

Lisa Curry, pictured here with daughter Jaimi at the Commonwealth Games in 1990.
Lisa Curry and daughter Jaimi at the Commonwealth Games in 1990. (AAP Image, file)

Curry and Kenny, who represented Australia at the Olympics in swimming and canoeing respectively, split amicably in 2009.