Parish council pays tribute to Jenny
Published on: 05 Oct 2014
SHE’S become nothing short of a local legend and now there’s a fitting tribute right in the heart of Downend to mark the extraordinary achievement of snowboarder Jenny Jones.
Jenny made headlines across the world when she become the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in a snow event after her performance at the Sochi Winter Games in February.
Downend-born Jenny was treated to a hero’s welcome when she returned to Bristol but none could be prouder than community of Downend.
Now her talents have been recognised by Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council which has installed a bronze plaque which sits beneath the parish notice board along the side of Sainsbury’s in Badminton Road.
Jenny, 34, was guest of honour at the unveiling ceremony and gave a speech to guests which included her proud mum and dad, Pete and Helen, who still live in Downend.
Also in attendance were fans, parish councillors and local councillors.
Jenny thanked the community of Downend for their support and spoke about plans to launch a Bristol-branch of the charity Snow Camp, of which she is patron.
Snow Camp supports youngsters from inner cities by helping them get involved in snow sports.
Speeches were also made by parish councillors who told Jenny how proud the whole community was of her dedication and achievements.
After Jenny posed for photos including some selfies with fans.
Earlier Jenny had tweeted to her followers about the event saying “Excited for the plaque unveiling in Downend Bristol this evening 6.15pm. Very honoured! Massive thank-you x.”
Jenny told Downend Voice she hadn’t been prepared for the attention her performance at the Games had caused.
“I didn’t realise quite how big a deal it was when I achieved my medal. Obviously it was to me but I didn’t realise how many people had been watching me on the television that day. People said to me ‘We’ve been crying at you on the telly!’ I was also told I was the fourth most talked about athlete in the Olympics which is amazing.
“I was so proud of what I achieved but to feel the local community has recognised my achievement is just wonderful.”
Jenny’s mum Helen said: “We were proud beyond anything when she achieved her medal but to have the community recognise it is wonderful - we couldn’t be any prouder! Jenny is absolutely over the moon.”
In a statement the parish council said they were very proud to welcome Jenny back to Downend to unveil the plaque
“It was an amazing achievement to win the first ever British medal on snow.
“Since the exciting moments following her win, the parish council has been looking for some way of permanently marking this achievement by Jenny who grew up in Downend and Bromley Heath. We know that her Olympic success has been an inspiration to many local young people.
“We are very happy with the plaque as it sits so well under the newly installed information board showing a map and some photos of historic landmarks and events in the parish, including reference to another local sporting hero, W G Grace.
“All the parish councillors were so pleased that Jenny was able to come and unveil the plaque herself as we know she now has a very busy sporting and celebrity schedule.”
Jenny was back on home turf again a week later when she cut the ribbon to officially open an extension at her old primary school.
Jenny joined staff, pupils, teachers, parents and council chairman Howard Gawler for the ceremony at Hambrook Primary School to mark completion of the £3.5 million project.
To see the presentation online, visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVxEbv_pGfI
CAR giant Nissan has chosen Jenny to star in their latest campaign for its Juke model.
The video ad shows Jenny putting on her snowboarding goggles before descending down mountains and into urban landscapes, with snow in her path turning into a riot of bright colours.
The colours symbolise how customers can personalise the Juke with various trim and body kit options.
Nissan, along with sports brand Adidas, was the Team GB sponsor at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.
Check out Jenny in action: