News

Gympie will remember Gill

NEVER FORGOTTEN: Gympie Cup jockeys (back, from left) Shaun Bayliss, Matthew Gray, Kelly Gates, Chris Kearney, Jason Missan, Alisha Taylor, Amy Van Der Sanden, Taylor Williams and Anthony Meritt, (middle) Billie-Rose Derbyshire, Sarah Eilbeck, Jason Hoopert and Ian Coombes stand beside the memorial of their fallen friend Desiree Gill. It was a sombre day at the Gympie track as everyone remembered the champion bush jockey.
NEVER FORGOTTEN: Gympie Cup jockeys (back, from left) Shaun Bayliss, Matthew Gray, Kelly Gates, Chris Kearney, Jason Missan, Alisha Taylor, Amy Van Der Sanden, Taylor Williams and Anthony Meritt, (middle) Billie-Rose Derbyshire, Sarah Eilbeck, Jason Hoopert and Ian Coombes stand beside the memorial of their fallen friend Desiree Gill. It was a sombre day at the Gympie track as everyone remembered the champion bush jockey.

CHAMPION bush jockey Desiree Gill will never be forgotten at the Gympie Turf Club.

On Saturday, in front of a bumper Gympie Cup crowd, the club unveiled a marble tribute to Mrs Gill to honour her contribution to racing in Gympie.

Mrs Gill died after she was thrown from her mount Celtic Ambition in a race fall at Caloundra in November last year.

She was just 45.

Three tonnes of Chillagoe marble was expertly carved into a life-size bust of Mrs Gill. It has pride of place in the mounting yard in front of the grandstand; the scene of many wins for the Gill family.

The artwork took Gympie artist Dan Davie more than five months to complete.

Des O'Keefe, from the Australian Jockeys Association, came to Gympie to unveil the statue.

He praised the contribution Mrs Gill made to the racing industry as both a mentor to younger riders and as a talented jockey.

Racing Queensland CEO Darren Condon and Gympie councillor Rae Gate echoed the sentiments.

Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter thanked all of those involved in bringing the memorial to fruition.

Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Gympie Regional Arts Fund, Ian and Kim Read, Barry Gill and the Gympie and Sunshine Coast turf clubs.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie, horse racing, jockey




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

GourMay lunch ‘berry’ nice

SHOWCASED: Among the local producers who took part in the Farmers Lunch at Cooloola Berries last Saturday are (from left) Brad and Melinda Murnane, of Rhodavale Pork, David and Michelle Agnew, of Coondoo Claw, Ollie and Sandra Lindstrom, of Lindolls Macadamias, and Jason and Kim Lewis, of Cooloola Berries.

Cooloola Berries Farmers Lunch

‘Yes Minister’ system shoots down range plan

Participants were given 40 minutes to make 40 shots at the Mundubbera Small Bore Rifle association open day.  Photo Tobi Loftus / Central & North Burnett Times

Gympie Regional Council will today consider a nine-page staff report

‘From bad to worse’

Gympie Magistrates Court House, Channon Street, Gympie.

A man has appeared on drug charges in Gympie Magistrates Court.

Latest deals and offers

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago