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Awarded for service to Sport and Recreation
Born: 19 July 1964
Entered on roll: 2009
Maybe I can inspire some people to be more positive in their lives. (Marilyne Jackson, 2006)
Marilyne Jayne Jackson was born in Hobart on 19 July 1964. She began ballroom dancing competitively at the age of 16 years, an early hobby that would lead to national success.
In 1984, Marilyne and her partner competed in the Australian Ballroom Dancing Championships, and won their grade. Following this early success, Marilyne made her way to the top of competitive dancing in Australia, winning numerous titles, including the Commonwealth, Southern Cross, Melbourne Cup and Australasian championships. In 1990, Marilyne won the Australian Professional Rising Star New Vogue event at the Australian Ballroom Dancing Championships.
Marilyne’s true devotion, though, has been in promoting ballroom dancing for all. She returned to Tasmania in 1997 and served on the Australian Dancing Board of Control. She was elected as a coach representative on the newly formed DanceSport. In this role, Marilyne has served to promote and develop dance sport for over nine years.
In 2004, Marilyne was involved in a serious car accident resulting in severe injuries including the loss of the lower part of her left leg. Marilyne spent 12 weeks in hospital rehabilitating and underwent five major operations. While in hospital, and despite trauma and pain, Marilyne visited other patients to encourage them and offer support.
Marilyne has continued to volunteer her time to DanceSport and is a major contributor to the management and organisation of DanceSport.
Through untold hardship and ongoing rehabilitation and recuperation, Marilyne has remained positive and always has time for others. Marilyne has spoken publicly about her disability and continues to encourage others. She continues to coach at the highest level and to represent Tasmania as an adjudicator at interstate events. She is an inspiration to all who know her.