Downend honours Olympic star Jenny Jones

jenny unveils plaque

Jenny meets some young fans

 Olympic snowboard star Jenny Jones, who grew up in Downend. has unveiled a plaque marking her pioneering achievement.

The plaque is set into the pavement by the new Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council noticeboard by Sainsbury’s. It reads: ‘To celebrate the achievement of Jenny Jones Snowboarder who won the first ever British medal on snow in the Slopestyle event in the Winter Olympics of 2014.’

The plaque was organised by the parish council and local councillors were at the unveiling last night, as were Jenny’s parents Pete and Helen, who still live in Downend.

Jenny and her parents Pete and Helen

Jenny and her parents Pete and Helen

Jenny, 34, thanked Downend for honouring her and spoke about her work with the UK youth charity Snow-Camp, of which she is a patron, and which is expanding  soon into Bristol.

Snow-Camp gives support to young people from inner cities, providing them with skiing, snowboarding and life-skills classes.

Jenny also posed for photographs with some fans who had come along to see her unveil the plaque, and spent time chatting to local people.

In March hundreds of people lined the streets of Downend, Fishponds and Bristol city centre today to honour the Sochi Winter Olympic bronze medallist as she travelled on board an open-top bus to a grand reception at City Hall.

At the time the parish council honoured Jenny by making her a Parish Champion.

After yesterday’s ceremony Jenny wrote on her blog: “Who would ever have thought it? Thank you Downend local community for this awesome plaque in recognition of my achievements at the Winter Olympics.”