Jaynie Hudgell's (nee Parkhouse) swimming career was brief when compared to other leading New Zealand sportsmen and women. She swam at international level for only four years. But if her peak was fleeting, it was certainly memorable.

When Parkhouse, a 17-year-old Christchurch schoolgirl, won the 800 metres gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in her home town in 1974, she provided New Zealand with a fabulous sporting moment. She beat world record-holder Jenny Turrall and a host of other big-name performers and did it in one of the most exciting races imaginable.

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Jaynie's Games History