No 21 VIVIEN JONES, International Lacrosse Player

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    No 21 VIVIEN JONES
    International Lacrosse Player


    1So, what is Lacrosse anyway? The game of Lacrosse was played by the Iroquois people who lived around what is now New York and Pennsylvania in the United States of America. The number of players taking part could number anywhere between 100 and 1,000 and could last for up to three days, from dawn to dusk! One could say that it was a ritual which replaced actual warfare, no doubt with casualties including broken bones and broken heads.

    There are several modern versions of Lacrosse but the outdoor version features 11 a side and lasts for 60 minutes, played in four quarters of 15 minutes each. Rather different to that three-day spectacular. However, it can still be likened to combat armed with a hefty stick.

    Vivien Jones (nee Webb) (1951 – 2010) was a Lacrosse player who made the highest number of appearances for women’s international teams. Born in Glasgow, the family moved to London and Vivien won a scholarship to Lady Eleanor Holles School, here in Hampton. Whilst at LEH she learnt to play Lacrosse (and the girls still play Lacrosse to this day). Vivien then went on to St Mary’s College in Twickenham to gain a degree in teaching.

    Her proficiency in Lacrosse led her to play firstly for local clubs, then Middlesex, then The South. Vivien then represented Wales, despite being born in Scotland, she was Welsh by marriage and English by residence (and we thought it was only England Cricketers who had tortuous qualification routes). Of course, she was also qualified to play for Great Britain.

    In all Vivien gained 108 caps in all, recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest for women’s lacrosse. One oddity, Vivien always wore the number 13, unlike most people she didn’t consider it ‘unlucky’.

    Vivian married Graham Jones and had two daughters, one of which, Sarah, also played lacrosse and in the late 90s they both played for Wales in the same team.


    Vivien taught Physical Education for fifteen years – some at LEH – before working at British Airways and Rank Hovis McDougall.

    Vivien was initially diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the early 2000s, but despite the rigours of chemotherapy etc continued to play and coach lacrosse until 2010.

    Vivien finally succumbed to the disease on 26th December 2010.

    Vivien a ‘Legend of Lacrosse’ was described by one of her team mates as “A role model and mentor to women in sport in general, as well as many lacrosse players on and off the field”.


    The Old Historian
     

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