Tributes paid after death of Olympian Lloyd

Tributes paid after death of Olympian Lloyd

04 January 2016 / 17:22

Tributes have been paid to four-time Olympian and British bobsleigh coach Denys Malcolm Lloyd following the Welshman’s death.

Lloyd began his impressive Olympic journey in Sapporo 1972 before going on to compete in Innsbruck 1976, Lake Placid 1980 and Sarjevo 1984.

At the latter he secured a top-ten finish before starting a career as a coach where he helped guide Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke to World Championship gold at Lake Placid in 2009.

The 68-year-old, who was nicknamed ‘Gomer’, was born in Swansea in 1947 and had also coached South Korea, Russia and Canada.

“Bobsleigh has lost one of its finest characters,” said Great Britain Bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson.

“Gomer had a true passion for the sport and he was always willing to assist and pass on his knowledge. Great Britain have so much to thank him for and he will be greatly missed.”

BBSA’s CEO Richard Parker added: “We are saddened to learn of the death of Gomer Lloyd - a man who played an important and impressive role in this country’s proud bobsleigh history.

“We are very grateful for all his efforts over so many years and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”

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