Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 01-06-2018

TT rider's death will be felt 'throughout the community'

by TH

TT rider's death will be felt 'throughout the community'

Isle of Man Sport has paid tribute to TT rider Dan Kneen.

The Manxman died during a practice session on Wednesday after an incident at Churchtown.

He’d been supported by the Isle of Man Sport Aid programme over the last decade and was a regular user of facilities at the Isle of Man Sport Institute.

Sports Performance Coordinator Chris Quine said: "I first met Dan around the time of his Manx Grand Prix treble in 2008.

"He was quite a raw talent at that time but over the next few years learned more about how to prepare for high performance sport and transformed himself into one of the best road racers in the world. And he did it all with a smile on his face.

"A number of the athletes and coaches have already spoken in very moving terms about how they enjoyed training around him and the impact he had on them as athletes and people.

"We will miss him dearly."

Chairman of Isle of Man Sport Gary Corkhill added: "It goes without saying that everyone is devastated at the news of Dan’s passing.

"We would like to add our condolences to the many tributes that have already been said and published on social media.

"Our thoughts are very much with Dan’s family, friends and team at this difficult and sad time.

"Dan was one of the Island's top sportsmen and his achievements and passion for his sport touched so many people. His loss will be felt throughout the community."

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