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Tributes being held in memory of Gareth Cowin

Fri, 01 Feb 2013

Local sports personality Gareth Cowin has sadly passed away during his time participating in The Special Olympics at the age of 25 in South Korea after contracting a deadly virus upon arriving.

The Organising Committee of The Special Olympics have taken the decision to re-name the events in his memory. The games will now be called 'Gareth's Games'. 

In a further tribute, ribbons have been produced for athletes from all the competing countries to wear during the closing ceremony and whilst the team are very upset, they’re going out to play the rest of their games for Gareth.

The Isle of Man Football Association and The Manx Hockey Association have announced that an applause will take place at all matches this weekend in respect and memory of Gareth. Pulrose United have appealed for their Woods Cup match to be postponed this weekend in light of Gareth's involvement with the club. 

The Headteacher of Ballakermeen High School, Adrienne Burnett has paid tribute to her former pupil , saying all members of staff are shocked and saddened to learn of his sudden death. Gareth was described as a cheerful and popular boy at school who had developed into a fine sportsman. She went on to say he rose to meet some daunting challenges with determination and good humor.

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