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Tributes paid at funeral of Grand National-winning Jockey Treadwell, aged 34

first_imgTRIBUTES have been paid to “much-loved” Liam Treadwell, the Grand National-winning jockey, who died last month aged 34.He was described as a gifted and popular sportsman during the service at Arundel Cathedral in West Sussex.“Our lives were richer for Liam being here,” said his mother Lorraine.Treadwell rode more than 300 winners in his career, including the National at Aintree in 2009 on 100-1 outsider Mon Mome.Police attended his home in Shropshire on June 23 and are treating his death as unexplained but say there was no third-party involvement.The Shropshire coroner has yet to announce whether an inquest should be held.Treadwell’s parents Mark and Lorraine, and brother Nathan were among those at the 80-minute funeral service, which was streamed online via the cathedral website for those unable to attend.A bouquet spelling out the name ‘Liam’ was at the foot of the altar as Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy was played at the start of the service, and In the Arms of An Angel by Sarah McLachlan at the conclusion. Fellow jockeys were among the pall-bearers.Treadwell had excelled in football, cricket and cross-country running at school and was praised as a “dream student” by former teachers.He would run extra laps alongside other pupils who were struggling in athletics, and was talent-spotted by Arsenal Football Club at one stage before pursuing a career in horse racing.Canon David Parmiter, Dean of the Cathedral, said he was a “talented and much-loved” young man.“Liam was a gift to his family, friends and his sport. His death is the loss of so much potential,” he said.In a moving tribute, Treadwell’s mother described him as “a beautiful, kind and caring son – the love of my life”.She said he “smiled his way through the early years and made being his mother a pleasure”.He loved riding over big fences as a jockey, but she was glad when he retired in 2018, although he returned to riding again.She said he had struggled with sleep and rest after concussion from falls, although he had recently appeared to find new purpose in life and had been cycling and swimming.His family plan to arrange a day of remembrance for friends and family after further easing of coronavirus restrictions. (BBC Sport)last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal primary school has scooped the top prize at this year’s Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition.St Eunan’s in Raphoe won a laptop for their school in recognition of their innovative mosaic of signed cards from high profile people, including the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, manager Martin O’Neill and footballer Shay Given.More than 120 schools participated in the competition – which asked pupils to come up with different ways to get across an anti racism message. Co-ordinator of Show Racism the Red Card Garrett Mullen said: “We have an education pack which features top sports stars from the Irish soccer team to hurling players and League of Ireland players.“The idea of the creative competition was to invite schools to do some work to make an impact on the issue of racism and integration within their own community.”The Donegal school got their award from President Michael D Higgins.He told them that diversity was a source of richness whose bounty could only be harvested if everyone worked for the kind of society where each citizen realised their unique potential and contributed meaningfully. The President said racist attitudes could express themselves beyond mere verbal abuse and physical assaults.Racism could emerge “through the policies and services of our institutions when they fail to accommodate and respond appropriately to the needs of a particular section of a population”, he said.The Raphoe school’s 6’x4’ artwork is based on a picture by 5th class student Gemma McGlynn, but the amazing project involved every class member.Among the replies received was a hand-written letter from Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill saying he was delighted to support them, while Shay Given also returned his signed card and sent the class posters and a dvd.Donegal stars Patrick McBrearty and Rory Kavanagh are also among the many who have signed while local clergy, sports club members and parents of the children have also added their names to the impressive artwork. CHAMPIONS! DONEGAL SCHOOL WINS ANTI-RACISIM NATIONAL AWARD was last modified: April 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHAMPIONS! DONEGAL SCHOOL WINS ANTI-RACISIM NATIONAL AWARDlast_img read more