Scottish sport mourns the loss of another star

So soon after the tragic and untimely death of Motherwell captain Phil O’Donnell, the last thing Scottish sport needed was another tragedy in quick succession.

The death of cycling champion Jason MacIntyre in a car crash marks yet another black day for Scottish sport. The BBC report can be read here.

For a country with so few genuine sporting heroes we can ill afford to lose the ones that we do have.

Although I can’t claim to be an avid follower of cycling – other than during the Olympics when even synchronised swimming becomes a must watch – it would seem that MacIntyre possessed some considerable talent and represented an outside medal chance at the Olympics this year and the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Away from the sport MacIntyre, like O’Donnell, leaves behind a wife and kids – Caroline and eight-year old twin girls. Of course, the loss to Scottish sport pales into insignificance when compared to the loss experienced by his family.

During my time as a news reporter I was no stranger to dealing with tragedy on a regular basis and it never ceased to amaze me how people are able to cope with such grief. Unfortunately some people never get over the loss, outlined in another tragic story in today’s Scotsman where mother Moira Vivian found herself unable to cope with the suicide of her daughter and ended up taking her own life.

I can only hope that MacIntyre’s family receive the support that it seems Mrs Vivian wasn’t privvy to and that they are able to move on from this loss.

Wouldn’t it be a good gesture if sports minister Stewart Maxwell’s newly reformed sportscotland saw fit to support the MacIntyre family, both emotionally and financially, in their hour of need.

I will wait with baited breath to see if that happens but it seems that at the moment they are content simply to say that their thoughts are with his family – here.

In the meantime I will simply join them in offering condolences to the MacIntyre’s.


One Response

  1. The fact that he leaves behind a wife and two young daughters – one of whom needed full-time care due to a serious medical condition – makes it even more tragic.

    Jason was his daughter Megan’s full-time carer. His family will now need to find money to pay for a carer for Megan.

    You can help to support his family by donating to the Jason MacIntyre Memorial Fund here:

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