Members and staff at Isle of Man Sport have added their tributes to the late Dan Kneen, who sadly lost his life during the TT Practice on Wednesday evening.
Dan had been supported by the Isle of Man Sport Aid programme over the past 10 years or so and was a regular user of the facilities at the Isle of Man Sport Institute. He was also nominated for Isle of Man Sportsman of the Year in 2017.
Dan was well-liked and regarded by all the team at Isle of Man Sport and also by the other athletes who enjoyed his cheery demeanour, humility and enthusiasm for his sport.
Sports Performance Co-ordinator, Chris Quine, commented:
'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.'