Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stunned Coach Pays Tribute to Teenager

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stunned Coach Pays Tribute to Teenager

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A coach who worked for more than a decade with a teenage squash star who collapsed and died as he jogged home from training this week has paid tribute to "the nicest student he ever had."

Tim Douglas, 18, of Gosforth, was tutored from the age of six in squash and tennis by Newcastle's racket sports development officer Brandon Gilhooley.

Mr Gilhooley, based at Newcastle City Council's offices in Walker, said: "He was very bright. I haven't got kids but I've coached hundreds of them and he was the nicest kid I've ever dealt with.

"I started coaching him when he was six in squash and tennis. He was really good at both, but he had no arrogance. He was a great athlete and an incredibly fair player. He had great sportsmanship. A lot of young kids will occasionally cheat. Tim never did that, he was completely fair."

Mr Gilhooley, a close family friend as well as Royal Grammar School student Tim's coach, heard by phone about his star pupil's death.

He found it hard to believe and had to call Tim's family home in Gosforth to check the shock news was true. …

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