Australian Bobsledding legend Duncan Pugh died suddenly at the age of 48 at his home in Perth, Australia last week.
Pugh suffered an aneurysm, and suffered tremendous brain bleed. Doctors could not do anything to save him.
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Along with being on the 2010 Australian Olympic Bobsled team, Pugh was also a teacher, a rugby coach, and surf instructor.
Pugh taught at a Catholic School called ‘Newman College’ for the last 17 years. The school tweeted out this announcement on his passing…
“Today we share with our community the tragic news of the passing of much loved teacher Mr Duncan Pugh. This beautiful image was provided by his loving wife McKenzie. Please keep McKenzie and sons, Charlie and George in your prayers,”Newman College on passing of Duncan Pugh
Pugh leaves behind wife Mckenzie Pugh and two young sons. His wife released this statement following his passing…
You were the rock of our family and wore your heart on your sleeve. You were so very proud of our two boys, the best dad anyone could have hoped for. You made me feel the centre of your world.
‘Your passion and determination will forever live on in our boys.’Mckeinzie Pugh on passing of husband Duncan Pugh
His wife has set up a GoFundMe page in order to help pay for the expenses of his funeral and to help their family in this time of need.
At Newman College Pugh was reportedly an ‘outdoor education specialist’.
In the 2010 Olympics, Pugh and co-driver Jeremy Rolleston turned over their sled. Because they did not finish their race, they were disqualified from further competition.
Comments on Youtube reveal the love that the people from Australia have for Pugh and bobsled team. There are many references to the team as an Australian version of ‘Cool Runnings’, a movie which depicted a Jamaican bobsled team.
Pugh will surely be missed.