Tributes flow for Tom Lyons after shock triathlon death

Nobby man Tom Lyons, 21, died after collapsing at the Hell of the West Triatholon in Goondiwindi: Photo Facebook
Nobby man Tom Lyons, 21, died after collapsing at the Hell of the West Triatholon in Goondiwindi: Photo Facebook Photo Facebook

THE tragic death of Nobby's Tom Lyons at a triathlon in Goondiwindi has been described as a great loss to the community.

The 21-year-old was unable to be revived after he collapsed shortly after crossing the finish line in Sunday's Hell of the Westtriathlon.

Tom has been remembered has an avid sportsman, having played for the Wattles Warriors from a young age right through to the senior sides.

Wattles Warriors life member and Southern Downs Regional councillor Glyn Rees said Tom was a clever young man who achieved a lot in his short life.

"The Wattles club are stunned by this tragedy," he said.

"He was a wonderful young fella who had everything to live for."

The Lyons family are a very well respected and liked family in the Southern Downs, contributing a lot to the community.

Cr Rees described Tom's death as a great loss to the community.

"This is a great loss for his family," he said.

"The Wattles Club are thinking of them during this tough time."

The Lyons family are devastated at the suddenness of his tragic death, mourning a promising life cut so short.

The sudden death of the former Toowoomba Grammar School student had sent shockwaves through the school community.

Toowoomba Grammar School headmaster Peter Hauser remembered Tom as an outstanding young man and gifted leader, who was a senior prefect in his graduating class of 2009.

"He was a young man of high intellect and diligence," Mr Hauser said.

His academic efforts earned him an OP1, which he used to go on to study law at university.

That year he also captained the school's first XV rugby union side and was vice captain of the first XI cricket team.

"His post-match addresses were just outstanding because he was so smart.

"(He was) a very humble young man and had the great ability to relate to everyone."

Tom was so highly regarded in his school community that Mr Hauser invited him back a few years after graduation to address academic staff on youth issues.

"We remember him as an exceptional student leader.

"It (his death) will go right through the school community."

The cause of Tom's death is still under investigation.

- with the Toowoomba Chronicle

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