Denys Malcolm 'Gomer' Lloyd
The British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association are saddened to hear of the passing of former Great Britain Bobsleigh athlete and coach Denys Malcolm ‘Gomer’ Lloyd.
Lloyd represented GB at no fewer than four Olympics over a 12-year period in the 1970s and ‘80s, securing a top 10 finish in the men’s 2-man event in Yugoslavia in 1984.
The 68-year-old also competed in Sapporo, Japan in 1972, Innsbruck, Austria in 1976, Lake Placid, USA in 1980 and Sarajevo in 1984.
He went on to coach GB for a number of years, with his achievements including guiding Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke to World Championship glory in Lake Placid 2009.
Lloyd, who was born in Swansea in February 1947, had recently been coaching South Korea and had also coached Russia, the Canadian Women’s team and at numerous International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation training camps.
“Bobsleigh has lost one of its finest characters,” said Great Britain Bobsleigh Performance Director, Gary Anderson.
“Gomer had a true passion for the sport and he was always willing to assist and pass on his knowledge. Great Britain have so much to thank him for and he will be greatly missed.”
“We are saddened to learn of the death of Gomer Lloyd - a man who played an important and impressive role in this country’s proud bobsleigh history,” added the BBSA’s CEO, Richard Parker.
“We are very grateful for all his efforts over so many years and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”