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The triathlon world is in mourning today at the tragic news that Peter Holmes, Communications Manager for the ITU, has passed away in a hiking accident in Canada.
As well as being a thoroughly good person, Peter was a key member of the ITU team and will be sorely missed by everyone involved in triathlon.
The following statement was posted on Triathlon.org:
It is with absolute shock and sadness that we have to inform you of the tragic death of our colleague and close friend Peter Holmes.
Peter passed away yesterday in an accident while hiking on a local mountain in Vancouver.
It is ironic in Peter’s line of work as Communications Manager, that words will never be able to describe what he meant to us all and the effect he had on all of those around him. While Peter worked with us for the last nine months, it seems like he was a part of our family since the beginning. Peter was a shining light of happiness and energy and truly touched all our lives in a deep way. We will always treasure his wit and humour. As those of us who knew him well can testify, he was a social butterfly who brought happiness to so many of our lives and those of whom he met on his international travels. Peter loved his job as much as those around him loved him. In only a short period of time he made close and treasured friendships with colleagues, athletes, event organisers and media alike. Anybody who Peter touched in life is for the better.
The triathlon world and all our lives are immeasurably poorer without Peter in it.
This has been a tragic week for the triathlon world. We have lost another family member. May we all rally together to commemorate Peter and Emilio.