Tribute to dead ironman

A MOVING tribute was made for surf life saving champion Saxon Bird at Kurruwa yesterday.

Thousands of people gathered to watch as a wreath was carried through a guard of honour, before being released into the surf.

The Australian surf lifesaving championships gold medallist and reigning NSW under-19 ironman champion died in hospital after being struck in the head by a surf ski during an ironman event at Kurrawa Beach on Friday.

A statement from Bird’s parents, Phil and Dana, and his sister, Arielle, described how he would be dearly missed.

“Saxon Bird was an amazing, beautiful person,” the statement said.

“Saxon’s happy, energetic and often cheeky attitude towards life made him loved and cherished by all that knew him.”

A coroner will investigate Bird’s death.



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