Leicester Tigers are saddened to hear of the loss of Ian Bragg, who played an important part of the backroom staff for the Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby team over the last decade.
Ian sadly lost his battle with cancer on October 7, 2020 at the age of just 51 and was a much-loved and respected member of the team, working as a bench mechanic as well as supporting player preparation.
A painter and decorator by trade, Ian lived in South Yorkshire and had been involved with wheelchair rugby for the last 10 years.
His experience behind the scenes played an integral role in the club's successive championship winning teams of 2018 and 2019. He would be one of the first on standby to pick up the players after a collisions and assist athletes on and off court with their game preparation.
LTWR's chairman Rob Tarr paid tribute to Ian, saying: "Ian loved being part of our Tigers family and we appreciated his loyalty and commitment to each and every one of us. He was a much-valued member of our team working 'on the bench' alongside Jon and was always there to give everyone a helping hand when needed.
"Away from the court Ian was the life and soul of the party and kept us all entertained with his banter and comical antics, as we all know it’s the volunteers that are the heart and soul of our clubs and Ian will be sadly missed.
"Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends and his memories will live on through the team. Rest in peace Ian."
Ian leaves behind his parents Jack, Chris and his sister Jacqueline as well as his three children Joel, Julianne and Eloise. He also had five grandchildren.