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Disability sport community mourns passing of Robin Williams

Robin Willians with four children with physical disabilities. Robin Williams with young athletes. Image credit: Challenged Athletes Foundation

With the announcement of the death of Robin Williams passing, the disability sport community is mourning a person who has been a major supporter.



On Facebook, Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) has said, “We are deeply saddened by recent news of the passing of our longtime friend Robin Williams. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all his fans. Over the past 20 years, Robin has been an incredible supporter of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and our mission, participating in our San Diego Triathlon Challenge for 11 years and joining many of our cycling events. He truly found joy in participating side-by-side with our challenged athletes and we cannot thank him enough for the support and energy he brought to our organization.”


CAF Executive Director Virginia Tinley is quoted by NBC 7 San Diego as saying, “I felt extremely sad, and a tragic loss. He was a very big-hearted, kind, generous person. He supported the Challenged Athletes Foundation as well as many other charities.”


Williams attended the first edition of the San Diego Triathlon Challenge in 1998 where he participated with Rudy Garcia-Tolson and Scott Tinley, and was a supporter of subsequent editions of the event and the Foundation behind the event.  He participated in eleven told versions. Williams was expected to participate in this year’s  Back to Back Century Challenge NorCal  this weekend.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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