Tributes paid to Snowboarder and Team GB coach Nelson Pratt after suspected suicide
Talented British snowboarder and Team GB coach Nelson Pratt has tragically been found hanged in his Hampshire home. Tributes have flooded in for the 33-year-old who was found by his father in their home in Grately.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious as the inquest into his hanging was opened yesterday.
“Nelly”, as he was affectionately, coached the Team GB snowboarded team and the army snowboard squad. He won silver this year at the slope-style championships, in addition to a string of tough competitions in the past. He was also famous for his extreme stunts which included 50 metre jumps and jumps across mountain ranges.
Tributes have flooded in on websites and social networking sites from friends, family and fans.
Friend of 20 years and fellow snowboarder Stu bass paid tribute to Pratt: “Everybody is gutted at this death. He was incredibly popular. Everybody is shocked.
“He was a true gentleman. He was amazingly talented. He came second this year in the British Championship.
“He was a coach to the Great Britain team and the army snowboard team.”
Twitter has also seen tributes paid to a man much loved by fans of the sport: “Just woke up and read about the devastating loss of a true Gent and British snowboard legend that is Nelson Pratt” Marty Robertson tweeted.
“RIP Nelson Pratt, great snowboarder & rider. You'll be missed” tweeted Christophe Bardou.
A moving tribute has been made to Nelly by snowboarding magazine “whitelines”. You can read this tribute and leave one of your own by following this link: