Tributes being paid to Sligo athletics stalwart Ray Flynn

Tributes are being paid to Sligo native, former walker, coach and mentor Ray Flynn who has passed away.

Flynn, who began race walking at Calry AC in the late 1960’s following in the footsteps of Jackie McGowan and Tommy Casey oversaw an enormous growth in athletics both locally and nationally.

He held a role as Chairman of High Performance with Athletics Ireland and attended several Olympic Games including the most recent edition in Tokyo.

On Twitter, Cork walker Rob Heffernan a 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist and a 2013 World Championship Gold Medalist paid tribute to his mentor for so many years: “Today I have lost my best friend Ray Flynn . He was like a Dad/brother/friend all rolled in to one and he was involved with all my successes and failures in my life and was always there for me.”

Terry Hayes, a close friend and colleague spoke to Ocean FM Sport about the impact of Ray Flynn on many people’s lives: