Investigation into footy star’s death
Paramedics were unable to take him to Cairns Base Hospital because of the road closures and he died before a medical helicopter arrived in Mossman.
The Gazette understands the outstanding junior footballer - who had returned to the training paddock for the Crocs in recent weeks after having a spell from the sport for a few seasons - had earlier been sent home from the hospital after presenting to the emergency department.
It is believed he had also sought treatment from a local GP.
Queensland Health yesterday refused to discuss the case as it had been referred to the coroner.
Meanwhile, Graeme’s longtime coach Billy Mccartney paid tribute to the gifted rover-centre he believed was one of the most naturally talented footballer to come from the Douglas region.
“I coached Graeme for eight years and he was one of the best juniors to go through the Cairns competition,” he said.
“I don’t know how many awards he won but it was a lot and he also toured South Africa with the Australian indigenous side.
“He was so fast and skilful and was certainly one of the most gifted footballers our club has produced - he was just full of natural talent.
“You could ask him to do anything and he would do anything, it didn’t matter where you put him on the field he would always be a winner.
“He had a good bunch of mates who all came through together and he never had a bad word to say about anyone - a very fine young man.
“It’s devastating news and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”
Crocs president Andy Smith also offered the club’s condolences and full support to Graeme’s grieving family.