Team mourns the loss of gen­tle gi­ant af­ter tragedy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourviews - By Stephenbriggs

Mem­bers of a Peter­bor­ough sports team have been left mourn­ing the loss of a ‘ gen­tle gi­ant’ af­ter a player died in a car crash along­side his brother. Jatin­derSinghDh­esi- know­nas Jay to his friends - died aged 23 in the crash on Sun­day.

His 30- year- old brother Bal­rik Singh Dhesi, also died in the crash.

Jay was a star player for the Peter­bor­ough Sax­ons Amer­i­can Foot­ball Team.

He was also a coach for the Northamp­ton Univer­sity’s Neme­sis Amer­i­can Foot­ball Team, andtributes fro­macross the Bri­tish Amer­i­can Foot­ball com­mu­nity have been pour­ing in on Twit­ter.

A state­ment from Peter­bor­ough Sax­ons said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the fam­i­lies of ev­ery­one in­volved. Heartbroken.”

Gary Mar­shall, chair­man of the Bri­tish Amer­i­can Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, paid his tributes to Jay, and said: “Jay’s pres­ence in Bri­tish foot­ball was con­sid­er­able, giv­ing so much to both com­mu­nity and stu­dent pro­grammes in re­cent years.”

Wayne Gumbs, head coach of Northamp­ton Neme­sis, de­scribed Jay as a gen­tle gi­ant while paying his tributes.

He said: “You really can­not say a bad word about him.

“He­wasare­alchar­ac­terand even if you didn’t know him, you would get along with him straight away.”

He added: “Jay wouldn’t say boo to a goose.

Jay andBal­rik, both­ofWhit­worth Way, Irth­ling­bor­ough, Northamp­ton­shire, died in a head- on col­li­sion on the A6 by­pass near Bur­ton La­timer at about 11.45am on Sun­day.

The pair were i n a blue Vaux­hall Ti­gra, driven by Bal­rik which col­lided with a grey Fiat Punto. A 27- year- old woman driv­ing the Punto and a fe­malepas­sen­ger suf­fered­mi­nor in­juries.

Jatin­der Dhesi

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