Tributes Flow For Out Gay Australian Bobsledder Simon Dunn

Tributes Flow For Out Gay Australian Bobsledder Simon Dunn

Simon Dunn. Images: Facebook

Tributes flowed for out gay Australian rugby player and former bobsledder Simon Dunn, who died at the age of 35, on Saturday. 

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Simon’s family and loved ones during this very difficult time. He will be deeply missed but his impact on sport and legacy is one that will not soon be forgotten,” said ACON and Pride In Sport in a joint statement. 

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Dunn was the first out gay male player to represent a country in the bobsled sport. Following his retirement from the sport in 2016, he joined gay rugby teams including Kings Cross Steelers in London and the Sydney Convicts.

A Passionate Advocate For LGBTQI Inclusion In Sport

“Simon was the first openly gay man to represent any country at the Olympics in the sport of bobsled, as well as a beloved player for the Sydney Convicts rugby club,” said ACON.

At the 2022 Pride in Sport Awards last year, Dunn shared his experiences as an out gay male athlete and about inclusion in sports. 

“Simon’s story touched the hearts of everyone in the room and provided encouragement that while many sports are starting to see the impact an inclusive environment can have on athletes, there is

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