The officers and committee of the Sports Journalists’ Association send their deepest condolences to Graham Wilson and his family, following the tragic death this week of his son, Tom Wilson, in an accident during hockey training.
Graham Wilson is an SJA member of long-standing and chairman of the Hockey Writers’ Club, who works at the Daily Express, for whom he covers the game.
The Great Britain women’s team, playing in an international tournament in Argentina, will be wearing black armbands today in memory of Tom Wilson.
“For a family who have made hockey their life, this is an almost unbelievable tragedy,” said John Hurst, the Great Britain team manager.
In a piece posted on the Express website yesterday evening, Graham Wilson wrote: “Fatal injuries in hockey are almost unprecedented. Sadly, I have to report on the loss of my own son.”
Tom Wilson was 22.
He died at his Old Loughtonians club in Chigwell, Essex, on Tuesday, despite the efforts of the emergency services and being airlifted to the London Hospital.
During his time at Nottingham Trent University, Tom Wilson had undertaken some work experience on the sports desk at the Express. On graduating in business and sport management, he had started a career in a surveyor’s office.
“He was a perfect son,” Graham Wilson wrote.