20th April 2017

Germaine Mason - UKA statement

UK Athletics is deeply saddened to hear that the 2008 Olympic high jump silver medallist Germaine Mason has tragically died in Jamaica.

The 34 year-old won silver at the Beijing Olympic Games representing Great Britain, where he equalled his personal best of 2.34m in the competition.

Niels de Vos, CEO of UK Athletics, spoke on behalf of the governing body:

“Our staff and colleagues who worked with Germaine are naturally saddened to hear this awful news. Our deepest sympathies go to Germaine’s friends, family and the athletics community at this difficult time.”

Senior high jump coach at British Athletics, Fuzz Caan, who worked closely with Germaine at the time of his Olympic success, added:

“Germaine was an outstanding athlete and a truly lovely man. He had a wry sense of humour and was a pleasure to be around. He was a great ambassador of British high jumping. It is an honour for us to have him as part of our sporting history.”