I’m afraid we received the very sad news from Scotland recently that Shawn Doney, a much loved member of the Great Britain Racketlon community, died very suddenly last week.
First and foremost, Shawn was a fantastic, kind and hugely encouraging guy who I had the pleasure of spending some great times with at various tournaments over the years. He was a hugely talented tennis player who was more than useful on the badminton and squash courts and just ten or so days ago told me how excited he was to be coming down to play Racketlon at the London Open in Roehampton this summer where he was relishing the idea of playing his tennis on the grass courts – he would have carved a lot of people up on the grass!
Shawn (right) pictured alongside brother Paul at the 2017 European Championships
Shawn won 3 GB caps and alongside his brother Paul, played for the very successful Great Britain 45+ team at the 2017 European Championships in Vienna where they won a silver medal. Over the years Shawn also competed very successfully at the Scottish Open, the Racket Masters in London and at the King of Rackets.
I’m sure the whole UK and worldwide Racketlon community will want to join me in sending their love and thoughts to Shawn’s family and close friends.
Shawn’s funeral will be at 12.15, Monday 1st April at Falkirk Crematorium in Scotland.
Duncan Stahl, FIR President.