Tributes to former PE teacher turned motorbike racing driver killed in Isle of Man TT race – ExaminerLive

Tributes have been paid to motorbike racing driver Chris Swallow after he was killed in an Isle of Man TT race.

Chris, son of Isle of Man TT legend Bill Swallow , died after a horror crash during the Senior Classic TT race on the Isle of Man on Saturday.

The experienced rider, who was brought up in Holmfirth and taught in Oldham before emigrating to New Zealand, was involved in a smash at the Ballaugh Bridge section of the course.

It is the second tragedy to hit the family after Chris’ brother David died at a motorbike meet in Scotland in 2010 .

David, 29, died from carbon monoxide poisoning after sleeping in his van with a disposable BBQ which he thought had gone out.

Chris, 37, who was a married dad, worked as a PE teacher at Blue Coat School in Oldham, before he emigrated to pursue a career in sport.

The Cranmer Education Trust, which runs Blue Coat, told the Manchester Evening News : “We are so sorry to hear of Chris Swallow’s tragic death.

“He came to Blue Coat in 2006 as a newly qualified PE teacher, and stayed with us for almost 4 years, until he and his wife emigrated to New Zealand.

“He was a lovely young man and a great teacher who quickly formed excellent relationships with young people.

“He was committed to extra-curricular sport as well as his teaching in school, and with another colleague set up the AM-Mayhem running club, which still continues – students and staff training at 7am on Oldham Edge and competing in local fell races.

“He maintained close ties with many staff at Blue Coat, as well as some former pupils.

“Our hearts go out to his widow and daughters.”

Bill Swallow (No3) leads Roy Richardson (No8) on his 500 Craven Manx Norton at the Idsle of Man Pre-TT

His dad Bill, who has won the Isle of Man TT Classic Manx Grand Prix race nine times and is a teacher at Holmfirth High, is understood to have been competing in the same race his son crashed in.

Former GP rider and now commentator Steve Parrish said: “Terrible, tragic news, we lost a lovely smart man, in an accident at the Classic TT. Chris Swallow loved his racing and proved it with his speed. RIP fella. Thoughts with the whole family.”

Paul Phillips said: “I just want to pass on my sympathies to the friends and family of Chris Swallow who lost his life today. A lovely lad with a lot of talent who oozined retro cool. He will be greatly missed.”


Race organisers The Manx Motor Cycle Club said in a statement: “We regret to confirm that Chris Swallow, 37, from Wellington, New Zealand died today following an accident during the Classic TT Races on the Isle of Man.

“The incident occurred at Ballaugh Bridge during the Senior Classic TT Race.

“Chris was an experienced competitor.

“He made his debut in the 2007 Manx Grand Prix and was a regular competitor in the Classic TT Races.  He achieved two runner-up places in the 2012 Classic Manx Grand Prix – the 350cc and 500cc Races – and was fourth in last year’s Senior Classic TT Race.

“The Manx Motor Cycle Club wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to Chris’s family including his father Bill and his wife Jen and children.”  



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