Santos Tour Down Under to pay tribute to Paul Sherwen
30 Dec 18
PAUL Sherwen will be remembered at the 2019 Santos Tour Down Under through a series of tributes over the 11-day festival.
Hitaf Rasheed, Executive Director, Events South Australia says Paul Sherwen was a much-loved member of the TDU family who will be greatly missed.
“He was a true professional, brought great insight to the fans, he was generous, always had a smile on his face and put one on yours. Paul had a deep passion and care for the work he did and the people he worked with and for, including the riders and fans,” says Hitaf Rasheed.
“There is a place in our hearts which will now be empty as we look back and think of all the wonderful moments we have shared with Paul. Phil and Paul, Liggett and Sherwen, they carry so much of our story which is why a series of tributes have been planned for January.”
International voice of cycling and TDU TV broadcast commentator, Phil Liggett knows January in Adelaide will not be the same without his trusty mate by his side but knows he will always be there in spirit and in his heart, having co-commentated the event together since the year 2000.
Phil Liggett says that it was an honour to commentate with Paul Sherwen and their time at the Santos Tour Down Under was special to them both and in January the event will remember him with fond memories.
“Paul Sherwen would be truly humbled by the outpouring of love from around the globe. It has been truly unbelievable, I knew he was universally loved but this has been extraordinary. I know he will be looking down on us with that trademark smile, wondering just what all the fuss is about, wearing his RM Williams boots that he was so fond of,” says Phil Liggett.
“Rather than commenting on the breakaway or asking the probing questions, Paul will be the subject matter in 2019 at the Santos Tour Down Under with tributes at the Team Presentation and Legends’ Night Dinner events, so we can all remember the man behind the mic.”
The tribute at the Legends’ Night Dinner will be a compilation of footage and memories shared by the cycling fraternity about the great man himself.
“Paul will be remembered fondly by the cycling community and we know our hearts will be filled with sadness and memories, each of them unique and personal, as that was just the kind of guy he was, always having a moment to stop and chat about the most interesting of topics, not just cycling,” says Phil Liggett.
“It will be my honour to pay tribute to Paul at the Legends’ Night Dinner.”
The 2019 Santos Tour Down Under TV broadcast on the screens of Seven will feature a tribute to Paul Sherwen during the Down Under Classic on Sunday 13 January 2019.
The Santos Tour Down Under takes place from 10-20 January in Adelaide, South Australia.
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