It has been confirmed this morning that Neil Black, the former UKA Performance Director, has passed away over the weekend.
Shocked and saddened to hear of the death of the former UK Athletics performance director Neil Black, I had known him for over 20 years and considered him a good friend RIP Neil. @AthleticsWeekly pic.twitter.com/qTl9S79VTk
— Mark Shearman MBE (@AthleticsImages) April 21, 2020
A statement from British Athletics reads:
British Athletics is shocked and saddened to confirm the loss of our friend and former colleague Neil Black who passed away suddenly at the weekend.
Neil loved the sport of athletics and dedicated his life to supporting athletes – as a world-class physiotherapist, as head of sport science, and then in recent years as Performance Director for British Athletics.
Since leaving the role of UKA Performance Director in October 2019, he had been continuing to support a number of athletes and coaches as an advisor.
Neil will be hugely missed by those that knew and worked with him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Further Comment from Neil Black’s family:
We would like to thank people for the wonderful and heartfelt messages we have received. So many people have been in touch, it is clear to us how loved Neil was and this is bringing us some comfort at this time.