Teenaged ?Superman? farewelled at funeral

By GREG CHAPMAN

HUNDREDS of family and friends of teenage athlete Tyson Cooper turned out to say farewell to him yesterday.

The 16-year-old, a gifted athlete, was killed in a car crash on the Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast last week.

At his funeral yesterday Bundaberg West Little Athletics Club members turned out in their black and gold club uniforms to honour their teammate.

Standing shoulder to shoulder in their black and gold colours, Bundaberg West Little Athletics Club members said goodbye to teammate Tyson Cooper yesterday.

The much-loved 16-year-old, who was killed in a shocking Sunshine Coast traffic accident on the Bruce Highway last week, was buried in Bundaberg surrounded by hundreds of family and friends.

Before the funeral began at the Catholic Lawn Cemetery Tyson's teammates, dressed in their club uniforms, formed a guard of honour as his coffin was carried into place to the music of Savage Garden.

During the eulogy, Tyson's coach Robert Hooper read a message to the family from Nathan Burt, who trained with Tyson.

Mr Burt's letter told the mourners how Tyson's speed as a sprinter earned him the title of "Superman" and the respect of fellow competitors.

A teammate of Tyson's also described his sense of humour and his "passion for everything he loved" and that he "always loved to make people happy".

The teenager added he would miss being beaten by Tyson.

Father Richard Tutin read a poem by Tyson's sister Karley in which she farewelled her brother.

"... We were a family of four, but now we're only three because my brother was taken from me ..." Karley wrote.

Tyson was travelling with his parents, Tony and Kendra, and Karley to see his uncle in Caboolture when the car slid in heavy rain near Beerburrum and crashed into a tree.



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