Tributes have begun rolling in for Western Australian state representative Daniel Patterson, whose life was tragically cut short in a mining-related truck driving accident late on Wednesday night.
Patterson, 28, was fatally injured at work when his Haulpak truck veered off the road at Rio Tinto’s Channar iron ore mine in Paraburdoo, at approximately 11.00pm on Wednesday.
Patterson was a popular member of Cambridge Bowling Club and unquestionably one of Western Australia’s top current state representatives, having notched up 66 appearances since making his debut in 2012 as the state’s 169th capped male player.
He was an inaugural member of WA’s National Training Centre Squad, from 2012 to 2014.
Heartbreakingly, Patterson and wife Lauren welcomed their first child into the world just three months ago, after being married only a year earlier.
Bowls WA Chief Executive Officer Ken Pride publicly paid tribute to Patterson via The West Australian.
“There will be no one really who plays bowls in WA and doesn’t know him,” Mr Pride said.
“Daniel was an energetic, outgoing, vibrant young man; he was just full of life.
“He really was one of those characters — when he walked into the room the place lit up.”
Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple also expressed his sadness upon learning of the news.
“On behalf of Bowls Australia and the entire bowling community, we express our deepest condolences and extend our thoughts to the entire Patterson family.
“Daniel was such a great personality on and off the green, and will be sorely missed.
“He was an exceptional young bowling talent, who played regularly at the Australian Sides Championship, and the sport in WA is certainly now poorer due to his passing.”
Vale, Daniel Patterson.