Canadian cyclist Kelyn Akuna has been reported dead, the cause of his death has not been made known to the members of the public as at the time of filing this report.
Mr Kelyn Akuna died a week ago according to the Canadian Cyclist Agency who reported the news to us through their Facebook page.
The sad news of his death was revealed by the Canadian cyclist Agency who shared a condolence tribute on the social media on Thursday morning.
In their post they said
“We are sorry to have to report that Kelyn Akuna, manager of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario, passed away over the past weekend. Kelyn has been the Coordinator, Track and Cycling Events, at Milton for the past two years, and before that ran the Burnaby Velodrome in B.C. Prior to that, Kelyn was a member of the U.S. national track team.”
Sad News – We are sorry to have to report that Kelyn Akuna, manager of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton,…
Kelyn Akuna, who is the manager of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario, passed away over the past weekend.
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My involvement with Kelyn has been in relation to both tracks, and usually asking for something. The lights aren’t all on (a major expense for all velodromes, so they tend to run only half when they can), I need power/wifi/a ladder/table/access to the top of the announcing box … you name it, I probably pestered him more than once. Kelyn always came through. It has been largely due to him that track cycling at our national training centre has always run smoothly.
Kelyn also approached me about a project to place images and descriptions of the various track cycling events – Keirin, Pursuit, etc. – on the walls around the running track on the mezzanine level, so newcomers to the sport could understand it better.
Jessika Grand Bois, Track Program Manager for Cycling Canada, said, “I’m struggling to put words on this, other than disbelief. It has been hitting me in waves and among many things I am struggling to imagine being back at the velodrome without him around, stopping by for a chat and coffee or working collaboratively. He had been working tirelessly to bring life to the velodrome, juggling projects and ideas to dynamise track cycling but also the community around it. He will be dearly missed, as a colleague for sure but mostly as a good friend and genuine, passionate guy.”
He will be missed. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Before his death he was the Coordinator, Track and Cycling Events, at Milton for the past two years, and before that ran the Burnaby Velodrome in B.C. Prior to that, Kelyn was a member of the U.S. national track team.
From The Canada Cyclist Agency…
Few Things You Need To Know About Kelyn Akuna
Kelyn Akuna was a 28 old Kelyn, and a former member of the United States track cycling team. Since he started riding at age 16, he raced at events in France, Australia, New Zealand and Trinidad. He came to Burnaby to train on the indoor track at the Harry Jerome sports centre, fell in love with a woman who would become his wife and decided to stay.
Originally from Hawaii, Akuna has a keen interest in aboriginal culture. As he settled into his new country, he began looking for ways to combine his two passions. He approached his training colleagues at the Burnaby Velodrome Club about getting access to the track for aboriginal youth. They loved the idea.
Then he took his fixed gear track bike and a stationary trainer to a jujitsu class at the Urban Native Youth Association in East Vancouver; that was the most popular program so he knew he’d have a big audience for his demonstration.
A Gofundme account has been activated by Brett Forsyth and Kimberly Akuna for his burial and funeral
“On May 9th the world sadly lost Kelyn Akuna. His sudden death was a shock to everyone. Kelyn was the best of us.
I will always remember Kelyn as a loving father, caring husband and a true friend. He was someone that was quick to help anyone that asked, and did it with a smile. He was dedicated to building community and often volunteered his time in this pursuit. He was a fierce competitor and brought that same level of intensity to all things that he did.
Kelyn’s death has been devastating for his wife Tara and their two young sons. It is my hope that those people Kelyn connected with in his life will now rally around his family in their time of need. This fund has been created to help them cover the costs associate with his death and help get them on their feet. All funds raised will go directly to the family.” They revealed