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1 Daniel Batman dies in car accident on Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:02 pm

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2 Re: Daniel Batman dies in car accident on Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:55 pm

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Thanks Dan for posting....

Very sad news. Brilliant athlete and terrific competitor.

Condolences to his family and friends.

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3 Re: Daniel Batman dies in car accident on Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:19 am

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What a fantastic sprinter.
With times of 10.19s 200m - 20.44s 400m - 45.02s he could be regarded as one of australias best.

A sad day in Australian Athletics.

4 Re: Daniel Batman dies in car accident on Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:55 am

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/former-sprint-champion-daniel-batman-has-been-killed-in-a-car-crash-south-east-of-darwin/story-e6freuy9-1226409483206

Former sprint champion Daniel Batman has been killed in a car crash south-east of Darwin

By Carleen Frost
The Daily Telegraph
June 27, 2012



Daniel Batman ...was found dead after his car left
the road and rolled just past the Adelaide river bridge
on the Arnhem highway.
Picture: Brad Fleet Source: Northern Territory News


FORMER sprint champion Daniel Batman has been killed in a car crash south-east of Darwin.

The 31-year-old was driving on the Arnhem Highway southeast of Darwin when his car veered off the road about midnight on Monday.

Debris including side panels, a front bumper and the engine -- strewn 100m along the road -- was spotted by a passing motorist at 7am.

Batman was once married to fellow sprinter and Hockeyroo Nova Peris and the couple have two children together. The Canberra-based athlete was in the Top End visiting Destiny, 10, Jack, 8, and their elder sister Jessica, 21, after separating from their mother in 2010. He also leaves behind his new partner and baby girl.

Acting Senior Sergeant John Worrall said the crash occurred near the Adelaide River Bridge.

"Although we're still in the early stages of investigation, it appears the man was travelling east . . . in a Holden Commodore when the vehicle left the road, crashed into a culvert and landed 10m off the road," he said.

"At this stage it is believed speed and alcohol may have been contributing factors."

Batman, a 100m, 200m and 400m sprinter, competed in the 400m at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

His best result on the international stage was a sixth place at the World Indoor Championships in 2003.

His 400m winning heat time of 46.11 remains the Australian indoor record while an outdoor time of 45.02 in Canberra in February 2003 is the eighth-fastest by an Australian.

Batman quit athletics after Athens and turned his focus to rugby union and work as a real estate agent.

It is believed he had been attempting a comeback this year in the hope of making the London games.

Batman studied at Scots College in Sydney and trained at the NSW Institute of Sport alongside Matt Shirvington, who last night said the news was "absolutely devastating".

"It's tragic news. He was a very talented athlete," he said. "I believe he was the best all-round sprinter Australia has ever produced."

Past and present members of the Australian athletics team also took to Twitter tonight to express their grief at Batman's sudden death.

Hurdler Jana Pittman said: "So sad to hear the news of Daniel Batman's passing. We spent most of our teens on trips together. Condolences to his family.''

Pole vaulter Steve Hooker added: "RIP Daniel Batman. You were truly an original. All our thoughts are with your young family.''

Sprinter Melissa Breen said Batman was taken too soon. "RIP Daniel Batman. A life taken to young, our thoughts are with your family and close friends at this very sad time.’’

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5 Re: Daniel Batman dies in car accident on Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:57 am

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http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/tributes-flow-for-former-sprint-champion-daniel-batman-after-fatal-car-crash-south-east-of-darwin/story-e6freuy9-1226409734731

Tributes flow for former sprint champion Daniel Batman after fatal car crash south-east of Darwin

Amanda Lulham
The Daily Telegraph
June 27, 20128:02AM


LONDON bound Olympians, past champions and friends and even TV stars have taken to social network sites to express their shock and sadness at the death of former champion sprinter and father Daniel Batman in a shocking car crash in Darwin.

Two-time Olympian Batman was described as a "vibrant person" by London bound athlete Lauren Boden with other sportsmen and women praising the feats of two-time national champion who had two child with former hockey Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris.

Tragic crash kills former sprint champion Daniel Batman

It is understood Batman, who was based in Canberra, was in the top end visiting his children after he and Peris separated in 2010 when his car ran off the road.

Dancing with the Stars host and TV celebrity Daniel MacPherson was quick to respond to the news of Batman's death at just 31.

"Just heard. So damn sad. Grew up playing footy with him," wrote Macpherson, a keen age-group triathlete and runner.

"RIP Daniel Batman. You were truly an original. All our thoughts are with your young family," wrote former world champion pole vaulter and London bound athlete Steve Hooker.

"Sad news about Daniel Batman. Had many a duel with him at school. He also spent time with @BrumbiesRugby back in 2000's," wrote rugby player Adam Freier.

"Tragic news about Daniel Batman. Thoughts are with his family. Rest In Peace," wrote former Sydney Roosters player Ryan Cross, now playing club rugby for Balmain.

Batman competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney in the 100m, 200m and 400m sprints.

He then quit athletics after the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Big names in the athletics community were also quick to respond to the news of the accident which claimed Batman's life south east of Darwin on Tuesday morning.

"So sad to hear the news of Daniel Batman's passing ... we spent most of our teens on trips together," wrote Jana Pittman.

"Oh my god. Can't believe what has happened to Daniel Batman. #RIP shows that anything can happen at anytime. Make everyday count," wrote pole vaulter Vicki Parnov.

"100m 10.19s, 200m 20.44s, 400m 45.02s. Daniel Batman was the best all-round sprinter Australia has ever seen. Rest in peace, mate," wrote former Australian sprinter Matt Shirvington said

"A life taken too young, our thoughts are with your family and close friends at this very sad time," wrote sprinter Melissa Breen.

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6 Re: Daniel Batman dies in car accident on Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:01 am

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News in the Washington Post......

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/former-australian-olympic-sprinter-daniel-batman-dies-in-single-car-accident/2012/06/26/gJQACCbG5V_story.html

Former Australian Olympic sprinter Daniel Batman dies in single-car accident

By Associated Press,
Washington Post
Wednesday, June 27, 8:43 AM


DARWIN, Australia — Former Australian sprinter Daniel Batman, who competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has been killed in a single-car accident in the Northern Territory.

Police said Wednesday that a car driven by the 31-year-old Batman left the Arnhem Highway near a bridge after midnight Monday night. Wreckage of his car, strewn over 100 meters along the highway, was discovered several hours later by a passing motorist.

Batman was once married to fellow Olympic sprinter and Australia field hockey player Nova Peris. They had two children. He was reported to have been visiting his children shortly before the accident.

Batman, who separated from Peris in 2010 and divorced in 2011, competed over 100, 200 and 400 meters.

Former Australian sprinter Matt Shirvington said on Twitter: “100m - 10.19s, 200m - 20.44s, 400m - 45.02s. Daniel Batman was the best all-round sprinter Australia has ever seen. Rest in peace, mate.”

Batman had a new partner, Natalie Sainsbury, and they had a child together last year.

Former coach Tudor Bidder remembered Batman as “very much a family man” who put his kids first.

“Thirty-one, it’s not an age to be losing your life,” Bidder said. “But he had quite a lot of life inside those few years.”

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7 Re: Daniel Batman dies in car accident on Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:42 am

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http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/loving-father-traded-spikes-for-family-life-20120627-2137y.html#ixzz1z2QNjpHs

Loving father traded spikes for family life


Lee Gaskin
Canberra Times
June 28, 2012



Daniel Batman with wife Natalie Sainsbury. Facebook image.

Daniel Batman's fiancee will remember the Canberra-based Olympian as a loving father and a man with no regrets in trading in his athletics spikes for family life.

Tributes continued to pour in yesterday for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games sprinter, who died in a car crash south-east of Darwin in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Speaking for the first time, Natalie Sainsbury last night said the 31-year-old's family was the most important part of his life.

''Dan was a loving father of three beautiful children,'' Ms Sainsbury said.

''He always wanted a big family, it was the most important thing to him. He was currently studying at university and loved his career in the Attorney-General's Department.

''He was the happiest he had ever been with me, his kids and career.

''It is the most stable he had ever been and he had no regrets in leaving sport and living his new life with us.''

Batman was in the Northern Territory on annual leave visiting his two oldest children, 10-year-old Destiny and Jack, 8, from his first marriage, to Olympic hockey gold medallist Nova Peris.

Batman and Sainsbury had been together since October, 2010 and had their first child together late last year, eight-month-old Liberty.

He briefly attempted a comeback for next month's London Olympics.

However, he decided to focus on his career instead.

He was working with the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs' Stolen Generation Working Partnership at the Attorney-General's office, where he had been for the past two years.

''Daniel applied the commitment, dedication and determination he learnt from his sporting life to his everyday work,'' a spokesperson said.

''His loss will be deeply felt by all who knew and worked with him.''

Batman was also studying a Bachelor of Management at the University of Canberra.

Born in Melbourne and raised in Sydney, Batman is in the top 10 fastest Australian men over the 100 metres, 200 metres and 400 metres, with his best performance a sixth place in the 400 metres at the 2003 world indoor championships.

He was also the Australian national 200 metres champion in 2005 and 2008.

A schoolboys rugby union star, Batman trained for six months with the ACT Brumbies in the 2001-02 off-season before ending his premature retirement from the track with spectacular results.

Former Brumbies captain Stirling Mortlock expressed his shock at Batman's death.

''Thoughts & prayers go to Daniel Batman's family … I still remember the days when Bats was @BrumbiesRugby & returned to aths & #Dominated,'' Mortlock tweeted.

The news of Batman's death spread around the world, with Trinidad and Tobago's ex-world champion Ato Bolden joining Olympic-bound Canberra athletes Melissa Breen and Lauren Boden in using social media to give their condolences.

Former Australian sprint queen Melinda Gainsford-Taylor was in the 2000 national team with Batman and described the impact it had on the tight-knit athletics community.

''It's really hit the athletics fraternity hard,'' Gainsford-Taylor said, adding he was a talented athlete.

The crash, on the Arnhem Highway, was believed to have happened just after midnight on Tuesday, although police were contacted by a passing motorist at about 7am.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant John Worrall from the Major Crash Investigation Section said it was believed speed and alcohol might have been contributing factors in the crash.

Batman's funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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