Sadly we must report the tragic death of a former player, Daryl Jelinek, who played for the Club 1982-1985, whilst cycling in Spain.
Daryl attended Kings Worcester School and Loughborough University where he studied Sports Science. He was an aggressive open-side who prided himself on his fitness and his strength. He played for Loughborough, Blackheath and London Scottish 1st XVs as well representing England Colts, England U23s and the Anglo-Scots. He was a good skier, cyclist and he excelled at water-sports. He was extremely popular and had many friends in the UK and Spain where his parents lived. He rose up the corporate ladder at Coca Cola, becoming MD, very quickly and had a key role at the 2012 London Olympics. He was a strong, characterful leader whose organisational skills were key to many successful rugby tours and sevens trips as well as visits to the Barcelona and London Olympics and many a cycling trip at home and abroad. We, his peers at Blackheath are shocked and very saddened by this terrible news about a much-loved friend. Our hearts go out to his family at this dreadful time.