The Australian sporting community has been rocked by the death of beloved tennis and rugby league journalist Paul Malone.
The former sports editor at the Courier Mail in Brisbane, Malone died at age 59 on Tuesday night.
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Malone passed away at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, nearly two years after he was left a quadriplegic in a fall at another hospital in 2019.
Paul “Scobie” Malone. Great journalist. Fabulous mate. And when the chips were down a fighter like no other. Rest in peace.https://t.co/EGUzMFavUS
— Robert Craddock (@craddock_cmail) February 9, 2021
The 59-year-old was a renowned tennis and rugby league writer and covered three Olympic Games.
“Aussie tennis has lost a great and long-serving journalist, Paul Malone,” Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley tweeted on Wednesday.
“My thoughts are with Paul’s wife Sharon, his son Thomas, friends, colleagues and all those who thrived on his reporting across so many sports.”
Australian tennis star John Millman tweeted: “Incredibly saddened to hear the news of Paul Malone.
“A titan of sports journalism who showed more fight than any I could dream to muster.”
The Brisbane Broncos also expressed their shock, while the Australian Olympic Committee described Malone as “master of his trade”.
“The Broncos would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Paul “Scobie” Malone – a fine journo who covered rugby league with passion and a great eye for detail,” the Broncos tweeted.
“Everyone at the club is deeply saddened by the news of his passing.”
Aussie tennis has lost a great and long-serving journalist, Paul Malone former sports editor of the @cmail_sport. My thoughts are with Paul’s wife Sharon, his son Thomas, friends, colleagues and all those who thrived on his reporting across so many sports. #RIP
— Craig Tiley (@CraigTiley) February 10, 2021
Incredibly saddened to hear the news of Paul Malone. A titan of sports journalism who showed more fight than any I could dream to muster. ⚫️⚫️ https://t.co/O16x0GRSWY
— John Millman (@johnhmillman) February 10, 2021
The Broncos would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Paul “Scobie” Malone – a fine journo who covered rugby league with passion and a great eye for detail. Everyone at the club is deeply saddened by the news of his passing. https://t.co/uVyiUigTrA
— Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) February 10, 2021
The AOC is saddened to learn that outstanding sports journalist, Paul Malone, has passed away.
Paul broke many stories on Olympic athletes, sports and covered three Olympic Games.
A master of his trade 💚💛 https://t.co/EN8Cv7RKjW
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) February 10, 2021
The Australian tennis family is deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Malone, who brought so many wonderful stories of our game to life.
Our sympathies are with Paul’s family and many friends. https://t.co/xrPsj8kWrU
— TennisAustralia (@TennisAustralia) February 10, 2021
Well done @cmail_sport & @craddock_cmail This is very sad & my condolences to all friends & family. Paul was a good man & a great journalist & I was fortunate to spend plenty of time with him talking all topics of rugby league, QLD & sport. RIP Paul Malone
— Todd Greenberg (@Todd_Greenberg) February 10, 2021
Aussie sport pays tribute to Paul Malone
In a beautiful tribute to his former colleague, Robert Craddock of the Courier Mail wrote: “Malone displayed incredible courage, tackling many major physical and mental challenges with a spirit that had long-serving doctors and nurses expressing deep-seated admiration for the man and his equally inspiring wife Sharon.
“True to the self-effacing nature of the man, Malone fought his battles in private, well away from the self-indulgent world of social media. He craved no-one’s tears, just the company of his family and a few old mates.
“Despite his own extreme challenges, Malone stunned former workmates by reaching out to them about their own setbacks, getting bedside assistance to dial several Courier-Mail sports journalists who were made redundant last June.”
Malone covered countless Australian Opens, over 100 State of Origin games, Kangaroo tours and wrote books with rugby league greats Allan Langer and Brent Tate.
“Paul Malone is one of the finest gentlemen I ever had the privilege of meeting. Rest In Peace,” Tate tweeted.
Saddened to hear of the passing of an old colleague/mate, Paul Malone. Rest easy, Scobie.
— Peter Cunningham (@Petantcun) February 9, 2021
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