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Family pays tribute to ‘greatest dad ever’ after tragic rally death

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The family of Cameron Waugh has spoken of its grief after the British motorcyclist tragically died at the Abu Dhabi Desert Classic at the age of just 50.

Waugh crashed during the opening stage of the race and was found by a fellow competitor Jakub Przygonski who set off the satellite alarm and performed CPR.

However, despite two doctors and a paramedic arriving at the scene in just 13 minutes, the father-of-three was pronounced dead in hospital later.

Waugh had been based in Dubai for the past eight years and had previously excelled in the race.

His daughter Amy (18) and his son Ben (20) had both travelled from the UK to the Middle East to support him in the race, while he also leaves behind a three-year old son named Finn.

“He is the greatest dad that I could have ever asked for, a true role model. I will miss him more than words can describe,” said Ben.

Amy added: "He will always be my hero.”

His wife Jane said: "Cameron was a wonderful husband and fabulous father. I admired and respected him most for his integrity, commitment, loyalty and work ethic. I loved him for his sense of family, sense of humour and never-ending support.

"I am so very proud of all of his achievements in all aspects of his life from family to professional, of which there were so many. Cameron will be missed so much by so many.”

The President of the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, who organised the race said,

"I am deeply shocked and saddened by the news, and on behalf of the ATCUAE and everyone connected with the event, I send our sincere condolences to Cameron's family.

"He was one of our regular competitors, and a very likeable and popular one who loved the sport, and we have lost one of our own today.

"Safety is always our top priority, and the highly motivated professionals in our Search and Rescue and medical teams who responded to the accident did everything within their power. Our thoughts are with Cameron's family."

Waugh moved to Dubai eight years ago but back in the UK his parents Gordon and Ena explained how he always loved to race.

"Cameron started riding when he was 12, a schoolboy grass-track rider, and went on to win many races before racing Enduro [off-road], often winning his class," they said in a statement.

"He then moved to Dubai and into the desert, where sadly it all ended. He died doing what he wanted to do and what he was very good at. We are immensely proud of Cameron for all of his achievements, both professionally and personally. He will be sadly missed."

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