Snowboard - British snowboarding star found hanged

A British snowboarding star and Team GB Olympic coach has been found hanged at his family home.

The body of 33-year-old Nelson Pratt was discovered by his father, Nigel, at the family farm in Hampshire.

Pratt, who came second in this year's British snowboarding championship and coached both the British Olympic and Army snowboarding teams, was a popular figure in the sport.

News of his death was met with shock and horror by his friends.

"He was a lovely, warm-hearted guy who touched everyone who met him. He will be sorely missed," said best friend Marcus Chapman.

"Beyond the riding, Nelson was quite simply one of the nicest guys I have ever met in my life."

Ed Blomfield, editor of snowboarding magazine Whitelines, paid tribute to the skills of the man popularly known as 'Nelly' - as well as his qualities away from the snow.

"He had a relaxed style and managed to make any trick look simple," he said.

"But apart from his skill on the board he was simply one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Everyone just loved him to bits."

Hampshire police have confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

"I have known Nelson since we were teenagers and he was the best man at my wedding four years ago," added Chapman.

"Like everyone else he had his up and downs, but there was nothing to suggest anything like this.

"He wasn't married but he'd had quite a few girlfriends and I guess he was still looking for the right one."