A Queensland woman expecting triplets is mourning the loss of her husband, a beloved cricket coach who died last week.
Matt Conwell, 32, died on September 2 in what police say was a suicide.
His wife Ashleigh Conwell, 29, is expecting the couple’s three babies later this year, with a GoFundMe page set up to support the expectant mother during this unimaginable time.
“The pregnancy, delivery and care of triplets is challenging for any couple. This has now been made so much more difficult for Ashleigh with the loss of her beloved soulmate, who was so looking forward to meeting his babies,” the page reads.
“Not only has Ashleigh’s world been torn apart emotionally, the financial hardship she now finds herself in is significant.
“Both Matt and Ashleigh had been impacted by COVID-19 in their job roles; they were already stretching every dollar and budgeting tightly for the arrival of their unexpected but so very wanted ‘instant’ family.
“Losing Matt has placed an almost overwhelming burden on Ashleigh.”
Mr Conwell, known affectionately as ‘Cozzy’, worked with professional and premier grade sporting clubs, including his work as a strength and conditioning coach for the Brisbane Roar Football Club.
But it appears cricket was where his loyalties were with an outpouring of grief and support from various cricket clubs on social media.
Brisbane-based community club Wolston Park Centenary Cricket said Mr Conwell was “a driving force for Queensland Cricket” in many development programs.
“Matt always presented a smiling face and he will be sadly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him,” WPC Cricket Club President Peter Davies wrote on the club’s Facebook page.
The Redlands Tigers Club, whom Mr Conwell worked with, held a pre game gathering and minutes silence at the weekend for their “great friend and teammate”.
South Brisbane Cricket Club Brisbane Super King also said Mr Conwell “was a huge part of BSK Juniors over the recent years and will deeply missed”.
If you wish to donate to Mrs Conwell you can access the GoFundMe page here.