HUNDREDS of family and friends are expected at the funeral of a former Camp Hill rugby star.
Sam Yarwood, aged 22, from Hollywood, died following a canoe accident on Lake Ullswater on April 6.
The former Sixth Form College, Solihull student was in a racing kayak, which capsized in choppy waters.
Mr Yarwood was taken to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary by air ambulance but was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Sister Rachel Smith said that her brother was unique and was known for his “great sense of humour”.
“Sam was such a character, everyone who knew him absolutely loved him,” she told the Solihull News.
“He just walked around with a great big grin on his face and could made everyone laugh.
“I think how we’re coping is showing how proud we all were of him and how talented he was.”
The sportsman had played for Moseley Colts, at Camp Hill as a junior and on the 1st XV and for North Midlands Under 19s and Under 20s,
Last autumn, he joined Bournemouth Rugby Club and scored 27 tries in the league – a season club record and a club career record for a winger.
The funeral will be held this Tuesday at Immanuel Church, Hollywood at 11am, followed by committal at Robin Hood, Shirley.
There will be a collection in lieu of flowers with all proceeds divided between the Air Ambulance Service and the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.