Philip Guishard, a leader in Bermudian sports and the secretary general of the Bermuda Olympic Association, has died at the age of 74.

Judy Simons, president of the association, hailed him as “an amazing man and a great mentor” who was known to sporting communities across the world.

“I will miss him tremendously, as will his colleagues around the island,” she said:

A keen road runner who took part in virtually all the island’s races in the 1980s, Mr Guishard maintained a close involvement with sports for much of his life.

As well as directing the International Race Weekend throughout the 1990s, Mr Guishard was a sports development officer for the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Recreation.

He had served on the National Junior Athlete sponsorship committee, along with presiding over the Bermuda Track and Field Association.

He helped administrate the Island Games when they were hosted by the island. Popular with local athletes and administrators, Mr Guishard was internationally respected, having served as chef de mission for the Bermuda team at the Pan-Am Games and Commonwealth Games as well as the Olympics.

He was also a former president of the St George’s Rotary Club.