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Dad mourns wife and daughter at funeral after they both died in wedding bus crash

Dad mourns wife and daughter at funeral after they both died in wedding bus crash

They both died in a bus crash in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, last month

A grieving dad has paid tribute to his wife and daughter after they both died in a wedding bus crash, saying they both shared a smile that would ‘light up the room’.

Mother and daughter Nadene and Kyah McBride died in a bus crash in Hunter Valley, New South Wales, last month.

They had been at a wedding at Wandin Estate Winery in Lovedale when their coach overturned at a roundabout as they travelled back to their accommodation in Singleton.

Both women were active members of the football community and played for the Singleton Roosters, with Sydney Women’s AFL Masters honouring the pair in a statement posted on Facebook.

"Our women’s masters football community is shocked and saddened by the tragic news that Nadene (Nads) McBride and her daughter Kyah have now been named as having passed away in the Singleton wedding bus crash,” it said.

"Her husband Banger (Graham) is reportedly in hospital.

"Our thoughts and sympathy extend to all the friends, families and team mates of Nads and Kyah and the Singleton football community. Please reach out to each other for support."

Nadene and Kyah McBride.
Sydney Women’s AFL Masters

Husband and dad Graham McBride, who was also injured in the incident, paid tribute to his ‘girls’ during a funeral service on Friday (7 July), held at the Roosters ground in Singleton.

"Nads and Kyah shared a smile that would light up the room," he said.

"Nadene was my soulmate ... she had so much love to give and gave it to anyone who needed it.

"Kyah was the party, and was always up for a song and a boogie at the drop of a hat."

Graham thanked the efforts of emergency services after everything they did to help those involved in the crash, as well as those who had helped in the aftermath.

He added: "Each step I take on this path of recovery is to honour my girls.

"Nads and Kyah kicked so many goals in their life, now it's time to kick goals for Nads and Kyah."

Nadene and Kyah were two of 10 people who sadly died in the crash, with many of the victims having close links to the Roosters.

The pair featured in a video about the turnaround of the club since Nadene took over as coach.

In the wake of the incident, the club said in a statement that it was ‘devastated’ by what happened.

“Our community has experienced unfathomable heartache, distress, and sadness, after a number of people closely connected to the club were on board and either injured or killed,” it said.

“The club extends its deepest sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones, while our thoughts are with everyone close to each person involved, including those who have passed away and suffered injuries.”

The club said its first priority was ‘supporting the families, friends and those from our wider club community who have been affected by this unspeakable tragedy’, adding: “Our club has been formed out of great people and the relationships fostered within it and we will lean on each other through this incredibly difficult time, with the memory of everyone that has been lost at the forefront of our thoughts.”

Featured Image Credit: Sydney Women’s AFL Masters/Facebook

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