Myself, along with our children Danielle, Brayden, Courtney, Baylie, Montana and Ruby, our grandchildren Jaxon and Arlie, Gavin’s parents Graeme and Dot and our extended families are all just so extremely humbled and thankful for all of the continuous calls, messages, cards, gifts, flowers and beautiful well wishes which we have continued to received over the past 7 months.
The Support and love from so many people within the industry and beyond has been just so emotional and overwhelming. We could never thank everyone enough for the outpour of generosity and it was this love that kept Gav fighting on hard each day...
On behalf oft the Abrahams family I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Meagan and all members of the Lang family on the sad passing of Gavin Lang.
Through my late cousin Kevin and his wife Patsy our family has had a long association with the Lang family...
I was greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Gavin.
Gavin was always the first person to drive my young horses when they were having their first start.
He drove with intelligence, experience and patience so that the horse left the track with a positive experience, which is so important with the young horses...
Gav, we miss you.
Talking of going on holidays on the last day you drove for us at Maryborough and by the time we came home you were sick.
Condolences to all the family; what a wonderful person and friend.
In 1989 Gav gave an incredible performance to get Larrakeyah Lady up from four back on the paint to win the Vicbred Super Series Final and since then we've enjoyed a fruitful collaboration over many years.
A legendary reinsman, a great horseman, and when Gav was on board you knew you would have a horse left to live to fight another day.
My wife and I have watched Gavin drive for many, many years.
About six years ago we decided to get involved into harness racing as owners and I even got my stablehand license.
I never got the pleasure of meeting Gavin personally or even speaking to him in my time in the stalls.
I have since realised that Gavin was a very quiet person, but also a people's person and had I not been so self conscious about approaching a legend of the sport I have no doubt that Gavin would have chatted to me if time allowed.
Definitely my loss, not Gavin's.
Gavin, when I heard you had lost your final race - like most others I had hoped you could win your biggest battle - I was shattered.
I looked to the sky and whispered 'rest in peace Superstar'...
New Years Eve, 1997, at Bendigo: Hot Rose's win on debut was not one of Gavin's biggest wins among his 6303 victories, but it was a highlight for me as part of Merv Williamson's Kerrytown Syndicate.
Sad day in harness racing, the passing of a legend.
RIP Gav, my condolences to Meagan and family.
Having a bet? Back Gav, you couldn't go wrong.
Deepest condolences to the family.
God bless Gavin.
Terrific guy, simply poetry in motion.
My condolences to Gavin's family at this sad time.
Gav and I went to school together when the family lived in Romsey and also played football together in the under age competition for Romsey Football Club.
We were pretty good mates back then, but when the family moved to Melton we would usually only see one another at the trots when I would attend to watch a horse I would have racing...
After decades admiring G A Lang from a distance and a couple of years of trying to get him to drive a horse for us, we finally convinced him to get on board.
First thing he said was, "Why aren't you driving?". The reply was simple, "I'm sick of running second and third, we need a change!"
Of course it didn't take long for the winning to start...
Our deepest sympathy from the Maney Family.
Gavin Lang was a spectacular driver and many people knew him.
He will live on in our hearts. We are thinking of Meagan and the kids.
RIP Gavin and Fly High, Never Forgotten xx
Gavin was the best driver Australia has ever had. Raced a couple of horses with him back in the '90s and had a lot of fun and some winners. What a great horseman for whom horses raced so well. Will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Gavin.
A legend. One of if not the best. RIP Gav. Condolences to all the family.
Gavin a true gentleman, fantastic ambassador for the sport of harness racing. Memories of your fantastic career with us all forever.
Harness racing great Gavin Lang has died, with the sport mourning the loss of a much-loved genius and gentleman.
Gavin’s fight with a rare type of lymphoma has ended at age 61, an outcome that will sadden the many family, friends and admirers that have felt his kindness and witnessed his brilliance.
His passing draws to a close a career that brought delight to many among 6303 victories, second only in the sport to Chris Alford...
Gavin Lang was a champion and a legend of the sport. His ability on the track was probably unrivalled, and the friendships and esteem in which he was held by so many is testament to his standing.
There will never be another Gavin Lang and my sincerest condolences on behalf of all of HRV are extended to his family during this time.
I haven't spoken to Gavin for many years but the short time I knew him it was a pleasure to be in his company.
I remember like it was yesterday the time he allowed me to sit on the back of a horse that my Father part owned called Franco's Gambler & do a lap of his track at his Melton property. It was such a thrill and something that has stayed with me ever since.
Sincere condolences to his Family & many friends.
My condolences to the entire Lang family on the passing of Gavin.
I am 49 years old and have followed harness racing for 31 years and in that time I have watched plenty of good drivers, but G Lang stood head and shoulders above the rest.
He was composed, magnificently balanced, could sum up the tempo of a race better than anyone and if you had the best horse in a group race he's the bloke you wanted on. He was simply a magician in a sulky...
From my personal experiences I can honestly say it was an honour and a privilege to have known him.
He was my first driver as an owner and from the way Gary and Debbie Quinlan spoke to him, the admiration, respect and kinship was clear.
No words can truly describe the man that his friends knew and loved. He’ll be so dearly missed.
I don’t have many friends. That’s not intended to garner sympathy; relatively unsociable types who aren’t familiar with the interior of their local pub, or any pub for that matter, often find themselves that way. Gavin Lang, I suspect, had lots of friends. The simple fact that he and I were friends indicates he had a special knack.
I started working for the industry audio visual provider in the late 90s. Female camera operators were a rarity back then, and I sidled around, big eyed and nervous, eyeing the brash and colourful superstars of the harness racing circuit...
I'll miss Gav greatly for the calm he brought to every race, for the moments of brilliance that emerged when it mattered most, for his quiet confidence, but even more so for his kindness and patience.
He was always generous with his time, willing to give great consideration and respect to any question, and to always educate but never patronise.
He was a one-of-a-kind genius and gentleman.
RIP Group 1