Daundre Barnaby dead at 24, Athletics Canada reports
Brampton, Ont., native died while swimming in the ocean at training camp in St. Kitts
Athletics Canada said one of the country’s top track runners died at a training camp on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts on Friday.
Daundre Barnaby, a 24-year-old from Brampton, Ont., disappeared while swimming in the ocean with several teammates, and he was later discovered to have drowned, the organization said.
"This is such a sad and profound loss," Athletics Canada CEO Rob Guy said in a news release. "Daundre was an outstanding athlete and an even better young man."
Around 20 of the country's elite track and field athletes are at the St. Kitts training camp.
Athletics Canada is sending a grief counsellor to the camp to support Barnaby's teammates and coaches, and the track team's head coach Peter Eriksson is also heading to St. Kitts to be with the team.
Barnaby competed for the Brampton Track Club as well as several other teams. He also competed in the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Many of Barnaby's fellow athletes took to Twitter to post their condolences.
This is so sad may his soul rest in peace... Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends �� <a href="http://t.co/2ce7vbDjFx">http://t.co/2ce7vbDjFx</a>—@mokoro4
Daundre Barnaby was not only one of the nicest guys I've ever met, but also one of the best runners I've ever watched. Way too young. RIP—@FORRE5T
I don't know what to say... Heaven gained an angel. Daundre Barnaby will be missed. RIP. <a href="http://t.co/ofjieMmKZq">pic.twitter.com/ofjieMmKZq</a>—@SarahWells400mh