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Daundre Barnaby dead at 24, Athletics Canada reports

Daundre Barnaby, one of the country’s top track runners, drowned while at a training camp on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts on Friday, Athletics Canada said.

Brampton, Ont., native died while swimming in the ocean at training camp in St. Kitts

Canadian track star Daundre Barnaby drowned in the ocean at a training camp on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Athletics Canada said. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

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.

Barnaby, centre, represented Canada in the 400-metre event at the 2012 London Olympics, where he ran the race in 46.04 seconds. (AFP/Getty Images)
Barnaby represented Canada at the 2012 London Olympics in the 400-metre event. He also competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and would have been a potential competitor at the upcoming Toronto Pan Am Games.

"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.

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