Canadian Olympic runner Daundre Barnaby died Friday at national team training camp on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Athletics Canada announced.
Barnaby was swimming with teammates around 11 a.m. when he was swept out to sea by a strong current. The teammates lost sight of him and his body was found around 3:30 p.m., Athletics Canada said.
“This is such a sad and profound loss, Daundre was an outstanding athlete and an even better young man,” Athletics Canada CEO Rob Guy said in a statement. “On behalf of Athletics Canada I offer my sincere sympathies and condolences to Daundre’s family and teammates. Athletics Canada will do whatever is necessary to support the athletics family through this tragedy.”
Barnaby, 25, was born in Jamaica and attended high school in Connecticut. He went to college at Mississippi State and became a Canadian citizen in 2012.
Barnaby specialized in the 400 meters and represented Canada in the event at the 2012 London Olympics. He also competed for Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
- Dan Gartland