SKN Officials Extend Condolences For Drowned Canadian Athlete R. Wilson Story Updated: March 30 th 2015 at 1039 am
The Minister of Sport Hon. Shawn Richards became the latest local official to extend sympathies to the family and friends of Daundre Barnaby, who drowned in St. Kitts Friday. The 24-year-old Canadian runner and his Athletic Canada National Track and Field teammates were in St. Kitts for their annual training camp. The group arrived last Monday. Police reported that after returning from training at about 11:15 am, Barnaby and two female companions went swimming. Soon after he encountered difficulty and called out for help. “Efforts to assist Mr. Barnaby were futile. An extensive search and rescue exercise for was conducted by the Police, Coast Guard and local diver, Mr. Kenneth Samuel. After 3 hours and 33 minutes, Daundre Antonio Barnaby was discovered and retrieved from the water. The District Medical Officer, Dr. Mervin Laws was summoned to the scene and pronounced him dead at about 3:30pm,” a police press release informed. An autopsy is scheduled for today, Monday March 30. Barnaby’s mother is expected to arrive in St. Kitts to officially identify and claim her son’s body. ” I share sympathies with his mother whom I’m told will travel to St Kitts-Nevis to see her son as no mother should,” Richards said.” I personally shared expressions of sorrow with Daundre’s team mates today, but now wish to extend my sentiments to his family, friends, and loved ones, for whom a large component of their joy and their life has sadly departed. “I, along with the Ministry of Sports, pledge support to the Athletics Canada coaching staff and athletes in this time of grief, questioning and melancholy. We are prepared to return the favour and lend a helping hand of love and continued commitment to the enrichment of lives of lovers of the sport of track and field and our Federation. We pray that you will indeed find peace and purpose in Daundre Barnaby’s sudden passing.” Canada’s CTVNEWS quotes Barnaby’s head coach Peter Eriksson as saying, “He was a very nice guy, he had ‘peace love and unity’ as his slogan for the team, and he was a very important part of our 4×400 relay team, and also he had a great future as a 400-metre runner. We expected a lot from him in the years to come.” The Jamaican born athlete competed in the 2012 summer Olympics held in London and was slated to compete in the Toronto 2015 PanAm Games in July.