Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 28, 2015 10:26 ET

Statement by The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on the Passing of Canadian Olympian Daundre Barnaby

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 28, 2015) -

I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Canadian Olympian and Brampton resident, Daundre Barnaby yesterday while swimming in the ocean with his athletics teammates at a training camp on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.

Daundre's passion for excellence on the track was dwarfed by his smile and engaging personality off of it. His impact can be seen in the outpouring of messages online from Daundre's teammates and friends - an impact that will continue to be felt through his legacy with the Brampton Track Club, Project Athletics and the Flying Angels.

Daundre wore the maple leaf with distinction while competing for Canada internationally, including the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. I know his presence will continue to be felt by his teammates as they compete near his hometown this summer at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere sympathies to Daundre's family, his friends and teammates and the whole Athletics Canada family. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

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Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    robert.lynch@sports.gc.ca