Barnaby, who has been described as a “bright star” and former Olympian for the Athletics Canada, met his demise on Friday, 27th March, while swimming in the waters just outside of the St. Kitts Marriott Resort where he was staying.
“I personally shared expressions of sorrow with Daundre’s teammates, 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 trust that all who knew him could find solace and understanding in his passing and lend their support to those who are left behind to live Daundre’s legacy, motivated by the memory of such a capable and well-loved young man,” said Richards.
“I share sympathies with his mother, whom I’m told will travel to St Kitts-Nevis to see her son as no mother should. I, along with the Ministry of Sport, 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,” he added.
Miyvue.com learnt that all efforts were made to assist Barnaby but those were unsuccessful.
This publication understands that a massive search exercise was mounted after Barnaby went below the water and did not surface, assistance was garnered from the Police Force, the Coast Guard and dive specialist Kenneth Samuel.
According to the deputy prime minister, Athletics Canada, the sport’s governing body, has enjoyed a warm friendship with the government of St Kitts and Nevis through sport, technology and training transfer programme that exchanges the nation’s greatest assets, friendly nationals, warm climate and modern track and field facilities, with track and field expertise, technical skills and experience of the Athletics Canada athletes and coaching staff.
“It was in this context that young Barnaby visited our country that I am told he loved. Perhaps, it reminded him of his days as a youth on the beaches of his mother country, Jamaica, or perhaps, it was just about being with his teammates whom he had grown to love,” Richards lamented.
“We may never know, but what we do know is that he chose to give of his skills and competence in sharing with his peers and with the youth of our Federation. This speaks volumes of a young star gone far too soon.
“It was Tuesday of last week that I meet with the staff and team members of Athletics Canada and realized first-hand the family-like spirit of interactions. I am truly touched by their loss; by our loss,” the sports minister said.
Chief Executive officer of the Athletics Canada is expected in St. Kitts shortly to lend support to the remaining members of the team who are still training.