Who is Shawn Barber? Learn About Pole Vaulter Dead at 29 – Hollywood Life

    Date:

    Shawnacy Barber




    View gallery

    Image Credit: Diego Azubel/EPA/Shutterstock

    Shawn Barber, a former Olympic pole vaulter and gold medalist at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, died on January 17, 2024, at his home in Kingwood, Texas at age 29. According to the Associated Press. Shawn’s agent, Paul Doyle, confirmed the news the following day, On January 18. No cause of death has been released, but the news organization reported that the athlete had been experiencing unspecified “health issues” and died from “medical complications.”

    “More than just an incredible athlete, Shawn was such a good-hearted person that always put others ahead of himself,” Paul said in a statement. “It’s tragic to lose such a good person at such a young age.”

    Amid the news, here’s what to know about the life of the remarkable young athlete.

    Shawn Was Canadian

    Shawnacy Barber
    Rolex Dela Pena/EPA/Shutterstock

    Shawn was born in 1994 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but his father was from Ontario, Canada. Growing up after his parents’ divorce, Shawn spent time in both Toronto and the U.S. Despite graduating from high school in Houston, Texas, the athlete claimed Toronto as his hometown during competitive track and field events.

    He also competed for Canada throughout his career, saying it was because the country placed more importance on his chosen sport — and because his father, George Barber, competed in the pole vault for Canada at the 1983 World Championships.

    Shawn held dual Canadian-American citizenship, and he’s also survived by his mother, Ann, and brother, David.

    He Had a Unique Name

    Though in the media he was known as simply Shawn Barber, the talented pole vaulter was actually born Shawnacy Campbell Barber. 

    He Was a Champion in College

    Shawn attended University of Akron in Ohio, where he clinched back-to-back NCAA indoor championships in 2014 and 2015 for the pole vault. In 2015, he doubled down on his success with an NCAA outdoor championship, as well. He’d make 2015 a banner year by emerging triumphant with the gold at the Pan-Am Games that summer.

    Shawn is a Canadian Record Holder

    He achieved his career pinnacle with a top vault of six meters (19 feet, 8 ¼ inches) on January 15, 2016, in Reno, Nevada. The mark was a record, and it remains the Canadian record to this day. Shawnacy competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, and placed 10th, despite adverse weather conditions.

    Shawn Came Out in 2017

    On April 24, 2017, Shawn took to Facebook to publicly come out as gay in a since-removed post. “Gay and proud!” he wrote via the social media platform, per Outsports. “Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and i love you too!”

    Originally Posted Here

    Popular Posts

    More like this
    Related

    ‘Irish Wish’ Trailer | Moviefone

    When the love of her life gets engaged...

    Top 7 NEW MOVIES Released In JUNE 2022 (New & Fresh ) | New Released Movies In JUNE 2022

    You should not miss these best movies released in...

    Phoebe Philo's Daughter Makes Runway Debut for Burberry Fall 2024

    It's been about six years since he left...

    Godzilla vs. Kong Exquisite Basic Series Godzilla Action Figure Pre-Order Now!

    Prepare for the ultimate showdown as Godzilla from...
    Tom Sandoval’s ‘New York Times’ Profile: Most Unhinged Moments
    Meet His 9 Children – Hollywood Life
    Tom Hiddleston Smiles at Taylor Swift Joke at People’s Choice Awards
    Halle Bailey Shares Before & After Pregnancy Photos After Birth of Son – Hollywood Life
    Lisa Frankenstein Movie Review
    Land of Bad Movie Review
    Every Spider-Man and Spinoff Movie Ranked, From Worst to Best
    Madame Web review – did anyone involved in this film actually want to be there?
    Parish Sneak Peek: Watch Giancarlo Esposito in AMC’s New Crime Drama
    ‘MAFS’ Alum Jamie Otis Pregnant With Third Child
    How Behind-the-Scenes Drama Influences How We Watch TV
    4 Ladies Journey’s Will End
    Misfits, Iggy Pop, Turnstile, Sublime to Play New Punk Fest
    Roots Picnic 2024: Lineup + Ticket Information
    How to Get Tickets to Billy Joel’s 2024 Tour and Final MSG Shows
    Listen to the Celebratory Playlist
    Phoebe Philo's Daughter Makes Runway Debut for Burberry Fall 2024
    Net sales of Finnish fashion house Marimekko surge 5% in FY23
    20 Things Guys Should Never Apologize For
    The 38 Best Looks From the 2024 BAFTAs Red Carpet
    Godzilla vs. Kong Exquisite Basic Series Godzilla Action Figure Pre-Order Now!
    Doug Bradley Discusses Thorns, His Latest Terrifying Film
    Dark Planet Releasing Announces Cinematic Release of Highly Anticipated Horror Movie Starring Horror Film Legend Doug Bradley
    The Next ‘Evil Dead’ Promises Extreme Horror Under New French Director
    ‘Irish Wish’ Trailer | Moviefone
    Top 7 NEW MOVIES Released In JUNE 2022 (New & Fresh ) | New Released Movies In JUNE 2022
    Wedding-Gone-Wrong Shark Movie ‘Something in the Water’ Trailer
    10 upcoming movies release in May 2023#shorts #upcoming
    Taylor Swift – Cruel Summer (Official Audio)
    Hoobastank – The Reason (Official Music Video)
    Anne Wilson – My Jesus (Official Music Video)
    Zonnique – Should’ve Been