Tragic Loss: Canadian World Champion Pole Vaulter Shawn Barber Dies at 29

HOUSTON, Texas – Canadian world champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber has died at the age of 29, according to his agent Paul Doyle. Barber, known for setting the Canadian record in the men’s pole vault, passed away at his home in Kingwood, Texas. The University of Akron’s athletics department confirmed the news, stating that Barber had been dealing with medical complications for some time.

Barber’s athletic career was marked by several achievements. In 2015, he won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto and went on to secure victory at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. He also made his debut at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, reaching the final.

As a member of the University of Akron’s track and field team, Barber was a three-time NCAA championship winner. Described as a “well-liked teammate and competitor,” he was remembered by the university as not just an incredible athlete, but also a good-hearted person who put others ahead of himself.

Barber’s best pole vault of 6 meters still holds the Canadian record. His agent, Paul Doyle, expressed his sorrow at losing such a young and kind-hearted individual. Barber is survived by his mother, father, and brother.

The passing of Shawn Barber has left the athletics community in mourning, as they remember his impressive achievements and the impact he made on and off the field.