Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jarrod Bannister, 33, has died suddenly overnight in the Netherlands.
Bannister, who competed at our last home Games in Melbourne 2006 and won gold for Australia at Dehli 2010, had been living in Holland with his girlfriend.
The 33-year-old currently holds the Australian record in javelin with a throw of 89.02, set in Brisbane in 2008.
Bannister was a well respected and much loved athlete among his peers, many of who paid tribute to him via social media.
RIP 🌹 https://t.co/JFA7cvaBEt
— Anneliese Rubie (@annierubie) February 9, 2018
R.I.P Jarrod Bannister. A talented athlete with so much more to give. You will be missed. ❤
— Sally Pearson OAM (@sallypearson) February 9, 2018
So saddened to hear the news of Jarrod Bannisters passing. Sending love and thoughts to all of his family, friends, and the athletics community ❤ #8902
— Ella Nelson (@ellanelson200) February 9, 2018
Thoughts going out to family and friends of our national record holder with the jav – 33 is too young.
— Cam Crombie (@CamCrombie) February 9, 2018
“On behalf of Commonwealth Games Australia, I offer our sincere condolences to Jarrod’s family, friends and the broader athletics community at this awful time.” said Commonwealth Games Australia CEO, Craig Phillips.