British boxer Cam Shaw dies at 25 while snorkeling in Australia
Featherweight boxer Cam Shaw, 25, has died while diving in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The York man passed away on Monday while on holiday with his girlfriend and two friends in Cairns, Queensland. Shaw was described by his father, Rod, as “a friendly, helpful, sociable guy who put his all into everything he did.”
He continued: “I didn’t realize how popular it was until now. We don’t know exactly what happened, but we do know that Cam drowned and the investigation is still ongoing.”
“He was a good swimmer. I taught him to swim at Water World in York when he was two and a half years old and he reached nine out of eleven possible levels.”
Tributes have poured in from various members of the York community in light of the tragic news. Shaw was a beloved member of his old school, All Saints RC on the South Bank. Speaking on behalf of the school, Assistant Principal Sally Lynam said: “Cam was a much-loved and valued member of the All Saints community. Full of joy and great humour, you rarely saw him without a smile on his face.” .
“He was hugely enthusiastic, a really positive presence in the classroom and hallways, and quietly very determined.”
Billy Wilson, head trainer at Shaw’s former gym, York Boxing Club, said: “I knew Cam very well and he’s a huge shock. No one expects someone to die at the age of 25. He was a vibrant kid, full of beans. , always joking and laughing, he was a good lad, a hard worker and he lived his life to the fullest.”
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