Gay Rugby Player & Bobsledder Simon Dunn Is Dead At 35
Australian rugby player and bobsledder Simon Dunn has died at the age of 35.
According to New South Wales Police, the athlete’s body was found at his home on Saturday, January 21. Although Dunn’s cause of death was not disclosed, law enforcement indicated that it was “not being treated as suspicious.”
In rugby, Dan has played for teams like Sydney Convicts Rugby Club and Kings Cross Steelers. He subsequently began his bobsleigh career and even represented Australia as part of the national team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He had hoped to represent Australia at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, but a biceps injury prevented him from doing so.
Dunn’s most recent Instagram post was shared just four days ago. Sports books:
“I guess it’s time to take another picture?!”
As an openly gay athlete, Dunn has advocated for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the world of sports and has fought against anti-gay rhetoric in the field. Even in 2023, there is still a lot of prejudice against LGBTQ athletes who compete in the sport, and Dunne just so happens to be a great source of insight for the community at large.
Dan’s untimely death marks a huge loss for LGBTQ+ representation in sports. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and former colleagues who are now grieving his passing.
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