Australia lost one of its most versatile athletes Simon Dunn passed away on Saturday, January 21st 2023. His impressive career as a bobsleigh athlete, columnist, and rugby player culminated far too soon at the age of 35. The news of his death came as a shock to many who knew him and loved him, and it sent shockwaves throughout the Australian sporting community.
Simon Dunn Cause of Death?
The passing of Simon Dunn came as a shock to many who knew him, and the cause of his death was initially unknown. However, after police were summoned to Crown Street in Surry Hills on January 21, 2023, at around 10 a.m. and discovered the 35-year-old’s body, it was initially believed that he had taken his own life. The NSW Police spokeswoman added that officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command have initiated inquiries regarding the circumstances surrounding his death, which are not deemed suspicious. Thereafter, a report will be prepared for the coroner, who will ultimately confirm what caused Dunn’s death. Despite all the uncertainty so far, one thing we can be sure of is that this tragedy will not soon be forgotten.
Simon Dunn Early Life
As a kid, Simon Dunn found his passion in rugby league and the support of teammates while growing up in Wollongong. Though the game brought joy to him, it also made Dunn uncomfortable with who he knew he was: a gay man. This inner conflict led him to step away from sports altogether, not wanting to be seen and judged as a different person. But years later, when presented with an opportunity for greatness, Dunn chose to get back in touch with his passion, joining the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club and eventually making it onto the Australian bobsleigh squad. After all those years pushing against his natural tendencies and interests that defined him as a person, Dunn was ready to embrace them again -what better way than taking up this new challenge and competing on an international level?
His journey began when he was selected to represent his country in a sporting event as the first out gay man. Although he announced his retirement from bobsleigh in 2016, he still decided to compete in the sport before moving on. In 2018, he made a huge leap and moved to London, United Kingdom, where he joined the Kings Cross Steelers rugby team. His participation in this international sports event was an amazing example of how far the LGBT+ community has come, and how it is accepted in many countries around the world. With this new opportunity, it looks like there is no limit to what this talented athlete can achieve.
Simon Dunn’s Career
Simon Dunn is clearly no stranger to success. Not only was the out and proud queer athlete nominated for the Australian LGBTI Awards Sports Personality of the Year in 2018 and 2019, he was actually placed on the shortlist both years, an impressive feat indeed. Furthermore, Simon has a number of accomplishments outside of his sports career, having written for Attitude, Gay Times, DNA magazines and GuysLikeU as well as Gays with Kids as a column writer. This year also marked his debut into the acting world starring in Greg Gould and Inaya Day’s music video “Love Like This” which was produced for Global Pride 2020 campaign. With such impressive achievements at such an early stage, it will be interesting to see what other heights this amazing individual may reach in years to come.
News – Australia's first openly gay bobsled player and Sydney Convicts Rugby club representative Simon Dunn has died suddenly. He was 35. pic.twitter.com/NWeMxj9KnT— GlitterBeam Radio🏳️🌈 (@GlitterBeamUK) January 23, 2023
In July 2021, the news of Dunn returning to bobsleigh electrified fans of the sport. His return to the competitive scene was highly anticipated by all. After two years away from the sport, Dunn announced his intention to compete for Australia at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. With his sights set on a podium finish, he began training with the Australian team in September 2021 and competed in both 2man and 4man events in Whistler. It has been quite a remarkable journey for him and fans are keenly waiting to see if he can make it back onto the podium this winter season.
The news of the passing of Simon Dunn has left family and friends devastated. His obituary is set to be released by the family soon, providing a chance for everyone to celebrate his life and legacy. His influence was far-reaching as he used his knowledge and passion to make an indelible mark in the lives of so many. With this time of mourning comes moments to stop and appreciate just how much Simon impacted each person’s life in his own special way.
Tributes to Simon Dunn
We’re deeply saddened to learn of Simon Dunn’s death aged just 35.— Terrence Higgins Trust (@THTorguk) January 23, 2023
Simon gave his time freely and generously for the many causes he believed passionately in and we’re very grateful that included Terrence Higgins Trust and National HIV Testing Week.
Simon, you will be so missed. pic.twitter.com/QCDmKyWJxP
Such sad news from Sydney. Our sincere condolences go out to all Simon Dunn’s family and friends.— Sports Media LGBT+ (@SportsMediaLGBT) January 23, 2023
He was playing for @KXSteelers when he shared a “victory kiss” photo in 2018 that went viral, at a time when an Australian rugby star was making headlines for homophobia. /1 pic.twitter.com/vxYP2aR4eQ
Simon Dunn #diedsuddenly on Saturday and was no doubt fully coof jibbed as he had been training for the Australian bobsled team in Canada. Sorry about the cover from Dicks N Arses magazine. #VaccineDeaths #CovidVaccines pic.twitter.com/Sp32p9EmNJ— Politickler (@StudLeeMD) January 23, 2023