Heavyweight boxer Cam Shaw, 25, died while swimming on The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
The York man died on Monday while on holiday with his girlfriend and two friends in Cairns, Queensland. His father Rod described Shaw as “a great, helpful and compassionate person – who threw everything he was doing.”
He continued: “I didn’t realize how popular he was until now. We don’t know exactly what happened, but we do know that Cam drowned and the investigation is ongoing.
“He was a strong swimmer – I taught him to swim at Water World in York when he was two-and-a-half years old and he got up to nine of the eleven levels.”
Shaw had a professional boxing career before turning professional in 2019. He won the ABA 60kg elite title in 2018 and a gold medal at the Hivdovre Cup in Denmark a year earlier.
In the paid ranks, Shaw fought four times in four months, defeating Edward Bjorklund, Jake Pollard, Ricky Leach, and Nabil Ahmed on points. His last professional fight took place in November 2019 at the KC Stadium in Hull.
A statement from Queensland Police said: “Investigations are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding his death, but it is believed to be suspicious. Around midday on Monday.”
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office added: “We are providing consular support to the family of a British national who has died in Australia.”
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Tributes have flooded in from many members of the York community in light of the tragic news. Shaw was a loving member of his old school, All Saints RC in South Bank. Speaking on behalf of the school’s deputy headteacher, Sally Lynam said: “Cam was a loved and valued member of the All Saints community. Full of joy and humour, it was hard to see him without a smile on his face. his face is not.
“He was very passionate, a really positive presence in the classroom and on campus, and very calm.”
Billy Wilson, head coach at Shaw’s former gym, York Boxing Club, said: “I knew Cam very well and it was amazing. No one would have expected someone to die at the age of 25. He was a hard-working kid, full of beans. , he’s always playing. and laughing. He’s a good kid, a hard worker and he’s lived his whole life.”