By NAN Contributor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. April 20, 2016: The Caribbean region is mourning the loss of yet another journalist this year, this time a Barbadian sports reporter attached to the Barbados Nation newspaper.
The Caribbean Sports Journalists’ Association (CASJA) yesterday announced the sudden death of Petra Gooding, 31. According to CASJA, Gooding took ill and died at a local hospital on Tuesday morning
Among those paying tributes to Petra was CASJA’s President Michael Bascombe who recalled their interaction at the track and field championships in Grenada, where she also lived for about four years.
“It wasn’t the best of news on Tuesday morning to learn of Petra’s death after recently working along with her,” Bascombe said. “Our profession will surely miss a dedicated and committed role model especially for young female journalists.”
Gooding previously worked at the Barbados Advocate Newspaper for seven years and attended the Combermere High School and the Barbados Community College.
Her passing comes just months after the sudden death of another sport journalist. Brian McDonald of St Lucia collapsed and died suddenly on January 17 at the age of 43.