It is with profound sorrow that the international shooting community has come to learn of the sudden passing of Spanish sport shooter comentator and IPSC World Champion, Jorge Ballesteros. He tragically passed away last Monday at the tender age of 39
How did Jorge Ballesteros die ?
We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of our beloved friend and IPSC competitor, Jorge Ballesteros. Just 39 years old, his death comes as a shock to those who knew him. What set Jorge apart wasn’t just his natural talent with a gun but also his unyielding loyalty to the sport of IPSC. An incoming World Champion, he was a mentor and role model to many in the shooting community, always willing to lend an ear or share advice when needed. Win or lose, he conducted himself with grace and humility that inspired everyone around him. While it is heartbreaking to have lost such a luminary figure at such an early age, we find comfort in knowing that Jorge’s legacy lives on in all of us.
What’s was cause of Jorge Ballesteros death ?
On January 10th, 2023, the world lost a high-profile sports shooter and beloved athlete, Jorge Ballesteros. He was 39 years old and had won a gold medal at the IPSC World Championship. Although the exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed, reports indicate he sustained a firearm injury which ultimately lead to his passing. This was revealed in a tweet by fellow shooter describing another colleague being gone too soon. Since his death, tributes have been pouring in everywhere as Ballesteros is remembered not only for his shooting career but also as an incredible person with kindness that touched all those around him.
Who was Jorge Ballesteros?
Growing up near Madrid, Spain, Jorge Ballesteros Fernandez has always had an innate competitive spirit. Born in San Sebastian, Guipuzcoa on May 27th 1983, his family relocated to Madrid when he was only six. He began participating in many different sports at a young age, including Judo, Karate, athletics, soccer and basketball. After completing high school in 2002 he attended Alcala de Henares University to study business management until 2008. That is when he began his career as a police officer. As a child, he was exposed to his father’s fascination with practical shooting (IPSC), which led to him being introduced to the sport of shooting at just 16 years old – manifesting an enthusiastic passion for the sport ever since.
Jorge Ballesteros is an accomplished competitor who has continued to show a commitment to his sport. In 2005, he earned bronze medal overall in the Open Division at the World Championship held in Guayaquil, Ecuador confirming his significant improvement. He went on to win silver medals in the European Championships, firstly in France in 2007 and then in Serbia in 2010 where he just missed out by finishing behind multiple-time world champion Eric Grauffel. After that, Ballesteros emerged as European Champion for the first time in 2013 and defended this title three years later, at Felsotarkany (Hungary). Without a doubt 2017 was his finest year when, through determination and dedication, he was crowned World Champion and achieved something he had dreamt of for many years.
Tributes pours to Jorge Ballesteros death
We are hearing news and hope it’s not true Jorge Ballesteros has passed away. Not sure of the cause but he’ll surely be missed. I spent a lot time competing with him over the years. What a true Champion he has been to the international community. Wish his family all the best. Rest in Peace my friend. 🎯
Shock to know… still can’t believe it!
Be strong 💪🏼 my forever Champ
See you in the future!
Deepest condolences to the Ballesteros family at this time.
A true gentleman and sportsman ❤️
The amount of people who’ve been lost this year already is sad.
My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to his family and friends…He shall be missed dearly…