From Singapore to Denver: Tim Barber's Journey to Professional Lacrosse
Boston, MA - Not many people can say they have lived in Singapore, Thailand, and Australia all before the age of six. However, that's exactly what happened to Denver Outlaws midfielder Tim Barber. Barber, who considers Camillus, New York his hometown, moved to the United States at age 7 after stints in Singapore, Thailand, and Australia.
It all started for Barber when he was born on September 3rd, 1994 in Singapore. His family was in the Southeast Asian country due to his father's work. Tim's dad, Donald, worked as a Project Manager for Carrier Air Conditioning, requiring him to move across the world depending on the company's needs.
Barber doesn't remember much, if anything, from his time in Singapore. His family moved again when Barber was two, this time to Bangkok, Thailand. Barber remembers being in a very "Americanized" community.
It was there, where Barber first played sports, but not lacrosse. Barber's first sport was soccer. Growing up in Asia, Tim has little to no exposure to lacrosse.Â Barber said to him, "the sport was basically non-existent" in those countries.
Like Singapore, Barber doesn't remember much about his time in Thailand, all he remembers were the "many different types of animals. There were snakes everywhere. These weren't garden snakes either. These were BIIIIG, long snakes."
At age six, it was time for Barber's family to pick up and move once more. This time the family moved over 3,500 miles away to Melbourne, Australia. It was in Australia where Barber fell in love with the game of lacrosse.
Lacrosse was introduced to Barber through family. His dad grew up in New York, so one could say lacrosse was in his blood. Interestingly enough, Donald, Barber's dad, didn't pick up lacrosse until after college. Eventually, he handed the sport down to his kids.
Despite being on the other side of the earth, Tim was introduced to the game in the same way many of us were. In Melbourne, Tim's older brother, Ryan (who would eventually play lacrosse at Syracuse University), was messing around with a stick in their backyard and offered for Tim to join him. From there, it was love at first sight. Barber would eventually join a team in Australia, known as Melbourne Lacrosse Club. One thing Barber found interesting about lacrosse down under, guys and girls played on the same team at the time.
At age seven, Barber moved one last time. This time, the Barber family made the over 10,000 mile trek from Australia to New York. Barber and his family relocated upstate to the small town of Camillus, New York, just west of Syracuse. In high school, Barber was named a U.S Lacrosse All-American following his senior year.
In college, Barber spent two years at Onondaga Community College, the same school that has produced several MLL stars including Atlanta Blaze attackman Randy Staats. After those two years, he attended Syracuse University. In 32 career games with the Orange, Barber scored 39 goals to go along with 21 assists.
Barber was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the sixth round of the 2016 MLL Draft. He and his Outlaws teammates won the MLL Championship in his first pro season. He called it "one of the greatest moments of my professional life."
After a stint with the Florida Launch, Barber returned to the Outlaws for the 2019 season. Barber added, "I love being with the Outlaws. We have a great group of guys who have fun on the field and off." Being one of the "older guys" on the team, Barber stated his only goal it to win another championship. At this point in his career, he said, "it would mean the world to me."
As far as the offseason goes, Barber likes to give himself a little break from lacrosse. He said, "I like to put my stick down for a couple of months to give myself a little time off." Barber is still training, getting runs in and lifting weights. He added, "after the first of the year, I will pick up my stick and start getting ready to go for 2020."
Looking back on his journey from Singapore to an MLL Champion, Barber is thankful. He is appreciative of the fact he got to "experience so many different things in so many different places." Barber now calls Charlotte, North Carolina home, but Singapore, Thailand, Australia, New York, and Denver all have a special place in his heart.
For more on Tim Barber, follow him on Twitter @TimBarberGE20 or on Instagram @barberque20.
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