Kathleen Heddle, who gained three Olympic gold medals rowing for Canada within the Nineties and impressed a technology of athletes, died on Monday at her residence in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was 55.
Her dying was introduced in a press release from her household launched by Rowing Canada Aviron, the nationwide governing physique for rowing within the nation. The assertion mentioned that Ms. Heddle had battled for years with breast and lymph node most cancers, and later, melanoma and mind most cancers.
In the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Ms. Heddle and her rowing accomplice, Marnie McBean, gained two gold medals, within the pairs and the eights. At the 1994 World Championships, Ms. Heddle and Ms. McBean gained a silver medal within the double sculls.
At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Ms. Heddle and Ms. McBean gained a gold medal within the double sculls, a 2,000-meter competitors through which they led the race from begin to end, according to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. With that, Ms. Heddle and Ms. McBean grew to become the primary Canadians to win three Olympic gold medals in any sport, the group mentioned.
The following 12 months Ms. Heddle and Ms. McBean had been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday night time, Ms. McBean wrote on Twitter concerning the dying of her rowing accomplice, calling Ms. Heddle the “Greatest of All Time.”
“I am crushed and without words today at this loss,” she added.
In the assertion from Rowing Canada Aviron, Ms. Heddle’s household mentioned, “A country and a sport got to know and understand her resolve.”
Kathleen Joan Heddle was born on Nov. 27, 1965, in Trail, British Columbia, about 400 miles east of Vancouver. When Kathleen was 8 months previous, her dad and mom, Duncan and Marilyn Heddle, moved the household to Kitsilano, a neighborhood in Vancouver that abuts the English Bay. The household additionally included two different daughters, Libby and Peggy, and a son, Murray. Ms. Heddle remained in Vancouver, settling within the close by neighborhood of Kerrisdale along with her husband, Mike Bryden, and their two kids, Lyndsey and Mac.
Information on survivors was not instantly accessible.
When Ms. Heddle enrolled at the University of British Columbia, she was tall and athletic, hoping to make a mark for herself on this planet of volleyball. But it was in Ms. Heddle’s third 12 months at the college within the Eighties when she was “picked out of a lineup” due to her peak and recruited to hitch the varsity’s rowing group, (*3*).
“It was a pretty obscure sport then,” she mentioned, “so they would try to recruit people who they thought had the right build and had potential.”
“I was hooked right away,” recalled Ms. Heddle. “I liked the balance between brute strength and power with finesse.”
At the time, Ms. Heddle was 19 and her volleyball aspirations “had stalled,” in line with the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. She shortly tailored to her new sport and excelled. She earned a bachelor’s diploma in psychology from the college and continued along with her newfound ardour.
By 1987, Ms. Heddle had earned a spot on the Canadian nationwide rowing group and gained a gold medal within the pair occasion at the Pan (*55*) Games.
At the 1991 World Cup in Switzerland, Ms. Heddle paired up with Ms. McBean for the primary time. In their first race collectively they beat the defending world champions, in line with the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1999 Ms. Heddle was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal, an honor given every year to a lately retired athlete who has “a long and successful rowing career and who has made an outstanding contribution to rowing as a competitor and as a sports personality,” in line with the World Rowing Federation, the governing physique for the game.
Though Ms. Heddle shortly ascended to the higher echelon of rowing, she acknowledged that the rise got here with a problem.
“Rowing was seen as a medal sport in Canada, and we were seen as the favorites,” Ms. Heddle mentioned, in line with the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. There was, she mentioned, “a burden to meet the expectations people place on us.” When she gained, she mentioned, “it was more a feeling of relief than anything else.”