Kathleen Heddle Wiki – Kathleen Heddle Bio
Kathleen Heddle was a Canadian rower. Heddle and her long-time rowing partner Marnie McBean were the first Canadians to win three Olympic gold medals.
She was born on November 27, 1965, in Trail, British Columbia. Her birth name was Kathleen Joan Heddle. 2-time Olympian, along with partner Marnie McBean, inspired a generation of athletes, Three-time Olympic rowing champion Kathleen Heddle has died.
Kathleen Heddle 1965-2021.
3x Olympic Champion + + +
Greatest of All Time
I am crushed and without words today at this loss. Too soon. https://t.co/7JFNkOXLva
— Marnie McBean OC OLY (@MarnieMcB) January 13, 2021
She was 55 years old.
Kathleen Heddle Cause of Death
Three-time Olympic rowing champion Heddle has died of cancer.
Heddle battled breast and lymph-node cancer followed by melanoma and brain cancer for six years.
She died Monday, January 11 at home in Vancouver, according to a Rowing Canada statement issued Wednesday on behalf of her family.
“While our grief is as heavy as the darkest moment of the night, the gifts given to us by Kathleen shine bright as the moon and stars,” her family said in the statement.
“With time, memories of our happiest days with Kathleen will be sure to overcome our tears.”
The statement included a November 2020 quote from Heddle: “How is it that amongst some of the worst days ever, you can also experience some of the best?”
Heddle and her long-time rowing partner Marnie McBean were the first Canadians to win three Olympic gold medals.
In 1997, Heddle was awarded the Order of British Columbia and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
She also was awarded the Thomas Keller Medal by FISA, the International Rowing Federation, for her outstanding career in international rowing.
Heddle and McBean are the only Canadian athletes to win three gold medals in Summer Olympic Games. They also claimed gold in the pair at the 1991 and 1995 world championships.
Heddle’s quiet resolve was the foil to McBean’s more dominant personality.
“Kathleen had an incredible sense of touch, seemingly aware of the natural rhythm and flow in things,” her family wrote in its tribute to her.
Husband And Children
Heddle survived by her husband Mike and children Lyndsey and Mac.
“Rowing was part of Kathleen’s life but they were the whole of it,” wrote McBean.
Canadian Olympic Committee president and former Olympic rower Tricia Smith was Heddle’s friend.
“Kathleen was the greatest of Olympians in every sense of the word and a rock for all who knew her,” Smith said in a statement.
“A proud Canadian of such depth of character, she approached everything she did with integrity and grace.
“Never seeking the limelight and always looking out for others, she represented the best of Olympic values.”