Kathleen Heddle

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kathleen Heddle , OBC (born November 27, 1965 in Trail , British Columbia , † January 11, 2021 in Vancouver ) was a Canadian rower. Together with her long-time partner Marnie McBean , she won four Olympic medals in four different boat classes.


Heddle grew up with three siblings in Vancouver. She studied psychology at the University of British Columbia . The university awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2004.

After McBean and Heddle had become world champions in two-man without a helmsman in 1991 , the two won gold in this boat class at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. The following day, the two sat in the Canadian eight and won a second gold medal. After 1992, both rowers switched from oar rowing to sculling .

At the 1994 World Championships, McBean and Heddle won silver in double sculls ; the following year they became world champions. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, McBean and Heddle won a double scull. The next day, the two rowed to bronze in double fours. After that, Heddle ended her career.

In 1999 she and Silken Laumann were awarded the Thomas Keller Medal by the World Rowing Association (FISA) for her outstanding career . After her sporting career, she was a member of the FISA Athletes Commission.

Heddle lived in Vancouver with her husband and two children. In January 2021, she died at the age of 55 from cancer.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c In Memoriam: Kathleen Heddle. In: rowingcanada.org. January 13, 2021, accessed January 13, 2021 .
  2. Martin Cross: Kathleen Heddle. (pdf; 8 kB) In: twiihosting.net. November 25, 2004, archived from the original on November 28, 2004 ; accessed on January 15, 2021 (English).