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Kathleen Heddle Biography – Kathleen Heddle Wiki
Kathleen Heddle (born Kathleen Joan Heddle) was a Canadian rower. Heddle and Marnie McBean won Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996 in the coxless pair and double sculls. Heddle also earned gold in the women’s eight in 1992. Heddle and McBean carried Canada’s flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Heddle and McBean are the only Canadian athletes to win three gold medals in the Summer Olympics. They also claimed gold in the coxless pair at the 1991 and 1995 world championships. Heddle and McBean were inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Heddle was born in Trail, B.C., but her family moved to Vancouver when she was an infant. She became a rower while attending the University of British Columbia. At UBC, Kathleen earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and later an Honourary Doctorate of Laws.
After the national team, Heddle continued her involvement in rowing as a member of the FISA Athletes Commission and was a recipient of the Thomas Keller Medal. Heddle and her Old Gold crew won the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2019.
Kathleen Heddle Age
Heddle was born on November 27, 1965, in Trail, British Columbia. She died on January 11, 2021, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was 55 years old.
Kathleen Heddle Husband
Kathleen Heddle was married to her husband Mike Bryden. The couple married in October 2000. They had two children Lyndsey and Mac. Lyndsey is a student at the University of British Columbia and a member of the rowing team.
Kathleen Heddle Family
She was born to her parents, Duncan Heddle, a mining engineer, and Marilyn (Buchanan) Heddle, a registered dietitian and homemaker. She had two sisters, Libby and Peggy, and a brother, Murray. She is survived by her husband Mike Bryden and children Lyndsey and Mac; and her sisters, Libby Heddle and Peggy Neal.
Kathleen Heddle Death
Heddle passed away on January 11, 2021, at the age of 55, at home in Vancouver, British Columbia. Rowing Canada Aviron released the following statement on behalf of the family of Kathleen Heddle: “After an astonishing and courageous six-year battle with breast and lymph node cancer, followed by melanoma and brain cancer, Kathleen passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at home in Vancouver, B.C., on January 11th, 2021. Kathleen has left our hearts overflowing with love and wonderful memories. She brought our family so much joy. While our grief is as heavy as the darkest moment of night, the gifts given to us by Kathleen shine bright as the moon and stars. With time, memories of our happiest days with Kathleen will be sure to overcome our tears.”
Kathleen Heddle Cause of Death
Kathleen Heddle’s cause of death was cancer. She battled breast and lymph-node cancer followed by melanoma and brain cancer for six years.