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Inspiring Canadians - In Sport and Life

Honoured Member

KATHLEEN HEDDLE

Inducted in 1997

Member Details

Date of Birth: November 27, 1965
Place of Birth: Trail, British Columbia
Sport: Rowing
Member Category: Athlete

Career Highlights

1987

Pan-American Games - Gold in straight pairs

1991

World Championships - Gold in eights and straight pairs

1992

Barcelona Olympic Games - Gold medals in straight pairs (with Marnie McBean) and eights

1995

World Championships and World Cup- Gold in double sculls

1996

Atlanta Olympic Games - Gold medal in double sculls and Bronze medal in quad sculls.

Honoured Member KATHLEEN HEDDLE
Inspire

Story

Canadians are still feeling the ripple effect in the enormous wake of Marnie McBean and Kathleen Heddle's success. These two scullers dominated the world rowing scene in the 1990's, becoming the first Canadians to win three Summer Olympic gold medals. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, McBean and Heddle claimed gold in both the eights and the pairs. Proving to be a truly unstoppable team, they rowed their way to gold once again in the double scull event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. To top off their medal collections, McBean and Heddle claimed bronze in the quadruple scull event, making them the nation's most successful Olympians. Heddle's achievements also glitter with gold medals from the Pan-American Games, the World Championships, the Canadian Henley, and numerous international regattas. For her superb performance and her steady sportsmanship, she was awarded the Thomas Keller Award in 1999, rowing's highest honour.


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