Kathleen Heddle

Kathleen Heddle, OBC ( born November 27, 1965 in Trail, British Columbia) is a former Canadian rower. Together with her longtime partner Marnie McBean won four Olympic medals in four different boat classes.

After McBean and Heddle in 1991 became world champions in pairs without coxswain, won the two at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona gold in this class of boat. The next day the two of them sat in the Canadian eight and won a second gold medal. After 1992, both rowers rowing alternated from the belt to the Skull.

At the World Championships in 1994 won McBean and Heddle silver in the double sculls, a year later they were world champions. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta McBean and Heddle won the double sculls. The next day the two rowed in the quadruple sculls to bronze.

Then Heddle ended her career. She was awarded jointly with Silken Laumann for her outstanding career by the World Rowing Federation with the Thomas Keller Medal in 1999.

Heddle and McBean 1996 were the first Canadians, who won three Olympic gold medals. As a successful Canadian Olympians they were overtaken by the speed skater Marc Gagnon in 2002, which won a total of three gold medals and two bronze.