VALE Wendy McLean
Wendy McLean passed away on 25th May after a short battle with cancer.
Wendy was a stalwart of the Canoe Classic, having been involved for over 30 years. She completed the event 11 times, the last in 1998 with her brother Don.
Wendy held positions of committee member, President, Treasurer and Secretary over many years. She, most famously, held the position of entries coordinator from 2001 to 2011, when a bout of ill health led to her handing the position on to Claire Shanahan. Wendy often would process over 400 entries manually in the days before any computerised system. In fact she said that she preferred paper entries. As entries coordinator, Wendy had contact with many paddlers, most of whom she could recall by name. Many became her friend!
Wendy never retired from the classic. After her time as Entries, she spent endless hours sorting our accounts, so we could go forward in a sound financial way.
Wendy worked tirelessly to raise money for our charity, the Arrow foundation. She was generous in time and money.
Wendy believed that the classic was more than a race but was an event that made a difference to peoples’ lives.
Wendy’s enthusiasm, generosity and friendship will be missed by all the HCC family and beyond.
Wendy McLean 26/05/1943 -25/05/2021