It is with much sadness that we write this – to let you know that Sue Edwards passed away yesterday, the 23rd of January 2018.She had been battling with cancer for some time.
Sue has done so much for synchronised swimming in New Zealand – being the driving force behind our sport for over 56 years. Back in the early 1960s, she fell in love with the grace, elegance and physicality of synchro as a swimmer, which sparked a life-long interest. That interest took her from being an athlete to coaching, judging, refereeing, administration and governance here in New Zealand where she has led the sport for close to 20 years, retiring in late 2016. While retired, she still had an active interest in the sport – and shared her wisdom and experience with many of us as we worked to fill her very big shoes. There’s not much she didn’t know about synchro!
She also had leading roles on international bodies – the Oceania Swimming Federation and FINA (the International Federation of Aquatic Sports) through the TSSC (Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee) which she was a member of for over 25 years, helping to grow, develop and drive the sport across the globe. She travelled the world, spreading her knowledge through these roles and her role as a FINA Judge Evaluator and Educator since 1997.
She is (and will always be) a life member of Synchro Swim NZ, has been recognised by FINA for her outstanding service and was last year honoured with the CNZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Her skills and wisdom will be sadly missed – as will the warmth and strength of her personality, and her passion for the sport that was a big part of her life.
We know that she will leave a big hole in the lives of her family –
Wal, Sam, Lisa and her grandsons, Harry and Max. They so willingly shared her with synchro, and for that we thank them enormously.
They plan to hold a small private family-only service for Sue. If you would like to send a card or messages, they can be sent to them c/- PO Box 67, Waikawa Bay, Picton 7250. The family have also requested no flowers, but if people would like to make a donation in Sue’s name to the Marlborough Hospice, I know it would mean a lot – helping people was so much of what Sue was about. http://www.marlboroughhospice.org.nz/cms/content/donations
A very special woman who touched so many lives.