Lausanne (SUI), 7 September 2012 – Wan Wai Yee (HKG), an FEI International Jumping Judge, has passed away at the age of 53, having battled for over a year with lung cancer.
A teacher by profession, Wai Yee competed in both Jumping and Dressage events before becoming a Jumping judge during the 1990s.
In 2006 she qualified as an FEI International judge and officiated at numerous events worldwide, including CSI5* Goteborg (SWE), the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou (CHI) and the 2011 FEI Children’s International Classics Final (HKG).
One of her last assignments as an FEI Judge was during the very successful FEI Children’s International Classics in Hong Kong in January of this year.
Having worked tirelessly for many years for equestrian sport in Hong Kong, Wai Yee joined the Equestrian Events (Hong Kong) of The Games of the XXIX Olympiad Company Limited and as an integral member of the BOCOG equestrian team, greatly contributed to the success of the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games.
“Wai Yee was a real pleasure to work with,” said Catrin Norinder, FEI Director Eventing & Olympic. “She had the most tremendous enthusiasm and had the legendary Hong Kong can-do attitude. I have very fond memories of working with her at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. I remember in particular the book of photographs she compiled for the equestrian volunteers after the Games. It was a wonderful memento for them and just one of the many kind and thoughtful gestures so typical of Wai Yee.”
The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to Wan Wai Yee’s husband, Chan Chi Man, and to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation and equestrian community.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Jockey Club Lecture Theatre, Olympic House from 18.30-21.30 on 13 September 2012.
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