FEI international jumping judge Wan Wai Yee has died at the age of 53, after more than a year of battling lung cancer.
A teacher by profession, Wai Yee, of Hong Long, 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 was the first Chinese international judge after the handover of Hong Kong in 1997. She 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 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 Hong Kong Equestrian Federation expressed its gratitude for Wai Yee’s contributions in the development the equestrian sport in Hong Kong. “Her smile, passion and enthusiasm will be forever missed by all of us. Our deepest sympathies are with Wai Yee’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Wan Wai Yee, who died on August 27, is survived by her husband, Chan Chi Man.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Jockey Club Lecture Theatre, Olympic House from 18.30-21.30 on 13 September 2012.