We are sad to announce the passing of Carmen Kirkness-Asche. Originally from Chilliwack, Carmen was a talented field hockey player who played for Sardis Secondary School, the University of Victoria and the Canadian National Women’s Field Hockey team.
From University of Victoria Head Coach, Lynne Beecroft:
“Carmen joined the Vike(tt)es field hockey family in 1986 and played until 1990. She was a huge contributor to the teams that captured the 1987 and 1989 CIAU (intercollegiate) championships.
Carmen was a great field hockey player, with an exceptional ability to read the game; she was an incredibly hard-worker – in practice and in the games, and she was competitive! I found a note written by Carmen in my 1987 field hockey files and she talked about ‘trouncing our opponents!’ But most of all, she was a loyal friend to all those that she had the honour to play with (or be coached by)!
More importantly, Carmen was an awesome person – thoughtful, kind, trustworthy, genuine and warm-hearted! She worked hard in the classrooms at UVic, and, eventually, went on to earn her PhD. She was an Associate professor at the University of Illinois – College of Medicine. She married Carl Asche and raised two beautiful children – Charles and Catherine. Her Mom said that she was a wonderful Mom, which doesn’t surprise me in the least!
As her University field hockey coach, Carmen was only in my life for five short years, but we kept in touch over the past 27 years! She left an indelible mark in my heart! I will miss her very much!
On another note, I spoke with Carmen’s Mom about creating an annual field hockey ‘Award’ in Carmen’s name. The catch is we need to raise $25,000 in order to start this ‘Award.’ And, if we raise $25,000, we would be able to get it matched. A $50,000 endowment would generate close to $4,000 in award money, which we could give out, annually, to deserving UVic field hockey athletes!”
To donate to this Award, please contact Ali Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.