Tributes paid to triathlon competitor killed in collision

Tributes have been paid to Kate Vanloo
Tributes have been paid to Kate Vanloo
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Tributes have been paid to a ‘motivational’ triathlon competitor who was killed in a collision while out cycling in Napton.

Kate Vanloo, 52, was riding along Holt Lane, near to Headlands Farm, shortly before 10.45am on Sunday when she collided with a vehicle.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were called but Kate was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 60s, was treated for the effects of shock and discharged on scene whilst a second female cyclist, did not require medical attention.

Kate’s family have thanked all of her friends for their support over the last few days.

They have said: “While we are all trying to come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful mother, sister, daughter and friend we are mindful that Kate died doing something that she truly loved and was her passion,”

Rugby Triathlon Club has also paid tribute to Kate and said she will be missed by all.

The club statement read: “It was with great sadness that Rugby Triathlon Club has learned recently of the tragic death of our popular fellow member Kate Vanloo following a collision with a car whilst cycling.

“Kate touched many of our lives as a fierce and determined triathlon competitor, a great coach and as a valuable member of the Club’s Management Committee.

“Several of the Club’s perpetual trophies bear testament to her competitiveness. She won the Club’s Olympic Distance trophy in 2015 and all three Middle Distance trophies in 2013.

“As a coach, Kate had recently passed her BTF Level 2 qualification and spent much time imparting her knowledge and enthusiasm to fellow members at various of the Club’s training sessions. She inspired and motivated many.

“Kate was a great asset to the Club as a member of its Management Committee. Her primary role was that of Kit Co-ordinator where she successfully managed the purchasing and sales of club kit as well as arranged the design and delivery of the Club’s new look clothing. But that was not all, in recent years she was instrumental in organising the Club’s Training Days which were very successful.

“She will be greatly missed by all of us.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived on scene they discovered a cyclist lying in the road following a collision with a car.

“Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that due to the serious injuries suffered in the incident, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 60s, was treated for the effects of shock and discharged on scene whilst a second cyclist, also a woman, did not require medical attention.”

Warwickshire Police are appealing for witnesses or anybody with information about the inciden to contact them.

Call 101 quoting incident number 82 of 3 January.