Helen Smart, a distinguished athlete and former Olympic swimmer, who participated in the esteemed 2000 Olympics, has sadly left us at the age of 43. Smart, previously known by her maiden name Helen Don-Duncan, proudly represented Great Britain during the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.
Her remarkable achievements in the sporting arena earned her a place among the elite athletes of her time. Tragically, news of her untimely demise was confirmed by the administration of Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School in Wigan, England, where Smart served as the head teacher before her sudden and unexpected passing.
The circumstances surrounding her demise have not been disclosed at this time. Alison Halliwell, Chair of Governors at the school, conveyed the somber announcement, stating, “It is with great sadness and regret that I have to announce the sudden deἀth of our beloved Headteacher, Mrs Helen Smart.”
In these challenging times, Halliwell extended heartfelt condolences to Smart’s family, saying, “Our heart-felt condolences are sent to Helen’s family at this very difficult time.”
Continuing her message, Halliwell assured the community, “I know this news will be a shock and cause great sadness to our community.” She affirmed that the school’s governance body, in collaboration with local authorities, is diligently working to provide the necessary support for students, staff, and parents in the days to come.
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Further details and updates will be shared as they become available, according to the message’s conclusion. Helen Smart leaves behind a loving legacy, survived by her husband, Craig Smart, and their two cherished children, Heidi and Stanley.
Craig Smart expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of sympathy and kind words from the community through a Facebook comment on the school’s announcement. He reflected on his wife’s deep devotion to the school, its staff, and the children and parents she served, emphasizing, “She loved the school, staff, children and parents so much. She was so proud to reach her goal of being Head Teacher.”
In his heartfelt comment, Craig Smart encouraged others to embrace life fully, taking inspiration from his late wife’s vibrant spirit, “I hope you all keep learning like champions. Please learn from this and live your best life, no regrets, take lots of photos, make memories and keep smiling just like Helen always did!”
He concluded with a warm expression of love, saying, “Love to you all! Xx.” The world mourns the loss of a remarkable athlete, educator, and individual who touched countless lives.