TRIBUTES have continued to pour in for brilliant Scarborough sportswoman Carole McLean following her tragic death aged just 27.
Carole, who died suddenly on Sunday, days after competing in the women’s home international series, was a regular member of England’s indoor and outdoor bowls teams, as well as Scarborough Indoor Bowling Club.
The former Graham School and Yorkshire Coast College student worked at Boyes’ Queen Street store for three years as a sales assistant and in the office, turning her hand to everything from ladies fashion department to household goods. Boyes supported Carole’s sporting endeavour included buying her some bowls.
On behalf of the company, store manager Chris Golder said: “Carole was a fantastic member of staff and was exceptionally well liked by everyone. She was a versatile employee who turned her hand to any job given to her.
“All the staff are devastated and in total shock.
“Our thoughts are with her partner Nick and all her family. She will be sadly missed. We were very proud of her achievements at work and in her bowls career.”
Carole received special permission to leave an international bowls event early on Thursday, believing she was suffering from the after-effects of gastric flu. She drove home and reported to her doctor, and was immediately admitted to hospital.
It is understood that, without knowing, she was suffering from ovarian cancer.
Carole, whose father Colin and mother Julie live in Scarborough, played a central role at the Scarborough Indoor Bowls Club 21st anniversary celebrations in November last year. The event was attended by England International and World Bowls Champion Andy Thomson. She led a team against the men’s champion and was narrowly beaten by one point.
In 2006 she was presented with the Evening News-sponsored top female achiever award at the Scarborough and District Sports Council awards in front of a record audience of more than 350 at a packed Spa Ocean Room.
Tributes have also been left on the Evening News website. Jacqui Poat said: “Such a great loss to all who knew Carole, so bubbly, the Bowls World has lost a brilliant young lady.”
The English Indoor Bowling Association released the following statement yesterday: “The EIBA Ltd are saddened to announce the death of Carole McLean (Scarborough IBC). Carole who was the Ladies National Singles Champion and International passed away yesterday.
“The EIBA extends its deepest condolences to Carole’s family and friends at this sad time.”