British founder of Kenya’s first female hockey team dies aged 84

Maureen Shaw
Maureen Shaw founded Kenya’s first female hockey team.

A former teacher, who founded the first female hockey team in Kenya has passed away peacefully aged 84.

Maureen Shaw worked at Burnley’s former grammar school, as a supply teacher at several secondary schools in the town and as a home school teacher for children with learning difficulties.

The mum of six also taught yoga and Tai Chi until her 70th birthday and ran her first marathon at age 47 and went on to compete in two more by the time she was 50.

Born in Nottingham, Maureen completed her teacher training at Digby Stewart Catholic College in Roehampton. Her first teaching position was at St Patrick’s School in Nottingham.

After marrying her husband Gerald, the couple lived in London and Essex. When Gerald’s work as manager of shoe company Bata International took him to Nairobi, Maureen went with him and it was there that she set up the country’s first female hockey team.

Returning to England in 1963 the couple lived in Rawtenstall before moving back to Burnley.

During her very active life, Maureen played hockey for Nottinghamshire and was a member of Burnley Squash Club, Burnley Golf Club and Burnley Ladies’ Speakers Club.

A grandmother to 19 with eight great-grandchildren, Maureen died peacefully surrounded by her family at the Heather Grange care facility in Burnley where she had lived for the last eight years.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, February 18th at 10am at St John’s RC Church in Ivy Street, Burnley, and all are welcome to attend.

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