The world of sports, especially hockey, is in mourning after the announcement on Monday of the untimely passing of Claudia Schüler, the former goalkeeper of the national field hockey team. Schüler, who was just 35 years old, was diagnosed with liver metastasis and other parts of her body in August 2022, shortly after participating in the World Cup in Spain and the Netherlands, where the Diablas achieved a historic participation.
Schüler was named the best field hockey player of 2022 for her excellent performance in the World Cup, and in an interview with El Deportivo, she had revealed how her illness started in October 2021, when only her left eye turned red and her eyelid swelled. After being misdiagnosed with an allergy, she later found out she had melanoma while preparing for the Pan American Games. However, the treatment was effective, and she was able to play the tournament a week later.
Everything changed in August when she discovered that the tumor had reactivated, and she had metastases in her liver and other parts of her body. She had to face radical physical changes, including losing her left eye, to keep the cancer at bay. Despite the shock of the changes, she remained positive and participated in an event held at the Manquehue Sports Club on March 18 to raise funds for her treatment.
In her last public appearance, Schüler expressed gratitude to the organizers and attendees of the goalkeeper clinic, which she described as one of the most incredible events she had experienced. She thanked her Diablas team and the staff, whom she considered her second family, for their support and love. Her message left her followers with a full and happy heart.
Schüler’s Legacy and Contributions to Field Hockey Community Remembered by Teammates and Competitors
As the hockey community mourns the loss of Claudia Schüler, many are paying tribute to her contributions to the sport. Her former teammates, coaches, and competitors have shared their memories of her talent, dedication, and infectious spirit. The hockey world has also rallied together to support Schüler’s family and to raise awareness about cancer.
Schüler’s passing is a reminder that cancer can strike anyone, regardless of age or health status. It underscores the importance of regular check-ups and early detection in the fight against cancer. As we honor her memory, we must also continue to work towards finding a cure for this devastating disease.
Claudia Schüler may be gone, but her impact on the hockey world and beyond will be felt for years to come. Her legacy serves as an inspiration to all who knew her, and her fighting spirit and determination will continue to inspire others to push past their limits and achieve their dreams.