It is with great sadness that we email you today with the news of Yati van Hoorik’s passing.
Yati has been a Centaurs mum for many years and staff member for the past seven. As many would know, she has been fighting rare cancer for years, an illness which cruelly defied exhaustive treatments and her fierce spirit. We know that many of you have been following her journey and may have contributed to her fundraiser in April – for this, she was incredibly thankful.
Against ever-increasing odds,Yati would turn a corner only to face another challenge or setback. Her fortitude, positivity and determination is exemplary and characterised her entire approach to life, family and work, as well as her illness.
When Yati joined our staff as Finance Administrator in 2013, it was a new role for us and her. She was already a rugby mum with son Martin and husband (coach) Rob fully involved with the rugby club, whilst daughter Sophia would assist on the Registration desk and later grace our netball courts.
She was a fantastic member of the Centaurs team, mastering her role and bringing joy to the office. Her desk was easily the most colourful with family photos and mementos (and stacks of cleaning products!) yet impeccably, diligently organised. She was quick to join in pranks, hated geckos with a passion, and was always eager to volunteer.
Yati’s many great traits: resolve, derring-do, resilience, and courage in the face of adversity, to name but a few, are ones many would aspire to owning; she had all in abundance. Coupling these with her immense love for her family and friends, her bubbly, jovial character amongst her colleagues and her desire to always be a part of the team, means she will be a great loss and sorely missed by so many.
Yati is survived by her husband Rob and their 14-year-old twins, Martin (Rugby U14) & Sophia. The funeral was this morning, attended by her closest loved ones. Our thoughts are with the family during this time.
Rest in Peace Yati.