As the youngest President of the Canadian Figure Skating Association, David Dore brought energy, enthusiasm and a passion for excellence to the role. He carried those attributes through his eighteen years as Director General. His experience as a national medalist, world and Olympic judge, and involvement at the club and section level, combined with his background in ice show direction and production provided the broad range of experience that allowed him to excel as the association’s leader.
He revamped the association into a strong, vibrant, forward-thinking organization. During his tenure he developed the National Team program, created the Athlete Trust, developed successful marketing and television concepts and staged three highly successful ISU World Figure Skating Championships. Under his leadership, Canadian skaters won more Olympic and world medals than during any other time.
He is one of the most decorated administrators and volunteers in Canadian sport, and was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2002, he received the International Olympic Committee’s highest honour, the Olympic Order, for his contribution to sport in the global community. He continues to serve the sport he loves as the first Canadian to ever be elected to the office of Vice President, International Skating Union.
Inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame 2008.
Blending innovative choreography with stirring music and vivid costumes to create a complete skating package were the hallmarks of Marijane Stong’s long career as a coach, choreographer and costume designer. She pioneered the use of vocal music in a free dance, and role reversal in her choreography became a trademark. The first female coach in Canada to become NCCP Level 4 Certified, she created the concept of packaging programs with music, choreography and costumes all working together seamlessly.
Six times Marijane attended an Olympic Winter Games as a coach of both ice dance and pair teams. Her highlight came in 1988 when her Canadian ice dance champions, Tracy Wilson and Rob McCall, won the Olympic bronze medal in Calgary. As always, Marijane found the perfect music, complemented it with ground-breaking choreography and innovative costumes to present a program that continues to be a benchmark for ice dancing.
Serving as Skate Canada’s National Coach Consultant since 1999, Marijane continues to influence the current generation of skaters. She works with skaters and coaches to complement their skating programs with the ideal skating costumes and music.
Although he retired from amateur skating at the young age of 19, Donald Knight left his mark on the sport during the 1960s. In 1961, he became the Canadian Junior Champion when he was just 13 years old. For the next six years he finished on the podium at the senior Canadian championships, placing 3rd in 1962, second in 1963 and 1964 and was crowned champion for three straight years, 1965-1967.
A master of the compulsory figures, the native of Dundas, Ontario’s legendary work ethic enabled him to become an all-round skater, incorporating powerful jumps, spins and intricate footwork into his programs. He represented Canada internationally with distinction as well, capturing the 1967 North American Figure Skating Championships title. His first of five appearances at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, came when he was just 15. In 1965, he finished 3rd and earned a bronze medal for Canada. At the 1964 Olympic Winter Games, he placed ninth.
Regarded as one of the skating world’s most passionate ambassadors, Donald’s later career included touring professionally with Holiday on Ice and Ice Capades. A true gentleman, he continues to inspire young skaters today with his enthusiasm and passion for the sport as a coach with the Burlington Skating Centre.
First developing an appreciation for figure skating as a journalist in his native Czechoslovakia, this exceptional sports reporter continued to give detailed coverage to skating throughout his more than 50-year Canadian journalism career. Starting with the Toronto Telegram in the 1950s, 'The Baron', as he came to be known, was the founding Sports Editor of the Toronto Sun in 1971, becoming the Corporate Sports Editor of Sun Media from 1985-2008, a position he held at the time of his passing. During his career he brought skating to countless readers through his coverage of numerous North American and World Figure Skating Championships and Winter Olympic Games.
The author of the book Donald Jackson King of Blades, his years of documenting and promoting skating are credited with helping to bring the sport from the social pages to the sports pages. A member of multiple halls of fame including Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, he was the first Canadian journalist to receive the Olympic Order. A mentor to generations of young writers, this iconic Canadian sports journalist was still producing his popular column at the age of 85 when he passed away in 2008.
Born in Kearney, Ontario, this long-serving Canadian sports journalist began his 49-year career with the Toronto Star in the early 1950s. One of Canada's most knowledgeable sports writers 'Chester' reported on figure skating from the local to the world level, helping to bring it into prominence on the sports pages. Attending and reporting on six Winter Olympic Games and numerous ISU World Figure Skating Championships from the 1960s through the 1990s, he chronicled skating activities in his daily column from 1971 up until his retirement.
The recipient of a Skate Canada Award of Merit in 1974, his exceptional sports reporting earned him the 1988 National Newspaper Award for Sports Writing, the 1998 Sports Media Achievement Award from Sports Media Canada and recognition from the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame. This respected and influential journalist passed away in April of 2001, having chronicled Canadian sports for close to half a century, setting a standard for the reporting of figure skating for future generations to follow.
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