From the time she first laced up her brother’s hand-me-down skates at age five, this skater exhibited a unique on-ice presence of grace, speed and incredible jumping prowess. In 1979, while still a junior, she became the first Canadian woman to land a triple jump combination in competition, a triple salchow followed by a double loop. Moving to the senior division in 1981, she earned a bronze medal in her first year going on to become a three time Canadian Champion in 1985, 87 and 88.
Competing on the international circuit, her 1986 gold medal performance at Skate Canada and her 4th place showing at the 1987 World Championships set the stage for what would be her most successful and memorable season. Her electrifying free skate at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, which included five triple jumps, captured her a silver medal and the hearts of all Canadians. Demonstrating her true skating abilities, she repeated her silver medal performance at the 1988 World Championships.
Retiring from amateur competition following the 1988 season, and being awarded the Order of Canada, she went on to enjoy additional success on the professional circuit.
Debbi Wilkes and Guy Revell
This exceptional pair’s amateur career included a great deal of success in a short period of time. First meeting at a Unionville Skating Carnival in 1958, they made it atop the podium as Canadian Junior Pairs Champions in their first season together. Exhibiting an innovative style that saw them pioneer several techniques, including the double loop twist, they were crowned Canadian Champions in 1963 & 64 and North American Champions in 1963.
Missing out on the 1963 World Championships due to a serious injury sustained during practice, they returned to the world stage in 1964, for what would be their final season. Only 17 and 21 years of age at the time, they entered the history books as the 1964 Olympic silver and World bronze medallists, becoming one of the youngest Canadian pairs ever to have claimed such success.
Remaining involved in skating, Guy joined the professional ranks and spent time coaching until his untimely passing in 1981, with Debbi going on to serve as a coach, author and television commentator for many years.
F. K. J. (Joe) Geisler
From the time he arrived in Canada from his native Berlin in 1927, until his passing in 1980, this exceptional builder’s half century of involvement earned him the title of ‘Mr. Figure Skating’ in his adopted home of Quebec. Involved both on and off the ice, he claimed the 1941 Canadian Waltz title with his partner Helen Malcolm. Dedicated to the growth and development of skating in Quebec, he was a driving force behind the formation of many clubs, always encouraging and facilitating participation by people of all ages.
A two-time Chairman of the Eastern Canada Section, his impact at the national level was felt in many capacities while serving on the CFSA Board of Directors and as an Executive Committee member from 1957-77. Chairman of the 1967 North American Championships Committee, he was involved with the first ever Canada Winter Games that same year, and was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal for his outstanding contributions.
The strength of figure skating in Quebec and Canada today owes much to the pioneering efforts put forth by this outstanding builder.
Sonya and Peter Dunfield
Involved with skating for over 50 years, and exhibiting an incredible passion for the sport, this dynamic coaching team truly left their mark on the skating world and served as a source of inspiration to those who benefited from their coaching knowledge.
Athletes in their own right, Peter represented Canada on two World and North American Teams and Sonya was a medallist at two World Championships and a participant at the 1952 Olympic Games for the US. Following their careers they turned their attention to mentoring a host of skaters from around the world, teaching at clubs and summer schools in such places as Ottawa, Toronto, New York City, Denver and Sun City.
Their complimentary coaching styles proved to be magical, taking a number of their skaters to multiple Olympic Games and World Championships. Among their success stories was Elizabeth Manley, who they guided to three Canadian national titles and 1988 Olympic and World silver medals.