Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz

Athletes

Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor KraatzWhen this ice dance team came together in 1991, it was not long before their innovative and unique style would lead them to the top of the podium, and into the hearts of their many fans. Crowned the 1992 Canadian Junior champions, they claimed their first of 10 Canadian Senior titles in 1993. Truly ‘magic on ice’, their amazing edge qualities, combined with spectacular footwork, and their signature hydroblading technique, saw them enjoy a record setting career that set the standard for others to follow.

Four time world bronze medallists from 1996-99, and silver medallists in 2002, they capped off their incredible career by becoming the first North American ice dance team ever to capture the world championship title, doing so at the 2003 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.

Three-time Olympians, they placed 10th in their first appearance at the Games in 1994, and finished just off the podium with fourth place finishes in both 1998 and 2002.

Retiring from the amateur ranks following the 2003 season, they both remained involved in skating, with Shae-Lynn enjoying a successful professional and coaching career and Victor serving as an Ice Dance Director at the BC Centre of Excellence, passing on their knowledge to the next generation of ice dancers.

Inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame 2007.

 

Bernard ‘Bernie’ Ford

Builder

Bernard FordA dominant force in the world of ice dance for close to half a century, this builder first made a name for himself in his native England, claiming four consecutive British, European and World championship titles with partner Diane Towler from 1966-69. Arriving in Canada in 1971, he went on to become an icon in ice dance, serving as a coach, choreographer, judge, consultant and technical instructor.

Instrumental in restructuring the Canadian Ice Dance Test system, he established the National Ice Dance Centre of Canada and various skating clubs and summer schools. A much sought after coach, he has trained numerous ice dance teams from around the world, to national and international titles. Included amongst his Canadian students were Wilson and McCall who, under his tutelage from 1982-86, claimed the 1986 World bronze medal.

A successful choreographer, his influence has been felt in all skating disciplines. A technical master, he has assisted the ISU Ice Dance Technical Committee in several areas, passed on his knowledge conducting seminars, and was a co-creator of the Cha-Cha Congelado.

The contributions made by this exceptional builder have truly left their mark on the sport of ice dancing in Canada, and around the world.
Inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame 2007.