Class of 2010: Builder
A passionate supporter of figure skating, especially ice dance, Ann Shaw has dedicated a lifetime of energy and effort to figure skating as a participant, official, educator and mentor. A native of Toronto, she placed fifth with partner Eddie Collins in ice dance at her first World Championships in 1959. In 1960 she finished sixth at the World Championships in Vancouver with new partner Gilles Vanesse.
Initially judging at the section level, she became a national judge by 1969. An international level judge by 1976, she went on to judge her first of two Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 1984. She also served the sport as a referee and a technical controller. Always willing to share her knowledge of the sport with skaters, officials and coaches, she developed many manuals and handbooks to build the sport and educate officials both in Canada and internationally. As a member of the ISU Ad Hoc Committee whose task was to create the new ISU Judging System, Ann was in charge of applying the concepts of ice dance to the system and had an influential role in its creation.
An active Skate Canada board member for over 20 years, she was elected to the International Skating Union Ice Dance Committee in 1992, a position she held by re-election until retiring in 2006. She was recognized in 2005 by the ISU for her leadership and was presented in 2008 with the ISU Gold Award of Merit.
A long-time Chair of the Skate Canada Hall of Fame Committee, her enduring impact on many officials in Canada and around the world is her true legacy to the sport.
Inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame 2010.