Class of 1991: Athlete
At the age of 10, this Ottawa born skating sensation became the youngest Canadian to earn the Gold Medal Test. The Canadian Junior Ladies champion in 1940, she held the Senior crown from 1944-1948 and the North American title from 1945-1948. In 1947 she won the European title and earned Canada its first ever World Championship crown. The following year, 1948, she won the European, World and Olympic titles becoming the first North American to win all three in the same year, the first Canadian figure skater to win an Olympic gold medal and the first to win back to back World titles. The first female to be voted Canada’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year a record three times in 1945, 1947 and 1948, she became known as ‘Canada’s Sweetheart’. Barbara Ann’s impact on figure skating in Canada and the world remains legendary.