Class of 2007: Builder
A 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.