Class of 2006: Builder
Arriving in Canada in the early 1950s, this two-time British pairs champion and World and Olympic competitor, dedicated over half a century to the development of figure skating in his adopted homeland.
Starting his career in Schumacher he went on to coach at various clubs in Ontario and in the U.S. It was at those clubs, and through his over 40 years of heading up the Silverthorne Skating School, that he passed on his knowledge and passion for skating to thousands of skaters and their families. A Master Coach he served on the Figure Skating Coaches of Canada board and on advisory committees, leading many training seminars throughout his long career.
Included amongst his list of students was Donald McPherson who he led to the top of the world podium in 1963, and into the record books, as the first man to claim the Canadian, North American and World Men’s titles all in one season and the youngest man to claim the World crown.
His impact on the sport of figure skating in Canada is not just evident in the world champion skater he produced but in the number of his students who are carrying on his legacy through their continued involvement in skating as volunteers, judges and coaches.