Class of 1997: Official
In the 1948 Canadian Championships Joan Maclagan placed second in Senior Dance. Since then she has judged thousands of skating tests, officiated at over 60 competitions, set and marked hundreds of annual written exams for judges and accountants and willingly conducted training seminars for judges and referees across the 4 Western provinces. She was the first gold medal judge appointed in Alberta. She was known for her love and devotion of figure skating and sense of fair play and said that she tried to judge every level of skating because otherwise one would get a warped sense of values. Joan judged her first Canadian championship in 1957 and judged or refereed almost every year thereafter until 1976.
Her personal highlight was judging at the Sapporo Oympics in 1972. From 1970 to 1977 she was a CFSA Director where her responsibilities included technical, development, and public relations. She was the author of “Manual for Competition Referees” and “Manual for Test Referees”. In 1959, Joan was the originator of the newsletter, ICE CHIPS, the first amateur figure skating publication in Canada. She was a member of the Calgary World’s 1972 Organizing Committee, responsible for music, public address and ISU Liaison. Joan was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, represented women athletes of Alberta and received an Olympic medal in 1988, and in 1990, from the Glencoe Club, she received the Sports Builder achievement award.