Podcast: J. Hisey | Special Holiday Message | Oh, the People You’ll Meet! | Once Upon an Ice Rink… | Alumni Celebrate at Grand Prix Final

Ann Shaw, Skate Canada Alumni Committee member chats with Joyce Hisey about her experience as a Team Leader at the annual senior competition in Oberstdorf, Germany.

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Podcast: E. Leger | Skating Memories by S. Milton | Thank You Canada Tour | Rochette & Baldé at Skate Canada International 2018

Skate Canada Archivist – Emery Leger

Skate Canada Hall of Fame & Heritage Committee member, Diane Imrie chats with Emery Leger, Skate Canada Archivist about Skate Canada’s collection from photographs, trophies, medals, costumes, films… and much more. Continue reading “Podcast: E. Leger | Skating Memories by S. Milton | Thank You Canada Tour | Rochette & Baldé at Skate Canada International 2018”

NEXXICE SR Podcast | “Our Good-byes” | Season Starting Memories-Part 2 | HOF Inductions: J. Rochette & C. Bourne

NEXXICE Senior

Tune in to listen to NEXXICE legends Shelley Simonton Barnett (coach) and Jennifer Beauchamp (alumnus) chatting about our 9 time Canadian Champions.

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Season – Starting Memories | The Move to Vancouver | 1963 World Gold Medal

PART 1 Season-starting Memories

As the new skating season swings into action, many Alumni are reminded from years gone by of the thrills and fears experienced at the start of their own competitive seasons. Whether Athlete, Judge, Coach, Volunteer or Hall of Famer, every memory is golden and demonstrates the richness that is part of our individual skating stories. Continue reading “Season – Starting Memories | The Move to Vancouver | 1963 World Gold Medal”

Birth of a Vision | “What Happens After”

Canada Ice Dance Theatre: Birth of a Vision – Volume 1

Written by Ron Vincent

“In this edition of the Alumni blog, let’s welcome legendary Coach, choreographer and Skate Canada Hall of Fame member Ron Vincent, as he tells the story of one of his greatest pieces of choreography, the Canada Ice Dance Theatre.” Continue reading “Birth of a Vision | “What Happens After””

Alumni Spotlight: Hawker | Around the Rink: A. Paul & M. Islam

LESLEY HAWKER – “Standing Ovations”

It’s 2002 and I am a 20-year-old skating in my first national championships ever.  My debut is as a senior and I have been shadowing Jennifer Robinson, in hopes that whatever she does will rub off on me!  I never made nationals at the novice or junior level and as I stepped onto the ice for my short program I breathed in all that amazing energy that comes only at the Canadian championships.  The music, the cameras, the judges and the crowd.  I don’t remember being scared (that feeling only creeps in with years of experience).  I hit my opening pose and the music started, I seemed to float through the two opening jump passes.  I came back to earth when I almost fell on the flying camel but continued to push through and finish with a clean short.  My hands flew to my face as soon as the music ended.  I watched my coach jump up and down and I bent forward crying, laughing and amazed that I had done it.  And then the real surprise, as I went to take my curtesy everyone was on their feet.  A standing ovation.  Standing ovations were always my favourite reward. Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight: Hawker | Around the Rink: A. Paul & M. Islam”

Alumni Spotlight | BC/YT Hall of Fame

Marcus Christensen – Canadian Medalist

1993 Canadian Figure Skating Championships- Senior Men Marcus Christensen 3rd (Royal Glenora), Kurt Browning 1st (Royal Glenora), Elvis Stojko 2nd (Mariposa WC)

From 1987-1996 Marcus was a 10 time National Team Member, 4 time World Team Member a two time Canadian bronze medalist and silver medalist.  He claims that one of his fondest skating memories was placing 3rd at the 1993 Canadian National Championships behind Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko.  Subsequently, he earned a spot on the 1993 World Team in Prague where he finished top 10.  Marcus expresses that it was one of his greatest skating achievements, especially in an era with so many skating “greats”. Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight | BC/YT Hall of Fame”