Josée Picard and Éric Gilles were recently inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame at the 2019 Canadian National Skating Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick. Alumni Committee Chair, Debbi Wilkes, visited with them recently to discuss their success as coaches and to discover that some of their greatest long-term achievements were actually “off the ice”.
Where is Marie McNeil now and what has she been up to?
Written by Marie McNeil Bowness
Newer generations know me as Marie Bowness, an ISU technical specialist and power skating coach. Older generations, many alumni, know me as Marie McNeil, Ice Dance champion with partner Rob McCall. So, as you can tell I have spent most of my life on the ice. As they say, once a rink rat always a rink rat.
This season Skate Canada and the Alumni Committee welcomed two new members into the Alumni Family. This past January at Nationals in Saint John, two of Canada’s most popular national team members, Dylan Moscovitch and Elladj Baldé, renewed their friendship and reminisced about the experiences skating has brought to their lives Facing the end of their first year of retirement from competition, they also talked about their new goals … and through many giggles … shared how skating has prepared them for the road ahead as they both embark on new directions.
Skate Canada saddened by the passing of skating pioneer Billie Mitchell
Skate Canada is saddened by the passing of beloved Hall of Famer Billie Mitchell. She passed away peacefully at age 103 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Mitchell, a native of Vancouver, blazed a path for female leadership in sport and was devoted to advancing figure skating throughout her life.
As Athlete Ambassador of the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Elvis shared accounts of some of his experiences competing at Nationals, the things it taught him and the lessons he hopes he can pass along. 20 years post competition and he is still one of the most sought-after performers in the world. Listen Now »
About the OLY Designation?
By Denise Benning, OLY
When you see the letters PhD after someone’s name, it is recognition that the individual has reached the highest academic level, an accomplishment which took years of hard work and sacrifice to achieve. From a sports perspective, this description also rings true when considering the dedication it takes to compete as a high-performance athlete.
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.
Keeping with our theme of early-season memories, here are a few from recent Hall of Fame inductee Steve Milton, one of the most prolific and highly regarded skating journalists in the media business.
Skating Memories – Written by Steve Milton
I have a confession to make about the start of the competitive figure skating season during the early years of my journalistic career.
I had no clue what I was looking at.
And this was even after a few years of being widely referred to as an “expert figure skating journalist.” I think that was a relative term because there were no speciality websites or blogs in the late ‘1970s and early ’80s, and most “mainstream” media members who covered other sports, as I and my colleagues did, didn’t know the difference between a Salchow and a Jersey cow.
Debbi Wilkes chats with Canadian pair skater, Lenny Faustino. Lenny with pair partner Jacinthe Larivière, were the 2003 Canadian National Champions and represented Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.
Kenny Moir – Alumni Award, at the Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY)
A native of Vancouver Canada, Kenny Moir began his journey in figure skating at the age of 3 when his parents enrolled him, along with his sister Glenda, with the Winter Club at the end of their block. As luck would have it, the Winter Club happened to be one of British Columbia’s foremost training centers. After qualifying for Novice nationals at the age of twelve, Kenny went on to compete in many Canadian Championships resulting in a novice silver medal in 1973 and appeared in several International competitions.
RECOLLECTIONS by Richard Vallee, Skate Canada Official
Deciding to conclude my coaching activities, yet wanting to stay involved in the sport, it was suggested that I consider joining the judging ranks. My mother, a low test judge, encouraged me to continue to pursue this avenue which would eventually assist our local skating club by defraying future costs of importing judges for test sessions. I began the educational aspect by reviewing judging materials and attending test sessions to learn as much as possible. As I advanced through the test levels, Norm Carscallen, an International judge from Sudbury, Ontario who had judged several of my skating tests served as my mentor, encouraging me to progress through the ranks.