(October 17, 2008) – Skate Canada will be honouring two legendary sports journalists in Toronto today; the late George Gross and the late Jim Proudfoot. Both will be inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame at the 13th Annual Sports Media Canada Achievements Awards held in Toronto, Ontario at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Gross began his Canadian journalism career at the Toronto Telegram. In 1971 he became the sports editor for the Toronto Sun where he was one of the founders. He held this position until 1985 when he became the corporate sports editor of Sun Media, a position he held until his passing. Gross was also a member of the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame Selection Committee from 1992-1996 and the author of the book “Donald Jackson King of Blades”.
Known to his colleagues as The Baron, the long-time former Sun sports editor was well-known in hockey and Olympic circles. Gross covered seven World Cup soccer tournaments, eight World Hockey Championships, 12 Olympic Games and 14 Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
Legendary Toronto Star journalist Jim Proudfoot has had an influential voice in sports media dating back to 1954 when he started at the Star. Proudfoot is highly regarded for his coverage of sports over the decades, most notably for his exposure of figure skating. Proudfoot is a pioneer of the sport as his coverage helped take figure skating off the social pages and into the sports section.
In 1955, Proudfoot began his affair with figure skating when he covered the Canadian Championships. His first international figure skating assignment would come in 1959 at the North American Championships held in Toronto, Ont. That same year he would also cover his first ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, US. Skate Canada proudly honours the memory of both George Gross and Jim Proudfoot and appreciates all they have done to contribute to our sport.