Kerry Leitch

Kerry Leitch A native of Woodstock, Ontario, Kerry Leitch reached the junior ranks as a figure skater and was also a professional baseball player. After his competitive days ended, he turned his attention to coaching which led to a career that spanned six decades. His early mentors were world-renowned coaches Otto Gold and Marcus Nikkanen. He was the long-time head coach of the Preston Figure Skating Club and he coached both pair and singles. A world championship and Olympic coach, his Champions Training Centre in Cambridge, Ontario, was home to both Canadian and international competitors. He and his coaching team led 48 Canadian champions to the top of the podium, including Lloyd Eisler, Katherina Matousek, Christine (Tuffy) Hough, Doug Ladret, Cynthia Coull, Mark Rowsom, Cindy Landry, and Lyndon Johnston.

As a former Figure Skating Coaches of Canada President and board member of the Canadian Figure Skating Association (now Skate Canada), Leitch helped to push the sport forward through his roles as a coach and sport administrator. He authored figure skating coach certification courses in both Canada and the USA, and was a featured presenter at many Canadian, US and ISU seminars for coaches, skaters and judges.

Inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame 2012.

Norman Scott

Norman Scott A remarkable multi-sport athlete, Norman Scott played hockey at the elite collegiate level before turning to figure skating. In 1914, he won the Canadian men’s title at the inaugural national championships, as well as the pair discipline with his partner Jeanne Chevalier. No figure skating competitions were held during the First World War and throughout this time, Scott served in the Royal Canadian Engineers, the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Air Force. He returned home early in 1919 with the rank of Captain and resumed his skating career. At the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in 1920 he again placed first in men’s and also first in the fours event where two pair teams skated together.

Once his competition days were over, he served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Amateur Skating Association of Canada from 1920-1921 and was a board member from 1922-1934. Scott’s presence in the sport expanded as he focused on judging. In 1932 he was the first Canadian judge appointed to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® in Montreal, Canada. Scott went on to judge many other prestigious events.

His image is legendary, as it was sculpted onto the original Canadian Championship medal which was used from 1914-1950 at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

Inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame 2012.


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