(January 23, 2009) –Barbara Ann Scott has been appointed to the Order of Ontario! Yesterday in Toronto, Barbara Ann accepted the prestigious and coveted honour, which joins her plethora of others, including an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete of the year in 1945, 1947 and 1948. She has also been inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour. It recognizes Ontarians who have made an outstanding contribution to society, here in Ontario and around the world. Barbara Ann is certainly deserving of this honour as the first Canadian Olympic gold medalist, a four-time North American Figure Skating Champion and the first female to land a double lutz in competition. In 1948, she won the Olympic Games, World, European, North American, and Canadian Championships, establishing her as the only person to ever win all five in one year. Often referred to as ‘Canada’s Sweetheart’, Barbara Ann has an unrelenting positive attitude and willingness to spend time with the media and fans. A role model on the ice, she also worked extensively with the Red Cross in the 1940’s and 50’s with those being treated for wartime injuries.
Today, Barbara Ann continues to have a close relationship with Skate Canada and remains one of the greatest heroes in the sport of figure skating. Her achievements and appointments recognize a vibrant individual who has touched many lives and continues to do so, well after she hung up her competitive skates.
Skate Canada is delighted to have the opportunity to work so closely with Barbara Ann and congratulate her on another well deserved acclamation!