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Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame mourns the loss of Honoured Member David Dore, inducted in 2008. Dore developed the National figure skating team program throughout the 1980s and 1990s with a very successful marketing and television concept. Under his leadership, Canadian skaters won more Olympic and World medals than at any other time added together. Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s mission is to share the stories of its Honoured Members so that their legacy is never forgotten.The Canadian flag at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, located at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park, will fly at half-mast in honour of David Dore.
“Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is deeply saddened by the death of one of our inducted Honoured Members, David Dore, a true leader in the Canadian figure skating world. David received the highest sporting honour in Canada when he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008, as a Sport Builder for Figure Skating. His legacy will live on for generations to come,” said Mario Siciliano, President & CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.  

 

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David Dore Bio
David’s first figure skating coach, Wally Distelmeyer, taught him to love a sport, and to celebrate every moment with enthusiasm. From Sheldon Galbraith, his second coach, he learned to respect what the sport was, and to strive for excellence. But David learned his most important life lessons at the age of 12, when he nearly lost his life to polio. While battling this devastating disease, David developed the steely-eyed determination and ‘yes you can’ attitude that were the hallmarks of his career with the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA). David was introduced to figure skating as therapy to regain his ability to walk. He soon developed a love for the sport that would soon become a huge part of his life. He achieved the coveted gold level and competed at the National Championship. At University, he turned from competitive skating to judging where he rose quickly officiating at seven World Championships and the 1984 Olympic Games. As a high school teacher, David remained an active volunteer as a judge and Association Board member. Throughout his career David always found time to mentor young skaters. In 1980 he became the youngest president of the CFSA Board of Directors bringing a fresh enthusiasm to the organization. Four years later, David accepted the staff position of Director General, a position he would hold until 2002. During his tenure he developed the National Team program, created the Athlete’s Trust, and developed the successful marketing and television concept. Under his leadership, Canadian skaters won more Olympic and World medals than at any other time added together. In 2000, the International Olympic Committee presented David with the Olympic Order, its highest honour, for his contribution to sport in the global community. Few Canadians hold this prestigious award. David was also the International Skating Union’s Vice-President for Figure Skating. David Dore’s long and fruitful career has produced a spectacular ‘highlights reel’ including those special moments watching Barbara Underhill and Paul Martini’s 1984 World Pairs Championships, the Hamilton debut of Kurt Browning’s signature Casablanca number and the epic battle with Elvis Stojko at the 1994 Canadian Championships. But witnessing the incredible success of the 2001 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver – where a remarkable team of volunteers and staff hosted a sold-out record audience event – that was very special indeed. This allowed David Dore to leave the organization, now called Skate Canada, in better shape than he had found it – confident in its ability to move on and become even better.
 
ABOUT CANADA’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is an international award-winning facility with over 40,000 square feet of inspiring experiences. Located at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park (COP), site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame features 12 galleries, 52 hands-on interactive experiences and a collection of 100,000 artefacts. It is a place of honour for the 605 inducted sport legends and the 65 sports they represent. Our mission is to share the stories of the achievements of our Honoured Members so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life. Please visit www.sportshall.ca to learn more about Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
*Please note that the official name is Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, not the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
 
For further information, please contact:
Mario Siciliano 
President & C.E.O. 
O: 403.776.1080