Saturday, February 19, 2011

The history of amateur skating came to life on Thursday evening, the 17th of February!

Emery Leger, archivist for Skate Canada shared stories, artefacts and his enthusiasm for the sport.   Taking us from the early days of skating to the coaching of future stars, AAO East members were enthralled with stories about Lord and Lady Minto, Barbara Ann Scott, Toller Cranston and Elizabeth Manley.  Complementing the stories were artefacts such a skating lantern, 19th century ladies skates and the famous Elizabeth Olympic cowboy hat, as well as photos of skating legends.  Thanks to Emery for a great evening and his dedication in preserving the history of a truly Canadian sport.  See also: Coming soon Skate Canada Archives feature on the Community page of this blog.

Emery showing us "the" hat...

Andrew looks on. 
That is so cool!

Skating anyone?

Brian is ready to go!

Jennie and Yvette agree...what a great evening!  

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