Ice Skating Australia's Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame was inaugurated on 28 August, 2004 to celebrate the centenary of ice skating in Australia.

There were twenty two inaugural inductees whose names and the citations applicable to each are listed on the honour roll below.  (please click to enlarge)

 

Criteria for selection to the Hall are that inductees must ~

  • Have ceased the activity for which they are being recognized for at least two years prior to nomination

  • Have achieved significantly beyond that which might reasonably be expected of other people in a like field

 

Recognition may be given to athletes, officials, coaches and others who have made significant contributions in any field directly related to ice skating.

H.Newman Reid

A refrigeration expert who with a syndicate formed in 1903 built and managed Australia’s first artificial ice rink in Adelaide known as the “Ice Palace”. The rink opened in 1904 but closed in 1905. He subsequently moved to Melbourne where he built and for many years managed the “Glaciarium” there which opened in 1906. 

Dunbar Poole

A member of the consortium which built the Adelaide “Ice Palace”. A figure skater, hockey player and speed skater. He was a registered member of the “ Stockholms Allmanna Skridskoklubb” and represented Sweden (Australia) in the World Championships in 1911 and 1912. He was manager of the Sydney “Glaciarium” from 1907 until 1937 and of the Sydney “Ice Palais” in 1938 and again from 1948 until 1952. 

Sydney R. Croll

Three times Australian Ice Dance Champion, Waltz Champion, Men’s Champion, hockey player and speed skater. He was an ISU World Championship Referee and Olympic Judge and President of what is now Ice Skating Australia in 1934 and 1935 and from 1961 until 1976. He was awarded the title President Emeritus following his retirement. The S. R. Croll Award is named in his honor. 

Pat Gregory

Australia’s first Gold medallist at the International standard. Pat Gregory was a Sydney professional skater who had a very high profile career as a show skater in Europe, paricularly the U.K., North America and in Australia where she toured the theatre circuit for many years and introduced tank shows to the Leagues Clubs in N.S.W. 

Australia’s first Gold medallist at the International standard. Pat Gregory was a Sydney professional skater who had a very high profile career as a show skater in Europe, paricularly the U.K., North America and in Australia where she toured the theatre circuit for many years and introduced tank shows to the Leagues Clubs in N.S.W. 

Frank Parsons

Melbourne skater who skated in the U.K. for many years, competed in the British Championships, taught and skated in T.V. Productions. He later distinguished himself as a judge and an administrator in both the Victorian and Australian Associations becoming an ISU World Championship Referee and Olympic Judge. 

Reg Park

A refrigeration expert who with a syndicate formed in 1903 built and managed Australia’s first artificial ice rink in Adelaide known as the “Ice Palace”. The rink opened in 1904 but closed in 1905. He subsequently moved to Melbourne where he built and for many years managed the “Glaciarium” there which opened in 1906. 

Moloney Family
E.J. (Ted) Moloney

Australian Ice Dance Champion, ice rink operator and developer in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart, a skating boot manufacturer and equipment retailer.

Patricia Moloney

First daughter of Ted and his wife, Australian Ladies Champion and Australia’s first lady competitor at the World Championships. 

Gweneth Moloney

Second daughter of Ted and his wife, 3 times Australian Ladies Champion, World Championship competitor and Olympic Games representative. 

Australian Ice Dance Champion, ice rink operator and developer in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Hobart, a skating boot manufacturer and equipment retailer.

Burley Family
Pat Burley

Developer and operator over many years of ice rinks in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and of portable rinks for touring ice shows.

Developer and operator over many years of ice rinks in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and of portable rinks for touring ice shows.

Developer and operator over many years of ice rinks in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland and of portable rinks for touring ice shows.

Nancy Burley

Wife of Pat, World Championship competitor and Olympic representative. Starred in Holiday on Ice shows in Europe for many years. 

Sharon Burley

First daughter of Pat and Nancy. 4 times Australian Ladies Champion, 5 times World Championship competitor, Olympic Games representative and star of American ice show, Ice Capades, for 5 years.

Robyn Burley

Second daughter of Pat and Nancy, 3 times Australian Ladies Champion, twice World Championship competitor and winner of the World Professional Ladies Championship. 

Danielle Carr ( McGrath) and Stephen Carr 

Nineteen times Australian Pair Skating Champions, 4 times Junior World Championship competitors and fourteen times Senior World Championship competitors, 3 times Olympic Representatives. 

Jacqueline Mason (Kendall- Baker) and Mervyn Bower 

Twelve times Australian Pair Skating Champions, twice World Championship competitors, Olympic Games representatives. Jacqueline served for many years as an official of both the New South Wales and Australian Associations and was an ISU World Championship Judge. 

Gretchen Doolan

Skater and coach of elite World and Olympic representatives particularly during the 1970s and 1980s.

Cameron Medhurst

Eight times Australian Champion, 3 times Junior World competitor, 9 times World Championship competitor and three times Olympic Games representative.

Anthony Liu

Seven times Australian Champion, Junior World competitor, 7 times World Championship competitor, winner World University Games and twice Olympic Games representative. He is the first Australian to execute a quadruple revolution jump.

Elizabeth and Peter Cain

Four times Australian Champions, winners of the British Junior Championships, medallists in the British Senior Championships and in the ISU Junior Championships, 4 times World Championship competitors and Olympic Games representatives.

Michael Pasfield

Twice Australian Champion, twice ISU Junior Championship competitor, figure medallist in the ISU Junior Championships, Junior World Championship competitor and twice World Championship competitor.

Joanne Carter

Joanne "Jo" Carter (born 17 April 1980) remains Australia's most successful Australian female figure skater, and has made major contributions to our sport over many, many years.

She has represented Australia at two (2) Winter Olympics (1998 Nagano and 2006 Torino), placing 12th overall in 1998, the highest ranking for an Australian Ladies competitor in our history. In the lead up to the Nagano Games, Carter posted Australia's best result in ladies figure skating, finishing in 11th place at the 1997 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.

During an illustrious competitive career, she won seven (7) National Senior Ladies titles.

She was the 1996 Golden Spin of Zagreb silver medalist and won the Piruetten in Hamar, finishing  13th at the 1998 World Championships following the Olympics, but her career was then cruelly interrupted by a major knee injury which put her out of competition for almost two years.

Carter returned to international competition in 2003, and at the 2004 Karl Shafer Memorial Trophy in Vienna, she won the bronze medal. At the 2005 Four Continents Championship in Korea, Carter placed fourth, the best ever performance by an Australian in the history of the event. Her placing earned her the right to represent Australia at the 2005 World Championships in Moscow where she delivered one of the best performances of her career, placing 11th in the free program. This result qualified an Australian place at Torino 2006 where Carter went on to compete in her second Olympics, finishing 25th.

She has given freely of her time in supporting emerging skaters, through guest appearances at workshops and training camps and by providing inspirational addresses to events run by NSW Ice Skating Association. On several occasions Jo hosted tables at "Breakfast with the Stars", a schoolgirl participation event run by Womens Sport NSW for the promotion of your sport and the importance of sport to young women.

When she retired from competitive skating, she completed a degree in Physiotherapy and is currently completing a degree in Medicine. In her spare time, she undertakes limited coaching.

Australia has produced several skaters who have qualified for the Winter Olympics - but only the "Ice Queen" Jo Carter has represented twice!

Joanne's award was accepted by Paul Harris, President of NSWISA. Nominated by Peter Jones, NSWISA

Mary-Ellen Mather

Mary-Ellen was the back bone of the Western Australian Ice Skating Association. She encouraged and supported the WA athletes in all disciplines of the sport whenever she could and has been a major contributor to the policies and success of WAISA, as a founding member and driving force behind the Association since 1977.

7 x times NSW Senior Champion, 4 x Times Australian Ladies Champion and World Championship representative, and Nationally Accredited Level 3 coach, Mary-Ellen was a founding member and driving force behind The Western Australian Ice Skating Association since 1977. She supported WAISA athletes at many AFSC events even when she had no personal or professional interest in the Championships, and many considered her the back bone of WAISA. 

Began coaching career in 1972. Accredited in Disciplines: Singles

Achievements: Gold Star Free and Gold Figure and Free Skating Tests. Inter-Gold Dance Test (equivalent to present Senior). 7 times NSW Senior Champion, 4 times Australia Senior Champion, Nationally Accredited Level 2 coach. Have a current Working with Children Card. Represented Australia at World Senior Championships in Geneva, as well as World Professional Championships in London. Trained in Sydney, London and Switzerland, skated in Ice Shows and TV Shows in England.

 

Attended first sport specific Level 3 coaching course in Sydney. At present coaching director for Perth Ice Arena’s Aussie Skate program. Coached WA Skaters for National tests, State and National Championships. Coached competitors from Aussie Skate to International level. Attended the first APSA coaches conference in Sydney in 2012. Coach in resident at AIS Canberra Junior and Elite Camp. Coach for WA first International skater. Course conductor for Level 1 courses in WA since 1996.

Mary-Ellen​ accepted her award in person on December 2nd at the AFSC 2016. She had been battling illness for some time and she very sadly passed away later that month, December 20th, 2016.


She left behind a loving community in Western Australia and was well regarded throughout all of Australia.

 

Marcel Kingsley Doolan

Born in Marrickville NSW, Marcel Doolan passed away in April 1996.

He was a practicing solicitor who gave generously of his time and skills to build and advance the sport. 

His foundational contributions to the growth of figure skating in Australia is considerable. Marcel was both a recreational skater and the parent to a successful figure skating competitor, Margaret (Doolan) Nichols. 

Marcel was a foundational member and Honorary Director of the Ice Skating Club of NSW Co-operative Ltd, which gave new life to the declining rink in Burwood becoming the Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink.

 

His involvement with the sport also included service in administration with the Sydney Ice Dance Club and as a delegate to NSWIA, as well as a long stint as President of NSWISA from 1985 to 1983.

 

It is told that he rarely missed a National Championships from 1968 onwards!

Macquarie Ice Skating Club have named three (3) trophies in his honour and the Canterbury Olympic Rink has a grandstand adorned with a plaque in his honour.

 

Nominated by his daughter Margaret Nichols on two occasions, Margaret was present to accept this well-earned posthumous award in person.

Paul Harris, accepting for Joanne Carter; Mary-Ellen Mather accepting in person, and Margaret Nichols accepting for her father, Marcel K Doolan

Monica MacDonald

Monica MacDonald has been involved in figure skating for over 35 years as a competitive skater and coach.

 

She was a World and International competitor in Ice Dance from 1984 to 1992 becoming the first Australian to medal at an International event in Dance with partner Rodney Clarke. Her greatest competitive achievement was representing her country at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada, partnering with Rodney Clarke.  She is a seven (7) time Australian National champion, having also competed at seven (7) World Championships between  1986 and 1992, the final four years with partner Duncan Smart.

 

At the end of her competitive career, Monica pursued her coaching career and has become an International Skating Union (ISU) Technical Specialist for Ice Dance, a NatIonal Technical Specialist for Singles, and has moderated at ISU seminars. Monica was also instrumental in developing the proposal and later moderating the ISUs first Asia / Pacific Ice Dance Camp in Korea in 2011.

 

She is extremely passionate about her sport, a passion she shares with her 3 children: Chantelle, who competed in the 2012 Inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games and who is currently competing internationally in Ice Dance with her partner Andrew Dodds; Brendan whose international competition experience includes two Winter Olympic Games:  2014 Sochi and 2018 PyeongChang. Her youngest Lily skates and trains in Sydney.

Wendy Langton

Wendy Langton’s association with the sport of figure skating is quite considerable. 
Her notable contributions are in administration and officiating, and she was also one of the founders of the Sydney Figure Skating Club, the oldest Australian figure skating club, as well as a founding member of Canterbury Ice Rink CoOperative Ltd.

 

Wendy served on club, state and national committees, judging and officiating from 1966 to most recently. 

She judged and officiated at World and Olympic level, having attended six (6) Olympics Games from 1984 to 2000.

 

Please find her extensive achievements listed here.

 

Wendy was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in 1994 for her services to ice skating in Australia

 

Nominated by Rosemary Johnson, NSW, Wendy's award was accepted by Michael Santer, NSWISA.

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