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2015 Hall of Fame Induction


Athletes
  • Denise Benning
  • Christine Hough & Doug Ladret
  • Jennifer Robinson
  • Marlene Smith
  • Sandra Tewkesbury

Builder

  • Steve Milton

Denise Benning
Athlete

Denise Benning began her skating career with the South Windsor Skating Club.
In 1985, Denise was teamed with skating partner Lyndon Johnston and their career advanced dramatically. They were second at the Canadian Championships and two third place finishes at Skate Canada and NHK in Japan.

In 1986, they were second at Skate America and fifth at Skate Canada and the World Championships.

In 1987, they were first at the Canadian Central Divisionals and at St. Ivel International in England, second at the Canadian Championships, and fifth at the World Championships.

At the 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Denise and Lyndon placed fifth and they repeated that finish at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

Denise Benning

After the Olympics, Denise skated for a brief time with the Champions On Ice Tour in Canada, then retired and returned to school, attending the U. of Windsor from 1989-93, graduating with a Human Kinetics Degree, Major in Sports Administration. She is currently Vice President of WK & Associates in Markham, Ontario. 

Denise was inducted into the Windsor / Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.


Christine Hough & Doug Ladret
Athletes

Christine "Tuffy" Hough (born in Renfrew, Ontario) competed in pairs with Doug Ladret, (born in Vancouver, British Columbia).

Christine and Doug won Bronze Medals at the 1985, 1987, 1989 Canadian Championships and in 1988 became the Canadian Pairs Champions. They were Silver Medalist at the Canadian Championships from 1990-1992. They represented Canada each of those years at the World Championships and placed out of the World top 10 only once.

During their skating partnership, Christine and Doug also competed for Canada in two Winter Olympics. They placed eighth in the 1988 Winter Olympics and ninth in 1992 Winter Olympics. This duo also appeared as skaters in the movie, The Cutting Edge.

At the completion of their amateur career, Christine became a successful coach at the Skating Club of Boston and Doug is currently Director Figure Skating Development Ice Den and President of Ladret Ice Sports.
Christine Hough Doug Ladret


Jennifer Robinson
Athlete

Jennifer Robinson began her skating career at the Windsor Riverside Skating Club.

Jennifer won six Canadian national titles. She placed as high as 8th at the World Championships (2000) and as high as 4th at the Four Continents Championships (2002). She won a Bronze Grand Prix medal at the 1999 Skate Canada International.

Jennifer finished 7th at the 2002 Olympics and upon her return home to Barrie, the City of Barrie honored her with a plaque for bringing honour and recognition to the city. She also received the “Paul Hams Fellowship”, the highest honour that the Barrie Huronia Rotary Club bestows for her unselfish contribution to local community charities.

Jennifer retired from competition in 2004 and skated professionally with Stars on Ice, the Elvis Stojko Tour of Champions and Celebration on Ice.


Marlene Smith
Athlete

Marlene Elisabeth Smith was a member of the Winter Club of St. Catharines. She competed in both pairs and ladies singles. She became the Canadian Junior Ladies Champion in 1948.

In 1949 and 1950, Marlene and Pairs partner Donald Gilchrist were the Canadian Pairs Champions and placed 7th in the 1950 World Championships.

As a singles skater, Marlene also won a Bronze Medal in Senior Ladies in 1948, the Silver medal in 1950 and the Gold Medal and national title in 1952. Marlene competed in the 1952 Winter Olympics and placed ninth.

Marlene Smith


Sandra Tewkesbury
Athlete

Sandra Tewkesbury was born in Chatham Ontario and a member of the Chatham Figure Skating Club.

She won the bronze medal at the 1959 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and placed fifth at the North American Figure Skating Championships. That same year Sandra placed tenth at the World Figure Skating Championships.

At the 1960 Winter Olympics, Sandra competed for Canada and placed tenth.

Sandra retired from amateur ranks and became a coach at the Guelph Figure Skating Club.

In 1962, a tragic car accident took the life of twenty year old Sandra Tewkesbury Ritchie.

Sandra Tewkesbury


Steve Milton
Builder

Steve Milton became one of Canada’s preeminent Sports Writers on a dare. It was 1977 when Steve began his career as a Sports Writer for the Huntsville local paper.

Steve’s remarkable career has given him the opportunity to witness and report Canada’s greatest sporting moments. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on figure skating. His perspective as a competitive athlete allowed his writings to be unusually insightful. His subtle brilliance exists in snappy turns of phrases combined with salient analysis and biting commentary delivered with artful prose. “My style is casual and hopefully intimate”

Steve Milton

Steve is the only Canadian Sports Journalist who has reported on each of Canada’s Men's Silver Medal skates.

Some of Steve’s books include:

  • Figure Skating's Greatest Stars
  • Figure Skating Champions
  • Figure Skating Today: The Next Wave of Stars
  • 100 Years of Figure Skating
  • Super Skaters: World Figure Skating Stars
  • Tessa and Scott: Our Journey From Childhood to Gold

 

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