Dore officially inducted into Skate Canada Hall of Fame
Will join elite group in the builder category
|David Dore will take his place in the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. (courtesy of Skate Canada)|
"David has been a leader in Canadian skating for many years, and we are so pleased that we finally have the opportunity to welcome him into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame," said William Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. "Many of the innovations he brought to the world of skating are now standards both nationally and internationally."
Dore began his love affair with skating as a young child when he was diagnosed with polio. Skating became part of his recovery from the disease and soon became a huge part of his life. Dore would later go on to become a national medalist and then an Olympic judge for the sport. He was a Canadian official for singles and pair skating and officiated at seven World Championships and at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games. In 1980 Dore was elected as the youngest President of the Association and was the first President to be re-elected for a second term in 1982.
In 1985 Dore was appointed Director General of the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA) and held the position for 17 years until 2002. During his time at Skate Canada he successfully introduced the National Team program, developed the successful marketing and television concept, signed on major sponsor and television contracts and created the Athlete Trust.
Dore has been the recipient of many awards and honors for his work as both a volunteer and professional sport administrator as well as for his overall contributions to the direction of sport in Canada. In 2000, the International Olympic Committee presented him with the Olympic Order for his contribution to sport in the global community. Dore is one of few Canadians to be inducted into this prestigious group. It is the highest honor that the International Olympic Committee can award. Most recently in 2008 he was inducted into Canada's Sport Hall of Fame in the builder category.
Dore is currently the International Skating Union Vice-President for Figure Skating.