This interview was so jammed packed full of insightful information that it’s split it into two parts. The subject of these two episodes is another Dore, Paul’s father David. While in Toronto receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Central Ontario Section, Pj grabbed the opportunity to sit down with David for an extended interview.
David was introduced to figure skating as therapy to regain his ability to walk after nearly losing his life to polio. He soon developed a love for the sport that would become a huge part of his life. 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. He achieved the gold level and competed at the National Championships. At university, he turned from competitive skating to judging where he rose quickly officiating at seven World Championships and the 1984 Olympic Games.
In 1980 he became the youngest president of the Canadian Figure Skating Association (now Skate Canada) Board of Directors bringing fresh enthusiasm to the organization. Four years later, David accepted the staff position of Director General, a place he would hold until 2002. During his tenure he developed the National Team program, created the Athlete’s Trust and developed successful marketing and television concepts. In 2000, the International Olympic Committee presented David with the Olympic Order, its highest honour, for his contribution to sport in the global community. In 2008 he was inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2010. David is currently the International Skating Union’s Vice-President.
This very special conversation reveals many details about David’s history, his contributions to the sport and what skating has meant to his life. Not to be missed.