• Figure Skating
  • 2004
  • Builder

Elizabeth "Betty" Bouma

It has been (so far!) a 36-year trip from her first visit to the Bathurst figure skating club with her pre-school aged son, to the presidency of the Canadian Figure Skating Association, (now known as Skate Canada), and to the International Skating Union Congress as a voting delegate.

We say "so far" because who knows what skating worlds remain to be conquered by this dynamic, selfless, extremely competent and inspirational volunteer par excellence?

From sewing costumes to advancing the development of new scoring systems, from assisting with Canada Games and Olympic Games to chairing the Skate Canada Athlete Trust, she, in the words of Canadian champion Jennifer Robinson, "proved time and again that she loves to help young athletes reach their dreams."

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 5th, 2004.

Quick Facts

  • A volunteer, administrator, and official for over 30 years
  • Served two terms as president of the NB Figure Skating Association
  • Has served 18 years on the board of Skate Canada, impacting every aspect of the sport’s structure and organization
  • President of Skate Canada 1997-2000
  • Team Leader for several international competitions including the World Championships in 1997 and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City
  • Canadian delegate to the International Skating Union congress 1996; 1998; 2000; 2002
  • Has been instrumental in pushing for the ISU implementation of a new judging system
  • Member of the board of the 2003 Canada Winter Games Host Society
  • Received Skate Canada Leadership Award in 2000
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