Class of 1995: Coach
This unique figure skating personality’s involvement in the sport has endured 60 years and seen success as a skater and coach. Starting in the 1930s at the Toronto Skating Club, Osborne advanced to become a two-time Canadian Senior Men’s champion before going on to star with the Ice Follies in 1937. He turned to coaching in 1946 and taught at clubs in Washington, Cleveland and Toronto and at summer schools in Barrie and Simcoe. In 1960 he formed the Banff School of Fine Arts Summer Skating School which for 10 years provided the unique blend of dance, theatre and skating and the innovation of team coaching. Over the years thousands of skaters have benefited from his innovative and artistic teaching style including national champions Patrick Chan, Don Laws and Karen Preston and choreographer Sara Kawahara.