Class of 1991: Coach
With a record of success unequaled by any other Canadian coach, this dedicated teacher and technical innovator led his skaters to World titles in Men’s, Ladies’ and Pairs and earned Canada its first Ladies and Pairs Olympic gold medals. Following a successful skating career, he began to coach at the Minto Club in 1946, moving to the Toronto Skating Club in 1949. His students included Barbara Ann Scott, Francis Dafoe and Norris Bowden, Barbara Wagner and Robert Paul and Donald Jackson. He was named Olympic Team Coach in 1948, 1956 and 1960 and was instrumental in the formation of the Professional Skating Association of Canada. Sheldon’s more than 40 years of service to figure skating earned him entry into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as the first figure skating coach ever to be so honoured.