1984, Sandra Pearson (Figure Skating)

sandrapearsonSandra Pearson was inducted into the Hall of Fame for her contributions as a coach and builder of figure skating.

Sandra was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and started figure skating at a young age. Before moving to the Yukon she competed as an athlete in the 1954 and 1957 Western Canadian Divisional Championships and the 1957 Senior Mixed Pairs at the Canadian National Championships. From 1960 to 1962 she taught figure skating professionally in Helsinki, Finland, training many Finnish national competitors.

In 1963 Sandra moved to the Yukon and consolidated the informal skating groups into the first Whitehorse Figure Skating Club. By 1964 the club had doubled in size to 50 athletes and Sandra managed to handle things alone. When the club reaches 100 athletes in 1965 she recruited the assistance of volunteers and an assistant coach. As the athletes developed Sandra felt that they were ready for C.F.S.A. testing and in 1967 arranged for a judge to come to Whitehorse. She was also the coach of the Arctic Winter Games and Canada Games teams. Sandra retired from coaching in 1982 but remained a liaison and resource person to the club and its athletes.

Both were founding members of the Yukon Sports Federation (now Sport Yukon) and served on the board of directors several times.