Skate Canada Newfoundland & Labrador

August 8, 2009

Alex Balisch

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Alex Balisch

Born in Austria in 1921, skated and toured in ice shows throughout Europe

Brought to Newfoundland (from Nova Scotia) by Joseph Chapman (father of Wendy Mercer) as a coach in 1966-67. Joseph also found a job for him at MUN. Alex with wife Faith and son Arnold lived in the Chapman’s basement apartment until settled. Second son Karl born in Newfoundland.

  • 1973-75 – became president of Prince of Wales Figure Skating Club
  • 1975-76 – Avalon Region Director
  • 1968/69 – donated the Alex Balisch Cup for Artistic Merit to be awarded at the Sectional (Provincial) Competition. When regional competitions started a Mini Balisch Cup for the Avalon Region Championships was donated as well.
  • – Championship Chairman for the Section
  • 1976 – Organized and chaired the Skate Atlantica open competition which began in 1976 and rotated throughout the 4 Atlantic Provinces continuing into the 1980’s.
  • 1993 Died April 27 at age of 71

NOTE: Alex was responsible for the addition of the short/compulsory program for singles skaters in Newfoundland at the Pre-Novice level. This was not done in the rest of Canada until later.

Compiled by Marion Jeans

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