Elizabeth Swan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the builder category on April 24 2010. Her son Ian and grand-daughter Rebecca received the award on her behalf.
Elizabeth was the first gold dance and figure judge in our province and was Chairperson of the national committee for the formation of precision skating (now synchronized). Mrs. Swan was instrumental in the formation of many clubs in our province and the founding president of the Flying Blades Skating Club in Clarenvill. Her untimely death in 1985 while travelling home from the judging the provincial championships was a great loss to the skating world. Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador honours Ms. Swan’s memory through the Elizabeth Swan Bursaries and the Elizabeth Swan Synchronized Skating Award. Mrs. Swan is an honoured member of the Skate Canada Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame on October 31, 1986.
From the Skate Canada Hall of Fame:-
“This outstanding builder truly dedicated herself to ensuring excellence in all aspects of figure skating in Newfoundland and Canada, starting with the founding of the Flying Blades Figure Skating Club in 1965. Elizabeth introduced the sport to thousands of young athletes by organizing her province’s first championships, promoting the growth of local clubs and providing many training opportunities. She became the first gold dance and figure judge in her province and conducted numerous judging clinics. Chairman of the national committee for the formation of precision skating, she was instrumental in its introduction to Canada. She was affectionately known as “Mrs. Figure Skating”. Her untimely death in 1985, while travelling home from judging a provincial championships, was a great loss to the skating world.”
From the Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame
“Born in Australia, the late Elizabeth Swan lived in Newfoundland for 33 years and is regarded as one of the forces behind the establishment of figure skating as a major permanent sport within the province. Her involvement included long, dedicated service at the local, provincial and national levels. Internationally, she was a judge in the 1982 Precision Skating Championships in London, Ontario. Serving on the national figure skating board of directors for four years, she was chairman of the committee that set up precision skating in Canada and conducted workshops and judged in many parts of Canada. She played a major role in having the professional coaches of Canada become an integral part of the Canadian Figure Skating Association and was awarded the 1985 Volunteer of the Year Award.Provincially, she was section chairman for nine years and played a major role in organizing a great many firsts within Newfoundland and Labrador figure skating. Many of today’s figure skating clubs owe their existence to the work of Mrs. Swan. Mrs. Swan was killed in a traffic accident returning to her home in Clarenville during a snowstorm, having judged in the provincial championships in Labrador City.Her contributions to figure skating are still having a beneficial effect on the sport in every area of the province.”