Alex Balisch

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