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RCAF Programme Cover

RCAF Programme Cover

25th February 1944 - RCAF Liverpool Area (Ontario Wolves) v RCAF Durham Area (Middleton St George). The teams, as listed inside the programme, included several regular stars of the NHL - Milt Schmidt and Bobby Bauer amongst them.

British figure skating champion, Miss Cecilia Colledge (1937 World Champion & then current European & British Amateur Champion) entertained during the intervals. Miss Colledge, who died on 23rd April 2008, landed the first double jump in women's competition, invented the lay-back spin, and narrowly lost the Olympic gold in 1936 to Norwegian skating great Sonja Henie. She was born in Britain, was coached from an early age, by Swiss coach Jakob Gerschweiler, at the Queens Ice Club in London. At 11 years and 75 days, she was one of the youngest Olympians ever when she took to the ice in Lake Placid in 1932.

She was known for pioneering a one-foot axel jump known as The Colledge and for mastery of
compulsory figures. She turned pro and starred in London ice shows then moved to the USA to coach the Boston Skating Club from 1952 to 1977. She was inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1980.

/our thanks to Martin Harris for providing this image


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