Betty Gardner passed away on November 15th at age 98 in Hendersonville, NC. She and her husband Vernon (Veg) Gardner were active members of the WFSC during the 1950s and 1960s and remained social members of the WFSC for many years thereafter.
One of the original members of the WFSC, Don Laws, has passed away at age 85 on December 2nd. A world renowned coach of Olympic skaters including Scott Hamilton, Michael Weiss and Patrick Chan, Don was also a world class ice dancer and singles skater winning the US junior dance title with partner Mary Firth in 1948 and winning the 1950 junior singles title. In 1951, he placed fifth in Seniors at Nationals and seventh at Worlds all under the coaching of Osborne Colson, who he first saw skate with the Ice Follies at Riverside stadium back in 1939.
Laws (l) and Colson (r) examine figures at Chevy Chase Palace circa. 1950.
National Blades Pre Juvenile, Gold Medalists, Central Carolina Synchro Classic, 11/2/2014
National Blades Open Juvenile, Gold Medalists, Central Carolina Synchro Classic 11/2/2014
National Blades Beginner 2 Bronze Medalists, Central Carolina Synchro Classic 11/2/2014
Our newest team, National Blades Beginner 1, set to perform with the other teams at Holiday Show at Prince William Ice Center,
December 14, 2014 at 1pm
From the Washingington Figure Skating Club