Blundun, George - 1976

Blundun, George - 1976

George Blundun

Figure Skating Builder, Calgary

Inducted in 1976


George Blundun served as Vice-President and President of the Canadian Skating Association. He was appointed as an International Judge for Ice Skating and judged at the World Championships in both 1970 and 1971. In 1971, he was elected to the International Skating Union Ice Dancing Committee. A former Air Canada Award winner, he is also recognized as the founder of the prestigious "Skate Canada" competition. In 1972, George Blundun was General Chairman of the World Figure Skating Championships which were held in Calgary.

George Blundun

1976 Figure Skating Builder

Since Induction


In 1980, George was named an Honorary Member of the International Skating Union (ISU) – the first Canadian to be honoured by the organization. In 1985, the Calgary Booster Club named George Blundun their Sportsman of the Year. With the upcoming 1987 SKATE CANADA and the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games Figure Skating competition, George came out of retirement to chair the Figure Skating Committees for both events. George passed away in 1988. He was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1991. The George Blundun Arena is located in southwest Calgary in Optimist Athletic Park.


Timeline:

  • 1950s – 1980 Active in the sport, retired, then returned in 1987/1988

  • 1968 – 1969 President of Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA)

  • 1969 -  International Skating Union judge appointment

  • 1970 to 1980 ISU Ice Dance Committee. During that time, he wrote the ISU Free Dancing Manual – worked to have the discipline gain world recognition.

  • 1972 -  1972 ISU Worlds Chairman (held in Calgary that year)

  • 1973 -  Co-founded Skate Canada

  • 1980 -  International Skating Union Hall of Fame Inductee

  • 1985 -  Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year

  • 1987 -  Skate Canada Figure Skating Committee Chairman

  • 1988 Olympic Games – Coordinator of Figure Skating

  • 1991 -  Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame Inductee

Update: May 2020