OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the death of Barbara Ann Scott:
“It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Canadian Olympian Barbara Ann Scott.
Barbara Ann’s skill, grace and sheer determination carried her to the top of the figure skating world in the 1940s, where she won numerous international championships ending with her historic gold metal win in the 1948 Olympics. Despite retiring from the figure skating world in 1955, she remained throughout her life a passionate advocate and role model for women in sport.
Among her many honours, she was an inductee in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame, as well as an officer of the Order of Canada.
On a personal note, I will always fondly remember Barbara Ann as she carried the Olympic Torch into the House of Commons in 2009 on its journey across the country for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I extend my deepest condolences to Barbara Ann’s husband Tom, and their family and friends during this difficult time.”