Advanced Search: INDUCTEES

Close Search

Joan B. (Shippam) Sparrow

Born to Stan and Edna Shippam in the small town of Schumacher, Ontario, the heart of the gold mining community, Joan began her figure skating career at the age of six.

World Champion Hans Gerschwiler became the skating coach and asked permission of Joan’s parents to train her with the World and Olympic Championships as the ultimate goal, so at 9 years of age, Joan began training 8 hours each day at the McIntyre Arena and 2 hours daily with a private tutor for school.

Winning many championships over the next four years, Joan earned her gold medal in figures and free skating at 14; won the Junior Canadian Championships in Calgary at 15; won Bronze in Senior Canadians in Toronto at 16 and earned a place on the World Figure Skating Team to represent Canada.

The  Shippam  family moved to Peterborough in 1956 and one year later Joan turned professional and began her long and successful career as an instructor, taking her across North America, where she had contracts with Winnipeg Winter Club, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Toronto Cricket CIub University Skating Club, Ice Gardens at York University, LakefieId, Havelock, Minden, Belleville, Keene and Peterborough.

Joan began coaching in Peterborough and has dedicated over 50 years of her life to the sport of figure skating, with 30 years spent in Peterborough. She continues to provide her expertise and experience in aiding the development of skaters of all ages.

Similar Inductees

Diane (Zakos) Bennis

Diane (Zakos) Bennis

Peterborough native, Diane Zakos, joined the Peterborough Figure Skating Club in 1948 at the age of seven. Skating in singles and pairs competition, she was the PFS Club Singles Champion in 1952-53. For a number of years, Diane was enrolled in the Cobourg Summer Skating School under the tutelage of Ede Kiraly. As an eighteen […]

More Info
Sandra (Boyce) Moloney

Sandra (Boyce) Moloney

Sandra Boyce, the daughter of Bonnie and Bob Boyce, is a Peterborough native born with a natural talent for figure skating.  At the age of six, Sandra began her athletic career representing the Peterborough Figure Skating Club. Under the guidance of Anne Yeo, Sandra completed the highest tests in figure skating, by earning gold in […]

More Info
HARTLEY_Edgerton WEB PORTRAIT

Edgerton (E.J.) Hartley

Edgerton “Edge” Hartley was born in1860 and grew up in Peterborough playing the sports of the day, including cricket.  He spent all of his winter spare time skating on Little Lake or at the Ashburnham rink. In the mid-1880s, after winning medals for fancy skating at carnivals in Peterborough, Port Hope and Campbellford, Hartley was […]

More Info