Don was the 1965, ’66 and ’67 Canadian national senior mens’ figure skating champion and 1967 North American champion.
Don, born in Hamilton and raised in Dundas, became the Canadian Junior Champion when he was just 13 years old. He finished on the podium for the next six years at the Senior Canadian Championships.
Don was just 15 when he competed in the first of his five ISU World Skating Championships and he won the bronze medal at the 1965 world event.
Don was a five time member of Canada’s World Team, and represented his country at the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck Austria.
Considered a master of the compulsory figures, Don trained with Hall of Fame coaches Ellen Burka and Sheldon Galbraith and his tremendous work ethic enabled him to become an all-round skater, incorporating powerful jumps, spins and intricate footwork into his programmes.
After retiring from competitive skating, he toured for eleven years as a Principal Performer with Ice Capades and Holiday on Ice in Europe.
After retiring from his professional career, Don continued his association with his sport as a skating coach consultant with the Burlington Skate Centre in Halton.