2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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Nominated by the Canadian Figure Skating AssociationA former Canadian pairs champion and winner of the 1964 Olympic silver medal and 1964 world championship bronze medal, Debbi Wilkes maintains her involvement in figure skating through television, books, and the Internet.
Retiring from the sport after her successes of 1964, Wilkes went on to complete a bachelor's degree in psychology at York University followed by a master's degree in communications from Michigan State University. She acted as a colour commentator for several years for various networks. Currently, Wilkes can be seen on her own popular weekly show, Ice Time, which airs on CTV Sportsnet.
Wilkes, who lives in Unionville, Ont., is the author of two books, Ice Time and A Spectator's Guide to Figure Skating.
A speaker with FAME (Female Athletes Motivating Excellence), she says she is "continually motivated by the quality of our youth today."
Through her program Ice Time, Wilkes has established a solid relationship with the Canadian Figure Skating Association, promoting many of its programs on her show. Recently, two shows included coverage of the 2000 Bank of Montreal Divisional Championships, which were qualifying events for the Canadian Championships. This coverage was an excellent opportunity for viewers to become familiar with the up-and-coming talent that is being developed by Canadian skating.
Drawing on her experiences as a former competitive athlete, the articulate Wilkes brings sound technical knowledge to the broadcast booth. As a result, she educates audiences nationwide.