Jean Westwood enters the Skate Canada BC Hall of Fame in the coaching category but Jean was also a four time World Ice Dance Champion. An accomplished competitive figure skater in every sense once Jean completed her competitive career she entered the World of coaching and as she often admits her timing and fate could not have been better.
Jean began coaching at a very high level almost immediately and coached many elite skaters of the time such as Otto and Maria Jelenik, Donna Lee and John Mitchell, Joni Graham and Don Phillips, Betty and John McKilligan and numerous others from around North America.
Jean also taught Victor Kraatz when he first arrived in British Columbia and helped mentor him to pursue his competitive career back east in Quebec where he eventually met and partnered with Shae Lynne Bourne.
Jean's positive and upbeat personality not only guided skaters through generations here in BC but also had an impact on other coaches in our province while they pursued their passion and profession. It is with great pride that we enter Jean Westwood into the Skate Canada BC Hall of Fame.
Watch Jean's Induction Story and Ceremony by clicking the video link on the right side of this page.