OTTAWA, ON: Sports Officials Canada (SOC) announced Tuesday that Skate Canada judge Beth Crane of Burnaby, B.C., has been named Canada's top female official, winning the 2014 SOC Award of Excellence.
Crane's career as a figure skating judge has spanned over 40 years. She is a qualified International Skating Union (ISU) judge and referee in singles and pairs and an ISU technical controller in singles. Her officiating record includes 16 international events, including two ISU World Figure Skating Championships, and six Canadian championships. She is currently the Chair of the Skate Canada Officials Development Committee, and her leadership capabilities were also recognized with this award.
"It is wonderful to see one of our officials being honoured nationally. Beth's expertise as a judge at the highest level is extremely beneficial in developing figure skating in Canada. She is a positive role model for all of our officials and a valued member of our Skate Canada team from the club level to the international level. Congratulations Beth on this distinguished honour," said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO.
Crane will receive her award on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Sports Officials Canada Hall of Fame Dinner in Ottawa, Ontario.