SSHoF logoClarence Downey

Builder (1986)

Speed Skating

For 26 years, from 1932 to 1958, Clarence was involved with speed skating. For many years he was a participant, then turned his energies to coaching. Clarence was also a proficient barrel jumper. He was the Western Canadian champion in 1936 and appeared in many shows throughout the West.

In 1943, he took coaching very seriously and he and others formed the Saskatoon Speed Skating club. As its president, the club began to grow and competitive skating returned to the province and Clarence was known as "Mr. Speed Skating" in Saskatchewan. He wrote many articles on coaching and skating. is pamphlet, Helpful Hints on Speed Skating, was published by the CCM Company. Because of his coaching skills, he was selected as coach and manager of the 1956 Canadian Olympic speed skating team.

He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1967.

** Deceased