A Short History of Harry Osborne Colson

Osborne Colson started skating at the Toronto Skating Club in the 1920s and was Canadian Senior Men’s Champion in 1936 and 1937. He starred in the 1939 skating film ‘Ice Follies’ with James Stewart and Joan Crawford and performed in the Ice Follies touring show in the early 1940s.

Mr. Colson has been coaching since 1946 and was inducted into Skate Canada’s Hall of Fame in 1995 in the coach category.

Over the years thousands of skaters have benefited from his innovative and artistic teaching style including national champions Don Laws (USA) and Karen Preston (Canada), as well as 2005 Canadian Junior Champion Patrick Chan, and choreographer Sara Kawahara. He also worked with Canada’s first Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion Barbara Ann Scott and World Champion, Don Jackson. He
was still coaching at age 90 and spending up to 11 hours a day on the ice.

Osborne Colson passed away July 14, 2006 in Toronto. He was 90 years old.