It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of former Olympic and World Championship skater, Nancy Burley. She was 82 years old. She passed away in Pindara Hospital on the Gold Coast surrounded by her family.
Nancy was born Nancy Hallam on 8th March 1930.
She was the matriarch of one of Australia's skating's great families. Her husband Pat was an ice rink developer and operator of rinks across the Australian eastern seaboard - in Victoria, NSW and in Queensland.
Nancy first presented Australia in 1951 at the British Championships and at the Richmond Trophy in England. In 1952 she competed in both the World Championships (placing 15th) and the Oslo (Norway )Winter Olympics, where she placed 14th in a field of 25 competitors.
Following her competitive career, she starred in Holiday on Ice internationally for many years.
Nancy's two daughters, Sharon and Robyn were both champion skaters in their own right. Elder daughter Sharon was four times Australian Ladies Champion (1972-1975), five times World Championship competitor, Olympic Games representative (1972 at Innsbruck, Austria) and star of the renowned American ice show, Ice Capades, for five years.
Nancy's younger daughter, Robyn was three times Australian Ladies Champion (1976-1978), twice World Championship competitor and winner of the World Professional Ladies Championship.
Both Sharon and Robyn are still very involved in the sport.
OzSkater extends its sympathies to all the Burley family.