PSA Honors St. Peter

2011 Governing Council event page

Kelly Morris-Adair and Patricia St. Peter
(4/30/11) - U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter received the Professional Skaters Association's (PSA) Jimmy Disbrow Distinguished Official Award near the conclusion of the Governing Council meeting on Saturday afternoon.

The award is presented to an official who, through the years, has given to the sport of figure skating through dedication, reliability and integrity. This year marked the first time that the award was presented in Disbrow's name. Disbrow, who passed away in 2002, was a longtime contributor to the sport and served as president of U.S. Figure Skating from 1998-2000.

The PSA's Kelly Morris-Adair presented flowers to St. Peter. A formal presentation of the award will be made next month at the PSA's Annual Conference in Dallas.

Morris-Adair shared several fun facts about St. Peter, including her diverse contributions to the sport as a judge, team leader and committee member. She served on the ISU Disciplinary Commission and is a national singles/pairs competition judge and national referee.

At the local level, she served as president of the Twin City Figure Skating Association and is a current member of the Maplewood Figure Skating Club. St. Peter, a partner in the law firm of Zelle, Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP, skated in the famous St. Paul Pops Musical Ice Revue in the 1960s and 1970s.

"Rumor has it that some of her costumes were stapled together for her solo performances," Morris-Adair told the audience. "And rumor has it that she went wading in a downtown St. Paul fountain on a hot summer day in between patch and free skate sessions."

St. Peter co-coached the Maplewood Highstepper Precision Team, which was the junior champions at the first-ever U.S. Figure Skating Midwest Precision Skating Championships.

"She truly was a one-of-a-kind professional as her students achieved their high honors in competitions and achieved their skating goals," Morris-Adair said. "Her dedication and endless hours of volunteer work for our sport epitomizes the integrity of this award."

St. Peter thanked the PSA for the honor, which she said holds special meaning because it was the late Jimmy Disbrow who guided her into an active role with U.S. Figure Skating in 1994. "If not for that chance encounter, I likely wouldn't have pursued this path with the organization," she said.
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