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Obituary: Harry Woolrich

Harry Woolrich was affectionately known in the skating community as the ‘Colonel’; he will be remembered as a champion for all recreational skaters in the early 1990’s.


Harry’s work in Ice Dance saw pivotal developments for recreational skaters during his time with the National Ice Skating Association (NISA).


Harry became a key driver in NISA’s Recreational Committee, which was set up many years ago to better cater for recreational grass roots skaters.


As Chairman, Harry worked alongside Bryan Morrice, Recreational Director at the time, Ian Williams and the late John Amiet. The committee established a whole system of proficiency tests designed for recreational skaters, and Harry ran the entire Recreational Assessor and test system from home for many years.


Harry also contributed to the development of the Recreational Ice Dance league (RIDL), which – some 25 years on – is still to this day in existence and thriving.


He was also an Honorary Life Member who had a passion for the rich history of the sport, putting together a historical display to showcase at the World Championships in Birmingham in 1995.


We are exceptionally thankful for Harry’s efforts in and passion for the sport, which will be well remembered by the association and all who knew him.


For all who may be interested in attending, Harry’s funeral details are below:


1200, 11th December 

Bradfield Church, (near Manningtree), Essex.


Our thoughts and condolences are with Harry’s loved ones at this time. 

Harry's daughter, Bobbie, can be contacted at lacemaker56@gmail.com