Debbie Adam was born on March 6, 1966, and she lived in Nobleton all her life - first on Cross Avenue, and then on the 11th Concession.

She received her first pair of figure skates on her third birthday and fell instantly in love with the sport.  Under the tutelage of Dave Thomas of the Nobleton Figure Skating Club, she performed a solo as Tinkerbell in the annual ice show.  She was only five years old.  After that she was frequently paired with her friend David Wilson who later went on to become well known in the skating world.  

Life was never simple for Debbie as she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was two years old.  Every day of her life she took at least 100 pills to aid digestion and fight infection and endured several hours of rigorous therapy along with three sessions of inhalations each and every day.  

When she skated at the Toronto Cricket and

Curling Club she got up at 4 a.m. in order to

complete her morning treatment before her

8 a.m. ice session.  After graduating from King

City Secondary School with honours, she went

on to Queen's University where she skated with

their figure skating team and competed against

other universities, eventually winning a Queen's

varsity letter.  

Debbie excelled in all that she did, giving her

utmost to everything she undertook, although

she was sometimes struggling to breathe.  She

told her parents she loved every facet of her life,

and she wouldn't change any part of it, and that

she appreciated every moment of it all the more

because she knew she would die young. She said

goodbye to us on November 7, 1994.  

She was 28 years old.

Debbie Adam Memorial

Each year, the Nobleton Skating Club presents an award to a Senior skater in memory of a former skater, Debbie Adam.  This special award is given to a Senior skater who exhibits spirit, dedication, determination, and other favourable qualities in their skating.  It is someone who is encouraging and helpful to others at our club.  Below is the story of Debbie Adam ...