For the first time, the sport of sled dog racing is represented in the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame thanks to the achievements of Dave Shaw from Lakewood. Sled dog racing requires tremendous dedication and very hard work in developing canines and Shaw has certainly filled that bill very nicely.
Before getting involved with sled dogs, Shaw was an auto racer for 10 years. However, he had always wanted to own one of the canines and in 1973 he purchased Netka, a white Malamute/wolf cross-breed and that led to a kennel of dogs that was operated by Shaw and his wife, Jan. Before he started racing his own dogs, Shaw worked at local races such as the Shriners Club, Wing Creek, Cockaigne, Allegany State Park and the Mayville Ice Festival. He also worked communications, photography and trail-keeping for the races at the Den Adelman's Club.