Sonya Hanson

Sonya Hanson
Sonya Hanson
b. 1960

Speed Skating
Year Inducted

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame gained its second daughter-father combination when Sonya Hanson joined her father, Bob, who was inducted in 1983, as a 1991 inductee. Brad Rendell and Kay Gould had been the only previous daughter-father inductees, having been selected in the inaugural year of 1982. Hanson became the youngest inductee placed in the Hall, having been born in Jamestown on May 24, 1960. Her athletic career started at a very young age with her outstanding achievements in speed skating across the United States and in Canada.

As a five-year-old, she won the New York State Championship for the 5-and-Under division in 1966. Then in 1968, she tied for first place in the PeeWee division of the Lake Placid Hall of Fame Championships and won the Erie County Championships in Lancaster.

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