JACKSON ULTIMA SKATES COMPANY PROFILE
Don Jackson, the 1962 World Figure Skating Champion has devoted his life to figure skating as a World Class Skater, Show Skater, highly regarded coach and a Global Ambassador to the sport. Don’s dedication to figure skating has been recognized by his induction in both the USFSA and Skate Canada. To learn more about Don’s legendary career, please visit: Jackson Family.
Inspired by his love for the sport and his key interest in product design, Don developed the first Jackson Figure Skate. In 1966, Don in partnership with his brother Bill founded Don Jackson Skate Products which they operated for 20 years as a family business. For a period, the Bauer Skate Company, the global leader in hockey skates, had an ownership interest in Jackson. Don Bauer, the son of the founder of Bauer Skates, worked with the Jackson brothers during this partnership period with Bauer Skate Company. The Bauer Skates interest was purchased back upon Mr. Bauer’s retirement in 1978 and the Company was once again wholly owned by the Jackson Brothers. In January 1986, Don Jackson Skate Products was acquired by Tournament Sports Marketing Inc. Tournament Sports led by Kim Bauer, the grandson of the founder of the Bauer Skate Company, and Wayne Schagena, following a 22 year career with the Bauer Skate Company. Mr. Schagena’s knowledge of the Jackson Skate business was a catalyst for the acquisition of Jackson Skates by Tournament Sports.
Tournament Sports is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with subsidiaries based in Dupont, Washington in the US, Tilburg in the Netherlands and Dongguan, China.
The Figure Skate Company
Jackson Ultima is a global leader in figure skate boots, blades and complete skates. Our expertise and passion for the sport is embodied in Jackson Ultima’s commitment to technology that enhances the performance of the world’s leading skaters. We also offer a complete range of recreational figure and leisure skates to enhance the pleasure and enjoyment of all skaters.
We design and build skates by consulting with skaters, coaches and skate technicians / skate specialty retailers. By accessing advanced materials and innovative design features our mission is to constantly evolve and enhance the performance of our equipment. Our organization has embraced the sport in supporting the figure skate industry.
The Jackson Finesse Series combines Jackson design with volume buying power to create exceptional consumer value in a recreational figure skate. Finesse Series includes SoftSkate by Jackson, a skate, inspired by our Softec brand, for incredible comfort. Jackson’s Fusion and Ascend Series are designed for the entry level competitive skater as well as recreational skaters that demand product excellence. The boot design draws on Jackson technology developed for our boot product line. Ultima blades from our Aspire Series are matched with the appropriate boot to create the PERFECT MATCH.
Welcome to comfort. The Softec Skate Program is engineered for comfort, warmth and durability. But it doesn’t stop there. These skates not only feel incredible, they look incredible. Softec offers men’s and women’s figure skates, leisure skates and our Tri-Grip Series and Vibe Adjustable skates for children. Softec, the industry leader in sport and figure style recreational skates.
Gam, a storied figure skate brand, originated in Montreal, Canada in 1990, offering performance figure skates over almost 30 years. Featuring Gam’s proprietary “Adapted Width” Fit (AWC), which provides a more relaxed fit that is ideal for recreational skaters. Particularly well suited for skaters with a flat foot, the design reduces side pressure and can readily accommodate most orthotics.