"Every promoter has different ideas of what good skating is and how it should be judged," he said. "I tried to get the skaters together to find what are the rules we prefer, what is the judging going to be based on. Every promoter has an idea on how they want to run their competitions. But we want it to be right, so it is the skaters who know what they should be doing.
"We got into a meeting and were trying to come up with what develops the sport and is best for the sport and the skaters, and to make sure we know exactly what to expect when we go to a competition. The skaters were pretty excited about that."
However, Hamilton found it was hard to reach a consensus.
"They all have their own needs and schedules and external pressures," he said. "It takes the right situation and group of athletes all committed to the same goal."
And it takes time. It isn't likely to happen soon, and Dean understands that. But he thinks it will happen.
"We are silly if we can't come together as a group to be able to do that," Dean said. "I think we should consider it as part of the future and the heritage of what may go on from here . . . a legacy."