(July 3, 2008)

On June 26, the Skate Canada Senior National Team made their way to Toronto for the Pre-Season Camp that took place at the BMO Institute for Learning. The team gathered to prepare for the 2008-2009 skating season which will begin with Skate America in October.  

“It was an opportunity for the team to get together in a non competitive setting in preparation for the up coming season,” said Skate Canada Director High Performance Mike Slipchuk. “We are looking to build on the success of last season as we look forward to the Olympics in 2010.”

The 27 person team participated in two days of team building and insightful informational lectures from the Skate Canada Performance Enhancement Team. Members of the team are: physiotherapist Judith Proulx-Snedden, performance analysis Patricia Chafe, nutrition and dietician Melanie Olivier, Dr. Julia Alleyne and physiologist Greg Gannon and psychologist Judy Goss. Also, in attendance was Own the Podium’s Teresa Schlachter.

Thursday evening the team had dinner with members of the 1988 Skate Canada Olympic Team. Elizabeth Manley, Kurt Browning and Brian Orser all spoke about their experiences at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary.

During the two day camp, the team welcomed seven first-time Senior National Team members: Vaughn Chipeur, Kyra and Dylan Moscovitch and Allie-Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno and Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier.

Lauren Senft and Lesley Hawker were both present at the Thursday night dinner. The two ladies were honored as recently retired skaters. Christopher Mabee presented Lauren with a framed photo and said a few words, while Joannie Rochette presented Lesley with a framed photo and spoke on her behalf.

The second day of the camp started with an early morning photo shoot done by Stephan Potopnyk of Enlightened Images. The skaters took both individual and group shots by discipline. Artistry the Official Cosmetic and Skincare sponsor of Skate Canada was on hand to do make-up and hair. They also provided skaters with a creative workshop.

In the evening the team headed downtown to a Toronto Blue Jay’s game before they departed home Saturday morning.

The team hanging out
Scott Moir and Vaughn Chipeur
The team getting ready for a group shot
Joannie Rochette, Vaughn Chipeur and Patrick Chan
The 2008-2009 Senior National Team
The 2008-2009 Senior National Team
Joannie Rochette, Vaughn Chipeur and Patrick Chan
Tessa Virtue strikes a pose
Team Yellow
Team Red
Kaitlyn Weaver and Shawn Sawyer try to hula-hoop
Myriane Samson and Anabelle Langlois also try to hula-hoop
Craig Buntin
Bryce Davison takes one for the team
Dylan Moscovitch try to hit his mark
Team Red’s Chris Mabee
Chris Mabee and Vaughn Chipeur take first place with Team Red
Bryce Davison ready to play
Getting ready to leave for the Jay’s game
Meagan Duhamel and Paul Poirier
Mira Leung
Patrick Chan and Vaughn Chipeur
Meagan Duhamel, Paul Poirier and Shawn Sawyer

Photos by Vaughn Chipeur

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