(August 23, 2006)
Shae-Lynn Bourne is going home to skate in front of family and friends at a fundraising skating show for the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. The 30-year-old Bourne has not skated in Chatham for more than a decade and is very excited that for once her family and friends won’t need to travel to see her perform.
The event, called Shae-Lynn and Friends present Passion on Ice, will be held at the Thames Campus Arena Oct. 15 for two two-hour shows: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Canadian 2006 Olympic bronze medallist Jeffrey Buttle and Bourne's brother, Chris Bourne, are expected to take part, along with synchronized skating teams from Southwestern Ontario Skate Clubs, hometown “learn to skate” youth performers and 2001 silver medalist at the American Open Professional Figure Skating Championship Violetta Afanasieva and Pete Dack,.
General admission tickets are $25, with on-ice tickets priced at $100. For more information, call the foundation office 519-436-2538.
Bourne skated with Victor Kraatz from 1991 to 2003, and retired after winning the world title in 2003. It was the first World Championship title by a North American Ice Dance team. Bourne and Kraatz also won 1 Canadian Junior title, 10 Canadian titles, 2 Grand Prix Final titles, 3 Four Continents Cup titles, 4 World Bronze medals, 1 World Silver medal, and competed in 3 Olympic Games.
Bourne has been focusing on her professional singles skating career since the retirement of longtime partner Victor Kraatz, taking part in different skating shows.