(January 20, 2010) – Skate Canada and BMO gave out the second round of BMO Possibilities Awards on Sunday night at the John Labatt Centre in London.

BMO Possibilities Awards are given annually at the conclusion of the BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Each award consists of a $500 BMO training grant and a glass sculpture.

The BMO Possibilities Awards take into account some of the following criteria as evidenced during individual performances in any part of the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

  • personal best performance
  • performance given in the face of adversity
  • performance that made an impression in the minds of the spectators
  • performance that displayed new and creative skating talent and set new standards or established a new horizon

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch from Western Ontario performed perfectly in both their programs and left the crowd wanting to see more. They didn’t miss an element and for that reason were been awarded the BMO Possibilities Award.

Sometimes it is difficult to describe a wonderful performance but words like effortless, determined, in the moment and dazzling all come to mind.  All of these words describe the short program performance of Cynthia Phaneuf from the Quebec Section.  For this moment in time Cynthia received a BMO Possibilities Award.

On Friday afternoon the audience at the John Labatt Centre was on its feet cheering wildly for Karis Ralph and Asher Hill from Central Ontario.  The dance team had just finished their original dance with an astonishing performance.  It was done to a medley of African rhythms which had the audience dancing in the aisles.  Kharis and Asher brought a new level of excitement to the event and for this they received a BMO Possibilities award.

It was difficult to pick just one BMO Possibility Award from a field as deep in talent as in the men’s event.  It took a very special performance by Kevin Reynolds from British Columbia/ Yukon Territories. His performance included two different quadruple jumps and two triple axels, raising the bar for men’s skating in Canada, and for this he received a BMO Possibilities award.

Congratulations to all the award winners!

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