OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada announced today that its qualifying event for the national championships will be held for the first time in Montreal, Que. The 2015 Skate Canada Challenge will take place from December 3-7, 2014 at Sportplexe 4 Glaces Pierrefonds.
Over 500 of the finest skaters from across Canada will participate in the 2015 Skate Canada Challenge. Skaters qualify to compete through their respective sectional championships. For novice, junior and senior skaters, this is the only opportunity to qualify for the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, to be held in January 2015. The 2015 Canadian Pre-Novice Champions in men’s, women’s, pair and ice dance are determined at this event.
“We are excited to bring this competition to Montreal. It’s an opportunity to see how young skaters who began in our CanSkate program are now competing at such a high level. This event is such an important stepping stone for all of our competitive skaters striving to make that next step to the national championships,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “All of the components to host an event of this importance and magnitude are in place: a tremendous volunteer team, terrific hotels and a fabulous venue. We know it will be a wonderful experience for everyone.”
“It’s an honour for Montreal to host such a high calibre skating competition. In addition to allowing Montrealers to cheer on the best Canadian athletes in this discipline, the event will result in significant economic benefits for West Island businesses,” says Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montreal. “We are delighted that our dealings with Skate Canada to attract this event to Montreal have been successful.”
More than 550 hotel rooms are used for the event, which generates economic activity to the region. At the senior level, many members of Canada’s National Team often compete in the event, as well as the junior athletes who have competed internationally.