OTTAWA, ON:  Injury has forced Coquitlam, B.C. native Kevin Reynolds, 24, to withdraw from the upcoming Skate Canada International event in his home province. The event takes place October 30 – November 2 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, B.C.

Reynolds has struggled with injury and equipment issues for the past several months, and made the difficult decision to withdraw today.  “As an athlete who takes pride in representing Canada on the world stage, I want to be able to show my best and compete at the highest level. My decision to withdraw only comes after I have given my everything in training to prepare for this event – pushing though pain and injury.”

The problems will also force Reynolds to withdraw from his other ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating assignment, NHK Trophy in Japan in late November. Reynolds hopes to be ready for the upcoming Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Kingston in January. “It is my intention to recover, and find a solution that will allow me to skate without pain, and compete at the national championships in Kingston. I would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult chapter in my career.”

Andrei Rogozine, 21, Newmarket, Ont., has been named to replace Reynolds in the event.