OTTAWA, ON: The 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championship will head to the west coast as Vancouver, B.C., will host the momentous championships at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from January 8-14, 2018. The 2018 event will serve as a qualification event for the team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea later that same year.
“Vancouver holds a special place in skating fans’ hearts. It is where we saw Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win the first ever Olympic gold for Canada in ice dance and the home province of so many great skaters,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “We are thankful for the support of our title partner, Canadian Tire. Their commitment to figure skating in Canada sets our skaters up for success domestically and internationally. We know Vancouver will be a fabulous host for this important championships. The dedication of the community, volunteers, and fans will be critical to the execution of the event and we are looking forward to a very exciting competition in Vancouver next January.”
The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
“Figure Skating was extremely successful here when we hosted the 2010 Olympic Games and we are so thrilled to bring another world-class skating competition back to Vancouver,” exclaimed Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver. “We have a rich history of hosting skating events and are sure that the 2018 National Championship will bring together our whole city in celebration once again.”
This will be Vancouver’s sixth time hosting the national championships. Most recently they hosted the event a decade ago in 2008. They also hosted in 1997, 1973, 1968 and 1951. The city has also hosted several international figure skating events: the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, 2001 & 1960 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the 1978 Skate Canada International.
“UBC is thrilled to host the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and we are confident that our 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy venue will be a spectacular theatre to showcase the sport to spectators and fans across the country. It is an honour to host such an vital event in the lead up to the 2018 Olympics, and together with our partners, UBC is ready to welcome Canada’s best athletes, their fans and all visitors to our beautiful city and campus.” – Kavie Toor – Senior Director, Facilities, Recreation and Sport Partnerships
Ticket information for the championships will be available shortly. Register at www.skatecanada.ca for ticket sale notifications.