VANCOUVER, BC: Ten-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion and three-time Olympian Shae-Lynn Bourne will be this year’s Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Athlete Ambassador. Bourne will act as the Athlete Ambassador over the course of the week-long event held in Vancouver, B.C., 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.
“It is an honour and my pleasure to serve as the Athlete Ambassador for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and the Olympic team qualifier,” said Bourne. “I’m thrilled to support and witness Canada’s top skaters as they showcase their hard work and talent in their pursuit of excellence.”
Bourne began her ice dance partnership with Victor Kraatz in 1991 and the two would be unrivaled for many years. As ten-time Canadian Ice Dance Champions, Bourne and Kraatz became the first North American dance team to win the World Championships in 2003. Bourne is also a three-time Olympian, as well as having won six medals at the World Championships.
“We are honoured to have Shae-Lynn as our athlete ambassador for the national championships. She has won this event 10 times, which is a remarkable accomplishment. She knows firsthand the pressures of competition and will be a valuable asset to the entire Skate Canada team in Vancouver,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada.
Today, Bourne is a successful coach, choreographer, and performer. She has worked with many of Canada’s top skaters including choreographing for Joannie Rochette, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau, Alaine Chartrand, Kevin Reynolds and Nicolas Nadeau.
In her role as Athlete Ambassador, Bourne will handle speaking engagements, media interviews, make appearances on behalf of the competing athletes, and of course make time for her fans.
Single event ticket prices for the senior short programs are priced $30-$65. Prices for the senior free programs and gala are priced from $40-$75. Novice and junior tickets are $20 per day. All tickets are subject to applicable venue and Ticketmaster surcharges.
Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1-855-985-5000.
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.
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.