Dear members and registrants,
Recognizing the need to have open dialogues about race, to listen to the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC), and to keep our community engaged, Skate Canada is pleased to announce the first Talking About Race in Skating Panel on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7pm ET. This virtual panel will be available for all community members to watch and will be recorded for later viewing.
The virtual panel will feature BIPOC voices in skating discussing why talking about race will strengthen our community. The virtual panel will feature:
Uzoma Asagwara (they/their) – Asagwara will act as the moderator for the panel. They are a former basketball player with the University of Winnipeg and the Canadian National Basketball team. They are currently an elected MLA in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and a leading activist and voice for social justice.
Elladj Baldé (he/him) – Baldé was a member of the Canadian figure skating team from 2007 to 2018 and was the 2008 Canadian Junior Champion. He retired as a competitor in 2018. Baldé is founder of Skate Global, and co-founder and President of the Figure Skating Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (FSDIA).
Patrick Chan (he/him) – Chan is the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history with three Olympic medals, three world championship crowns, and 10 Canadian titles. He retired from the competitive sphere in 2018 and currently provides coaching and choreography services in the Vancouver area.
Vanessa James (she/her) – James is a French-Canadian pair skater. She has represented France at two Olympic Winter Games, most recently placing 5th in 2018. James is a Global Ambassador for the Figure Skating Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (FSDIA).
Andrea Satar (she/her) – Satar is an active member of the synchronized skating community for the last 20 years. From 2005-2007, she competed with Black Ice, one of Canada’s most decorated synchronized skating teams. She currently works in the finance industry and is also a Skate Canada coach and section volunteer.
Megan Wing (she/her) – Wing is an Olympic ice dancer and was prominent on the Canadian ice dance scene for more than a decade, finishing on the Canadian podium for ten consecutive years from 1997 to 2006. In 2006, she retired from competitive skating, and remains active in the sport as one of Canada’s top ice dance coaches.
During the premiere of the panel, the YouTube Q&A chat function will be available for viewers to join the conversation and representatives from Skate Canada’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group will be available to respond to written questions and comments.
Please save the date for Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7pm ET and join us on YouTube!
The 2020-21 season has been impacted by the global pandemic which has required Skate Canada to revisit the format of all competitions to ensure that the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers remain our utmost priority. With that, Skate Canada is pleased to announce the 2021 Skate Canada Cup.
As the stand-alone event referred to in our communication of September 10, the Skate Canada Cup will replace the pre-novice and novice competitions at the 2021 Skate Canada Challenge. The event will be held virtually allowing pre-novice and novice skaters from across the country to participate in a safe manner from their home sections. The format of the event will follow that of the 2021 Skate Canada Challenge. Sections will film competing skaters’ programs and will submit the videos to Skate Canada to be streamed in the traditional competition format with live remote judging. The deadline for video submissions is March 31, 2021.
The event date will be announced in the New Year and will be available to watch through Skate Canada’s Dailymotion streaming service.
“The addition of the pre-novice and novice competition will allow these athletes the chance to continue their development and goals for the season,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “We have made significant changes to our season this year and thank all those who have helped make it possible to keep our athletes on the ice competing in a safe manner.”
Circumstances around the country and the ability for sections to participate in this event are fluid. As such, Skate Canada will determine if this event will continue as planned, or if modifications or cancellation may be required, by February 1, 2021.
OTTAWA, ON: The media accreditation application for the 2021 Skate Canada Challenge is now open. Due to the global pandemic, Skate Canada Challenge will be a virtual event and we look forward to hosting media in a virtual setting for this year’s event. The event will take place January 8-10 and January 15-17, 2021.
All media must apply for virtual media accreditation through Skate Canada’s online form. The deadline to apply for accreditation is January 6, 2020.
Accreditation will be granted to professional media personnel only. Freelance media must provide a letter from the editor of the media outlet they are representing during the time of application. All applications are evaluated on an event-by-event basis and are subject to Skate Canada’s media accreditation guidelines.