OTTAWA, ON: 2016 and 2019 Canadian Champion, Alaine Chartrand, 25, Prescott, Ont., has announced her retirement from competitive skating.
“Throughout the past two seasons, I strongly considered a return to competitive skating,” said Chartrand. “However, with the onset of the pandemic, creating a training plan, finding enough ice time, and making things work with my other commitments became more difficult and untenable. Following conversations with my support team and coaches, Gregor Filipowski and Tracey Wainman, I now feel confident that this is the right decision. I would like to thank Skate Canada for their support during my skating career as well as my personal development outside the sport.”
Chartrand is a five-time Canadian medallist and claimed her first Canadian title in 2016 and would go on to win one more in 2019.
“Alaine was such an exciting skater to watch each and every time she stepped onto the ice, and it was an honour to have had her compete for Canada,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Her drive and dedication to push herself on and off the ice is a testament to her personality and Skate Canada wishes her all the best in her future endeavours.”
On the ISU Grand Prix Circuit, Chartrand has competed 10 times, earning a bronze medal at the Rostelecom Cup in 2014. Over the course of her career, Chartrand has competed in three world championships and six ISU Four Continents Skating Championships, finishing in the top ten three times.
“Alaine has been an integral part of the success of Skate Canada through her many accomplishments from becoming a Canadian Champion to competing at the World Championships. Skate Canada is incredibly proud of the way Alaine has represented Canada and wish her nothing but the best,” said Mike Slipchuk, High Performance Director, Skate Canada.
Alaine continues to stay involved in skating with a focus on supporting the next generation of skaters both as a coach and skating fan.