OSHAWA, Ont. (December 7, 2022) – Skate Canada is excited to announce that Olympians and three-time ice dance World medallists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje will be making their first appearance as Event Ambassadors at the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, taking place from January 9-15, 2023 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa, Ontario.
Two-time Canadian champion, Nam Nguyen, will also be on-site in Oshawa serving as In-Venue Host. After retiring earlier this summer, Nguyen will bring his expertise to the rink by interacting with athletes and fans alike during competition days.
Weaver and Poje’s role will see them promote the event and lend their personalities to public appearances, media interviews and in-venue activities. They will also be interacting with athletes and fans throughout the event.
“It is an honour to return to the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships this year as event ambassadors,” said Weaver. “I treasure every moment of our journey, from standing at centre ice, to now leading the standing ovation for the next generation of Canadian champions. I can’t wait to reconnect with fans who supported us through our career and new fans we have yet to meet.”
Following their retirement from figure skating in 2019, Weaver and Poje continue to skate together in Stars on Ice and other professional shows. Weaver is also known for her work in equality, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as a pioneer for queer athletes and representation in figure skating, while Poje has appeared in two seasons of “Battle of the Blades”. In 2021, Poje joined the coaching staff at Kelowna Skating Club and was recently appointed to Skate Canada’s Board of Directors as a Director-at-Large.
ABOUT THE 2023 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Athletes competing at the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships® 2023, the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships® 2023, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2023, the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships® 2023, and the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships® 2023.
Single-session tickets are still available and can be purchased at Tributecommunitiescentre.com. Ticket prices begin at $25 (plus applicable fees) and range per session.