By: Amy Rosewater Piper Gilles recalls many childhood moments with her mother, Bonnie, dressing up her and her twin sister, Alexe, in princess costumes and toting them to Disney on ice shows. Not surprisingly, the Gilles twins, now 22, went on to become skaters. Alexe indeed has become a skating princess, and Piper, is a […]
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By Debbi Wilkes Craig Buntin, Skate Canada International’s Athlete Ambassador, was 10 years old and had never been on a pair of skates when his family moved from Vancouver to Kelowna. He soon discovered that skating was BIG in Kelowna. The entire community and particularly all his classmates seemed to live and breathe hockey. Of […]
KELOWNA, B.C. – Halloween night at Skate Canada International. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje came dressed to the nines, in full splendid costume, and won the short dance by almost nine points. There was no trick or treat about it. For almost every element they received bonuses of +2 and regrettably, lost a point for […]
KELOWNA, B.C. – It didn’t take long. As soon as Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford took their final pose, the crowd stood up, cheering, weaving Canadian flags. Duhamel and Radford won the short program at the Skate Canada International with a season’s best of 72.70 points, about 7 ½ points more than Chinese skaters Sui […]
KELOWNA, B.C. – In Kelowna, where the Skate Canada International Grand Prix is being held this week, the hills are alive with music. The setting is stunning, with purple hills and citrine yellow trees. It all just makes you want to sing, right? Well, for the first time at Skate Canada, the audience at the […]
OTTAWA, ON: Many of the top figure skaters in the world will join Canada’s best for the 2014 Skate Canada International this week in Kelowna, B.C. The event takes place October 30-November 2, 2014, at Prospera Place. Canada will send an 18-member team, led by world medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in ice dance […]
Winter isn’t dreary in Canada any more, not with the new CanSkate program. In a frosty rink in Toronto, toddlers in jelly-bean coloured snowsuits and tiny skates zip around brightly hued pylons and cones, arms out to the side, eyes bright. It’s a hub of activity. They are like little bees zooming about the hive. […]
OTTAWA, ON: Injury has forced Coquitlam, B.C. native Kevin Reynolds, 24, to withdraw from the upcoming Skate Canada International event in his home province. The event takes place October 30 – November 2 at Prospera Place in Kelowna, B.C. Reynolds has struggled with injury and equipment issues for the past several months, and made the […]
CHICAGO – Vanessa Grenier of Sherbrooke, Que., and Maxime Deschamps of Loretteville, Que., produced a satisfying sixth place finish in pairs on Sunday in their senior Grand Prix debut at Skate America. Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov of Russia won the gold medal, Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier of the U.S. were second and Cheng […]
CHICAGO – World junior champion Nam Nguyen of Toronto landed a quadruple Salchow and two triple Axels to post a personal best score and win the bronze medal in men’s competition on Saturday night at Skate America. The competition is the opening stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit. Tatsuki Machida of Japan […]
OTTAWA, ON: The Ontario Government along with Skate Canada, Skate Ontario, and Canadian Tire activated an Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund grant today in Toronto, Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, has provided Skate Ontario with a $197,220 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund. This grant will produce CanSkate kits filled […]
OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send four entries, for a total of seven skaters to Skate America, the first event on this season’s ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The competition, which is the first of six ISU Senior Grand Prix stops, will be taking place at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates/Chicago, Illinois, from […]