All-Event Tickets on Sale Now for the 2022 Skate Canada International

All event tickets for the 2022 Skate Canada International are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.ca.  

All-event tickets are priced at: P1: $300, P2: $200, P3: $160, P4: $125. All prices are in Canadian dollars, plus, applicable taxes and fees. 

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The 2022 Skate Canada International will take place in Mississauga, Ont., at Paramount Fine Foods Centre from October 28-30, 2022.  

Join us in Mississauga to cheer on Team Canada as they compete against the world’s best in skating! 

Canadian Joseph Phan Retires from Competitive Skating

OTTAWA, ON: Former junior national champion Joseph Phan, 20, Laval, Que., has decided to retire from competitive skating. Phan won two Canadian championships, novice in 2014 and junior in 2016. Phan competed on the senior circuit beginning in 2017 and most recently place fourth at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships just missing the podium by less than a point. 

“It has been the greatest honour to represent Canada over the years and those years have been extremely memorable. There has been so many ups and downs throughout my career, and I’ve been able to overcome them with my constant drive and determination but also with the help of so many people in my entourage,” said Phan. “I want to thank Skate Canada and Patinage Quebec for their outstanding support, all my coaches from age five to 20, who helped me develop not only as an athlete but also as a person. The biggest thank you to my parents who gave me everything I could possibly have. Through figure skating I have learned countless lessons and met amazing people that I will forever cherish.” 

Internationally Joseph garnered a silver (2017) and bronze (2018) medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit as well as a fourth-place finish in the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Phan’s last competition of his career was the 2022 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships where he fought hard and finished in ninth place.     

“Joseph is such an expressive and passionate skater when he is on the ice and that was showcased in his many competitive successes” said Mike Slipchuk, High Performance Director, Skate Canada. “Skate Canada is proud in the way Joseph represented his country and are excited to see what his future holds.”    

In the future Phan looks forward to staying in skating whether that be in coaching or participating in shows.  

Skate Canada Statement: National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

We encourage Skate Canada members to attend an event hosted by an Indigenous community, take time to learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Canada and to take action toward truth and reconciliation by learning about the Indigenous Long-Term Participant Development Pathway.

All-Event Tickets: 2022 Skate Canada International

OTTAWA, ON:  All-event tickets for the 2022 Skate Canada International will be available for pre-sale on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at 10:00 AM ET, and on sale to the public on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 10:00 AM ET. The 2022 Skate Canada International will take place in Mississauga, Ont., at Paramount Fine Foods Centre, from October 28-30, 2022.    

All-event tickets will be priced at: P1: $300, P2: $200, P3: $160, P4: $125. All prices are in Canadian dollars, plus, applicable taxes and fees. 

All-event ticket packages will include all competitions, Thursday practices, and the Exhibition Gala. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca. A maximum of eight tickets can be purchased per individual.  

The Super Fan Section is back this year! The Super Fan Section is a special section offered at events hosted by Skate Canada and is the most popular area for the most passionate skating fans. This section allows fans to be up close and personal to the action. Spectators in our Super Fan Section will receive a super fan bag which includes an event pin, souvenir program and branded blanket. The Super Fan Section is designated for all seats in P1.  

For fans looking to find that perfect seat, please be advised that the judges’ stand will be located between Aisle 18-22 and the Kiss & Cry is located between Aisle 1 and 26.

EVENT INFO 

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), France (Internationaux de France) and Japan (NHK Trophy). There will be two other Grand Prix events that have yet to be announced.  

Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pairs, and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final®. 

The inaugural Skate Canada International was first held in 1973, in Calgary, and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. In 2022, Mississauga will host the 48th installment of Skate Canada International.   

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Canadian Benoît Lavoie elected as ISU Vice President – Figure Skating

OTTAWA, ON: Canadian Benoît Lavoie has been elected as Vice President – Figure Skating of the International Skating Union (ISU). Since 2016, Lavoie has served as an ISU Council member. The elections took place at the ISU Congress in Phuket, Thailand.

“Skate Canada is extremely proud of the contributions Benoît has given to the sport and wish him success in his new role as ISU Vice President – Figure Skating,” said Karen Butcher, President, Skate Canada. “Over his career he has been an advocate for excellence, teamwork, diversity, and fair play in sport. The ISU and Member Federations have chosen a passionate individual in a key leadership role and we look forward to working with Benoît during his term to advance the sport.”

Native of Baie St-Paul, Que., Lavoie is a former President of Skate Canada. He was first elected to the Skate Canada Board in 1995 and served as President from 2006-2013 and as Vice President from 2001-2006. Lavoie is a long-time skating volunteer with over 40 years of experience and has dedicated numerous hours to the improvement of skating in Canada and around the world including playing a major part in the ISU judging system.

In addition, fellow Canadian Eric Radford has been selected as Chair of the Athletes Commission and elected to the ISU Council as the Athletes Commission Representative. Skate Canada would also like to congratulate Jae-Youl Kim, the new ISU President and Tron Espeli, who continues as ISU Vice President – Speed Skating.

Olympians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro Retire from Competitive Skating

OTTAWA, ON: Three-time Canadian pair champions Kirsten Moore-Towers, 29, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 30, Sarnia, Ont., have retired from competitive skating. The team began skating together in June 2014.

Moore-Towers and Marinaro won their first of five national championship medals in 2017 and would land on the podium at that event every year after (bronze 2017, bronze 2018, gold 2019-2022). They would go on to represent Canada at two Olympic Winter Games, placing 11th in 2018 and 10th in 2022.

“I am filled with gratitude for having been able to compete internationally for Canada for 13 years. My eternal thanks go to my family; their constant support and sacrifice allowed me to live my dream. Thanks to our support staff for keeping us together physically and mentally. To Pat Magee, especially, for working so hard for us from anywhere in the world. I am grateful for my past partners and coaches. Thanks, Dylan Moscovitch for carrying me, literally, through the first half of my career,” said Moore-Towers.

Moore-Towers continued, “There are not enough words to express my love and respect for the coaching team that saw us through to the end. Julie Marcotte, who is responsible for so much of our growth as people and athletes through the years. Mark Pillay, who started and ended the choreography of my pair career. Brian Shales, for his expertise and the fun lessons we had. Bruno Marcotte and Alison Purkiss, who see us as humans first and athletes second. My career has been more enjoyable and worthwhile with them as coaches and mentors. It has been the honour of my life to skate with Mike. I have no regrets and will cherish the memories forever”

“What an honour it has been to represent this amazing country and federation. It has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of my training and support staff throughout my career. I will do my best to pass on all the valuable skills and lessons each and every one of you have taught me,” said Marinaro. “None of this would have been possible without my parents.  I would like to thank them for their endless support and giving me the opportunity to chase my dreams. Lastly, thank you to Kirsten for sharing this amazing journey filled with a lifetime of memories. It was a blast.”

Together they won seven ISU Grand Prix medals and qualified for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in 2019 where they placed fifth. They picked up gold medals at both the 2019 Nebelhorn Trophy and at the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic. Moore-Towers and Marinaro represented Canada at four ISU World Figure Skating Championships placing in the top eight each time.

“Kirsten and Mike have had a fantastic career in pair skating. Their dedication and drive to advance pair skating in Canada has helped to inspire the next generation,” said Mike Slipchuk, High Performance Director, Skate Canada.  “Skate Canada wishes Kirsten and Mike the best in their future ventures.”

Moore-Towers and Marinaro both had international success with previous partners before teaming up in 2014.

Moore-Towers skated with Dylan Moscovitch from 2009-2014. They went on to become Canadian champions in 2011. Moore-Towers is a four-time Canadian pair champion in total across her two skating partnerships. They competed at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships three times together, with two fourth place finished in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, Moore-Towers and Moscovitch won the silver medal as part of figure skating team event at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and placed fifth in the pair event.

Marinaro skated with Margaret Purdy from 2007-2014. They saw success on the junior circuit winning three medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and placing fourth at ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in 2012. Marinaro and Purdy won silver at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2013.

Moore-Towers is relocating to Vancouver, she looks forward to sharing her love of skating in her new community and is excited to explore new roles within the figure skating community. She will continue to advocate for the mental health of athletes and will be cheering on the next generation of skaters from the stands.

Marinaro looks forward to staying involved in the sport and spreading his love and passion for figure skating.

Canadians Win Six Gold Medals at the ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition

OBERTSDORF, GERMANY: For the first time in three years skaters had the opportunity to compete at the ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition in Obertsdorf, Germany.  The event took place from May 23-28, 2022.

Since the ISU competition began in 2005, Canada has been well represented over the years by the number of competitors as well as in medals won.  This year the Canadian contingent was smaller than in past years with six athletes, but the results were impressive with Canada bringing home six gold medals. This competition included more than 350 skaters representing 28 ISU Members.

The following Canadian skaters took home medals in their respective categories:

Anne Rousseau and Sylvain Gagnon

Gold medalists:

Maureen Barnes – Bronze Women V Free Skating / Bronze Women V Artistic Free Skating

Tracey Parker – Bronze Women III Free Skating

Natasha Sopel – Masters Women II Free Skating / Masters Women II Artistic Free Skating

Anne Rousseau & Sylvain Rousseau – Adult Pairs Artistic

Other results:

Anne Rousseau – Bronze Women III Free Skating 6th / Bronze Women III Artistic Free Skating 4th

Anne Rousseau & Sylvain Rousseau – Bronze Pattern Dance 4th

Jonathan Keuhl – Silver Men II Free Skating 6th / Silver Men II Artistic Free Skating 5th

Over the five day competition, skaters competed in the following categories: Women and Men Free Skating, Women and Men Artistic Free Skating, Pairs Free Skating & Pairs Artistic Free Skating, Ice Dance – Pattern Dance, Rhythm Dance & Free Dance and Synchronized Skating.

The next adult ISU competition will be held in Ottawa, Ont., from September 21-24, 2022. The ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition will also return to Oberstdorf, Germany from May 15 – 20, 2023.

Information about the ISU Adult figure skating competitions: www.isu.org.

Media inquiries:
Diana Barkley
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604-614-6624

SKATE CANADA ANNOUNCES 2022-23 NEXTGEN TEAM

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada is proud to announce the 2022-2023 NextGen Team. The team is made up of 52 athletes, which includes 10 men, 14 women, four pair teams and 10 ice dance teams. 

The Skate Canada NextGen program was established in 2016 to support the operations of Skate Canada’s high-performance development system. The purpose of the program is to ensure athletes and coaches advance at their maximum potential through development and training opportunities, to become the best in the world.  

“These gifted skaters have been named to the 2022-23 NextGen Team based on their performances during the past skating season. We know the last years have been difficult due to the pandemic and we are encouraged by the dedication and talent in our upcoming athletes,” said André Bourgeois, NextGen Director, Skate Canada. “We look forward to continuing to work with athletes, coaches and sections to further advance the NextGen program.” 

The program is delivered in partnership with the skater’s respective Skate Canada Sections, Own The Podium, and the Canadian Sport Institutes. These skaters may be considered to represent Canada on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships® and other international competitions. 

 

MEN 

David Bondar, 15, Richmond Hill, Ont.  

Wesley Chiu, 17, Richmond, B.C. 

John Kim, 16, Mississauga, Ont.  

David Li, 15, Richmond, B.C.  

Grayson Long, 14, Toronto, Ont.  

Rio Morita, 17, Vaughan, Ont.  

Edward Nicholas Vasii, 15, Montreal, Que.   

Anthony Paradis, 15, Boisbriand, Que.  

Aleksa Rakic, 17, Burnaby, B.C.  

David Shteyngart, 16, Ottawa, Ont.   

 

WOMEN 

Abbie Baltzer, 14, Hamilton, Ont.  

Fiona Bombardier, 17, Newmarket, Ont.  

Michelle Deng, 16, Edmonton, Alta.  

Sara-Maude Dupuis, 17, Montreal, Que.  

Audréanne Foster, 17, Forestville, Que.  

Angelina Grant, 13, Edmonton, Alta.   

Lulu Lin, 12, Oakville, Ont.  

Justine Miclette, 15, Chambly, Que.  

Lia Pereira, 18, Milton, Ont.  

Resse Rose, 13, Ottawa, Ont.  

Kaiya Ruiter, 16, Calgary, Alta. 

Hetty Shi, 14, Mississauga, Ont.  

Rose Théroux, 15, Sorel, Que.  

Kara Yun, 13, Vancouver, B.C.  

 

PAIRS 

Ava Kemp, 14, Winnipeg, Man. and Yohnatan Elizarov, 18, Winnipeg, Man. 

Lilly Napier, 14, Ottawa, Ont. and Joshua Dore, 19, Ottawa, Ont.  

Chloe Panetta, 18, Laval, Que. and Kieran Thrasher, 18, Amherstburg, Ont.  

Ashlyn Schmitz, 16, Shellbrook, Sask. and Tristan Taylor, 20, Regina, Sask. 

 

ICE DANCE  

Nadiia Bashynska, 18, Ajax, Ont. and Peter Beaumont, 20, Ajax, Ont. 

Chaïma Ben Khelifa, 16, Laval, Que. and Everest Zhu, 19, Waterloo, Ont.  

Erica Estepa, 16, Brampton, Ont. and Nolen Hickey, 19, Brampton, Ont.  

Sandrine Gauthier, 18, Saint-Constant, Que. and Quentin Thieren, 18, Saint-Constant, Que. 

Emma Goodstadt, 17, Oakville, Ont. and Michael Barsoum, 17, Oakville, Ont. 

Kaitlyn Ho, 17, Airdrie, Alta. and Daniel Yu, 19, Calgary, Alta.  

Jordyn Lewis, 17, London, Ont. and Noah McMillan, 18, London, Ont.  

Dana Sabatini-Speciale, 16, Toronto, Ont. and Nicholas Buelow, 15, Barrie, ON 

Layla Veillon, 16, London, Ont. and Alexander Brandys, 17, London, Ont.  

Hailey Yu, 16, Burnaby, B.C. and Brendan Giang, 18, Burnaby, B.C. 

 

Skate Canada is aware that the pandemic has affected the development of skaters and the ability to train and compete. We will work with our sectional partners to monitor the development of those skaters in the coming months, a critical development period for skaters.  As a result of this additional monitoring, some skaters may be added to the 2022-23 NextGen Team at a later date. 

Skate Canada members honoured at 2022 Achievement Awards Banquet in Québec City

OTTAWA, ON: This past weekend, Skate Canada honoured 16 award winners during its annual Awards Banquet at the 2022 Ice Summit held in Québec City, Que. The awards were given out on Saturday, May 28 at the ExpoCité – Centre de Foires. 

The winners received their awards on Saturday night in front of a crowd of Canada’s top skating delegates. The evening was co-hosted by event announcers Monique Bujold and Martin Gaudreault. The awards were given out by Olympians Madeline Schizas, Keegan Messing, Laurence Fournier Beaudry, Nikolaj Soerensen and Les Suprêmes Captains Laurie Désilets and Marie-Eve Comtois.   

The Skate Canada Awards program honours dedicated members of the skating community who have donated their time to help contribute to improving the quality of skating in Canada. 

The 2021-2022 recipients were: 

National Club Coach Award
Tracey Zwiers 

National Competitive Coach/Choreographer Award 
Marilyn Langlois 

National Official Award
René Perron 

National Event Volunteer Award
Michael Pogue 

National Elizabeth Swan Memorial Award
Andrew Bosco   

Billie Mitchell Award
Janice Hunter 

Skate Canada also presents a volunteer award to one member of each of the Skate Canada sections. The following exceptional volunteers were awarded the 2021-2022 National Volunteer Award:  

British Columbia/Yukon Section
Joanne Nickel 

Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut Section
Robin Forsyth 

Saskatchewan Section
Terry Hadley-Cole 

Manitoba Section
Donna Yee 

Ontario Section
Tracy Pereira   

Québec Section
Hélène D’Amour 

New Brunswick Section
Annie Aube 

Nova Scotia Section
Melissa Robinson 

Newfoundland/Labrador Section
Lindsay Hillier 

Prince Edward Island Section
Cassandra Mosher-Gallant 

Skate Canada congratulates all award winners, nominees and countless invaluable volunteers! 

 

Skating Delegates Travel to Quebec City for 2022 Ice Summit

OTTAWA, ON: The Canadian skating community will be in Québec City, Que., this week for the 2022 Ice Summit. Skating leaders from across the country will meet up in Québec City for the three-day conference that will take place from May 25-28, 2022. The conference will consist of a wide range of opportunities for members at all levels within Skate Canada.

“We are elated to be celebrating this past year’s accomplishments in beautiful Québec City at the 2022 Ice Summit,” said Debra Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Skate Canada. “It is truly an exciting time when all levels of Skate Canada come together to support development of skating from the grassroots level to the Olympic stage. We are even more excited to be able to host this event in person as we build towards 2026.”

The theme of this year’s event is: Building Towards 2026. The 2022 Ice Summit package offers a broad spectrum of informative and interactive workshops specifically targeting coaches, choreographers, officials, clubs and skating schools, and Skate Canada sections. With over 20 workshops hosted by world-class experts and sports professionals, attendees will be able to select the workshops most relevant to their skating career.

The Ice Summit will welcome a fantastic group of presenters, keynote speakers and moderators. The conference offers a selection of off-ice and on-ice workshops, of which the on-ice portions will be taking place at the Centre de glaces Intact Assurance. This year’s keynote speakers are Olympian Rachel Flatt and former coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team Danièle Sauvageau. Our on-ice workshops feature top skaters, coaches and choreographers, including Keegan Messing, Ralph Burghart, Carol Lane, Julie Marcotte and others.

The Ice Summit will also host the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday. Members will again be able to participate remotely as the AGM and voting will be available via live stream.

The weekend will close out on Saturday evening with the annual Skate Canada Awards Banquet, where Skate Canada will celebrate success and honour the many accomplishments of key contributors in the skating community. The evening will be hosted by event announcers Monique Bujold and Martin Gaudreault.

Two-time National Champion Nam Nguyen Retires from Competitive Skating

OTTAWA, ON: Two-time national champion Nam Nguyen, 24, Richmond Hill, Ont., has announced his retirement from competitive skating. Nguyen has been a staple on the Canadian skating scene since he won the juvenile title in 2007. He would go on to win the national title at all levels – juvenile (2007), pre-novice (2008), novice (2009), junior (2011) and senior (2015 & 2019).

“It has been an honour representing Canada at the highest levels of our sport and I cannot thank Skate Canada enough, for all the trust and opportunities they have given my team and I over the years of my career,” said Nguyen. “I’ve learned so many valuable lessons throughout the years that I will take with me as I move on to the next chapter of my life.”

On the world stage Nguyen competed at numerous events with a crowning moment at the 2014 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships® when he took home the gold medal after winning both the short and free programs. Other notable finishes were a gold medal at the 2018 U.S. International Classic, silver at the 2019 Skate Canada International and bronze at the 2015 Skate America.

“Nam is a prime example of skating development in Canada finding success at every level of skating. We are very proud of Nam and his journey, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.” Mike Slipchuk, High Performance Director, Skate Canada

Nguyen will continue to work in skating as a coach to develop the next generation of skaters in Canada.

Skate Canada endorses Benoît Lavoie as International Skating Union Vice President – Figure Skating

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada has officially endorsed Benoît Lavoie’s candidacy for the position of Vice President – Figure Skating of the International Skating Union (ISU). Elections will take place at the 58th Ordinary ISU Congress 2022 which will be held in Phuket, Thailand from June 6-10, 2022.

Since 2016, Lavoie has served two terms as an ISU Council member. This understanding of the ISU and his up-to-date and profound technical knowledge stemming from being a competitive figure skater and as a current ISU Official (judge, referee and technical controller) are critical assets for the position. During his current ISU tenure, he has honored the rich traditions of figure skating while moving the organization forward with new ideas. An advocate for excellence, teamwork, diversity, and fair play in sport, Lavoie has been dedicated to listening and dialoguing with member federations to understand their reality and concerns.

Native of Baie St-Paul, Que., Lavoie is a former President of Skate Canada. He was first elected to the Skate Canada Board in 1995 and served as President from 2006-2013 and as Vice President from 2001-2006. Lavoie is a long-time skating volunteer with over 40 years of experience and has dedicated numerous hours to the improvement of skating in Canada and around the world including playing a major part in the ISU judging system.

Lavoie is a career civil servant with the Quebec Government, committing his work life to putting public interests first. Over his distinguished career he has focused on building corporate relationships including contract services to promote and assist in upgrading unemployable sectors of the population.

In 2018, he was named an honorary associate of Skate Canada and in 2013 he was honoured by the Governor General of Canada with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Skate Canada is proud to endorse Benoît Lavoie for ISU Vice President – Figure Skating.

Please take a moment to watch Benoît Lavoie discuss his vision for the sport in advance of the ISU Congress.