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Record sixth title for Duhamel and Radford, ninth Canadian crown for Chan

OTTAWA – Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Kaetlyn Osmond Patrick Chan and pairs skaters Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were crowned senior champions Saturday at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

In pairs, two-time world champions Duhamel and Radford, from Lively, Ont., and Balmertown, Ont., collected a pairs’ record sixth national title with 227.23 points. Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto were second at 208.24 and Kirsten-Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., third at 198.74.

‘’There were some small mistakes but it didn’t take away from the overall performance of the program,’’ said Radford. ‘’It’s actually the perfect kind of skate we want to have at this point in the season and especially after that rough skate at the Grand Prix Final (in December)’’.

In men’s competition, Chan, from Toronto, equalled the mark for most national titles with his ninth earning 296.86. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., was second at 255.77 and Nam Nguyen of Toronto third at 240.60.

In women’s competition, Osmond, fromMarystown, N.L., survived two falls to win the gold medal with 219.66 points. Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., took the silver with 211.09 and defending champion Alaine Chatrand of Prescott, Ont., was third at 182.07.

‘’I was so nervous,’’ said Osmond, with her third career national crown. ‘’I didn’t deliver the program that I wanted but I’m super happy with the result. This third win feels so much better. I may have taken the first two for granted. I’m going to enjoy this as much as I can and get ready for worlds.’’

In ice dancing, Virtue and Moir, from London, Ont., and Ilderton, Ont., dominated with 203.15. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., were second at 192.73 and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto third at 189.68.

‘’That was a big program for us,’’ said Moir, now with seven national titles with Virtue. ‘’It’s always special to get a Canadian title. Tessa and I were proud of both our performances here. It’s a huge step for us as we build for the world championships.’’

Full results: 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Results

National records for Osmond and Virtue/Moir at 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA – Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., and ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke Canadian records in their respective short programs Friday at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

In women’s competition, Osmond landed three triple jumps, including two in her opening combo, and earned a Canadian record 81.01 points. Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is second after collecting 75.04 and defending champion Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., is third 67.41 points.

‘’The crowd was phenomenal, I’m glad they enjoyed it as much as I did,’’ said Osmond. ‘’I was able to get a clean program and enjoy every moment of it. The short program is one that’s been given me confidence all season long.’’

In ice dancing, 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Scott of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., topped the field after the short dance with a Canadian record 84.36. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., are second at 78.92 just ahead of Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto in third at 78.15.

“Every competition is different and this is a special part of our journey because we decided to come back (to competition),” said Moir, who returned to competition this season with his partner after a two-year absence. “This is on our shoulders. We have a different perspective, but the pressure seems to be higher. But we kind of welcome that.”

In the pairs short, two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., tabulated 80.72. Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto are second at 72.19 and Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., are third at 70.69.

‘’This is a moment to savour for us,’’ said Duhamel. ‘’We came here to nail that short program and we did that. I was hoping to come here and find some balance with the program and I did.’’

In the men’s short program, eight-time Canadian champion Patrick Chan of Toronto is first at 91.50, Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., second at 81.76 and Elladj Baldé of Pierrefonds, Que., third at 77.45.

All four free skates are on Saturday.

Full results: 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Results

Decisive women’s junior win for Aurora Cotop at 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA – Aurora Cotop of Richmond Hill, Ont., won the women’s junior gold medal on Thursday at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

Cotop, the national novice champion last year, tabulated 163.11 points for the victory. Emily Bausback of Vancouver took the silver at 151.52 and Alison Schumacher of Windsor, Ont., was third at 150.17.

‘’Unbelievable,’’ said Cotop after her win. ‘’This season has been difficult for me with my performances. I have had trouble finding my knees. However, tonight I just didn’t worry about the placement and just showed everyone what I could do.’’

In men’s junior competition, Stephen Gogolev of Toronto won the gold medal with Conrad Orzel of Woodridge, Ont., second and Samuel Turcotte of Varennes, Que., third.

“In the beginning, it was a bit shaky,” said Gogolev, who fell on a triple during the first minute of his program. “Then, as I went through the first three jumps, I kind of got used to it and it got much easier later in the program.”

In junior pairs, Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., were the winners with 155.73. Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Lévis, Que., followed at 141.33 and Olivia Boys-Eddy and Mackenzie Boys-Eddy of Brampton, Ont., were third at 122.53.

‘’We still have things to work on but it feels pretty great to get the win,’’ said Walsh. ‘’We worked as a team and kept the performance sharp. We still have our sights on landing a triple twist in both the short and long programs and cracking 100 points for the free skate.’’

Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield Park, Que., won the junior ice dance title on Tuesday.

In novice competition, the champions were: Corey Circelli of Toronto in men’s singles, Catherine Carle of Milton, Ont., in women’s singles, Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell of Toronto in ice dancing and Chloé Panetta of Acton Vale, Que., and Steven Lapointe of Laval in pairs.

Senior competition gets underway Friday with the short programs in all four events.

Full results: 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Results

Lajoie and Lagha win first junior title at 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA – Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield Park, Que., won the junior ice dance title on Tuesday at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships being held this week at TD Place.

Lajoie and Lagha totalled 153.55 points with Ashlynne Stairs of Calgary and Lee Royer of St. Albert, Alta., second at 139.63 and Danielle Wu and Nik Mirzakhani of Burnaby, B.C., third at 133.98.

‘’This is a great accomplishment for us,’’ said Lajoie, who competed at the world junior championships last winter with her partner. ‘’We are super happy.’’

The couple, runners-up last year, are in their sixth season together.

‘’So far we’ve accomplished a lot in our career and we want to keep that progress going,’’ said Lagha.

Corey Circelli, Catherine Carle and ice dancers Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell all won novice titles on Tuesday

In men’s competition, Circelli, of Toronto, took the gold with 139.27 points. Dawson Nodwell of Calgary was second at 132.67 and Alistair Lam of Hamilton, Ont., was third at 127.75.

‘’It feels amazing to get the gold,’’ said Circelli, who also competed in the ice dancing event. ‘’I have trained so hard this year. It was very satisfying when I finished and it went so well.’’

In women’s competition, Carle, from Milton, Ont., earned 133.73 points for the victory. Emma Bulawka of Edmonton followed at 122.68 and Élodie Adsuar of Greenfield Park, Que., was third at 119.96.

‘’It feels good because all my hard work has paid off,’’ said Carle, the pre-novice national champion last year. ‘’I kept calm and kept training hard this season.’’

In ice dancing, D’Alessandro and Waddell, of Toronto, totalled 90.49 for top spot. Jade McCue and Gabriel Clemente of Brampton, Ont., had 80.48 for second and Jessica Lee-Behiel and Jackson Behiel of Calgary were third at 83.20.

‘’We had a lot of fun here,’’ said Waddell. ‘’Our goal was to win and we came out and did it.’’

The couple were pre-novice Canadian champions last winter.

‘’This season we worked a lot on our speed and going out there and having fun every day in practice,’’ added D’Alessandro.

Competition continues Wednesday with junior free skates and the novice pairs free skate. The senior competition gets underway Friday.

Full results: 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Results

Séguin & Bilodeau withdraw from the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Julianne Séguin, 20, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 23, Trois-Pistoles, Que., have withdrawn from the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships due to injury. They were scheduled to compete in the senior pair category.

“Julianne sustained a concussion for which she has been receiving care, and which has been improving.

She has been able to resume practices, but has not yet been cleared to return to full practices or competition. Her progress has been on track, and is expected to continue,” explained Dr. Tatiana Jevremovic, Skate Canada, Chief Medical Advisor.

Séguin sustained the concussion in late December. The team will still be in consideration for the 2017 ISU championships.

The Nation’s Top Skaters in Ottawa for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Canadian figure skaters will kick-off Ottawa’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday with the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The event will take place in Ottawa, Ontario at The Arena at TD Place from January 16-22, 2017. The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, pairs, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice.

“We are thrilled to be back in Ottawa for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The championships will kick off the yearlong celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and we are proud to be the first major sporting event to take place in Ottawa in 2017,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Fans in Ottawa will get to see the best skating our great nation has to offer and we hope the community will be inspired to embrace the joy of skating this winter.”

Ottawa hosted the very first National Skating Championships in 1914 as well as in 1922, 1925, 1929, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2014. The 2017 event will be 15th time that Ottawa will have hosted the largest gathering of Canadian skating talent.

“At Canadian Tire, we believe in the power of sport to unite families, communities and the nation,” said Allan MacDonald, President, Canadian Tire Retail. “We are proud to return to Ottawa as title sponsor of the National Skating Championships and to support Canada’s top skaters as they help inspire the next generation of young skating hopefuls.”

The week long competition will begin with the novice ice dance on Monday, January 16 and the senior events will begin on Friday, January 20. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Three-time world champion Patrick Chan will lead the excitement in the men’s category as he looks to claim his ninth Canadian title, which will see him tie the all-time record with Montgomery Wilson.

In the pair discipline, two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will look to capture their sixth consecutive Canadian title, while facing off against the youthful team of Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau who saw success on the international circuit this season.

In women’s, Alaine Chartrand will defend her 2016 Canadian title in front of a hometown crowd. She will be up against previous Canadian champions Gabrielle Daleman and Kaetlyn Osmond, who will both be looking to recapture the title.

In ice dance,  Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Canadian favourites, return to competition after a two season hiatus. They look to capture their seventh national title, but will face tough competition from two-time defending Canadian champions Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.

Fans will get to see emerging talent in the junior and novice categories earlier in the week as they look to make their mark on the national stage. For full entries and the event start orders please click here. In addition to the competing skaters, Kurt Browning, one of the most popular and charismatic figure skaters in Canadian history, is back with Skate Canada as the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships’ Athlete Ambassador. During the week of the championships, Browning will handle speaking engagements, media interviews, make appearances on behalf of the competing athletes, and of course, make time for his fans.

The Skate Canada School Program will add some extra enthusiasm to the rink. Approximately 800 Ottawa area kids from grades three to five will have the opportunity to participate in a free session to watch and learn about the sport during the senior practices on Thursday, January 19. This initiative is part of Skate Canada’s vision to help youth develop a love for skating and encourage them to get active at their local skating club.

A special ceremony to honour coach Richard Gauthier, one of the most respected pair coaches in the world for more than three decades, will take place on Sunday, January 22, in conjunction with the Gala. Gauthier will take his place in the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the professional discipline.

TICKETS Single event ticket prices for the senior short programs are priced at $25, $35 and $45. Prices for the senior free programs and gala are priced at $30, $40 and $50. All tickets are subject to applicable surcharges.

Tickets can be purchased online at TDPlace.ca, by phone at 1-877-489-2849 or 613-232-6767, or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.

 

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Media who have not already applied for accreditation are asked to contact Emma Bowie, Communications Manager. She will be the onsite media contact at the event and can be reached at 613-914-2607 or at [email protected]

Kurt Browning to act as Athlete Ambassador for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Four-time World Champion Kurt Browning, 50, of Caroline, Alberta is making his return to the competitive landscape, as the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Athlete Ambassador. Browning will represent his fellow athletes during the event by participating in public appearances, media interviews and in-venue fan activities.

The event will take place in Ottawa, Ontario at The Arena at TD Place from January 16-22, 2017. The championships will be the first sporting event in Ottawa’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

“I am excited to be back at the national championships and proud to represent the over 250 skaters that will compete during the week-long event. Having competed at these championships several times over my career I am well aware of the training it takes to make it and the pressure they will feel when they step onto the ice,” said Browning. “I am wishing every skater the best of luck and am honoured to represent them in my role as athlete ambassador.”

As an athlete, Browning has competed at the national championships in senior eight times. He medalled at seven of his appearances, winning four golds (1993, 1991, 1990, 1989) and three silver (1994, 1988, 1987) medals.

“We are delighted to have Kurt as our athlete ambassador. He brings a passionate energy everywhere he goes and we know the fans in Ottawa are going to get to experience his vigor during the championships,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada.

Browning was the first athlete ever to complete a quadruple jump in World competition, forever changing the face of men’s figure skating. His unparalleled success and style earned him legions of fans around the world and many honours, including the prestigious Order of Canada in 1989.

Browning will act as the Athlete Ambassador over the course of the seven-day championships in Ottawa.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets can be purchased online at TDPlace.ca, or by phone at 1-877-489-2849 or 613-232-6767 or in person at the box office at TD Place.

EVENT INFO

The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men’s, women’s, pairs, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Ottawa hosted the very first National Skating Championships in 1914 as well as in 1922, 1925, 1929, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2014. The 2017 event will be 15th time that Ottawa will have hosted the largest gathering of Canadian skating talent.

 

2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Single Event Tickets On Sale Wednesday

OTTAWA, ON: Single event tickets for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will go on sale on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (ET). The event will take place in Ottawa, Ontario at The Arena at TD Place from January 16-22, 2017. The championships will be the first sporting event in Ottawa’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Single event ticket prices for the senior short programs are priced at $25, $35 and $45. Prices for the senior free programs and gala are priced at $30, $40 and $50. All tickets are subject to applicable surcharges.

Tickets can be purchased online at TDPlace.ca, or by phone at 1-877-489-2849 or 613-232-6767 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.

EVENT INFO
The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men’s, women’s, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Ottawa hosted the very first National Skating Championships in 1914 as well as in 1922, 1925, 1929, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2014. The 2017 event will be 15th time that Ottawa will have hosted the largest gathering of Canadian skating talent.

Ottawa Area Skaters Audition for Flower Retriever Positions for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

TORONTO, ON: Skate Canada will hold flower retriever auditions for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships this Friday, October 14 at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex in Ottawa, Ontario.

Young skaters from the ages of nine to 13 applied through an online application process. Those who met the requirements were eligible for an audition. Fifty-six (56) children will be auditioning for a minimum of 18 spots.

Three judges will evaluate on-ice skating skills and suitability through a series of on-ice activities. Those selected will act as the official flower retrievers for the event, collecting stuffed animals and other items thrown onto the ice by fans after a skaters’ performance. For many this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with the world’s best figure skaters.

The 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will take place at the beginning of year at The Arena at TD Place in Ottawa, Ont., from January 16-22, 2017. The championships will be the first sporting event in Ottawa’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Media are invited to Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex to take in the process and speak with candidate flower retrievers.

Date Friday, October 14, 2016
Where Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Manley Rink

1490 Youville Dr
Orléans, Ont.

Time 11:00 a.m. to approximately 12:45 p.m. (ET)

As well, during that same day Skate Canada will also hold ceremony auditions with a group of teenagers aged 14-17, to determine the various participants to assist during victory and opening ceremonies as flag, flower and medal bearers.

TICKETS

All-event ticket packages for the championships will go sale this Friday, October 14. Fans will be able to choose from four levels of all-event ticket packages that are priced at $120, $160, $200, and $300, plus applicable surcharges. Tickets can be purchased online at TDPlace.ca, or by phone at 613-232-6767 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.

EVENT INFO

The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men’s, women’s, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Ottawa hosted the very first National Skating Championships in 1914 as well as in 1922, 1925, 1929, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2014. The 2017 event will be 15th time that Ottawa will have hosted the largest gathering of Canadian skating talent.

Ticket Information: 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Tickets for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will go on sale on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. (ET). The event will take place Ottawa, Ontario at The Arena at TD Place from January 16-22, 2017. The championships will be the first sporting event in Ottawa’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

All-Event ticket packages will include all senior competitions as well as all novice and junior events which will take place earlier in the week. This ultimate ticket package will allow fans to experience all levels of Canadian skating during the week long event. Fans will be able to choose from four levels of all-event ticket packages that are priced at $120, $160, $200, and $300, plus applicable surcharges.

New this year, the championships will have a Super Fan Section! This section includes the first three rows of the arena, allowing fans to be closest to the action. All fans purchasing tickets in this section will receive a deluxe super fan kit, which will include a special super fan name badge, Skate Canada scarf, hand held Canada flag and baseball-style cards featuring the National Team, all packaged together in a stylish reusable bag. All-event ticket packages in the Super Fan Section which includes the deluxe super fan kit are priced at $300, plus applicable surcharges.

Tickets can be purchased online at TDPlace.ca, or by phone at 613-232-6767 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.

The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men’s, women’s, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Ottawa hosted the very first National Skating Championships in 1914 as well as in 1922, 1925, 1929, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2014. The 2017 event will be 15th time that Ottawa will have hosted the largest gathering of Canadian skating talent.

Ottawa to Host Skate Canada’s 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada announced today that Ottawa, Ontario will be the host city for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships from January 16-22, 2017, at the TD Place Arena. The championships will be the first sporting event in Ottawa’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Canadian Tire national skating championships logo

“We are excited to be back in Ottawa for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. From our first championships in 1914 to our 100th anniversary of the event in 2014, Ottawa is a very special place for Canadian skating,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “We are proud to be able to kick-off the National Capital’s celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. Like past years, we know the support from the community, fans and volunteers will allow for another amazing event that will inspire Canadians to embrace the joy of skating.”

“At Canadian Tire and Jumpstart, we believe in the power of sport to change lives, bring communities together and inspire greatness – whether it’s a first pair of skates, supporting kids through our charity, or helping athletes from the playground to the podium,” said Landon French, President of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. “As title sponsor, we are proud to help bring this event to Ottawa and look forward to welcoming Canada’s top skaters again in 2017.”

The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men’s, women’s, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

“I want to congratulate Skate Canada on the selection of Ottawa as the host city for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships,” said the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “Our country’s top figure skaters will be sharpening their focus on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and our junior and novice figure skaters will benefit from—and be inspired by—sharing the same ice as their skating heroes. The Government of Canada is proud to support Skate Canada and our athletes who will be coming to these championships, especially as they will kick off Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.”

Ottawa hosted the very first National Skating Championships in 1914 as well as in 1922, 1925, 1929, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2014. The 2017 event will be 15th time that Ottawa will have hosted the largest gathering of Canadian skating talent. Canada’s capital has also played host to several other Skate Canada produced events, including Skate Canada International in 1976, 1981, 1993 and 2008, as well as the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in 1978 and 1984.

“I’m thrilled that Ottawa will once again be hosting the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, this time in 2017. This adds another marquee event to our already impressive list for 2017 and there are still more to come,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

“It’s a big win for Ottawa to be awarded the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in 2017. Events like this bring with them a significant boost for our local economy while helping to inspire our younger generation to pursue excellence in sports,” added Councillor Jody Mitic, Ottawa Sport Commissioner.

All-event ticket packages for the championships will go on sale later this year.

ABOUT SKATE CANADA

Skate Canada is the nation’s governing body for skating and dedicated to creating a nation of skaters both recreationally and competitively. At over 125 years old, it is the world’s oldest skating organization and Canada’s preeminent leader in skate training and education, providing high performance coaching and skating development education. Over 130,000 Canadians participate in Skate Canada educational programs each year.

Canada’s most successful governing sport body, Skate Canada athletes have won 25 Olympic medals and 32 world championships. Today’s Canadian world and Olympic medalists all began at one of our 1,200 local Skate Canada clubs or skating schools. Through our programs, more than 5,200 certified professional coaches encourage Canadians of all ages to skate together as a family, pursue competitive ice sports and enjoy an active lifestyle.

Skate Canada has a National Service Centre in Ottawa, marketing headquarters in Toronto and High Performance facilities in Toronto and Calgary.

 

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