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Chan’s 10th title caps a big night for veterans at 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

VANCOUVER – Three-time world champion Patrick Chan won a record 10th Canadian men’s singles title on Saturday to conclude the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir notched an eighth ice dancing crown and it was number-seven for Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford in pairs. Gabrielle Daleman celebrated her 20th birthday with the women’s title.

Chan placed first in both the short and long programs for 272.24 points. Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., took the silver at 259.25 and Nam Nguyen of Toronto was third at 258.16.

‘’I would have loved to have landed and nailed every single jump,’’ said Chan. ‘’But I did what I had to do. I had a lot of my own demons to battle and I was able to accomplish a big goal and a big step forward.’’

Messing said he was charged up after Elladj Baldé’s stirring performance just before him. Baldé was fourth.

‘’This means everything to me,’’ said Messing. ‘’Every day of hard work, every day I didn’t want to skate that I pushed through. I took every hard fall and kept pushing my body what I felt like was extreme.

‘’I did it.’’

Nguyen produced the second best free skate of the night to move from fifth.

‘’Today was really special for me’’ he said. ‘’I felt relieved after skating. It’s been a tough year. It’s kind of taken it’s toll on me and it’s been hard to skate through those hard days.’’

Duhamel and Radford won the pairs event with 234.55 returning to their Adele soundtrack from two years ago.  Julianne Séguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., followed at 213.00 and Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont. were third at 209.85.

‘’The short and long programs we did here are two of the best we’ve done in a long time,’’ said Duhamel, from Lively, Ont. ‘’But we’re still fine-tuning what we need to do for the Olympics. We’re in a good place. We feel more confident than we have throughout the season.’’

Séguin and Bilodeau missed last year’s nationals due to injury. They also produced their best performance of the season.

‘’We were second two years ago so we’re really happy to get back to that position,’’ said Bilodeau. ‘’What happened last year helped us so much today. We’ve learned a lot from all the things we dealt with.’’

After a slow start, Moore-Towers and Marinaro soared to the finish to maintain third position.

‘’It started out a little rough,’’ said Moore-Towers. ‘’Our jump series was not very good at all. Personally I’m much more comfortable with the second half of our program. When we get to that death spiral in the middle we can kind of breathe, take it down and segue-way into our last half.’’

In ice dancing, Virtue and Moir totalled a whopping 209.82 points. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto hung on to second spot at 192.08 while Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., climbed to the all important third spot at 191.09.

‘’We were trying to feel the program rather than approach it so technically,’’ said Virtue, from London, Ont. ‘’Most of the season we were trying to squeeze every point out and sometimes that can be all consuming.’’

‘’What a great set-up for the Olympic Games,’’ added Moir, from Ilderton, Ont. ‘’It’s a similar feeling because you got so much pressure. This was a big moment for Tessa and I. We got a lot of support from the Canadian fans and we wanted to make sure we had good performances.’’

A gutsy decision to change their free skate for the nationals paid off for Gilles and Poirier.

‘’It was a bit scary to do a new program at this point in the season,’’ said Poirier. ‘’We’ve had our fair share of doubts throughout the last month. We had to go into this competition confident with what we were doing.’’

A major mistake in the short program had shockingly put Weaver and Poje in fourth heading into the free dance. They received an emotional lift right from their introduction.

‘’We know we have the support from the crowd but it was special today,’’ said Poje. ‘’It created a special moment that we definitely will never forget.’’

In women’s competition, Daleman produced a flawless performance for gold with 229.78. Defending champion Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., took the silver at 218.73.

‘’After I skated that program I couldn’t be more proud of myself,’’ said Daleman. ‘’I’ve had ups and downs through the entire year. This is the way to start 20.’’

Osmond made two jumping errors in her Black Swan routine.

‘’I made silly mistakes again,’’ she said. ‘’It’s probably the most flips I’ve missed in one event so that’s a little frustrating. Still I feel I’m on the right path and I’ll be ready for the Olympics.’’

Larkyn Austman of Coquitlam, B.C., had the skate of her life to climb from sixth to third at 169.62, a performance which may send her to the Olympics next month.

‘’It hasn’t totally hit me yet,’’ she said. ‘’I was just so happy to show what I could do and even prove to myself that I could go out there under incredible pressure and still do what I know I can do.’’

The event was also a qualification for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The Canadian Olympic Committee and Skate Canada will announce the Canadian figure skating team nominated to compete at the Games on Sunday (January 14) at 11 a.m. (Pacific) at the The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre in Vancouver.

Battle lines drawn for free skates at 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

VANCOUVER – Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, pairs Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Gabrielle Daleman and Patrick Chan are the leaders after Friday’s short programs at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

The event also serves as a qualification event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

World champions Virtue and Moir once again brought the house down with their rock flavored rhumba number to build a solid first place lead with 85.12 points. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto are second at 78.37 and Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver are an unexpected third at 70.97.

‘’We had to fight for it,’’ said Virtue, from London, Ont. ‘’The elements didn’t come easily. It’s a testament to our training that we were able to maintain our composure and execute as well as we did.’’

Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., says their familiarity with one another kicked in.

‘’I felt the same as Tessa,’’ he said. ‘’What kept us together were our cues and being so connected. You want those gritty performances going into an Olympic Games.’’

Gilles and Poirier wanted to produce a cleaner skate than in their last outing at Skate America in November.

‘’We just wanted to come out this time and just enjoy performing it,’’ said Poirier. ‘’That’s what is really going to make this program work.’’

Medal favorites Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., are fourth at 70.31, Poje made a major error when he stumbled executing a twizzle.

‘’It was kind of deflating,’’ said Poje. ‘’But we are going to treat it as a learning experience and as a jumping off point to come out really strong in the free dance.’’

In women’s competition, Daleman produced a sterling short program which earned her an instant standing ovation for 77.88 points. Defending champion Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., fell on her opening combo and follows at 71.41.

Osmond and Daleman were silver and bronze medallist at the world championships last season and are way ahead of the rest of the field.

Daleman showed no signs she was suffering from pneumonia. She skated with amazing speed going into her opening combo and was perfect on her triple Lutz and double Axel.

‘’If I can do this feeling this crappy, then I can do anything,’’ said Daleman, who turns 20 on Saturday. ‘’I’m just so happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better short program and I’m really excited.’’

Osmond fell on her opening triple toe to botch the combo. However she did her triple Lutz in combination with a double toe.

‘’I’m not overly pleased with it,’’ said Osmond. ‘’I haven’t messed up my toe in the last couple of years so that was frustrating. I was happy I was able to comeback from the fall and focus for the rest of the program.’’

Sarah Tamura of Burnaby, B.C., is currently third at 54.34 but less than three points separates 10th from third.

In pairs, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford built an impressive lead in their flawless short program totalling 81.78. Julianne Séguin of Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau of Trois-Pistoles, Que., are second at 68.51 just ahead of Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., at 68.28.

‘’Overall it was a heartfelt performance,’’ said Duhamel. ‘’We couldn’t have asked for a better emotional interpretation and it was the best we’ve done it this year especially with the stress involved.’’

Séguin fell on the side-by-side jump but that didn’t deter either skater.

‘’This was the first time this year where we were really enjoying the program,’’ said Bilodeau. ‘’In the past competitions we had some problems with the energy so the changes we made for here really worked out.’’

Moore-Towers and Marinaro were also pleased.

‘’We knew this competition would go down to the long program,’’ said Moore-Towers. ‘’We were able to stay in our moment.’’
In men’s competition, Patrick Chan, vying for a record 10th national title, overcame a fall on the quad to stand first with 90.98 points. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., follows at 86.20 and Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., is third at 85.65.

‘’The quad didn’t have as much height and lightness,’’ said Chan, a three-time world champion. “It was a bit of a shock but I got up and recovered nicely. There were nerves but that’s when I can look back on my experience.’’
Reynolds opened with a triple-triple combo and landed a toe quad later in the program as well.

‘’The program was a huge improvement for me and I was really happy with the scores,’’ said Reynolds. ‘’I worked very hard to improve my skating skills and getting those levels. To see that in the marks today I was very pleased.’’

Messing also opened with a triple-triple rather than the planned quad-triple combo.

‘’The skate was great,’’ said Messing. ‘’I wish I had all the technical but I was able to fight through the program and put up as many points as I could. After the mistake, I just wanted to perform for the crowd and give it everything I got.’’

On Thursday night, Olivia Gran of Kelowna, B.C. won the gold medal in junior women’s competition. Sarah-Maude Blanchard of Sherbrooke, Que., took silver just a little over a point behind the winner and Victoria Bocknek of Richmond Hill, Ont., was third.

‘’I had a good morning practice and I was really pumped for the free skate,’’ said Gran. ‘’I wanted to carry that into the program today. It was great to have my family here to watch me compete.’’

Competition ends Saturday with the free skates.

Photo Credit: Greg Kolz/Skate Canada

Matte and Ferland reach the top at 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

VANCOUVER – Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of St-Romuald, Que., improved by one spot in junior pairs and it was worth gold on Wednesday at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

Matte and Ferland, top-10 finishers at the world juniors last season, totalled 139.87 points placing first in both the short and long programs.

‘’We’re proud, we worked really hard for this,’’ said Ferland. “We were really aiming for first place after being runner-up last year. We had some little errors and could have done better but there was more pressure than usual.’’

They withstood a strong challenge from Patricia Andrew of London, Ont., and Paxton Knott of Rodney, Ont., second at 131.27 while Gabrielle Levesque of Bridgewater, N.S. and Pier-Alexandre Hudon of St-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Que., were third at 130.94.

In junior men’s competition, Matthew Markell of Prescott, Ont., roared from fourth after the short program to gold with 181.41 points. Corey Circelli of Toronto followed at 176.66 and Zoé Duval-Yergeau of Repentigny, Que., was third at 170.58.

‘’It’s been a pretty tough year with training but in the last three weeks I’ve been able to pull it together,’’ said Markell. ‘’I’ve never felt better coming into a competition and to win is insane.’’

The novice competition was completed as Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Brandon Toste of Mississauga, Ont., won the gold medal in pairs with a Canadian record 120.24 points.

‘’It feels great,’’ said Toste. ‘’When we finished our program we felt so happy. There was a mistake on one element but we overcame that to finish strong.’’

Marine Pouliot of Lorraine, Que., and Alexandre Simard of Riviere-Ouelle, Que., were second at 110.12 and Camille Perreault of Orford, Que., and Bryan Pierro of St-Hubert, Que., were third at 107.11.

In the junior women’s short program, Sarah-Maude Blanchard of Sherbrooke, Que., leads with Olivia Gran of Kelowna, B.C., second and Alison Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., third. The free skate is Thursday.

The senior events, which serve as a qualification for the team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, are on Friday and Saturday.

Full results: 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

First winners crowned at 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

VANCOUVER – Four champions were crowned on Tuesday at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships being held this week at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

In junior ice dancing, Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield Park, Que., were first with 154.40 points. Earlier this season they won their first ISU Junior Grand Prix event.

‘’We were in the moment,’’ said Lajoie. ‘’We did what we were suppose to do and what we did in practice.’’

Olivia McIsaac of Burlington, Ont., and Elliott Graham of Angus, Ont., were second at 137.56 and Ashlynne Stairs of Burnaby, B.C., and Lee Royer of St. Albert, Alta., third at 134.51.

The other three winners were in novice competition.

Alec Guinzbourg of Kingston, Ont. took the men’s singles title, Amelia Orzel, of Woodbridge Ont., was first in women’s singles and Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Unionville, Ont., topped the ice dance field.

‘’I think it went really well,’’ said Guinzbourg. ‘’I was a little bit shaky at the beginning but when I did my first jump I felt calmer.’’

Orzel didn’t let nerves get the best of her.

‘’I’m more than ecstatic, I’m over the moon,’’ said Orzel. ‘’It’s like a dream. My skate went really good. I wasn’t only focusing on the jumps but also focusing on having a lot of fun. I’ve been struggling with my second mark a lot so I tried to let it go.’’

Bashynska and Beaumont extended their success into the new year.

‘’It feels amazing to be here,’’ said Beaumont. ‘’We were happy to make it to nationals and to actually win it – we couldn’t ask for more.’’

In the novice pairs short program, Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Brandon Toste of Mississauga, Ont., are first. In the junior short program Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Levis, Que., hold top spot.

Competition continues Wednesday with the free programs in novice pairs, junior pairs and junior men. The junior women’s free is Thursday. The senior events, which serve as a qualification for the team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, are on Friday and Saturday.

Full results: 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

Shae-Lynn Bourne to act as Athlete Ambassador for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

VANCOUVER, BC: Ten-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion and three-time Olympian Shae-Lynn Bourne will be this year’s Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Athlete Ambassador. Bourne will act as the Athlete Ambassador over the course of the week-long event held in Vancouver, B.C., at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from January 8-14, 2018. The 2018 event will serve as a qualification event for the team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea later that same year.

“It is an honour and my pleasure to serve as the Athlete Ambassador for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and the Olympic team qualifier,” said Bourne. “I’m thrilled to support and witness Canada’s top skaters as they showcase their hard work and talent in their pursuit of excellence.”

Bourne began her ice dance partnership with Victor Kraatz in 1991 and the two would be unrivaled for many years. As ten-time Canadian Ice Dance Champions, Bourne and Kraatz became the first North American dance team to win the World Championships in 2003. Bourne is also a three-time Olympian, as well as having won six medals at the World Championships.

“We are honoured to have Shae-Lynn as our athlete ambassador for the national championships. She has won this event 10 times, which is a remarkable accomplishment. She knows firsthand the pressures of competition and will be a valuable asset to the entire Skate Canada team in Vancouver,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada.

Today, Bourne is a successful coach, choreographer, and performer. She has worked with many of Canada’s top skaters including choreographing for Joannie Rochette, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau, Alaine Chartrand, Kevin Reynolds and Nicolas Nadeau.

In her role as Athlete Ambassador, Bourne will handle speaking engagements, media interviews, make appearances on behalf of the competing athletes, and of course make time for her fans.

TICKETS
Single event ticket prices for the senior short programs are priced $30-$65. Prices for the senior free programs and gala are priced from $40-$75. Novice and junior tickets are $20 per day. All tickets are subject to applicable venue and Ticketmaster surcharges.

Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

EVENT INFO

The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, 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 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

This will be Vancouver’s sixth time hosting the national championships. Most recently they hosted the event a decade ago in 2008. They also hosted in 1997, 1973, 1968 and 1951. The city has also hosted several international figure skating events: the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, 2001 & 1960 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the 1978 Skate Canada International.

 

Canada’s best skaters headed to Vancouver for the 2018 Canadian Tire Nationals Skating Championships

VANCOUVER, BC: The nation’s best figure skaters are headed to Vancouver, B.C., for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The week-long championships held at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from January 8-14, 2018 will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, pairs, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. The 2018 event will serve as a qualification event for the team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Skate Canada is proud to be sending the biggest figure skating team in the world to the Games in February.

“The Canadian Tire National Skating Championships is the pinnacle event on the Canadian skating calendar and this year at our 104th anniversary of the championships it will prove to be a momentous edition as our senior skaters look to qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “We hope that all Canadians from coast to coast to coast feel the moment created by moving performances and are inspired to embrace the joy of skating.”

The pre-eminent all-Canadian competition will begin with the novice ice dance on Monday, January 8 and the senior events will begin on Friday, January 12. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

The senior events will be the highlight of the week as Canada’s top skaters look to solidify their place in the history books. Patrick Chan will vie for his 10th Canadian title; if achieved, he will hold the all-time record. He is currently tied with Montgomery Wilson with nine titles each. Two-time World Pair Champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will look to capture their seventh consecutive Canadian title. They hold the record for senior Canadian pair titles. In women’s, world silver medallist Kaetlyn Osmond will defend her 2017 Canadian crown in search of her fourth title. She will be chased by world bronze medalist Gabrielle Daleman. Three-time Ice Dance World Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir look to capture their eighth national title.

TSN, CTV and RDS will host live primetime coverage of the event, starting on Friday, January 12, 2018. Brian Williams once again hosts CTV and TSN’s coverage of the championships, bringing his extensive experience covering the Olympic Winter Games and Canadian and World Figure Skating Championships. Williams is joined by Rod Black, the voice of figure skating in Canada, in the broadcast booth alongside analyst Tracy Wilson, a seven-time Canadian ice dance champion and reporter Sara Orlesky will take fans rinkside and backstage. For a complete broadcast schedule, please click here.

The junior and novice categories earlier in the week will showcase emerging talent as they look to make their mark on the national stage. All novice and junior competition, and select senior events, will be live streamed on the Skate Canada Dailymotion page. For full entries and the event start orders please click here.

The morning of Sunday, January 14, 2018 the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Skate Canada will name the 17 athletes selected to represent Team Canada in figure skating at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Off the ice, ten-time Canadian Ice Dance Champion and three-time Olympian Shae-Lynn Bourne will return to the event but this time as the Athlete Ambassador. During the week of the championships, Bourne will handle speaking engagements, media interviews, make appearances on behalf of the competing athletes, and of course, make time for her fans.

Skating fans on Sunday, January 14 will witness history as Sarah Kawahara and Ron Vincent officially enter the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. Kawahara, known for her innovative and artistic choreographic touch, enters in the professional category. Vincent, who spent a lifetime making a tremendous impact in figure skating as an athlete, performer, coach, administrator and artistic director, enters in the builder category. The ceremonies will take place in conjunction with the Gala.

Single event ticket prices for the senior short programs are priced $30-$65. Prices for the senior free programs and gala are priced from $40-$75. Novice and junior tickets are $20 per day. All tickets are subject to applicable venue and Ticketmaster surcharges. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

This will be Vancouver’s sixth time hosting the national championships. Most recently they hosted the event a decade ago in 2008. They also hosted in 1997, 1973, 1968 and 1951. The city has also hosted several international figure skating events: the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, 2001 & 1960 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the 1978 Skate Canada International.

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].

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Province of B.C. supports the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

VANCOUVER – The Province of B.C. is investing $110,000 in the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, announced the Honourable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Ranked as a qualifier event to join Canada’s team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, the national skating championships will take place at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from January 8 -14, 2018.  The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. The event will be broadcast live by CTV which will draw viewers from across the country to Vancouver.  The anticipated economic activity generated by the competition is $6 million.

“Government’s support of the competition will help market the event and showcase Vancouver’s world-class sport facilities,” said Lisa Beare, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture.  “Events like the Canadian Tire National Skating Championship help support a thriving tourism sector that supports nearly 19,000 businesses and 127,700 employees in the province.”  I wish the athletes the best and I hope they have an opportunity to explore our beautiful province during their visit.”

“Skate Canada is honoured to be hosting the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in British Columbia.” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Vancouver is a wonderful city with a tremendous skating history, and we are confident that they will be gracious hosts and produce an outstanding event. We commend the Government of British Columbia for helping us achieve our vison of inspiring all Canadians to embrace the joy of skating.”

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture awarded the event $100,000 through the Tourism Events Program in addition to $10,000 from Hosting BC though ViaSport. The Tourism Events Program supports events that raise awareness nationally and internationally of British Columbia’s tourism experiences and motivates Canadians and people from other countries to travel and experience British Columbia. The program also supports events that generate tourism and economic activity in communities and regions across the province. The Province of BC invests and funds event hosting through the Hosting BC grant program to facilitate economic and community development brought forth through notable sporting events.

Quick Facts:

  • In addition to the funding announced today, the Government of B.C. invests approximately $50 million in sport and over $110 million in the tourism sector annually.
  • In 2016, 5.5 million international visitors came to B.C. – a 12.3% increase (605,198 more visitors) compared to 2015.
  • In 2015, the tourism industry generated $15.7 billion in revenues with a direct contribution to B.C.’s gross domestic product of $7.4 billion.

Learn More:

Tourism Events Program:
http://www.destinationbc.ca/BC-Tourism-Industry/Municipal-and-Regional-District-Tax-Program/Tourism-Events-Program.aspx

ViaSport:
http://www.viasport.ca/

Media Contact:
Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
250-893-4449

Single Session Tickets Info: 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

Vancouver, BC: Single Session Tickets for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will go on sale on Wednesday, November 8 at 10 a.m. PST. The event will take place in Vancouver, B.C., at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from January 8-14, 2018. The 2018 event will serve as a qualification event for the team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea later that same year.

TICKETS
Single event ticket prices for the senior short programs are priced $30-$65. Prices for the senior free programs and gala are priced from $39.99-$75. Novice and junior tickets are $19.99 per day. All tickets are subject to applicable venue and Ticketmaster surcharges.

The Super Fan Section is sold out, however, fans not seated in the Super Fan Section may purchase the Super Fan Bag for an additional $60 each, plus applicable surcharges until November 12.

Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

EVENT INFO
The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, 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 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

This will be Vancouver’s sixth time hosting the national championships. Most recently they hosted the event a decade ago in 2008. They also hosted in 1997, 1973, 1968 and 1951. The city has also hosted several international figure skating events: the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, 2001 & 1960 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the 1978 Skate Canada International.

All-Event Tickets On Sale Now : 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

VANCOUVER, BC: All-event tickets for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships go on sale on Thursday, June 22, at 10:00 a.m. (PT). The event will take place in Vancouver, B.C., at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from January 8-14, 2018. The 2018 event will serve as a qualification event for the team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea later that same year.

All-Event ticket packages will include all competitions in novice, junior and senior and the exhibition gala, as well as all practices. Fans will be able to choose from four levels of all-event ticket packages that are priced at $140, $175, $210, and $310, plus applicable surcharges. Fans may also save up to 30% at select Vancouver hotels with code that appears after every online ticket purchase.

Join our exclusive mailing list to receive pre-sale information!

Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

SUPER FAN SECTION
The Super Fan Section is back! 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 Canada flag, event pin, event program and stylish bag. All-event ticket packages in the Super Fan Section, which includes the super fan bag, are priced at $310, plus applicable surcharges.

Fans not seated in the Super Fan Section may purchase the Super Fan Bag for an additional $60 each, plus applicable surcharges.

EVENT INFO
The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, 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 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

This will be Vancouver’s sixth time hosting the national championships. Most recently they hosted the event a decade ago in 2008. They also hosted in 1997, 1973, 1968 and 1951. The city has also hosted several international figure skating events: the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, 2001 & 1960 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the 1978 Skate Canada International.

Vancouver to host 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: The 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championship will head to the west coast as Vancouver, B.C., will host the momentous championships at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from January 8-14, 2018. The 2018 event will serve as a qualification event for the team that will compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea later that same year.

“Vancouver holds a special place in skating fans’ hearts. It is where we saw Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win the first ever Olympic gold for Canada in ice dance and the home province of so many great skaters,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “We are thankful for the support of our title partner, Canadian Tire. Their commitment to figure skating in Canada sets our skaters up for success domestically and internationally. We know Vancouver will be a fabulous host for this important championships. The dedication of the community, volunteers, and fans will be critical to the execution of the event and we are looking forward to a very exciting competition in Vancouver next January.”

The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, 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 2018 Olympic Winter Games, 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2018 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

“Figure Skating was extremely successful here when we hosted the 2010 Olympic Games and we are so thrilled to bring another world-class skating competition back to Vancouver,” exclaimed Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver. “We have a rich history of hosting skating events and are sure that the 2018 National Championship will bring together our whole city in celebration once again.”

This will be Vancouver’s sixth time hosting the national championships. Most recently they hosted the event a decade ago in 2008. They also hosted in 1997, 1973, 1968 and 1951. The city has also hosted several international figure skating events: the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, 2001 & 1960 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the 1978 Skate Canada International.

“UBC is thrilled to host the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, and we are confident that our 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy venue will be a spectacular theatre to showcase the sport to spectators and fans across the country. It is an honour to host such an vital event in the lead up to the 2018 Olympics, and together with our partners, UBC is ready to welcome Canada’s best athletes, their fans and all visitors to our beautiful city and campus.” – Kavie Toor – Senior Director, Facilities, Recreation and Sport Partnerships

Ticket information for the championships will be available shortly. Register at www.skatecanada.ca for ticket sale notifications.

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