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Bombardier and Yun Win Women Titles at Skate Canada Challenge

WINNIPEG, MB (December 3, 2022) – Fiona Bombardier of Newmarket, Ont., and Kara Yun of Vancouver, B.C., won the senior and junior women’s titles on Saturday to conclude the Skate Canada Challenge – Junior/Senior.

Bombardier, third after the short program on Friday, won the free skate to take the gold with 176.50 points. Amy Shao Ning Yang of Vancouver ranked fourth in the short and third in the free to take the silver with a score of 168.78. Sara-Maude Dupuis of Montreal climbed from seventh to third finishing with 167.65.

‘’I was here to battle for gold,’’ said Bombardier, who was second at junior nationals last season. ‘’I knew what I was able to do and just fought for it.’’

In junior women’s competition, Yun held on to the top spot despite having the second-best free skate with 170.87. Lulu Lin of Oakville, Ont., took the silver with 165.84 and Quebec’s Aleksa Volkova was third at 162.91

‘’I tried not to think about being first and skating last and kept the focus on myself,’’ said Yun. ‘’I was pleased with how I came back after the fall at the beginning and I was able to stay in the moment.’’

For full event results and details, please click here.

Men, Pairs and Ice Dance Titles Awarded at 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge

WINNIPEG, MB (December 1, 2022) – New partners Lia Pereira of Milton, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., took the pairs title on Thursday in the first night of free skates at the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge – Junior/Senior event with a score of 182.22.

This marked their second competition together after winning the Ontario Sectionals last month. Pereira, who is also competing in the women’s event this week, joined forces with Michaud, a national team pairs veteran who skated with Evelyn Walsh for six seasons. Brooke McIntosh of Toronto and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., were second at 172.66 and Kelly Ann Laurin of St-Jerome, Que., and Loucas Ethier of St-Alphonse, Que., were third at 160.85.

‘’It’s really fun to have this new experience together,’’ said Pereira. ‘’We’re just growing together and each competition is a new learning experience.’’

Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., capped the evening with the senior ice dance crown totaling 196.75. Lily Hensen and Nathan Lickers of London, Ont., were second at 179.42 and Molly Lanaghan and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Scarborough, Ont., were third at 174.98.

‘’We’ve put so much work into our choreography this year and we are pleased people are enjoying it as much as we enjoy performing it,’’ said Lauriault, who posted third and fifth place finishes with her partner on the Grand Prix circuit this season.

In men’s senior, Matthew Newnham of St. Albert, Alta., won the gold medal placing first in both the short and free programs with 217.09. Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., took second spot with 203.83 while Matthew Markell of Toronto was third at 203.44 after ranking eighth in Wednesday’s short.

‘’I’m very pleased with how everything went this week,’’ said Newnham. ‘’Compared to last year I’m so much better than I thought I possibly could be. Hopefully this is the first step to the National Team.’’

In the men’s junior competition, Grayson Long of Toronto took the gold with 176.52, followed by Shohei Law of Vancouver in second at 169.19 and Rio Morita of Vaughan, Ont., in third at 166.41.

Sandrine Gauthier and Quentin Thieren of Montreal took the junior ice dance crown with 159.76. Hailey Yu and Brendan Giang of Burnaby, B.C., were second at 152.50 and Layla Veillon and Alexander Brandys of London, Ont., third at 148.20.

‘’We’ve been well prepared for each competition this season and we delivered once again tonight,’’ said Thieren, a silver medalist with his partner at an ISU Junior Grand Prix event. ‘’We made some changes to our programs after our last event so this was a great opportunity to show those changes.’’

Ashlyn Schmitz and Tristan Taylor of Regina were the junior pairs winners with 128.03, followed by Martina Ariano Kent and Alexis Leduc in second and Jazmine Desrochers and Aidan Wright in third.

Competition continues through to Saturday at the Seven Oaks Arena at Garden City Community Centre. For full results and information, click here.

Winnipeg to Host Over 200 Canadian Skaters

OTTAWA, ON (November 23, 2022) – More than 200 skaters from across the country are set to compete at the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge – Junior/Senior in Winnipeg, Manitoba from November 30 to December 3, 2022.

Skate Canada Challenge serves as a qualifying event for junior and senior skaters to earn entries to the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, taking place in Oshawa, Ontario, from January 9 to 15, 2023. Participants registered for the event have previously qualified by advancing through their respective sectional championships.

Several notable athletes will be competing throughout the week, including Skate America ice dance and pairs bronze medalists Marie-Jade Lauriault & Romain Le Gac and Kelly Ann Laurin & Loucas Éthier, NHK Trophy bronze medalists Brooke McIntosh & Benjamin Mimar, as well as Manitoba-based Grand Prix finalists Ava Kemp & Yohnatan Elizarov.

Tickets will be sold on-site at Seven Oaks Arena at Garden City Community Centre with prices ranging from $25 (plus applicable fees) for single-day tickets, and $50 for all-event tickets.

For more information including the schedule, entries and start orders, click here.

Regina to Host 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge – Pre-Novice/Novice

OTTAWA, ON (August 30, 2022) – Skate Canada is pleased to announce that the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge for pre-novice and novice skaters will be held at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan from January 25-28, 2023. The domestic competition will be hosted as two separate events for the first time this season, with the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge – Junior/Senior taking place at Seven Oaks Arena at Garden City Community Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba from November 30 to December 3, 2022.

Skaters from coast-to-coast will qualify through their respective sectional championships, where novice athletes will be looking to secure their spot at the 2023 Novice Canadian Championships in late February. The event will also see the crowning of the Pre-Novice National Champions in men, women, pair and ice dance.

“Skate Canada is excited to announce that this year’s Skate Canada Challenge – Pre-Novice/Novice will be hosted in Regina. We are excited for this new event format and are pleased to align this with our long-term development plans,” said Dr. Shae Zukiwsky, Senior Director, Performance Excellence at Skate Canada. “We very much look forward to working with the City of Regina to create an amazing event.”

“I am thrilled Regina was chosen as the inaugural host city for the Skate Canada Pre-Novice/Novice Challenge,” said Sandra Masters, Mayor of Regina. “We look forward to welcoming athletes, coaches, families, and friends to Regina and providing an exceptional experience for all attendees.”

More information on the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge will be available later this year.

Winnipeg to host 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge – Junior/Senior

OTTAWA, ON (August 25, 2022) – Skate Canada is excited to announce that the Skate Canada Challenge will be hosted as two separate events for the first time ever, with the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge – Junior/Senior set to be held at Seven Oaks Arena at Garden City Community Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba from November 30 to December 3, 2022, while the Pre-Novice/Novice event will be held in 2023. 

The 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge – Junior/Senior will welcome over 200 junior and senior skaters from across the country who will be vying for a shot to compete at the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in early January. 

“We are happy to unveil this new format for the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge and proud to announce Winnipeg as the host city for the junior and senior edition of the event,” said Debra Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer at Skate Canada. “We look forward to seeing how this change positively affects skating development in Canada and are proud to work with the city of Winnipeg to organize an event for everyone to enjoy.” 

“November is the perfect time for Winnipeg to play host to the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Junior/Senior Challenge. From our renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet to a world-class culinary scene and innovative attractions like WAG-Qaumajuq and the Leaf at Assiniboine Park — our city offers authentic experiences and memorable people in every season,” said Dayna Spiring, President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg. “We look forward to welcoming Canadian championship contenders and their families to Winnipeg.” 

More information on the 2022-2023 Skate Canada Challenge will be available this fall.