OTTAWA, ON (September 26, 2022) – Over 180 skaters from ten different nations were represented over the weekend at the ISU International Adult Figure Skating Competition, which took place from September 21-24 at Ottawa’s Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex. The event hosted a wide range of categories, with athletes aged in their thirties all the way to their eighties competing.
New Brunswick’s Pat Noddin, now 86 years of age, competed in the Bronze Women’s Artistic class V and left the crowd in tears as she competed on Thursday night. The event was a great showcase of the adult skating community and served as a great reminder that skating is a lifelong sport.
1988 Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Manley and 1960 Olympic bronze medalist Donald Jackson were on site as event ambassadors, with Manley also coaching certain athletes.
“What I’m loving most about this event is that the athletes all love and support each other,” said Manley. “Normally at competitions you stay away from competitors, but these skaters are cheering each other on; it doesn’t matter if you’re from Canada, the United States or Mexico, everybody loves everybody.”
Skate Canada will be hosting a Community of Practice webinar on October 11 around the topic of Adult Skating and Skating Pathways for all ages. To register, click here.
The next ISU International Adult Competition will be held in Oberstdorf, Germany from May 15-20, 2023. For more information, visit the ISU website.