National Skating Championships start Monday in the Glebe
Canadian figure skating legend Patrick Chan will vie for his ninth Canadian title right here in the Glebe during the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships Jan. 16-22.
The three-time world champion will attempt to tie Montgomery Wilson’s record of 10 national titles in the men’s program on Friday, Jan. 20-21.
But the excitement begins well before Chan will try to make history, as the tournament begins this coming Monday with the novice and junior skaters that will feature Ice Dance and the men’s and women’s short program.
“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.”
The championships continue all week, with competitions in Free Dance, Short Dance, the Mens’s and Women’s Short program and Free Skating. Skating fans will also get to see 2010 Olympic champions and Canadian Favourites Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who hit the ice for the first time after a two-season hiatus. They’ll be in tough, as they face off against two-time defending Canadian champions Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.
This is the 15th time Ottawa has been host to the National Skating Championships with the nation’s capital hosting the inaugural event in 1914. Ottawa last hosted the tournament in 2014.
“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.”
Skate Canada will also be hosting free public skates at the Lansdowne Community rink Jan. 20-22 with free CanSkate lessons and skating demonstrations from local clubs.
Skate Canada will close out the competition with an Exhibition Gala Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. with the Hall of Fame induction of Richard Gauthier and the CanSkate Challenge.
For a full list of events and tickets, click here.