Skate Canada is pleased to announce that Vancouver, B.C., will host the 2021 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The week-long championships held at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from January 11-17, 2021 will feature approximately 250 of the best Canadian figure skaters in the men, women, pairs and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice.
“We are pleased to be heading back to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, in the beautiful city of Vancouver, said Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada. “Each year at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships we showcase the nation’s top figure skaters and are excited to work with our partners in Vancouver to host an outstanding event.”
“We have a rich history of hosting figure skating events here in Vancouver, most recently with the 2018 National Championships and of course, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Through the work of our Sport Hosting Vancouver partnership, we are proud to be hosting Skate Canada here again for the 2021 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships”, said City of Vancouver’s Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “We know many athletes, friends, families and fans will travel to Vancouver to enjoy the championships and we look forward to showcasing Canada’s rising stars and figure skating talent once again.”
The pre-eminent all-Canadian competition will begin with the novice event on Monday, January 11, and the senior event will begin on Friday, January 15. Athletes vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2021 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the 2021 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and the 2021 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
“Over 40,000 spectators experienced the 2018 championships in Vancouver, and we are pleased to be working with Skate Canada to showcase our world-renowned destination again in 2021. Over the next twelve months, we look forward to working with our partners, Skate Canada and UBC to build off our previous success, and ensure Vancouver is ready to shine next January”, said Michelle Collens of Sport Hosting Vancouver.
This will be Vancouver’s seventh time hosting the national championships after previously hosting the event in 2018. The city has also hosted in 1997, 1973, 1968 and 1951. The city has also hosted several international figure skating events: the 2018 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, the 2009 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, the 2001 and 1960 ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the 1978 Skate Canada International.
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