Ottawa to host Canadian championships in 2014
Canadian capital to be site of 100th anniversary event
|Skate Canada is planning a major celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. (courtesy of Skate Canada)|
The competition will mark the 100th anniversary of the event, which was first held in 1914 at Ottawa's Minto Skating Club.
"We are absolutely thrilled that Ottawa will host these championships for the 14th time, and we can think of no better place to celebrate our 100th anniversary," Skate Canada President Benoît Lavoie said at the press conference.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is looking forward to the event returning to the nation's capital, where it was last held in 2006.
"We are pleased to be chosen by Skate Canada to host their 100th national championship here," Watson said. "The city of Ottawa and figure skating have such a long history together. I know that from the many volunteers who will help with the event, the business community and the fans of the sport will certainly embrace the 2014 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships and do everything they can to make this event hugely successful."
More than 250 skaters compete for novice, junior and senior Canadian titles at the event in four disciplines: men's, women's, pairs and ice danceing. The event helps determine the senior competitors at the world championships, and in 2014 is the final qualification opportunity for the athletes who will be named to represent Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.