OTTAWA, ON: The 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships will be held in Mississauga, Ont., from January 13-20, 2013 at the Hershey Centre. The event will host Canada’s best figure skaters in senior, junior and novice as they vie for spots on the national team and international assignments.
“We are looking forward to returning to Mississauga for another skating event. The Hershey Centre and the Skate Canada Central Ontario Section have proven over and over again that they can host a first-class event,” said William Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “Our skaters will be in a venue they are familiar with and I am sure that will translate into a magnificent week of skating that will set many new Canadian records.”
“This is another first for the great City of Mississauga and the prestigious Hershey Centre,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion. “We are so very proud to be working with Skate Canada once again and to have been chosen to host the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. We look forward to welcoming the nation’s best competitors in January 2013.”
This is the first time that the City of Mississauga and the Hershey Centre will host the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. However, they have staged other Skate Canada events. Most recently, they hosted the 2011 Skate Canada International; they hosted that event in 2003 and 2000 as well. The Hershey Centre also held the Skate Canada Challenge events from 2008-2011.
“Being selected by Skate Canada for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships is great recognition for our ability to host major sporting events,” said David Whitaker, President & CEO of Tourism Toronto. “With the eyes of the rest of Canada on us, this is a chance for Mississauga and the Hershey Centre to shine as a top destination for sports enthusiasts.”
“We could not be more pleased to be hosting the Canadian Figure Skating Championships at the Hershey Centre in 2013,” said Executive Director, Mike Hamilton. “We have developed an outstanding working relationship with Skate Canada, hosting numerous signature events over the years and now can proudly add the national championships to the growing list of championship events that will showcase our premiere facility and exceptional staff. We welcome Skate Canada and its competitors this coming January.”
Approximately 260 skaters in the women’s, men’s, pair and ice dance disciplines will compete at the senior, junior and novice levels at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the 2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships and the 2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
All-event tickets will go on sale in September.