Oshawa to host National Figure Skating Championships


By Glenn Hendry

Published on April 29, 2022 at 4:28 p.m.

Piper Gillies and Paul Poirier, 2022 Ice Dance Champions

Oshawa has been chosen to host the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships next January.

The week-long championships will be held at the Tribute Communities Center from January 9-15, 2023. The championships will feature Canada’s top figure skaters in men’s, women’s, pairs, ice dance, and the synchronized skating disciplines, competing at two levels: junior and senior.

For the first time, the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships will also feature the country’s top junior and senior synchronized skating teams as they compete for the national title. Synchronized skating teams have previously competed at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. To showcase all skating disciplines in the same arena, Canada’s top synchronized skating teams will join their fellow skaters in Oshawa to compete for national titles.

“Skate Canada is very excited to travel to Oshawa for the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO of Skate Canada. “The National Championships have new meaning this year as we welcome our top synchronized skating teams to the event. Fans will really get to see the best Canada has to offer in our five disciplines. We look forward to working with our partners in Oshawa and Durham Region to host this special event.

Athletes compete for places Skate Canada National Team and Canadian teams competing at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championshipsthe ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championshipsthe ISU World Figure Skating Championshipsthe ISU World Synchronized Skating Championshipsand the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships.

“We are thrilled to host the 2023 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the City of Oshawa,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “The Tribute Communities Center in downtown Oshawa is a world-class entertainment venue and an ideal choice for this national competition. We are happy to host this major event and tremendous economic engine for our city. Our community looks forward to hosting the highest level of competitive skating in Canada.

This will be the second time Oshawa has hosted the national championships, although the last time was over 70 years ago in 1952. The city has a rich history in sports, however, with Donald Jackson crowned world champion in 1962 and Barbara Underhill, along with partner Paul Martini, winning the same title in 1984. Underhill was also a two-time Olympian.

Most recently, in 2018, Oshawa and Durham Region hosted the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships after losing a bid to host the Senior Nationals the previous year.

“Durham Region is pleased to have attracted this historic national Skate Canada event after successfully hosting its 2018 Synchronized Skating Championships,” said Durham President John Henry. “Sports tourism is an important contributor to our local economy. Durham Region is a premier sporting event destination, home to some of the best and busiest sporting complexes and venues in the GTA. I am confident that our award-winning team at Sport Durham, along with our knowledgeable community partners and volunteers will help make this event memorable for all involved.

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