Alumni Spotlight: Hawker | Around the Rink: A. Paul & M. Islam

LESLEY HAWKER – “Standing Ovations”

It’s 2002 and I am a 20-year-old skating in my first national championships ever.  My debut is as a senior and I have been shadowing Jennifer Robinson, in hopes that whatever she does will rub off on me!  I never made nationals at the novice or junior level and as I stepped onto the ice for my short program I breathed in all that amazing energy that comes only at the Canadian championships.  The music, the cameras, the judges and the crowd.  I don’t remember being scared (that feeling only creeps in with years of experience).  I hit my opening pose and the music started, I seemed to float through the two opening jump passes.  I came back to earth when I almost fell on the flying camel but continued to push through and finish with a clean short.  My hands flew to my face as soon as the music ended.  I watched my coach jump up and down and I bent forward crying, laughing and amazed that I had done it.  And then the real surprise, as I went to take my curtesy everyone was on their feet.  A standing ovation.  Standing ovations were always my favourite reward. Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight: Hawker | Around the Rink: A. Paul & M. Islam”

Alumni Spotlight | BC/YT Hall of Fame

Marcus Christensen – Canadian Medalist

1993 Canadian Figure Skating Championships- Senior Men Marcus Christensen 3rd (Royal Glenora), Kurt Browning 1st (Royal Glenora), Elvis Stojko 2nd (Mariposa WC)

From 1987-1996 Marcus was a 10 time National Team Member, 4 time World Team Member a two time Canadian bronze medalist and silver medalist.  He claims that one of his fondest skating memories was placing 3rd at the 1993 Canadian National Championships behind Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko.  Subsequently, he earned a spot on the 1993 World Team in Prague where he finished top 10.  Marcus expresses that it was one of his greatest skating achievements, especially in an era with so many skating “greats”. Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight | BC/YT Hall of Fame”

Alumni Podcast | Pockar Inducted | Firus Retires | Upcoming Events

Craig Buntin

In this inaugural episode of the new Skate Canada Alumni podcast, Debbi chats with three-time Canadian Pair champion, Craig Buntin.

Buntin is a three-time Canadian Pair Champion, first finding success with partner Valérie Marcoux. Together they won three Canadian pair titles from 2004-2006 and competed at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.  Click here to go to PODCAST Continue reading “Alumni Podcast | Pockar Inducted | Firus Retires | Upcoming Events”

Alumni Spotlight | Baldé Retires | Around the Rink | GPF Alumni Package

Christopher Mabee – 2006 BMO Canadian Championships Silver Medalist

Christopher Mabee – Canadian Medalist

So … I Joined the Circus …

Where have I been? What have I seen? More importantly what the heck have I been doing? The last question I sometimes still ask myself. So, let me tell you what has been happening in my life since I left competitive skating. Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight | Baldé Retires | Around the Rink | GPF Alumni Package”

Stojko & Chan “Skating Beyond Competition” | Alumni Spotlight | Duhamel & Radford Retire | ON SALE GPF Alumni Event Package

While on the 2018 Stars on Ice tour, Elvis Stojko and Patrick Chan, two of Canada’s greatest champions share thoughts about moving their love of skating beyond competition.

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Patrick Chan Retires | “The Bubble Gum Caper”

Skating Legend Patrick Chan Retires from Competitive Competition

Olympic Champion Patrick Chan, 27, Toronto, Ont., announced his retirement from competitive skating today. Chan is the most decorated male figure skater in Canadian history with three Olympic medals, three world championship crowns and 10 Canadian titles. Continue reading “Patrick Chan Retires | “The Bubble Gum Caper””

The World of Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating are More Similar Than We Think | Moscovitch Retiring | Toller

The World of Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating are More Similar Than We Think written by Sheri Moir

Sheri competing with her cousin Danny Moir - 1999 Canadian Novice Ice Dance Champions
Sheri competing with her cousin Danny Moir – 1999 Canadian Novice Ice Dance Champions

Growing up in a figure skating family meant I spent the majority of my childhood on the ice. Whether it was free skate, dance or synchronized skating, I loved to skate! Eventually I decided to put my main focus into ice dancing with my cousin Danny Moir where I was fortunate enough to represent Canada. However, during my 13 year ice dance career, I also did synchronized skating. Continue reading “The World of Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating are More Similar Than We Think | Moscovitch Retiring | Toller”

Donald Gilchrist – The Father of World Synchro

Do you know that the late Donald Gilchrist could be called “The Father of World Synchro”?

Over a span of 26 years, Donald Gilchrist served on the International Skating Union, first as a member of the Figure and Pair Technical Committee and then as a Council Member. On the Council, he successfully lobbied the ISU to adopt synchronized skating as an ISU Sanctioned Event, a move that put synchro on the world figure skating map. Continue reading “Donald Gilchrist – The Father of World Synchro”