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: Standing Ovations | Around the Rink: A. Paul & M. Islam”
Lysanne Sarrazin, 2003 ISU World Synchronized Skating Bronze Medalist
Lysanne Sarrazin, a dedicated Synchronized skater, competed with Les Pirouettes from 1992 to 1997 and with Les Suprêmes from 1997 to ultimately in 2003 when the team won a Bronze medal at the ISU World Synchronized Championships in Canada. She claims that her fondest skating memory was winning the short program in front of an amazing crowd at the Civic Center in Ottawa, ON.
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”
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
Brian Pockar – Skate Canada Hall of Fame Inductee (Athlete)
Selected into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2012, the induction celebration was held in his hometown of Calgary during Skate Canada’s Ice Summit on May 26, 2018
Three-time Canadian men’s champion Brian Pockar is inducted posthumously into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the athlete category.
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””
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”
Some Italian Skating History… Yesterday and Today – written by Debbi Wilkes
As our Team struts their amazing stuff in Milan at the World Championships, I’m reminded of my experience competing at Worlds in Italy back in 1963 in Cortina d’Ampezzo when Guy (Revell) and I were trying to improve on our 4th place finish in Prague in 1962.