OTTAWA, ON: Synchronized skating teams from across Canada are travelling to Waterloo, Ont., for the 2016 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships, taking place from February 19-21, 2016, at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.

The event will host approximately 800 skaters and coaches on 40 teams competing for national titles in the senior, junior, open, intermediate and novice categories. The top two senior teams will represent Canada at the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships being held in Budapest, Hungary from April 8-9, 2016.

“We are eagerly looking forward to seeing Canada’s top synchronized skating teams performing on our nation’s biggest stage in Waterloo at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships,” said Dan Thompson, CEO Skate Canada. “Canadians have always been innovators in synchronized skating, and we have no doubt that this event will once again show how this discipline is flourishing in our country.”

Skate Canada will also be celebrating many accomplishments in the synchronized skating community with two inductions to the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. On Friday, February 19, Cathy Dalton will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in the builder category, and on Saturday, February 20, history will be made as the 2009 NEXXICE senior team becomes the first synchronized skating team to be inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame, entering in the athlete category.

Skate Canada is proud to host nearly 500 students from local area schools on Friday, February 19 from 9:15 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The Skate Canada School Program allows local area schools to come and watch synchronized skating live for free. Students are encouraged to get creative by making handmade posters to cheer on the skaters.

The following schools will be taking part in the Skate Canada School Program:

  • Baden Public School
  • Westmount Public School
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • R. Kaufman Public School

Tickets are available for purchase through the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex box office, which is open Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Three-day passes can be purchased for $46.50 for adults or $24 for children, and individual day passes can be purchased for $20 for adults or $10 for children. Entry is free for children five years and younger.

The competition will be streamed live for fans to watch the events from home.

Media looking to attend the event are asked to contact Allan Gordon, Communications Coordinator, by phone at 613.747.1007 ext. 2564 or by email at [email protected] and during the event at 613.697.1354.