OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada is pleased to announce that six-time national medallist and 2013 Four Continents champion Kevin Reynolds, 29, will serve as the official Athlete Ambassador during the 2019 Skate Canada International. The event will take place in Kelowna, BC, from October 25-27, 2019 at Prospera Place.
“It is truly an honour to be named Athlete Ambassador for Skate Canada International,” says Reynolds. “Having this wonderful event in my home province makes it even more special. I have always had a unique connection with my fellow athletes and the amazing fans of our sport, and I am thrilled to represent Skate Canada and all athletes competing at Skate Canada International.”
Reynolds is an eight-time national team member and has represented Canada at the world championships six times. In addition to his win at the 2013 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, he was also a member of the Canadian silver medal winning squad in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and was the bronze medallist at the 2010 Four Continents.
In his role as Athlete Ambassador, Reynolds will handle speaking engagements and media interviews, conduct appearances on behalf of competing athletes and, of course, interact with fans throughout the week.
“We are thrilled to have Kevin involved with Skate Canada International. He knows exactly the pressures that the athletes will face during the competition and will be able to convey those experiences to media and fans over the course of the week,” said Debra Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Skate Canada.
Reynolds helped to move the sport forward with his advanced jumping skills. In 2010, he was the first skater to land two quad jumps in a short program. He was also the first skater to land five quad jumps in competition at the 2013 ISU Four Continents Championships, with two quads in the short program and three in the free program.
Reynolds is working towards completion of his degree at the University of British Columbia. He is expected to graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with a minor in Japanese Language and Culture. He is also a full-time coach at the Champs International Skating Centre of B.C.
Single session tickets begin at $31.50 (including applicable taxes and surcharges) and prices range by session. Tickets for the Thursday practices are only $14.00 (including taxes and surcharges).
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-866-514-5050 toll free or 250-762-5050 locally, or in person at the Prospera Place Box Office.
The inaugural Skate Canada International was held in 1973 in Calgary and the event was added to the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in 1995, the year the series began. Kelowna will be the 46th installment of Skate Canada International. This is their second time hosting the event, they previously hosted in 2014.
Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. The other events take place in the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), Japan (NHK Trophy), Russia (Rostelecom Cup) and France (Internationaux de France).
Each skater/team can be assigned a maximum of two events. Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their events. The top six from each discipline (men, women, pair and ice dance) qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final which will take place in Torino, Italy from December 5-8, 2019.