Many of the world’s top figure skaters join Canada’s best for 2014 Skate Canada International, October 30-November 2 at Prospera Place in Kelowna. The event marks years of preparation on the part of many organizations, including the bid development efforts of Tourism Kelowna’s Sports and Events Sales department (you can read more on the efforts in today’s Daily Courier article by J.P. Squire). Tourism Kelowna is pleased to be showcasing the event on our homepage through the weekend and on this webpage dedicated to ticket sales and information for Skate Canada International.
Canada has an 18-member team, led by world medallists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in ice dance and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford in pair.
As the second of six competitions in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Skate Canada International has brought 56 skaters from 12 countries to Kelowna.
It has also attracted up to 2,000 visitors.
“The local fans, volunteers, businesses and the city of Kelowna have provided terrific support to stage the event here. Hosting this event across the country allows fans from different cities the opportunity to see many of our best skaters compete against a strong international field,” Skate Canada CEO Dan Thompson says in a press release.
Two-time world champions and Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir join live television broadcasts of 2014 Skate Canada International on CTV and TSN. French language broadcasts are carried on RDS.
National broadcasts are also picked up by ISU rights holders around the world, meaning more valuable exposure for Kelowna. More than 24 million viewers in Japan alone watched 2013 Skate Canada International.