“What do you want to look like stepping on the ice at Canadians?” As skaters, we have been hearing this from our coaches all season, and this weekend is when we have the opportunity to shine on the National stage.
Calgary’s Winsport Arena will play host to the 2017 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships, February 24th- 26th, welcoming over 40 of Canada’s most elite teams.
To qualify for this event, Novice to Open teams were required to attend their designated sections Regional qualifying event, held throughout January and the beginning of February.
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In the Novice division, Regional champions from their respective sections will headline the category- Les Pirouettes (QC), Nexxice (ON), Black Gold (AB), and the Princelles (NFLD). The novice division will include 11 teams from across the country- representing Quebec- Les Supremes and Nova- who struck gold at Winterfest in early January. Ontario’s representatives will also include Gold Ice, the Ilderton Precisionnaires and Synchronicity, while the Ice Angels will represent British Columbia/ Yukon.
In undoubtedly Canada’s fastest growing category, the Intermediate division will be the largest category- welcoming 15 teams. Representing Ontario- the Ilderton Silver Jets, Nexxice and Meraki, along with Synchronicity and the National Capital Ice Caps. Representing Quebec- Evolution, Les Rythmiks Lanaudière, Nova, reigning Canadian champions- Cassiopee, Golding Ice, Cassiopee Next Generation and Les Châtelaines. Solstice and the Ice Angels will be the British Columbia/ Yukon representation, the Riverview Royalty team of New Brunswick, will skate an emotional tribute to a teammate that passed away last year- Elizabeth Landers. Representing Saskatchewan will be the Silver Edges.
Over the past several years in the Open category, Canada has watched the reign of team Nova from Quebec take top spot at the Canadian Championships, but this year Nexxice of Ontario is coming in undefeated, followed by Gold Ice also representing Ontario. Quebec Regional champions Les Supremes will hope to climb onto the podium after a disappointing 5th place finish at Winterfest in January. Les Pirouettes and Evolution will also represent Quebec. Home town team- Calgary Black Gold will represent Alberta/ Northwest Territories and Nunavut, along with Edmonton Edge. Ice X- Calibur from the Lower Mainland Club will be British Columbia/ Yukon’s sole entry, and Ice Intrepid from the University of Manitoba will represent Manitoba.
In a historically small Junior category, Nexxice of Ontario hopes to repeat as Canadian champions, while Les Supremes and Les Pirouettes of Quebec compete, in hope to continue the momentum from their international assignments earlier this season.
The Senior category is bound to be intense as Canada is welcoming a new senior team to the mix- Nova representing Quebec alongside reigning Canadian champions- Les Supremes. Ontario will have two entries- Nexxice- former 9 time Canadian champions, as well as Meraki, who will debut their free program for the first time on the National stage this season. The top two senior teams will be selected to represent Canada at the 2017 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships, held in Colorado Springs in early April.
The championships will be streamed live on DailyMotion by Skate Canada and the official hashtag for the event is #Synchro17 on all platforms.