Ottawa to Host 2006 Canadian Figure Skating Championships at Civic Centre

Sports & Recreation • Posted by OttawaStart Staff on January 20, 2005

Skate Canada announced today that Ottawa will host the BMO
Financial Group 2006 Canadian Championships, January 9 - 15, 2006, at the
Civic Centre.

On behalf of the City of Ottawa and TEAM Ottawa, Mayor Bob Chiarelli
congratulated the City's Lansdowne Park Manager, Rick Haycock, and his team
on securing the 2006 Championships.

"We're thrilled to be hosting the 2006 Canadian Figure Skating Championships
in Ottawa, and that they will be held at the Civic Centre", said Chiarelli.
"Thanks to City staff and to the vision of our former Regional Council and
support of our new City Council, Lansdowne Park continues to play a vital
role in hosting major events, such as the 2004 Grey Cup and the 2006
Canadian Figure Skating Championships".

TEAM Ottawa Co-Chair and Corel Centre COO, Cyril Leeder, added his
congratulations to the City of Ottawa and Lansdowne Park management. "The
2006 Canadian Figure Skating Championships will generate great media
exposure and provide an excellent boost to Ottawa's economy at a usually
quiet time of the year", he said. "TEAM Ottawa will be working to ensure
that we attract more events like this to our City and maximize use of our
major facilities, like Lansdowne Park".

Lansdowne Park Manager Rick Haycock notes that 2006 will be a significant
year for figure skating, with Canada hosting the World Figure Skating
Championships and the Olympic Winter Games also taking place in Torino,
Italy. "This will raise the spotlight on and excitement around the 2006
Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Ottawa", says Haycock. "We're
proud that we'll be part of this landmark year for the skating community".

Tickets for the BMO Financial Group 2006 Canadian Championships will go on
sale at Ticketmaster today.

Skate Canada made the official announcement at a Noon press conference
today, from the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, the site of the 2005
national figure skating championships.

Ottawa last hosted the Championships at the Civic Centre in 1999.


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