Mayor Clifford Lee jointly with Skate Canada-Prince Edward Island announced that the 2006 Eastern Regional Festival of Synchronized Skating “Festival SynchroSkate” will be hosted in Charlottetown from February 9th-11th, 2006.
Festival SynchroSkate provides recreational synchronized skating teams the opportunity to qualify for National level competition in a program specifically designed to meet the needs of this type of team and skater. Teams placing in the top 6 in Festival Novice, Festival Junior, Festival Open and Festival Adult qualify to compete at the National Festival of Synchronized Skating in Hamilton, Ontario from March 2nd–5th.
“The Sherwood Parkdale Skating Club feels this is a unique opportunity to be able to host an event of this magnitude,” said club representative, Heather Pollard. “Synchronized skating has become one of the most popular events in figure skating. We feel the Island will be surprised to see the degree of difficulty and beauty of this rising sport. Just to experience seeing 16 girls all doing a variety of moves together, every foot stepping the ice in complete unison is truly mystifying. It is not very often Islanders have an opportunity to see such a magnificent caliber of skating. We hope that everyone will come out to support all the Island teams competing against Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Quebec.”
“The City of Charlottetown is thrilled that Charlottetown was selected as the host city for this event. Major sporting events contribute significantly to Charlottetown tourism and increasingly, events have become showcases for the industry. “Tourism is about the stimulation of economic development,” said Mayor Lee. “Sport tourism is a terrific grassroots economic development initiative and one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry in Canada, worth 2 billion dollars a year.”
The event will bring over 800 participants to Charlottetown and will be held at the CARI Complex – MacLauchlan Arena.
Wayne Long, Events Development Officer
Economic Development, Tourism & Special Events