The 2018 National Skating Championship will return to the west coast as Vancouver has been selected as host city.
The 2018 event in Vancouver will serve as a qualification event. The winning team will advance to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea later that same year.
The National Skating Championship will also determine the teams for the following year’s world championships, ISU Four Continents championships, and world junior championships.
“Vancouver holds a special place in skating fans’ hearts. It is where we saw Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win the first ever Olympic gold for Canada in ice dance and the home province of so many great skaters,” said Skate Canada’s CEO Debra Armstrong in a statement.
The University of British Columbia’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre will host the event from January 8 – 14.
The all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men, women, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice.
This will mark Vancouver’s sixth time as host city for the national championships.