(January 9, 2008)
Ottawa, ON – Patrick Chan, of Skate Canada’s National Team, is the winner of the TD Canada Trust Chinese Canadian Youth of the Year Award. The award will be presented by The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto Youth Chapter (CCCYC). Chan will be receiving the award based on his exceptional athletic achievements which exemplify him as a positive role model for youth.
Chan has really impressed the figure skating world in the last few years and is considered a rising star within the sport. Winning Junior Nationals in 2004, he has transitioned well into senior competition. Late in 2007, Chan won his first ISU Grand Prix event, the Trophée Eric Bompard, in Paris. Training with coaches Donald Laws and Ellen Burka out of the Granite Club in Toronto, Chan will head to Vancouver to compete in the BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships January 16-20, 2008.
The 2007 Chinese Canadian Youth Achievement Awards will be held January 12, 2008. The purpose of the awards is to recognize talented youth in the Greater Toronto Area who have made outstanding achievements in performance arts, visual arts, athletics as well as leadership and community services over the last year.