(September 21, 2006 - Ottawa, ON) - Skate Canada announced today that former Canadian Men’s Champion Michael Slipchuk will become Skate Canada’s new High Performance Director, effective March 2007.
Slipchuk, an Edmonton native currently residing in Calgary, retired from competition in 1992 a year in which he won the Canadian championship and achieved his career highlight by finishing ninth at Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, France.
“Michael will bring a great deal of competitive experience and technical knowledge to Skate Canada’s national team athletes,” said William Thompson, Acting CEO of Skate Canada. “His main task will be to ensure that our high performance athletes have the necessary support systems in place to produce the best competitive results possible and to develop and implement improved athlete development and identification programs. We are delighted that he has accepted this position. Michael is universally respected in the Canadian skating community and will be a tremendous asset to the organization.”
Slipchuk, who been the head skating professional at Calgary’s Glencoe Club for the past 10 years, is a Level 4 certified coach and has taken students to the national and international level. He is also an ISU technical specialist for singles.
Slipchuk’s competitive results include five medals as a Canadian men’s senior competitor (1987, 1989-1992). He was the 1986 Canadian Junior Men’s Champion. He competed at five world championships and had two top-10 finishes. He placed seventh in 1991 and ninth in 1989.
Skate Canada, the national governing body responsible for the development and administration of figure skating in Canada, is the largest figure skating association in the world. With skating programs for athletes of all ages, offered at 1364 clubs across the country, Skate Canada is an association dedicated to providing every Canadian the opportunity to experience the passion, spirit and triumph of skating. Primarily self-supporting, Skate Canada is able to provide direct athlete funding, which reaches approximately 1 in 7 competitive athletes and 1 in 3 synchronized skating teams each year through various training and performance-related grants.