(June 2, 2009) – Skate Canada’s Senior National Team gathered in Toronto, Ontario for the annual Skate Canada Pre-season Camp. The camp took place from May 22-24 with the entire 32 person team in attendance.

The camp is the one time that the whole team is able to come together in one spot. This year they met up at the BMO Institute for Learning where they participated in Own the Podium sessions, photo shoots, sponsor and media information sessions, team building activities and presentations from the Canadian Olympic Committee on games preparation.

Guest speakers included Olympic bronze medalist Tracy Wilson, Olympic gold medal rower Marnie McBean and four-time Olympic alpine skier Brian Stemmle.

“Marnie and Brian were truly inspiring in taking our skaters through their Olympic journey.  Tracy worked with our team in dealing with media in an Olympic year.  We were so fortunate to have them as part of our camp,” said Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada Director High Performance.

2008 World Figure Skating Champion Jeff Buttle attended the camp on Saturday to participate in team activities and received his alumni photo due to retirement in September 2008. The photo was presented by Joannie Rochette and Tessa Virtue. Joannie and Tessa both made a short speech outlining their time spent with Jeff on the national team.

On Saturday the athletes participated in an “Amazing Race” game which divided the team into six smaller teams: red, white, black, orange, blue and purple. They had six stations were they had to combine physical strength as well as mental quickness to win. All the teams did well but the Black Team was the ultimate winner!

Enjoy some of the photos from the Skate Canada National Team Amazing Race!

Blue Team
Blue Team
Black Team
Black Team
Orange Team
Orange Team
Purple Team
Purple Team
Red Team
Red Team
White Team
White Team
Best Team Spirit
Best Team Spirit - Blue
Great Communication Skills
Great Communication Skills - Orange
Great Team Work
Great Teamwork - Black
Most Creative
Most Creative - Purple
Most Organized
Most Organized - Red
Most Sportsmanship
Most Sportsmanship - White
Jeff Receives Retirement Photo
Jeff receives his retirement photo with Joannie and Tessa

 

 
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