KELOWNA - B.C. Premier Christy Clark today has announced $100,000 in support of Skate Canada International which will bring international competitors and visitors to Kelowna this fall.
"Skate Canada International will bring the world's best skaters and our future Olympians to Kelowna for an event that will attract thousands of visitors," said Premier Clark. "I know that Kelowna residents and businesses will welcome them with open arms."
Skate Canada International will be held at Prospera Place in Kelowna Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2014. Nearly 20,000 spectators are expected to attend the event, which also will generate economic returns for the region. The 2013 Skate Canada International in Saint John, N.B. generated economic spinoffs estimated at $4 million.
"We know that Kelowna will warmly welcome the athletes, officials, coaches, volunteers and visitors to this beautiful part of our country," said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. "With such an impressive calibre of Canadian and international competitors at the 2014 Skate Canada International, we know that the next generation of B.C. skaters will be inspired by having this event in their community. We would like to thank the B.C. government for the financial commitment to this event and for its ongoing support to growing sport in the province."
Funding is being provided through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.