December 12, 2017; Liverpool, NS: For three days in January, hundreds of skaters from across Atlantic Canada will take to the ice at Queens Place Emera Centre, and compete to advance to a national level competition. It was announced in November that the Queens County Blades Skating Club was successful in their bid to host the 2018 Atlantic Synchronized Skating Championships at Queens Place Emera Centre on January 26, 27 and 28, 2018. At the Region of Queens December 12, 2018 Regular Council meeting, Council approved a grant of $6,000 to support the event, citing it as an important economic driver, with an expected economic impact of $450,000 in and around Liverpool, NS, in January 2018.
“Council is very happy to support this event, which will bring over 500 participants, including skaters and coaches, from all four Atlantic Provinces, to Liverpool this January. This economic boost to the community, will occur in what is traditionally a slower time of year for hotels, dining establishments and retail shops,” said David Dagley, Mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “The selection was based on past successful events hosted by the Queens County Blades Skating Club, as well as the reputation that Queens has developed as a successful and welcoming host community for large scale, top calibre events. A great deal of work goes into making a bid, and Council appreciates the effort by the Queens County Blades Skating Club, and their upcoming volunteer efforts in the weeks leading to the 2018 Atlantic Synchronized Skating Championships.”
The 2018 Atlantic Synchronized Skating Championships will feature teams of synchronized skaters who will compete to represent Atlantic Canada at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships being held from February 25 – 28, 2018 in Oshawa, Ontario. Teams will consist of youth and adult skaters, competing to qualify in Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior, and Senior categories. According to the Skate Canada website, “synchronized skating, or “synchro”, is a specialized discipline of skating involving groups of eight or more skaters performing various group formations and maneuvers. The objective is for the team to perform as one unit executing circles, blocks, lines, wheels and intersections in unison to the music, while demonstrating quality edges, power and flow.” This is the first time the Atlantic Synchronized Skating Championship has been held at Queens Place Emera Centre.