Montreal to Host the 2016 Autumn Classic International
Skate Canada – OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada has announced that it will host the 2016 Autumn Classic International in Montreal, Quebec from September 28 – October 1, 2016 at the Sportsplexe Pierrefonds.
After a one-year hiatus, the senior international figure skating competition is once again a part of the International Skating Union’s (ISU) Challenger Series. Senior events in men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance will feature some of the top skaters in the world. A junior men’s and ladies competition will also take place, that will not be included in the Challenger Series.
“Skate Canada is pleased to be back in the ISU Challenger Series and we are excited to be heading to Montreal. This is a great opportunity for skaters to collect valuable world standing points,” said Dan Thompson, CEO, Skate Canada.
The 2016 Autumn Classic International is one of 10 competitions that will form the ISU Challenger Series. Athletes at the senior level have the opportunity to earn world standing points. Competitors are eligible to participate in up to three Challenger Series events.
Barrie, Ontario hosted the event from 2014-2015, with last year featuring 52 entries from 21 countries.
Tickets for the event will only be available at the door and specific athlete entries will be identified throughout late summer and fall of 2016.
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