Calgary chosen to host 2023 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Calgary in Canada won the right to host the 2023 International Skating Union World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Skate Canada has confirmed that the event will be held at the WinSport Arena at Canada Olympic Park from February 27 to March 5, 2023.
This will be the sixth time that Canada has hosted the tournament with Kitchener in 1987 and 2005, Saint John in 1998, Hull in 1992 and London in 1981, all as hosts.
Calgary previously hosted the senior world championships in 1972 and 2006, but never hosted a junior event.
“Calgary is no stranger to hosting successful events and Skate Canada believes this event will be no different,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO of Skate Canada.
“We are delighted to welcome the future stars of figure skating in 2023.”
Canada was also very successful at the tournament with 39 medals including 10 gold, 15 silver and 14 bronzes.
Jeff Daniels, executive director of sport, culture and major events at Tourism Calgary, said hosting the event had the potential to inject C $ 8million (£ 4.69million / 6 , $ 52 million / € 5.43 million) in the city’s economy.
“Calgary is a quintessential winter sports city and we are delighted to host the 2023 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championship,” said Daniels.
“We had the privilege of collaborating with Skate Canada on a top notch bid and we are pleased to have secured the event and its projected economic impact of CAN 8 million for our city.
“Not only do international events like these provide benefits in supporting the recovery of the economy of visitors to Calgary, but they also provide promotional and branding opportunities that strengthen Calgary’s position as the ultimate host city of the Canada.”
Harbin in China was due to host this year’s World Junior Figure Skating Championships only to have it canceled due to COVID-19.
Sofia in Bulgaria is set to host next year’s event.