Top skaters on ice in Victoria, practising for weekend’s Canadian championships

Ice dancers Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier practice their short program at Victoria's Save On Food Memorial Centre Thursday morning. With Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir not competing

Ice dancers Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier practice their short program at Victoria's Save On Food Memorial Centre Thursday morning. With Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir not competing

Canada’s top skaters were on the ice practising at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Thursday morning in preparation for this weekend’s Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

The practice day for the seniors is followed Thursday evening by the final skate of the Skate Canada Junior Nationals.

It’s the third time Victoria’s hosted the senior event, held here previously in 1978 and 1988.

Tickets are still available for both the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and Junior Nationals online at www.selectyourtickets.com, by phone at 1-866-514-5050, or in person at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre box office.

Event Competition Schedule

Junior and Novice: http://www.skatecanada.ca/en/events_results/events/2011-JrNats-schedule.pdf

Senior: http://www.skatecanada.ca/en/events_results/events/2011-Cdns-schedule.pdf