Olympic Medalist Donald Jackson Named 2010 Skate Canada International Athlete Ambassador
(October 5, 2010 - OTTAWA, ON) – Skate Canada is pleased to announce Donald Jackson will serve as the 2010 Skate Canada Athlete Ambassador. Jackson is a four-time Canadian Champion, Olympic bronze medalist, World Champion, and a two-time North American Champion.
“My wife and I were planning to make the trip to Kingston regardless but now it's going to be that much better,” said Jackson. “I am looking forward to reuniting with coaches and skaters that I have known for many years. It's going to be a great event.”
This year's Skate Canada International takes place at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario from October 28-31, 2010. Jackson will take part in many areas of in-venue activities, including appearing on skatebuzz.com , and autograph sessions. He will also help to promote the competition leading into the event.
“Donald has been one of Canada's finest ambassadors for figure skating since he stepped onto the national stage. He is an icon in the sport, as the first man to ever land a triple Lutz jump in competition, and as the winner of Canada's first-ever world men's title in 1962. We are proud to honour Donald during the 50th anniversary year of his Olympic medal, and pleased to have him as our ambassador for this event,” said William Thompson, Skate Canada CEO.
Active as a professional for over 40 years Jackson has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the United States Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, the Skate Canada Hall of Fame and is a Member of the Order the Canada