Still plenty of tickets for nationals

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Good seats are still available.

That's the official word, to coin an old phrase, about the ticket situation for the BMO Financial Group Canadian figure skating championships, which hit the Civic Centre from Jan. 9-15.

All-event packages for a good chunk of the lower bowl were sold within the first few days of the announcement last January that the nationals were returning to the capital for the first time in seven years. But ticket sales figure to move along more briskly when single-event sales begin, probably sometime in the next month.

The schedule for the competition -- which will also serve as a qualifier for the Turin Olympics -- was posted this week. Key events include the senior women's and pairs short programs on Jan. 12; the senior men's short and women's free programs on Jan. 13; the senior pairs and men's free skates on Jan. 14, along with the senior original dance, and the senior free dance final on Jan. 15. A full event schedule appears on Page S23.

VIVA LAS VEGAS: At the Ontario tour selection meet last weekend in Mississauga, five Ottawa Gymnastics Club competitors emerged with trips to prestigious events. Four are headed to the Lady Luck gymnastics meet in Las Vegas, including Level 9 qualifiers Amy White (third all-around), Michelle Lepage (fifth) and Kayla Davis (seventh). Lepage also picked up three apparatus medals and White snagged one. Courtney Ferguson earned a spot on the Level 8 squad by finishing fifth overall in her category. A fifth OGC competitor, Alyssa Malette, is headed to Gymnix in Montreal after placing sixth in Level 7, including one apparatus medal.

TAKING ON THE WORLD: Twenty-eight members of Lu's Taekwon-do of Ottawa have qualified to represent Canada at the world veteran and junior championships in Bulgaria in July 2006. The group includes black belt veterans (40+) Claude Renaud, Mike Spiers, David Hyndman, Samir Ramia, Scott Campbell, John McGrath, Michelline Jaworski, Ted Lusk, Linda Makela, Li Ching Ko, Hoa Nguyen, Jennifer Barker, Rich Lewis, Bill Low, Keith Patrick, Daniel St. James, Nicole Houle, Paul Gingras, Lynn Gingras and Ted Macias, and juniors (age 13-17) Emily Lu, Kelly Barker, Michelle Campbell, Kevin Lu, Mickey Veraldi, James Hyndman and Cody Laurin.

AROUND THE AMATEUR SCENE: Perth's Mike Brown and Yannick Lupien of Aylmer are prime contenders to book a trip Commonwealth Games when the Canadian swim trials are held starting Thursday in Victoria ... The Ottawa Fury have three sides in this weekend's Super-Y League North American finals in Tampa, Fla. -- the Under-17 boys, and Under-16 and Under-14 girls ... For the first time in 11 months, the Gloucester Devils have dropped out of the National Ringette League's Elite Eight rankings. The Devils are 0-4 so far this season, but their losses have come by a combined seven goals ... Chantal Gosselin of the Ottawa Athletic Club racing team won the Cookie Run 10K in a personal best time of 37:36 ... OAC's Liz Maguire finished the New York City Marathon in 3:06:44.


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