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$10,000 lift kick-starts figure skating Sochi campaign

Wednesday, 04 December 2013
With only months to go before the Sochi Winter Olympics, Australia’s top figure skating champions were out to impress today at Victoria’s home of ice sports, the Icehouse in Docklands, host of this year’s Australian Figure Skating Championships. 
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty today joined Chef de Mission of the 2014 Australian Olympic Team, Ian Chesterman to launch the Championships and announce the newest additions to the 2014 Olympic Figure Skating team.
The Victorian Coalition Government is has provided $10,000 to support the Championships through the Significant Sporting Events Program
“The Championships continue to build on their reputation as a springboard for Australia’s top figure skaters before they take on the world’s best,” Mr Delahunty said.
“What better place to launch the Olympic campaign of our newest crop of champions than Melbourne’s world-class ice sports and entertainment venue.
”More than 600 elite skaters, from juniors to masters will be competing over the seven day program.”
Mr Delahunty said the Championships join a long list of top ice sports events staged at Medibank Icehouse including the 2012 ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships and the World Division 2 Ice Hockey Championship in April 2011.
“Events like these generate a significant boost for the local economy, showcase our quality winter sport facilities, as well as inspire Victoria’s next generation of Winter Olympic stars,” Mr Delahunty said. 
“Congratulations to Ice Skating Victoria for their efforts to bring the Nationals to Melbourne and for staging such a wonderful event.
“I encourage all Victorians to come along to the final days of the Championships.”
For information about Australia’s Sochi Winter Olympic figure skating representatives visit http://sochi2014.olympics.com.au/sports/figure-skating 
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