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HomeSense signs on as title sponsor of Skate Canada International

(August 30, 2006 - Ottawa, ON) - Skate Canada announced today that HomeSense has signed on as the title sponsor of Skate Canada International.

The four-year contract will see HomeSense as the title sponsor of the event until 2010.

“HomeSense is delighted to become title sponsor to one of Canada's premier figure skating events,” said Liz Macdonald, Assistant Vice President, Marketing, HomeSense.

“As National Sponsor of Skate Canada's STARSkate program, we are delighted to support over 1,400 community skating clubs nationwide where we see the magic created by kids participating in one of our favourite national pastimes. We were excited to take this partnership to the next level by growing our commitment from the grassroots community level to an international event viewed worldwide. HomeSense is very proud to support Canada's athletes in achieving their personal best.”

The 2006 HomeSense Skate Canada International will take place Nov. 2-5 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, B.C., and will feature some of the world’s best figure skating talent. In addition to featuring all four Canadian Champions – 2006 Olympic bronze medallist Jeffrey Buttle, Joannie Rochette, Valérie Marcoux and Craig Buntin, and 2006 world silver medallists Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon – the 2006 HomeSense Skate Canada International will be highlighted by appearances by two-time world champion and 2006 Olympic silver medallist Stephane Lambiel, of Switzerland, Japan’s 2006 world silver medallist Fumie Suguri and 2006 Olympic silver medallists and world silver medallists Dan Zhang and Hao Zhang, of China.

HomeSense, one of Canada’s leading home fashion retailers, is adding to its support of Skate Canada, as it is currently the title sponsor of the HomeSense National STARSkate Championships. HomeSense also presents the Skate Canada STARSkate program, the STARSkate program athlete award and the national youth camp.

“Skate Canada is thrilled to partner with HomeSense for this extremely prestigious event,” said Debbi Wilkes, Skate Canada Director of Marketing and Sponsorship. “HomeSense has been a very valuable member of the Skate Canada sponsor family for close to two years, and we look forward to continuing this relationship in the future.”

Launched in 2001, HomeSense, which is owned by the TJX Companies Inc., offers Canadians brand name home fashions, accessories and gifts, sourced from around the world, at up to 60 per cent lower than regular department or specialty store prices. Currently, HomeSense operates over 50 retail stores in Canada.

All-event ticket package sales to the 2006 HomeSense Skate Canada International have been brisk, but good seats are still available. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (250) 220-7777 or 1-866-514-5050, online at, or in person at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre box office. All-event ticket packages cost $149 and $130, plus applicable taxes and surcharges.

Skate Canada, the national governing body responsible for the development and administration of figure skating in Canada, is the largest figure skating association in the world. With skating programs for athletes of all ages, offered at 1364 clubs across the country, Skate Canada is an association dedicated to providing every Canadian the opportunity to experience the passion, spirit and triumph of skating. Primarily self-supporting, Skate Canada is able to provide direct athlete funding, which reaches approximately 1 in 7 competitive athletes and 1 in 3 synchronized skating teams each year through various training and performance-related grants.