City seeks feedback on commemoration for skaters Katie Xu and Jack Fan

Jack Fan and Katie Xu. Photo by Amal Abdulsalam, via the Goulbourn Skating Club.

(Photo by Amal Abdulsalam, via the Goulbourn Skating Club.)

In recognition of the outstanding athletic achievements of Katie Xu and Jack Fan, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name “Rink A” in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, “Katie Xu and Jack Fan Rink.”

Katie Yu and Jack Fan have served as ambassadors for the special needs community from the time they joined the Goulbourn Skating Club in 2011.Katie and Jack have received acclaim from Skate Canada and Special Olympics Canada, for their success in competitions over the years, achievements that have made them decorated figure skaters. Among many notable achievements, Katie and Jack recently became World Champions as each skater scored three medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria in 2017.

If you would like to submit comments regarding these proposals or obtain further information, please contact:

Lauren Burger
Office of the City Clerk and Solicitor
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Ave. W.
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, extension 25462
Fax: 613-580-9609
E-mail: namingottawa@ottawa.ca (link sends e-mail)

Comments on these proposals must be received no later than March 2, 2018.
Jack Fan and Katie Xu. Photo by Amal Abdulsalam, via the Goulbourn Skating Club.
Jack Fan and Katie Xu. Photo by Amal Abdulsalam, via the Goulbourn Skating Club.

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9 thoughts on “City seeks feedback on commemoration for skaters Katie Xu and Jack Fan”

  1. These athletes have worked so hard for many years & love the sport. We are so proud to have them represent us around the world in the sport of figure skating. Their achievements in the sport have earned them many awards & it would be a wonderful honour for them to have Rink A of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex named after them.

  2. Oh my gosh yes! I know Jack Fan from our Programs at Spectrum Insights, wonderful guy. it would mean so much for the special needs community to have the rink renamed to the “Katie Xu and Jack Fan Rink.” Why not shine a light into the lives of these two so it may spread to others w/ daily challenges, that they may be inspired by Jack and Katie!

  3. Absolutely……..I have seen both these individuals dance in the community. Both have stellar dancing moves and I am sure they both have individual challenges. It is so important to promote success such as this and give others hope to pursue their dreams. I support their dreams and encourage awareness and promoting dancing on ice. I am big advocate for all special needs individuals and I am confident that Katie and Jack will represent the community very well. Good luck to you both.

  4. Yes. I absolutely support naming the arena under their names. My son had his skating lessons with them during the Special Olympic Skating so I know how hard they worked for their medals. The arena naming under their names would bring so much inspirations to special needs kids, mine included.

  5. I hope the “Rink A” in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex will be renamed the “Katie Xu and Jack Fan Rink.” Well deserved.

  6. What an amazing idea!! This would be great inspiring story for all Canadians –

    “Katie Xu and Jack Fan Rink” They represent the qualities we all cherish and admire in our champions on and off the ice.

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