Everyone loves Olympic figure skater Patrick Chan. One look at the April 16th festivities, held at both the Richmond Olympic Oval and at the River Green Presentation Centre, will tell you that. The two-time Olympic Silver Medallist and three-time World Champion Patrick Chan was certainly the highlight of the special community building and groundbreaking celebrations of Aspac Developments Ltd. Patrick Chan is also the River Green Ambassador and Honorary Aspac Club Member Number 1.
While about 100 Richmond elementary school students enjoyed a complimentary skate at the Richmond Olympic Oval, Patrick Chan was at the Presentation Centre as part of a groundbreaking ceremony for 2 River Green alongside Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Richmond City Councilors, and Aspac Developments Ltd. Senior Vice President – Raymond Li. Then, as the dignitaries and media toured the Presentation Centre, Patrick Chan prepared for his two skating numbers at the Olympic Oval.
The crowd – consisting of Aspac Club members, media, politicians, figure skating club members, students, and new immigrants from the SUCCESS LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers Program) – waited eagerly for the 24-year-old Canadian superstar to take to the Oval ice for the first time in his career.
And when he did, the excitement reached a fever pitch. Patrick’s first number was to a Beatles’ medley of ‘Dear Prudence’ and ‘Blackbird’ with a graceful performance that he debuted for the first time on North American ice. Then as he went to catch his breath and change outfits, a pair of young skaters performed skating numbers of their own. Hannah Male from Kerrisdale Figure Skating Club and Jessica McHugh from Connaught Skating Club each gave the audience even more to for which to cheer. Patrick then returned for his final performance, skating to ‘Mess is Mine’ by Vance Joy.
The event at the Richmond Oval concluded with a special ceremony as Patrick presented his competition outfit worn during the 2011 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, to the soon-to-open Richmond Olympic Experience Museum. He won his first Championship title wearing that exact outfit during his Free Program. Richmond Councilor Linda McPhail was on hand to exchange gifts on behalf of the City. Patrick then returned to the ice to join about 15 figure skaters from the two skating clubs to inspire and to briefly skate with them.
The afternoon then shifted to the 2 River Green Presentation Centre where not only did Patrick show off his piano-playing prowess – thanks to a grand piano from Tom Lee Music – he also signed autographs and had his picture taken with invited guests at an exclusive meet-and-greet reception.
The 2 River Green Presentation Centre will only be officially open to the public in early summer. Visitation to the Centre is currently by appointment only and registration can be done through www.rivergreen.com.
Aspac Developments Ltd. is a Vancouver based real estate developer that brings international vision to building world-class communities and has been creating lasting legacies since 1993.