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Virtue and Moir to speak at 2015 OWL dinner

WATERLOO, Ont. (November 25, 2014) - 2010 Olympic ice dance gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will deliver the keynote address at the Outstanding Women of Laurier (OWL) dinner March 25, 2015 at the Waterloo Inn and Conference Centre.

Virtue and Moir, who have skated together since 1997, have consistently placed amongst the top of the pack at International ice dancing competitions. On top of their gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, they won two silver medals at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi and gold at the 2010 and 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. Virtue and Moir are also six-time Canadian National Champions, winning in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring Tessa and Scott to Waterloo to share their experiences as high-level athletes,” said PETER BAXTER, director of athletics and recreation at Laurier. “They have been the face of Canadian figure skating for the last number of years and we can’t wait for them to share their message of success with today's exceptional female student leaders currently attending the University."

Born in London, Ontario into a sports-oriented family, Virtue was an exceptional gymnast and ballet dancer growing up. In fact, she was chosen at a young age to join the National Ballet of Canada. Enjoying both dance and skating, Virtue realized that she could have the best of both worlds as an ice dancer. Virtue is currently pursuing her degree in psychology.

Moir was born and raised in Ilderton, Ontario just outside of London, into an athletic family heavily involved in the skating world. With a natural skating ability at a young age, Moir began his skating career on hockey skates with a dream of one day playing professional hockey. During a summer skating camp in Ilderton, Moir’s first figure skating coach and aunt Carol noticed Tessa Virtue, who seemed like the perfect complement to Moir’s size and ability. Noting the connection, Carol paired Virtue and Moir together at the age of seven and nine and they have been skating together ever since.

After being run as a luncheon for the first nine years, the event is moving to a dinner format for 2015. For more information about the Outstanding Women of Laurier event, or to purchase tickets online, please visit laurierathletics.com/OWL.

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