(January 13, 2010) – The junior pair teams started off the day here at the Western Fair Centre in London. The pairs set the mood for a great day of skating.

Margaret Purdy and Michael Marinaro took first place after the junior pair short program in front of their home section with 48.80 points. Also from Western Ontario Katherine Bobak and Matthew Penasse trailed in second with 43.58 points. In third from Quebec were Tara Hancherow and Sébastien Wolfe with 41.02 points.

The junior pair event will conclude on Friday at the Western Fair Sports Centre.

Next up was the novice men’s short. Jordan Ju from the British Columbia/Yukon section took the lead with 40.17 points. Peter O’Brien from Eastern Ontario followed in second with 37.69 points and Cole Vandervelden landed in third with 34.87 points.

The novice men’s free program will finish on Wednesday.

Novice pair teams hit the ice next with their short program. Alexandra Young and Matthew Young from Newfoundland skated strong to secure a first place finish in the short with 38.76 points. Krystel Desjardins and Charlie Bilodeau from Quebec followed right behind in second with 38.39 points and in third were Western Ontario skaters Shalena Rau and Phelan Simpson with 36.90 points.

The novice pair will also finish on Wednesday.

Later that afternoon the junior ice dance began with the compulsory dance. Central Ontario’s Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam secured top spot with 34.42. In second were fellow section members Olivia Martins and Alvin Chau with 32.23 points. Held up in third were Western Ontario’s Abby Carswell and Andrew Doleman with 28.24 points.

Junior ice dance will come to an end on Thursday.

The novice women filled the evening spot of the night. Kimberly Moon-Chong from Central Ontario skated strong to place first after the short with 38.69 points. Alberta/Northwest Territory/Nunavut skater Natasha Purich was just .02 points behind first with 38.67 points. Rachel Greben of Central Ontario trailed in third with 36.8 points.

The novice ladies will wrap-up Wednesday night.

The junior men ended the night with a bang with their short programs. Liam Firus from the British Columbia/Yukon section was the first skater to skate and took an early lead with 55.85 points. Samuel Morais from Quebec was second with 52.69 points and Shaquille Davis from Central Ontario placed third with 52.56 points.

Wednesday will be the first day of medals at the Western Fair Sports Centre. Canadian Champions will be crowned in novice ice dance, novice men, novice pair and novice women.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.johnlabattcentre.com, by phone at 1.866.455.2849 or in person at the Western Fair Sports Centre.

For more information on the event please click here.

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