OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send seven skaters, for a total of five entries to the second stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit. The event will take place in Mexico City, Mexico, from September 4-7, 2013. Canada will be represented in men’s, ladies, and ice dance.
Nam Nguyen, 15, Burnaby, B.C., will be the sole Canadian entry in men’s. This is Nguyen’s third year competing on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. In two ISU Grand Prix assignments last season, he placed third in Turkey, and ninth in France. He also competed at the 2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, placing 12th, and the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships, placing sixth. Nguyen is coached by Brian Orser at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.
Julianne Séguin, 16, Longueuil, Que., will be the one of two Canadian entries in ladies. Last season, she competed at two ISU Junior Grand Prix events, finishing tenth in Slovenia, and seventh in France. She also made her senior international debut at the ISU Four Continents Championships, finishing 11th. Julianne is coached by Josée Picard and Marc-André Craig at CPA Brossard.
Sandrine Martin, 15, Boucherville, Que., will be making her international debut, competing in the ladies category. Martin placed 10th at the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in the junior category. She is coached by Annie Barabé and Yvan Desjardins in Contrecoeur, Que.
Madeline Edwards, 17, Port Moody, B.C. and Zhao Kai Pang, 18, Burnaby, B.C., are one of two teams representing Canada in ice dance. Edwards and Kai Pang competed at two ISU Junior Grand Prix events last season, winning bronze in both France and Turkey. The 2013 Canadian junior champions placed 12th at the 2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the BC Centre of Excellence.
Katie Desveaux, 16, Toronto, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs, 16, Ajax, Ont., are the second entry in ice dance for Canada. This is their first international assignment. Desveaux and Razgulajevs placed seventh in junior dance at the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. They are coached by Juris Razgulajevs and Carol Lane at Scarboro FSC.
Petra Burka of Toronto, Ont., will act as the team leader and Josiane Roberge from Sillery, Que., will be the team physiotherapist. Sylvain Guibord of Brossard, Que., and Lorna Schroder of Georgetown, Ont., are the Canadian officials at the event.