OTTAWA, ON: Canada will send eight athletes, for a total five entries to Tallinn, Estonia, for the seventh and final stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The event will run from October 9-12, 2013 and Canada will have competitors in ladies, pair and ice dance.
Canadian silver medalist Gabrielle Daleman, 15, Newmarket, Ont., will be one of two Canadian entries in ladies. Daleman won bronze earlier this season in Gdansk, Poland. Last season, she competed at two ISU Junior Grand Prix events, placing fifth and sixth in Chemnitz, Germany, and Linz, Austria, respectively. She also represented Canada at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, placing sixth. Daleman is coached by Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev and trains at the Richmond Training Centre in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Larkyn Austman, 15, Coquitlam, B.C., will also represent Canada in the ladies division. This is her first international assignment. Austman is the 2013 Canadian champion in the junior category. She is coached by Heather Austman and Eileen Murphy at the Connaught Skating Club in B.C.
Tara Hancherow, 17, Tisdale, Sask., and Wesley Killing, 20, Woodstock, Ont., are the sole Canadian entry in pair. Hancherow and Killing earned a sixth place finish in Kosice, Slovakia, in their first international assignment. They are coached by Annie Barabé and Maximin Coïa at CTC Contrecoeur in Quebec.
Katie Desveaux, 17, Toronto, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs, 16, Ajax, Ont., are one of two entries 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 in Ontario.
Brianna Delmaestro, 17, Port Moody, B.C., and Timothy Lum, 18, Burnaby, B.C., are the second entry in ice dance for Canada. Delmaestro and Lum placed fifth at their first international assignment in Gdansk, Poland. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the BC Centre of Excellence.
Petra Burka of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian team leader and Dr. Hemen Shukla, also of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian doctor onsite. Ron Conacher of Toronto, Ont., and Susan Heffernan of Roberts Creek, B.C., will be the Canadian officials at the event.