OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send eight entries for a total of 12 skaters to the 2014 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships® in Sofia, Bulgaria from March 10-16, 2014. Canada will have two entries in each category: men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance.
Nam Nguyen, 15, Toronto, Ont., leads the Canadian entries in men’s. This will be his third time competing at this event, having placed 12th in 2013, and 13th in 2012. This season, Nguyen earned a fifth place finish at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in the senior category. Most recently, he placed 10th at the 2014 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. He is coached by Brian Orser at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.
Roman Sadovsky, 14, Vaughan, Ont., will be the second Canadian entry in the men’s division. This season, Sadovsky placed 14th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia, and eighth in Minsk, Belarus. He also placed eighth at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in the senior competition. He is coached by Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski at the YSRA Winter Club.
Alaine Chartrand, 17, Prescott, Ont., is the first of two Canadian entries in the ladies category. Chartrand placed eighth at this event last season. This season, the 2013 Canadian bronze medallist placed fifth at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and most recently, seventh at the 2014 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Chartrand is coached by Michelle Leigh and Leonid Birinberg, and trains at the Nepean Skating Club.
Larkyn Austman, 15, Coquitlam, B.C., will also represent Canada in the ladies division. Austman finished eighth at her first international assignment on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit in Estonia earlier this season. The 2013 Canadian junior champion also earned a 10th place finish at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, competing in the senior category. She is coached by Heather Austman and Eileen Murphy at the Connaught Skating Club in B.C.
Tara Hancherow, 18, Tisdale, Sask., and Wesley Killing, 20, Woodstock, Ont., are one of two pairs representing Canada. This season, Hancherow and Killing earned a fifth place finish in Slovakia and a sixth place finish in Estonia at their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments. Hancherow and Killing also placed eighth at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the junior category. They are coached by Annie Barabé and Maximin Coïa at CTC Contrecoeur in Quebec.
Mary Orr, 17, Brantford, Ont., and Phelan Simpson, 18, Lunenburg, N.S., also represent Canada in the pair category. In their first season competing together, they earned a seventh place finish at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Latvia, and were junior bronze medallists at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Kristy Wirtz and Kris Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.
Madeline Edwards, 17, Port Moody, B.C. and ZhaoKai Pang, 19, Burnaby, B.C., are one of two teams representing Canada in ice dance. Last season, they placed 12th at this event. This season, Edwards and Kai Pang won silver at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Mexico, and bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic. The 2013 Canadian junior champions also placed seventh at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the senior category. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the BC Centre of Excellence.
Canadian junior champions Mackenzie Bent, 16, Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen, 19, Oshawa, Ont., will be the second entry in ice dance. Last year, Bent and MacKeen placed fifth at this event. This season, they won gold at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Latvia, and placed sixth in Slovakia. Bent and MacKeen train at Scarboro Ice Dance Elite with coaches Juris Razgulajevs and Carol Lane.
Carolyn Allwright of Kitchener, Ont., and Cody Hay, of Edmonton, Alta. are the team leaders for this event. Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., and physiotherapist Paige Larson of North Vancouver, B.C., will be the medical staff onsite. The Canadian officials at the event are Janice Hunter of West Vancouver, B.C., Debbie Islam of Barrie, Ont., and Sally Rehorick of Vancouver, B.C.