Canadians off to France for Trophée Eric Bompard

OTTAWA, ON: Seven Canadians skaters are preparing to head to Bordeaux, France for the 2014 Trophée Eric Bompard competition this week from November 21-23, 2014. Canada will send one entry in ladies and pair and two in ice dance.

Trophée Eric Bompard is the fifth of six competitions on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit, which qualifies skaters for the ISU Grand Prix Final, taking place December 11-14 in Barcelona, Spain.

Alexandra Paul, 23, Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam, 24, Barrie, Ont., are one of two Canadian entries in the ice dance category. This will be their second stop on the grand prix circuit; they placed fifth at Cup of China at the start of November. Representing the Barrie SC, Paul and Islam train at the Detroit Skating Club with coaches Pasquale Camerlengo, Angelika Krylova, and Natalia Deller.

Piper Gilles, 22, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 22, Unionville, Ont., will compete in ice dance. They have captured two silver medals already this season, at the Skate Canada Autumn Classic International and then at their first grand prix stop in Kelowna, B.C., at Skate Canada International. Representing the Scarboro FSC they are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs at Ice Dance Elite in Scarborough, Ont.

Véronik Mallet, 20, Sept-Îles, Que., is the only Canadian in the ladies division. The representative of CPA Sept-Îles placed 10th at Skate Canada International earlier this season and seventh at the Nebelhorn Trophy. She is coached by Annie Barabé and Maximin Coïa at CTC Contrecoeur.

In pair Kirsten Moore-Towers, 22, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 22, Sarnia, Ont., will represent Canada. This will only be their second completion together after teaming up in the spring. The representatives of Kitchener-Waterloo SC and Point Edward SC placed sixth at Skate Canada International, their international debut. Moore-Towers and Marinaro are coached by Kristy Wirtz and Kris Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.

Carolyn Allwright of Kitchener, Ont., will be the Canadian team leader. Dr. Lee Schofield of Toronto, Ont., and physiotherapist Scott Fraser of Kingston, Ont., will be the Canadian medical team onsite. Skate Canada President Leanna Caron will be the Canadian official at the event.

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Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Ice Dance Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam 23/24 Midhurst, Ont. / Barrie, Ont. Barrie SC / Barrie SC Pasquale Camerlengo / Angelika Krylova / Natalia Deller
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 22/22 Toronto, Ont. – Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs
Pair Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 22/22 St. Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. Kitchener-Waterloo SC / Point Edward SC Inc. Kristy Wirtz / Kris Wirtz
Ladies Véronik Mallet 20 Sept- Îles, Que. CPA Sept-Îles Annie Barabé / Maximin Coïa
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