OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send an eight member team to the 2015 ISU World Team Trophy taking place for the fourth time Tokyo, Japan from April 15-19. The team will consist of two entries in ladies and men’s, and one entry in pair and ice dance.
The countries ranked one to six on the ISU team standings qualify for the event. This year the six-country competition will include teams from Russia, USA, Japan, Canada, France, and China. Skaters compete in their disciplines with short programs/dance and free skates/dance. After the results, they receive placement points, which are then added together and the team with the highest points total will win the title. Teams will compete for a total of $1 million USD in prize money.
Canada has medal at all three previous events, winning silver at the inaugural event in 2009, bronze in 2012 and silver in 2013.
Leading the Canadian team are 2015 World Pair Champions Meagan Duhamel, 29, Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, 30, Balmertown, Ont. They competed at this event both in 2012 and 2013. Duhamel will also act as the captain for Team Canada. The representatives of Walden FSC and CPA Saint-Léonard are coached by Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte, and Sylvie Fullum at CPA Saint-Léonard.
The Canadian ice dance entry will be 2015 world ice dance bronze medallists Kaitlyn Weaver, 26, Waterloo, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 28, Waterloo, Ont. This will be their second trip to this event, having won silver in 2013. Weaver and Poje represent the Sault FSC and Kitchener-Waterloo SC and are coached by Pasquale Camerlengo and Angelika Krylova in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Canadian champion Nam Nguyen, 16, Toronto, Ont., is the first of two Canadian entries in men’s. Nguyen will make his debut at this event following a fifth place finish at the world championships. He is coached by Brian Orser and Ernest Pryhitka at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club.
Canadian silver medalists Jeremy Ten, 26, Vancouver, B.C., will compete at the ISU World Team Trophy for the first time. Ten represents the Grandview Skating Club and is coached by Joanne McLeod and Neil Wilson at the Champs International Skating Centre.
In ladies, Gabrielle Daleman, 17, Newmarket, Ont., will make her second trip to this event after winning silver in 2013. The Canadian champion is a representative of Richmond Hill FSC. She is coached by Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev and trains at the Richmond Training Centre in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Canadian silver medallist Alaine Chartrand, 19, Prescott, Ont., will be Canada’s second entry in the ladies category. This will be her first time competing at this event. Chartrand is coached by Michelle Leigh and Brian Orser and represents the Nepean Skating Club.
The team leader for the event will be Skate Canada High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk. Physiotherapist Shirley Kushner of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian medical personnel onsite. Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., and Andrea Derby of Windsor, Ont., will be the Canadian officials at the event.
For results and full entries please visit www.isu.org.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2015 ISU WORLD TEAM TROPHY
|Mens||Nam Nguyen||16||Toronto, Ont.||Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club||Brian Orser / Ernest Pryhitka|
|Mens||Jeremy Ten||26||Vancouver, B.C.||Grandview SC||Joanne McLeod / Neil Wilson|
|Ladies||Gabrielle Daleman||17||Newmarket, Ont.||Richmond Hill FSC||Andrei Berezintsev / Inga Zusev|
|Ladies||Alaine Chartrand||19||Prescott, Ont.||Nepean Skating Club||Michelle Leigh|
|Pairs||Meagan Duhamel / Eric Radford||29/30||Lively, Ont. / Balmertown, Ont.||Walden FSC / CPA Saint-Léonard||Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte / Sylvie Fullum|
|Ice Dance||Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje||26/28||Waterloo, Ont. / Waterloo, Ont.||Sault FSC / Kitchener-Waterloo SC||Pasquale Camerlengo / Angelika Krylova|