ISU Grand Prix circuit continues as Canadians head to France

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have four entries, for a total of six skaters, competing at the Trophée Éric Bompard from November 12-15, 2015 at the Mériadeck ice rink in Bordeaux, France. Canada will have one entry per discipline at the event which is the fourth stop on the 2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

Three-time World Champion and double Olympic silver medallist (men’s and team) Patrick Chan, 24, Toronto, Ont., leads the Canadian team in men’s. This will be his second international assignment since returning to competition after taking the 2014-2015 season off, having won gold at the 2015 Skate Canada International. The representative of the Granite Club has previously competed at this event five times, winning gold on four occasions (2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013). He is coached by Kathy Johnson and trains at the Detroit Skating Club.

Canadian champion Gabrielle Daleman, 17, Newmarket, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in ladies. This will be her first time competing at this event. Earlier this season, she placed fourth at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy and fifth at Skate Canada International. Daleman is coached by Lee Barkell and Brian Orser at the Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club.

Canadian bronze medallists Julianne Séguin, 19, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 22, Trois-Pistoles, Que., will be the Canadian pair entry at the event. This will also be their first time competing at this event. Earlier this season, they placed fifth at the Nebelhorn Trophy on and won bronze at their first ISU Senior Grand Prix assignment, Skate America. The representatives of CPA Longueuil and CPA Chambly are coached by Josée Picard in Chambly, Que.

Canadian silver medallists Piper Gilles, 23, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 24, Unionville, Ont., will represent Canada in ice dance. This will be their third time competing at this event, having won silver last year and placing sixth in 2012. Earlier this season, they won gold at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy and bronze at Skate America. The representatives of Scarboro FSC are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs at Ice Dance Elite in Scarborough, Ont.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, will be the Canadian team leader at the event and physiotherapist Shirley Kushner of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Benoît Lavoie of Baie St-Paul, Que., and Jean Senft of West Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

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Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Patrick Chan 24 Toronto, Ont. Granite Club Kathy Johnson
Ladies Gabrielle Daleman 17 Newmarket, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell / Brian Orser
Pair Julianne Séguin / Charlie Bilodeau 19/22 Longueuil, Que. / Trois-Pistoles, Que. CPA Longueuil / CPA Chambly Josée Picard
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 23/24 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs
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