OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send 18 entries, for a total of 23 skaters to the third annual Skate Canada Autumn Classic International (#ACI16). Canada will have 10 entries at the senior level ISU Challenger Series event including two entries per discipline in men’s and pair and three entries per discipline in ladies and ice dance. The junior category of the event will feature eight Canadian entries including two in men’s and six in ladies. The event runs from September 28-October 1, 2016, at the Sportplexe Pierrefonds in Montreal, Que.
Keegan Messing, 24, Girdwood, Alaska, USA, is one of two Canadian entries in men’s. Last season, Messing placed fifth at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, 11th at Skate Canada International and sixth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The representative of Sherwood Park FSC is coached by Ralph Burghart in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
Bennet Toman, 19, Brampton, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in men’s. Last season, he placed sixth at this event. Toman also placed eighth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and fourth at the 2016 Coupe de Printemps. He is coached by Robert O’Toole in Mississauga, Ont.
Canadian Champion Alaine Chartrand, 20, Prescott, Ont., is the first of three Canadian entries in the ladies category. Last year, Chartrand placed 12th at Skate America, sixth at the Rostelecom Cup, 11th at the ISU Four Continents Championships, and 17th at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The representative of the Nepean Skating Club is coached by Michelle Leigh and Brian Orser.
Michelle Long, 24, Newmarket, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in the ladies discipline. This will be her first international assignment. Last season, she placed fifth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Long is coached by Robert Burk and Danielle Rose in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Larkyn Austman, 18, Coquitlam, B.C., will also represent Canada in the ladies discipline. Last season, she finished sixth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She is coached by Zdenek Pazdirek in Coquitlam, B.C.
Canadian silver medallists in 2016, Julianne Séguin, 19, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 23, Trois-Pistoles, Que., are the first of two Canadian pair entries at the event. Last season, they placed fifth at the Nebelhorn Trophy, and won bronze at Skate America and Trophée Éric Bompard. Séguin and Bilodeau are coached by Josée Picard in Chambly, Que.
Camille Ruest, 22, Rimouski, Que., and Andrew Wolfe, 21, Calgary, Alta., will also represent Canada in pair. This will be their first international assignment together. Ruest and Wolfe are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in Montreal, Que.
Olympic and World champions Tessa Virtue, 27, London, Ont., and Scott Moir, 29, Ilderton, Ont., lead the Canadian entries in ice dance. Virtue and Moir return to competition after taking two seasons off following the 2014 Olympic Winter Games where they earned silver medals in ice dance and in the team event. Virtue and Moir are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Que.
Carolane Soucisse, 21, Châteauguay, Que., and Shane Firus, 22, Barrie, Ont., will also represent Canada in ice dance. This will be their first international assignment together. Soucisse and Firus are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon in Montreal, Que.
Haley Sales, 19, Burnaby, B.C., and Nikolas Wamsteeker, 19, Langley, B.C., are the third Canadian ice dance entry at the event. Last season, they placed fourth in the junior category at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Sales and Wamsteeker are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, B.C.
Canadian junior silver medallist Edrian Paul Celestino, 18, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., is one of two Canadian representatives in the junior men’s category. Last season, he placed fourth at this event in the junior category. This season, he placed ninth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Russia. He is coached by Daniel Beland in Montreal, Que.
Iliya Kovler, 13, Richmond Hill, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in the junior men’s category. This will be his first international assignment. Kovler placed fourth in the novice category at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Andrei Berezintsev in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Canadian junior silver medallist in 2016, Alicia Pineault, 16, Varennes, Que., is one of six Canadian entries in the junior ladies category. Last year, she won the silver medal at this event. This season, she placed 10th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic. Pineault is coached by Stéphane Yvars in Boucherville, Que.
Amanda Tobin, 16, Burlington, Ont., will also represent Canada in junior ladies. This will be her first international assignment. Tobin placed fifth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the junior category. She is coached by Leesa Velenosi, Raoul LeBlanc, and Kristy Bell in Burlington, Ont.
McKenna Colthorp, 15, Fort St. James, B.C., will represent Canada in the junior ladies category. Last year, she won the bronze medal at this event and placed seventh in the junior category at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She is coached by Karen Mongrain and Jason Mongrain in Kelowna, B.C.
Canadian novice champion in 2016, Aurora Cotop, 14, Toronto, Ont., will represent Canada in junior ladies. This will be her first international assignment. Cotop is coached by Jonathan Mills and Myke Gillman in Thornhill, Ont.
Canadian novice silver medallist Olivia Gran, 13, Kelowna, B.C., will represent Canada in junior ladies. Earlier this season she placed ninth at her ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment in France. Gran is coached by Karen and Jason Mongrain in Kelowna, B.C.
Also representing Canada in junior ladies is Lissa Anne McGaghey, 16, Campbellton, N.B. This will be her first international assignment. Last season, she placed 11th in the novice women’s category at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. McGaghey is coached by Stéphane Yvars in Boucherville, Que.
Scott Rachuk of Strathroy, Ont., and Terra Findlay of Echo Bay, Ont., will be the Canadian team leaders onsite. Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., and physiotherapist Josiane Roberge of Sillery, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Karen Howard of Regina, Sask., Jérôme Poulin of Montreal, Que., Véronique Gosselin of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Nicole Leblanc-Richard of Dieppe, N.B., will be the Canadian officials at the event.
The event will be live streamed on Skate Canada’s Dailymotion page.
CANADIAN SENIOR ENTRIES AT 2016 SKATE CANADA AUTUMN CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL
|Men’s||Keegan Messing||24||Girdwood, Alaska, USA||Sherwood Park FSC||Ralph Burghart|
|Men’s||Bennet Toman||19||Brampton, Ont.||CPAR Vaudreuil||Robert O’Toole|
|Ladies||Alaine Chartrand||20||Prescott, Ont.||Nepean Skating Club||Michelle Leigh/ Brian Orser|
|Ladies||Michelle Long||24||Newmarket, Ont.||Richmond Hill FSC||Robert Burk/ Danielle Rose|
|Ladies||Larkyn Austman||18||Coquitlam, B.C.||Connaught SC||Zdenek Pazdirek|
|Pair||Julianne Séguin/ Charlie Bilodeau||19/23||Longueuil, Que./ Trois-Pistoles, Que.||CPA Longueuil/ CPA Chambly||Josée Picard|
|Pair||Camille Ruest/ Andrew Wolfe||22/21||Rimouski, Que./ Balmertown, Ont.||CPA De Rimouski/ Glencoe Club||Richard Gauthier/ Bruno Marcotte|
|Ice Dance||Tessa Virtue/ Scott Moir||27/29||London, Ont./ Ilderton, Ont.||Ilderton SC/ Ilderton SC||Marie-France Dubreuil/ Patrice Lauzon|
|Ice Dance||Carolane Soucisse/ Shane Firus||21/22||Châteauguay, Que./ Barrie, Ont.||CPA Repentigny/ CPA Ahuntsic||Marie-France Dubreuil/ Patrice Lauzon|
|Haley Sales/ Nikolas Wamsteeker||18/18||Burnaby, B.C./ Langley, B.C.||Kelowna SC/ Champs International Skating Centre||Megan Wing/ Aaron Lowe|
CANADIAN JUNIOR ENTRIES AT 2016 SKATE CANADA AUTUMN CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL
|Men’s||Edrian Paul Celestino||18||Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.||Saint Laurent FSC||Daniel Beland|
|Men’s||Iliya Kovler||13||Richmond Hill, Ont.||Richmond Hill FSC||Andrei Berezintsev|
|Ladies||Alicia Pineault||16||Varennes, Que.||CPA Varennes||Stéphane Yvars|
|Ladies||Amanda Tobin||16||Burlington, Ont.||Burlington SC||Leesa Velenosi/ Raoul LeBlanc/ Kristy Bell|
|Ladies||McKenna Colthorp||15||Fort St. James, B.C.||Kelowna FSC||Karen Mongrain/ Jason Mongrain|
|Ladies||Aurora Cotop||14||Toronto, Ont.||Thornhill FSC||Jonathan Mills/ Myke Gillman|
|Ladies||Olivia Gran||13||Kelowna, B.C.||Kelowna FSC||Karen Mongrain/ Jason Mongrain|
|Ladies||Lissa Anne McGaghey||16||Campbellton, N.B.||Campbellton FSC||Stéphane Yvars|