Canadian junior skaters head to Austria for second stop on ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send three entries, for a total of five skaters to Salzburg, Austria, for the second stop on the 2017-2018 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Canada will have one entry in men and two entries in ice dance at the competition which takes place from August 31-September 2, 2017.

Canadian junior silver medallist Conrad Orzel, 17, Woodbridge, Ont., will be the sole Canadian men entry. Last season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, Orzel placed 10th in France and won the silver medal in Germany. He also won the silver medal in junior at the 2017 Bavarian Open and placed 13th at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. He is coached by Eva Najarro and trains in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Canadian junior silver medallists Ashlynne Stairs, 17, Calgary, Alta. and Lee Royer, 19, St. Albert, Alta., are the first of two Canadian ice dance entries at the event. Stairs and Royer finished seventh and fifth respectively at their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments in France and Slovenia last season. They also won the bronze medal in junior at the 2017 Bavarian Open and placed 14th at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Stairs and Royer are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, B.C.

Irina Galiyanova, 15, Ajax, Ont., and Tommy Tang, 18, Toronto, Ont., are the second Canadian ice dance entry. Last season, they placed 11th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Estonia and placed sixth in junior at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Galiyanova and Tang are coached by Carol Lane, Jon Lane and Juris Razgulajevs in Toronto, Ont.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, and Danielle Williams of Surrey, B.C., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Shirley Kushner of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Susan Morriss of Victoria, B.C., and Patty Klein of Mt. Royal, Que., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

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Live streaming will be available through the ISU’s YouTube channel.


Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Conrad Orzel 17 Woodbridge, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Eva Najarro
Ice Dance Ashlynne Stairs / Lee Royer 17/19 Calgary, Alta. / Ft. St. Albert, Alta. Champs International SC / Champs International SC Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe
Ice Dance Irina Galiyanova / Tommy Tang 15/18 Ajax, Ont. / Toronto, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Jon Lane / Juris Razgulajevs
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