OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have six entries, for a total of ten skaters at the third ISU Junior Grand Prix of the season, taking place in Riga, Latvia. Canada will have one entry per discipline in men and ladies, and two entries per discipline in pairs and ice dance. The event takes place from September 6-9, 2017.
Canadian novice champion Corey Circelli, 14, Vaughan, Ont., will be the Canadian men’s entry at the event. This will be his first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment. Last season, he placed fourth at the 2017 Bavarian Open. Circelli is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.
Canadian junior bronze medallist Alison Schumacher, 14, Toronto, Ont., is the sole Canadian entry in ladies. This will be her first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment. Schumacher is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.
Canadian junior champions Evelyn Walsh, 16, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 21, Strathroy, Ont., are one of two Canadian junior pairs competing at this event. Last season, they placed 11th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Estonia and fifth in Germany. They also won the junior level at the 2017 Bavarian Open, and placed fifth at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Walsh and Michaud are coached by Alison Purkiss and Margaret Purdy, and train in London, Ont.
Chloe Choinard, 15, Brossard, Que., and Mathieu Ostiguy, 20, Granby, Que., are the second Canadian pairs entry. This will be the first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment for the team who paired up earlier this year. Choinard and Ostiguy are coached by Bruno Marcotte, Richard Gauthier, Sylvie Fullum and Cynthia Lemaire in Saint-Léonard, Que.
Alicia Fabbri, 14, Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio, 20, Laval, Que., are one of two Canadian entries in ice dance. Last season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit they placed fourth in Russia and sixth in Germany. They also placed fifth in the junior category at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Fabbri and Pietrantonio are coached by Julien Lalonde, Mylène Girard and Lynn McKay and train in St. Hubert, Que.
Valerie Taillefer, 18, Montreal, Que., and Jason Chan, 21, Saint-Laurent, Que., will also represent Canada in ice dance. Last season, they placed fourth in the junior category at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Taillefer and Chan are coached by Élise Hamel and Shawn Winter in Montreal, Que.
Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, and Cynthia Ullmark of Canmore, Alta., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., and physiotherapist Pat Stanziano of Oakville, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Glenn Fortin of Aurora, Ont., and Sabrina Wong of Toronto, Ont., are the Canadian officials at the event.
The ISU will be live streaming the competition via the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #3 – RIGA, LATVIA
|Men||Corey Circelli||14||Vaughan, Ont.||Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club||Lee Barkell|
|Ladies||Alison Schumacher||14||Toronto, Ont.||Riverside SC||Lee Barkell|
|Pairs||Evelyn Walsh/ Trennt Michaud||16/21||London, Ont./ Strathroy, Ont.||London SC/ Prince Edward SC||Alison Purkiss/ Margaret Purdy|
|Pairs||Chloe Choinard/ Mathieu Ostiguy||15/20||Frankford, Ont./ Granby, Que.||CPA St. Léonard/ CPA Saint-Césaire||Bruno Marcotte/ Richard Gauthier/ Sylvie Fullum/ Cynthia Lemaire|
|Alicia Fabbri/ Claudio Pietrantonio||14/20||Terrebonne, Que./ Laval, Que.||CPA Terrebonne/ CPA Laval||Julien Lalonde/ Mylène Girard/ Lynn McKay|
|Valerie Taillefer/ Jason Chan||18/21||Montreal, Que./ Saint-Laurent, Que.||Club de Patinage des Deux-Rives/ Saint Laurent FSC||Élise Hamel/ Shawn Winter|