Skate Canada skaters headed to Slovakia for Ondrej Nepela Trophy

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have three entries, for a total of four skaters at the 25th annual Ondrej Nepela Trophy, the fourth event on the 2017 ISU Challenger Series. Canada will have one entry per discipline in men, ladies and pairs at the competition which runs from September 21-23, 2017, in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Nicolas Nadeau, 19, Boisbriand, Que., will be Canada’s entry in men’s. Last season, he placed 11th at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, fourth in senior at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, won the junior level at the Bavarian Open, and placed 12th at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Nadeau trains in Rosemère, Que., and is coached by Yvan Desjardins.

Larkyn Austman, 19, Coquitlam, B.C., will represent Canada in the ladies discipline. Last season, she finished 12th at the 2016 Autumn Classic International and fourth at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She is coached by Zdenek Pazdirek and Liz Putnam in Coquitlam, B.C.

Natasha Purich, 22, Sherwood Park, Alta., and Davin Portz, 21, Calgary, Alta., will be the Canadian pair entry at the event. This will be their first international assignment since teaming up in the offseason. Purich and Portz are coached by Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay in Calgary, Alta.

Cody Hay of Calgary, Alta., will be the Canadian team leader at the event. Physiotherapist Shirley Kushner of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Véronique Gosselin of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

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Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Nicolas Nadeau 19 Boisbriand, Que. CPA Boisbriand Yvan Desjardins
Ladies Larkyn Austman 19 Coquitlam, B.C. Coquitlam SC Zdenek Pazdirek / Liz Putnam
Pairs Natasha Purich/ Davin Portz 22/21 Sherwood Park, Alta. / Calgary, Alta. Calalta FSC / Calalta FSC Anabelle Langlois / Cody Hay
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