Canadians in Poland for sixth stop on 2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have seven entries, for a total of twelve skaters at the sixth stop on the 2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, in Gdansk, Poland. The event takes place from October 4-7, 2017, and will feature one Canadian entry per discipline in men and ladies, three entries in pairs and two entries in ice dance.

Canadian junior silver medallist Conrad Orzel, 17, Woodbridge, Ont., will be the sole Canadian men entry. Orzel placed seventh at his first ISU Junior Grand Prix this season, in Austria. He is coached by Eva Najarro and trains in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Canadian junior champion Aurora Cotop, 15, Toronto, Ont., will represent Canada in ladies. This season, she placed seventh at the first ISU Junior Grand Prix, which took place in Australia. Cotop is coached by Jonathan Mills and Myke Gillman in Thornhill, Ont.

Canadian junior silver medallists Lori-Anne Matte, 18, Lévis, Que., and Thierry Ferland, 20, Lévis, Que., are the first of three Canadian pairs entries at the event. Matte and Ferland placed eighth earlier this season at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Belarus. They are coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in St. Leonard, Que.

Canadian novice champions Chloé Panetta, 14, Laval, Que., and Steven Lapointe, 20, Acton Vale, Que., are the second Canadian pairs entry at the event. This season, they placed sixth at their first ISU Junior Grand Prix, in Belarus. Panetta and Lapointe are also coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte in St. Leonard, Que.

Gabrielle Levesque, 14, Bridgewater, N.S., and Pier-Alexandre Hudon, 19, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Que., will be the third Canadian pair entry. This will be the first international assignment for the pair who teamed up less than a year ago. Levesque and Hudon are coached by Charleen Cameron in Upper Tantallon, N.S.

Olivia Han, 15, Waterloo, Ont., and Grayson Lochhead, 17, Sweaburg, Ont., will be one of two Canadian entries in ice dance. Last season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, Han and Lochhead placed eighth in Japan. They are coached by Carol Lane, Jon Lane and Juris Razguliaevs in Scarborough, Ont.

Olivia McIsaac, 15, Burlington, Ont., and Elliott Graham, 19, Angus, Ont., are the second Canadian ice dance entry at the event. This will be their first international assignment since teaming up less than a year ago. McIsaac and Graham are coached by David Islam in Barrie, Ont.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, and Greg Folk of Calgary, Alta., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Ghislaine Robert of Montreal, Que., and physiotherapist Paige Larson of North Vancouver B.C., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Lorna Schroder of Georgetown, Ont., and Erica Topolski of Fredericton, N.B., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

The ISU will be live streaming the competition via the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel. For results and full entries please visit


Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Conrad Orzel 17 Woodbridge, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Eva Najarro
Ladies Aurora Cotop 15 Toronto, Ont. Thornhill FSC Jonathan Mills / Myke Gillman
Pairs Lori-Anne Matte / Thierry Ferland 18/20 Lévis, Que. / Lévis, Que. CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean / CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte
Pairs Chloé Panetta / Steven Lapointe 14/20 Laval, Que. / Acton Vale, Que. CPA Les Lames d’Argent de Laval Inc. / CPA Les Étincelles d’Acton Vale Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte
Pairs Gabrielle Levesque / Pier-Alexandre Hudon 14/19 Bridgewater, N.S. / Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Que. St. Margaret’s Bay SC / CPA La Pocatière Inc. Charleen Cameron
Ice Dance Olivia Han / Grayson Lochhead 15/17 Waterloo, Ont. / Sweaburg, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Woodstock SC Carol Lane / Jon Lane / Juris Razguliaevs
Ice Dance Olivia McIsaac / Elliott Graham 15/19 Burlington, Ont. / Angus, Ont. Burlington Skating Centre / Barrie SC David Islam
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