OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have two teams competing at the 2018 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships this week from April 6-7 in Stockholm, Sweden. Twenty-five teams from 20 countries across the globe will be competing for the world title.
Nexxice, from the Burlington Skating Centre, and Les Suprêmes, from CPA Saint-Léonard, earned their entries to the world championships winning gold and silver respectively at the 2018 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships earlier this year in Oshawa, Ont.
Nexxice, the 2017 world bronze medallists, will be the first Canadian entry at the event. This season, they placed fifth at the 2018 French Cup and won gold at the 2018 Trophy D’Ecosse. The two-time consecutive Canadian champions are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.
Les Suprêmes will be the second Canadian entry. Last year, they placed eighth at this event. This season, they placed fourth at the 2017 Shanghai Trophy and won gold at the 2018 Mozart Cup. The Canadian silver medallists are coached by Marilyn Langlois, Pascal Denis and Amélie Brochu.
Karen Robertson of Chelsea, Que., will be the Canadian team leader at the event. Dr. Albert Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont., and physiotherapist Karen Seymour, of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite.
Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, will also be traveling with the team.