OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have 13 entries, for a total of 15 skaters competing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the 2018 Skate Milwaukee. The event, hosted by the Wisconsin Figure Skating Club, takes place July 11-15, 2018. Canada will have five entries in novice men, six entries in novice women and two novice pairs.

The event is the first in a series of three competitions on the 2018 North American Series. The novice-level series was developed by U.S. Figure Skating and Skate Canada’s Athlete Development and High-Performance Development Departments to provide international development competition opportunities for athletes that competed at the sectional or national level, to simulate an international competition, and compete against top athletes from both the U.S. and Canada.

The 2018 North American Series will be comprised of three events: Skate Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from July 11-15, 2018, Lake Placid Ice Dance Competition in Lake Placid, New York, from July 24-27, 2018 and the Skate Ontario Summer Skate in Toronto (North York), Ontario, from August 16-19, 2018.

Wesley Chiu, 13, Vancouver, B.C., is one of five Canadian novice men entries. Chiu placed ninth in novice at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Keegan Murphy and trains in Richmond, B.C.

Tim Pomares, 15, Okotoks, Alta., is the second Canadian novice men entry at the event. He placed 10th in novice at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Pomares is coached by Kerri Roberts in Okotoks, Alta.

Shuma Mugii, 15, Vancouver, B.C., will also represent Canada in the novice men category. Mugii finished 11th at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in novice. He is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.

Also representing Canada in novice men is Rio Morita, 13, Thornhill, Ont. Morita placed 13th at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in novice. He is coached by Karen Preston in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian pre-novice bronze medallist, Jake Ellis, 12, Essex, Ont., rounds out the Canadian novice men entries. Ellis trains in Windsor, Ont., with coach Lori Lafferty-Vilnef.

Mélaurie Boivin, 14, Alma, Que., is one of six Canadian representatives in novice women. Last season, Boivin placed seventh in novice women at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and won the silver medal in novice women at the 2018 Egna Spring Trophy. She trains in Chicoutimi, Que., with coach Marlène Picard.

Vienna Harwood, 13, West Kelowna, B.C., is the second Canadian novice women entry. Harwood placed 10th among novice women at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She is coached by Karen Mongrain and Jason Mongrain in Kelowna, B.C.

Canadian pre-novice champion, Melody Zhu, 13, Vancouver, B.C., will be the third Canadian entry in the novice women category. Zhou trains in Burnaby, B.C., with coach Joanne McLeod.

Canadian pre-novice silver medallist, Alexa Matveev, 11, Thornhill, Ont., will also represent Canada in the novice women category. Matveev trains in Toronto, Ont., with coach Jamie Forsythe.

Also representing Canada in the novice women’s category is Lia Pereira, 14, Milton, Ont. Pereira placed 11th in Canada in the pre-novice women category last season. She is coached by Nancy Lemaire in Milton, Ont.

Emma Szeto, 13, Vancouver, B.C., completes the Canadian novice women entries at this event. Szeto placed fourteenth in Canada in the pre-novice women category last season. She is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.

Mackenzie Ripley, 16, St. Thomas, Ont., and Owen Brawley, 18, Waterloo, Ont., are the first of two Canadian novice pair entries at the event. Last season, they placed sixth in novice at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Ripley and Brawley are coached by Kris Wirtz in Waterloo, Ont.

Canadian pre-novice silver medallists Jamie Fournier, 13, Brossard, Que., and Gabriel Farand, 17, Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Que., will be the second Canadian novice pair entry at the event. Fournier and Farand are coached by Bruno Marcotte in Saint-Leonard, Que.

Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., will act as the Canadian team representative at the event. Stephanie Lafleur Morin of Ignace, Ont., and Karen Butcher of Greely, Ont., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

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CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2018 SKATE MILWAUKEE

DISCIPLINE NAME AGE HOMETOWN CLUB COACH
Novice Men Wesley Chiu 13 Vancouver, B.C. Connaught SC Keegan Murphy
Novice Men Tim Pomares 15 Okotoks, Alta. Okotoks FSC Kerri Roberts
Novice Men Shuma Mugii 15 Vancouver, B.C. Champs International Skating Centre of B.C. Joanne McLeod
Novice Men Rio Morita 13 Thornhill, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Karen Preston
Novice Men Jake Ellis 12 Essex, Ont. South Windsor FSC Lori Lafferty-Vilnef
Novice Women Mélaurie Boivin 14 Desbiens, Que. CPA Chicoutimi Marlène Picard
Novice Women Vienna Harwood 13 West Kelowna, B.C. Kelowna FSC Jason Mongrain/ Karen Mongrain
Novice Women Melody Zhou 13 Vancouver, B.C. Champs International Skating Centre of B.C. Joanne McLeod
Novice Women Alexa Matveev 11 Thornhill, Ont. Greater Toronto Skating Academy Jamie Forsythe
Novice Women Lia Pereira 14 Milton, Ont. Milton SC Nancy Lemaire
Novice Women Emma Szeto 13 Vancouver, B.C. Champs International Skating Centre of B.C. Joanne McLeod
Novice Pairs Mackenzie Ripley/ Owen Brawley 16/18 St. Thomas, Ont./ Waterloo, Ont. St. Thomas FSC/ Kitchener-Waterloo SC Kris Wirtz
Novice Pairs Jamie Fournier/ Gabriel Farand 13/17 Brossard, Que./ Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Que. CPA Brossard/ CPA Beloeil Bruno Marcotte