OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have five entries, for a total of seven skaters, competing at the third stop of the 2018-2019 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The event is taking place in Kaunas, Lithuania, at the Zalgirio Arena from September 5-8, 2018. Canada will have two entries per discipline in men and ice dance, and one entry in women.
Joseph Phan, 17, Toronto, Ont., is the first of two Canadian men entries. Last year on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit Phan placed fourth in Australia and won silver in Croatia. He also placed sixth in senior at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and fourth at the 2018 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Phan is coached by Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.
Eric Liu, 17, Edmonton, Alta., will be the second Canadian entry in the men’s category. Last season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, Liu placed 12th in Italy. He also placed 14th in senior at the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Ravi Walia in Edmonton, Alta.
Emily Bausback, 16, Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian entry in women. Last season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, she placed 11th in Croatia. Bausback is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.
Ashlynne Stairs, 18, Barrie, Ont., and Elliott Graham, 20, Angus, Ont., are one of two Canadian entries in ice dance. This will be their first international assignment since teaming up this year. They are coached by David Islam, Kelly Johnson and James Callan in Barrie, Ont.
Irina Galiyanova, 16, Toronto, Ont., and Grayson Lochhead, 18, Sweaburg, Ont., will also represent Canada in ice dance, and this will also be their first international assignment since teaming up in the offseason. They are coached by Carol Lane, Jon Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Marc-André Servant in Scarborough, Ont.
Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, and Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Shirley Kushner of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Susan Morriss of Victoria, B.C., and Erica Topolski of Fredericton, N.B., will be the Canadian officials at the event.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #3 – KAUNAS, LITHUANIA
|Men||Joseph Phan||17||Toronto, Ont.||CPA Laval||Brian Orser|
|Men||Eric Liu||17||Edmonton, Alta.||Ice Palace FSC||Ravi Walia|
|Women||Emily Bausback||16||Vancouver, B.C.||Champs International Skating Centre||Joanne McLeod|
|Ice Dance||Ashlynne Stairs / Elliott Graham||18/20||Barrie, Ont. / Angus, Ont.||Champs International Skating Centre / Barrie SC||David Islam / Kelly Johnson / James Callan|
|Ice Dance||Irina Galiyanova / Grayson Lochhead||16/18||Toronto, Ont. / Sweaburg, Ont.||Scarboro FSC / Woodstock SC||Carol Lane / Jon Lane / Juris Razgulajevs / Marc-André Servant|