Five Canadian skaters headed to Japan for NHK Trophy

Ottawa, ON: Team Canada will be competing at the 2018 NHK Trophy in Hiroshima, Japan from November 9-11. This will be the fourth stop on the ISU (International Skating Union) Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

In the men’s category, Kevin Reynolds will be the lone male representing Canada. Reynolds finished eighth at the Autumn Classic International in September and 11th at Skate America in October.

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro will be representing Canada in the pairs category. They have medaled at their three international events this season so far, winning silver at Autumn Classic International and at Finlandia Trophy and most recently they won bronze at  Skate Canada International.

In the ice dance, Carolane Soucisse and Shane Firus will be the Canadian team in Japan. They won bronze earlier this season at the Autumn Classic International and placed eighth at the Skate Canada International.


Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Men Kevin Reynolds 28 Vancouver, B.C. Champs International Skating Center Joanne McLeod
Pairs Kirsten Moore-Towers / Michael Marinaro 26/26 St.Catharines, Ont. / Sarnia, Ont. Winter Club of St. Catharines / Point Edward SC Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte, Sylie Fullum
Ice Dance Carolane Soucisse / Shane Firus 23/24 Chateauguay, Que. / North Vancouver, B.C. SC Repentigny / SC Repentigny Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon

Cynthia Ullmark of Canmore, AB., and Mike Slipchuk, the High Performance Director, will be the team leaders at the event. Dr. John Philpott of Toronto, Ont., and physiotherapist Shirley Kushner of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Cynthia Benson of Quispamsis, N.B., and Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

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