Canadian skaters headed to Croatia for Junior Grand Prix #6

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have seven entries, for a total of 11 skaters at the sixth stop on the 2019 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit in Zagreb, Croatia. Canada’s entries will include two entries in men, one entry in women, two entries in pair and two entries in ice dance. The event will take place from September 25-28, 2019.

Stephen Gogolev, 14, Toronto, Ont., will be the first Canadian entry in men. This season, Stephen finished second at Lake Placid. Last season, Gogolev won gold at Bratislava and at the 2019 Junior Grand Prix Final. He is coached by Rafael Arutyunan and Lee Barkell in Irvine, USA.

Aleksa Rakic, 14, Burnaby, B.C., will be the second Canadian entry in men. Rakic brought home a silver medal this season at Courchevel.  Last season, he placed eighth at Bratislava and sixth at Ostrava. He is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.

Alison Schumacher, 16, Tecumseh, Ont., will be the lone Canadian entry in women. This season, Schumacher finished 18th in Courchevel. Last season, she placed ninth at JGP Bratislava and 12th at JGP Canada. She is coached by Brian Orser, Tracy Wilson and Joey Russell in Toronto, Ont.

Patricia Andrew, 14, London, Ont., and Zachary Daleman, 19, Newmarket, Ont., will be the first of two Canadian entries in pairs. This season, the team finished eighth at Russia. The two are coached by Alison Purkiss and Bryce Davison in Brantford, Ont.

Chloe Panetta, 16, Laval, Que., and Benjamin Mimar, 18, Terrebonne, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in pairs. Last season, the two finished ninth at JGP Canada and fourth in junior at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships. They are coached by Richard Gauthier in Saint-Léonard, Que.

Emmy Bronsard, 14, Montreal, Que., and Aissa Bouaraguia, 18, Montreal, Que., will be the first Canadian entry in ice dance. This season, they finished fourth at Courchevel. Last season on the JGP circuit, the two finished fourth at Ostrava and sixth at Yerevan. They are coached by Patrice Lauzon, Marie-France Dubreuil, Pascal Denis and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Que.

Nadiia Bashynska, 15, Ajax, Ont., and Peter Beaumont, 18, Ajax, Ont., will be the second Canadian entry in ice dance. The two brought home a bronze medal at JGP Russia this season. Last season, they finished ninth at Bratislava and first at Lake Placid Ice Dance International. They are coached by Carol and Jon Lane, Juris Razgulajevs and Marc-André Servant in Scarboro, Ont.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director and Marie Bowness of Chester, N.S., will be the team leaders at the event. Dr. Edward Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., and physiotherapist Meghan Shewchuk of Lloydminster, Alta., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite.

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Men Stephen Gogolev 14 Toronto, Ont. Great Parks Ice & Five Points Arena Rafael Arutyunan / Lee Barkell
Men Aleksa Rakic 14 Burnaby, B.C. Champs International Skating Club of B.C. Joanne McLeod
Women Alison Schumacher 16 Tecumseh, Ont. Toronto CS & CC Brian Orser / Tracy Wilson / Joey Russell
Pair Patricia Andrew / Zachary Daleman 14 / 19 London, Ont. / Newmarket, Ont. Brantford Competitive Skating Centre Alison Purkiss / Bryce Davison
Pair Chloe Panetta / Benjamin Mimar 16 / 18 Laval, Que. / Terrebonne, Que. CPA Saint-Léonard Richard Gauthier
Ice Dance Emmy Bronsard / Aissa Bouaraguia 14 / 18 Montreal, Que. / Montreal, Que. Montreal International Skating School Romain Haguenauer
Ice Dance Nadiia Bashynska / Peter Beaumont 15 / 18 Ajax, Ont. / Ajax, Ont. Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Jon Lane / Juris Razgulajevs / Marc-André Servant
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