Canadian skaters headed to Italy for final stop on Junior Grand Prix circuit

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have four entries, for a total of six skaters at the last stop of the 2019-2020 Junior Grand Prix circuit. Team Canada’s entries include one entry in men, one entry in women and two entries in ice dance. The event will take place from October 2-5, 2019 in Egna, Italy.

Wesley Chiu, 15, Richmond, B.C., will be the lone Canadian entry in men. Last season, Chiu won gold at the 2019 Skate Canada Challenge in novice and then went on to win the novice title at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Keegan and Eileen Murphy in Richmond, B.C.

Kaiya Ruiter, 13, Calgary, Alta., will be the lone Canadian entry in women. At her first JGP event, Ruiter finished 11th. She is coached by Scott Davis and Jeff Langdon in Calgary, Alta.

Natalie D’Alessandro, 15, Toronto, Ont., and Bruce Waddell, 17, Toronto, Ont., will be the first Canadian entry in ice dance. This season, the team just missed the podium at Latvia, finishing fourth. They are coached by Tracy Wilson, Andrew Hallam and Joey Russell in Toronto, Ont.

Olivia McIsaac, 17, Burlington, Ont., and Corey Circelli, 16, Toronto, Ont., will also represent Canada in ice dance. The duo placed ninth at Courchevel earlier this season. They are coached by Andrew Hallam in Toronto, Ont.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada Next Gen Director and Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., will be the team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Shirley Kushner of Westmount, Que., and Dr. Ghislaine Robert of Montreal, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Andrea Derby of Windsor, Ont., and Janice Hunter of Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian judges attending the event.

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Men Wesley Chiu 15 Richmond, B.C. Connaught SC Keegan Murphy / Eileen Murphy
Women Kaiya Ruiter 13 Calgary, Alta. Glencoe Club Scott Davis / Jeff Langdon
Ice Dance Natalie D’Alessandro / Bruce Waddell 15 / 17 Toronto, Ont. / Toronto, Ont. Toronto CS & CC Tracy Wilson / Andrew Hallam / Joey Russell
Ice Dance Olivia McIsaac / Corey Circelli 17 / 16 Burlington, Ont. / Toronto, Ont. Toronto CS & CC Andrew Hallam
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