OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have five entries, for a total of seven skaters at the third stop of the 2019 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Riga, Latvia. Team Canada’s entries will include two entries in men, one entry in women and two entries in ice dance. The event will take place from September 4-7, 2019.

Joseph Phan, 18, Toronto, Ont., will be the first Canadian entry in men. Last season on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, Phan finished third at Czech Skate. At the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, he placed 12th. He finished fourth in senior at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Phan is coached by Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.

Eric Liu, 18, Edmonton, Alta., will be the second Canadian entry in men. Liu finished 11th in senior at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Ravi Walia in Edmonton, Alta.

Canadian novice champion Kaiya Ruiter, 13, Calgary, AB., will be the lone Canadian entry in women. This will be her first season on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. Ruiter is coached by Scott Davis and Jeff Langdon in Calgary, Alta.

Canadian junior ice dance bronze medallists Natalie D’Alessandro, 15, Toronto, Ont., and Bruce Waddell, 17, Toronto, Ont., will be the first Canadian entry in ice dance. Last year, the team finished fourth at JGP Cup of Austria and sixth at JGP Canada. They are coached by Tracy Wilson, Andrew Hallam and Joey Russell in Toronto, Ont.

Canadian novice bronze medallists Isabel McQuilkin, 16, Calgary, Alta., and Jacob Portz, 18, Calgary, Alta., will be the second Canadian entry in ice dance. This will be their first season on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. Last season, the two finished second at the 2018 Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships (novice). The team is coached by Kim Weeks, Tyler Myles and Ben Westenberger in Calgary, Alta.

Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., and Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, will be the team leaders at the event. Physiotherapist Sylvia Cyurisek of Berwyn, Alta., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Andrew Bosco of Thorold, Ont., and Erika Topolski of Fredericton, N.B., will be the Canadian officials attending the event.

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #3 – RIGA, LATVIA

DISCIPLINE NAME AGE HOMETOWN CLUB COACH
Men Joseph Phan 18 Toronto, Ont. Toronto CS & CC Brian Orser
Men Eric Liu 18 Edmonton, Alta. Ice Palace FSC Ravi Walia
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 Isabel McQuilkin / Jacob Portz 16/18 Calgary, Alta. / Calgary, Alta. Calalta SC Kim Weeks / Tyler Myles / Ben Westenberger