Eight Canadian skaters headed to Finland for Finlandia Trophy

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have five entries, for a total of eight skaters competing at the 2019 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland. Canada will have one entry in men, one entry in women, two entries in pairs and one entry in ice dance. This event marks the 24th edition of the Finlandia Trophy and it is the sixth stop of the 2019 ISU Challenger Series.

Roman Sadovsky, 20, Vaughn, Ont., will be the lone Canadian entry in men. Last season, Sadovsky finished 12th at Skate Canada International and seventh at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Tracey Wainman and Grzegorz Filipowski in Richmond Hill, Ont.

Gabrielle Daleman, 21, Newmarket, Ont., will be the lone Canadian entry in women. Daleman finished fifth at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and 11th at the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. She is coached by Lee Barkell in Toronto, Ont.

Lubov Ilyushechkina, 27, Toronto, Ont., and Charlie Bilodeau, 26, Trois-Pistoles, Que., will be the first Canadian entry in pairs. This will be the first ever competition for this team, having announced their partnership in March. The two are coached by Richard Gauthier in Saint-Léonard, Que.

National pairs silver medallists, Evelyn Walsh, 18, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 23, Trenton, Ont., will be the second Canadian pairs entry. Last season, the two made their ISU World Figure Skating Championships debut where they finished 12th. They are coached by Alison Purkiss in Brantford, Ont.

National junior ice dance champions, Marjorie Lajoie, 18, Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha, 20, Saint-Hubert, Que., will be the lone ice dancers representing Canada. Last season, the two brought home a gold medal at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer in Montreal, Que.

Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director will be the team leader at the event. Physiotherapist Mireille Landry of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Karen Howard of Regina, Sask., and Nicole LeBlanc-Richard of Dieppe, N.B., will be the Canadian officials attending the event.

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


Men Roman Sadovsky 20 Vaughn, Ont. York Region Skating Academy Tracey Wainman / Grzegorz Filipowski
Women Gabrielle Daleman 21 Newmarket, Ont. Granite Club Lee Barkell
Pair Lubov Ilyushechkina / Charlie Bilodeau 27 / 26 Toronto, Ont. / Trois-Pistoles, Que. CPA Saint-Léonard / CPA Chambly Richard Gauthier
Pair Evelyn Walsh / Trennt Michaud 18 / 23 London, Ont. / Trenton, Ont. London SC / Trenton SC Alison Purkiss
Ice Dance Marjorie Lajoie / Zachary Lagha 18 / 20 Boucherville, Que. / Saint-Hubert, Que. CPA Boucherville / CPA Saint-Lambert Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon / Romain Haguenauer
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