OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada’s junior skaters are packing their skates and heading to Kosice, Slovakia for the third stop on this year’s ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada’s skaters have been performing well so far, taking home two silver medals at the first Junior Grand Prix two weeks ago in Courchevel, France. As the circuit continues, Canada’s junior skaters vie for a spot in the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. Skate Canada will have five entries, for a total of eight skaters, competing at the event. There will be one entry in men, one entry in women, two entries in ice dance and one entry in pairs. This event is scheduled to take place from September 1 to 4, 2021.
Corey Circelli, 18, Toronto, Ont., is the only Canadian in the men’s discipline. Circelli won gold in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is regularly coached by Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson in Toronto, Ont.. Corey’s coach at this event will be Oula Jaaskelainen.
Justine Miclette, 15, Chambly, Que., is the only Canadian in the women’s discipline. This is Miclette’s first Junior Grand Prix. Justine is coached by Stéphanie Fiorito in Chambly, Que.
Natalie D’Alessandro, 17, Toronto, Ont. and Bruce Waddell, 19, Toronto, Ont., are one of two teams representing Canada in the ice dance discipline. Natalie and Bruce won bronze at The Bavarian Open in 2020. They also won a silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Egna-Bolanza, Italy in 2019. They are coached by Andrew Hallam, Joey Russell and Tracy Wilson in Toronto, Ont.
Chloe Nguyen, 16, Edmonton, Atla., and Alec Roueche, 19, Surrey, B.C, are the second team representing Canada in ice dance. This is their first Junior Grand Prix. Nguyen and Roueche are coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing in Burnaby, B.C.
Meghan Fredette, 19, Gatineau, Que. and William St-Louis, 20, Shawinigan, Que. are the only pairs team representing Canada at this event. This pair won a bronze medal at Skate Canada Challenge 2021. They are coached by Marc-Andre Craig.
Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director and Manon Perron, Skate Canada High Performance Advisor of Boucherville, Que., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Albert Schumacher of Tecumseh, Ont. and Physiotherapist Meaghan Shewchuk of Lloydminster, Alta., will be the Canadian team medical staff on site. Véronique Gosselin of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que, and Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., will be the team officials at the event.
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CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #3 – KOSICE, SLOVKIA
Corey Circelli (18) / Toronto, Ont. / Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club/ Coached by Brian Orser and Tracey Wilson
Justine Miclette (15) / Chambly, Que. / CPA Chambly / Coached by Stéphanie Fiorito
Natalie D’Alessandro (17) and Bruce Waddell / Toronto, Ont. and Toronto, Ont. / Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club and Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club / Coached by: Andrew Hallam, Joey Russel and Tracey Wilson
Chloe Nguyen (16) and Alec Roueche (19) / Edmonton, Atla. And Surrey, B.C. / Ice Palace FSC and Champs International Skating Centre of British Columbia / Coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing
Meghan Fredette (19) and William St-Louis (20) / Gatineau, Que. And Shawnigan, Que. / CPA Buckingham and CPA Ook Pic de Grand-Mèr / Coached by Marc-Andre Craig