Canadian Skaters Aiming for the Podium at ISU Junior Grand Prix #5 in Budapest

OTTAWA, ON (September 13, 2023) – A team of 10 skaters will represent Canada at the fifth ISU Junior Grand Prix, taking place in Budapest, Hungary from September 20-23, 2023. One woman, one man, two pair teams and two ice dance teams will be competing throughout the week. 

2023 Coupe de Printemps bronze medalist Aleksa Volkova will be competing in the women’s event, while 2023 Novice Canadian Champion David Howes will be competing in the men’s event.  

Martina Ariano Kent and Charly Laliberté-Laurent, who mostly recently claimed gold at the 2023 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Linz, Austria, will be competing in the pair event along with Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov, who placed second at the 2023 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in the junior category. 

In the ice dance event, 2023 NextGen Competition silver medalists Dana Sabatini-Speciale and Nicholas Buelow will be heading to their second international event of the season, having most recently competed at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Istanbul, Turkey. Caroline Kravets and Jacob Stark will be making their international debut. 

The competition will begin on Thursday, September 21 with the men’s, pair and women’s short programs. The following day, ice dancers will perform their rhythm dance, while pairs and men will complete their free programs. Competition ends on Saturday with the women’s free program and the free dance. 

Team Canada  

Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location   

Aleksa Volkova | 14 | Lac-Brôme, Que. | Martine Dagenais | Boucherville, Que. 

David Howes | 16 | Winnipeg, Man. | Keegan Murphy | Richmond, B.C.  

Ava Kemp | 15 | Winnipeg, Man. & Yohnatan Elizarov | 19 | Winnipeg, Man. | Andrew Evans & Kevin Dawe | Mississauga, Ont.
Martina Ariano Kent | 16 | Mount Royal, Que. & Charly Laliberté-Laurent | 17 | Boucherville, Que. | Marc-André Craig & David Alexandre Paradis | Chambly, Que.  

Ice Dance 
Caroline Kravets | 15 | Petersburg, Ont. & Jacob Stark | 17 | Waterloo, Ont. | Tyler Morris | Waterloo, Ont.
Dana Sabatini-Speciale | 17 | Springwater, Ont. & Nicholas Buelow | 16 | Barrie, Ont. | Mitch Islam & Kelly Johnson | Barrie, Ont. 

Team Leaders – Christopher Mabee & Manon Perron
Officials – Sarah Coombs & Erica Topolski
Medical Team – Cole Beavis & Mireille Landry 

For the full competition schedule, entries and results, please visit 


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