OTTAWA, ON (November 13, 2023) – After a great start to the season that has seen Canadian athletes win numerous medals on the ISU Grand Prix circuit, the competition continues this weekend in Espoo, Finland for the Grand Prix Espoo. From November 17-19, 2023, six skaters across the pair and ice dance disciplines will be competing for a spot on the podium and a chance to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
Canadian Champions and Grand Prix de France silver medalists Laurence Fournier-Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen will be among the favorites in the ice dance event after a breakthrough 2022-2023 season that saw the duo win medals at both of their Grand Prix assignments.
Joining them will be Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont, who will be making their senior Grand Prix debut after winning the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final last year and finishing third at the 2023 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
National pair silver medalists Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar also have big goals for the season after claiming their first Grand Prix medal last year at the NHK Trophy. The pair most recently placed sixth at 2023 Skate Canada International.
The competition will kick off on Friday, November 17 with both the pair and ice dance disciplines performing their short program/rhythm dance. All medals will be awarded following the free programs/free dance on Saturday, November 18. The event concludes on Sunday with the exhibition gala.
Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location
Nadiia Bashynska| 19 | Ajax, Ont. & Peter Beaumont | 22 | Ajax, Ont. | Carol Lane & Juris Razgulajevs | Scarborough, Ont.
Laurence Fournier Beaudry | 31 | Montreal, Que. & Nikolaj Soerensen | 34 | Montreal, Que. | Marie-France Dubreuil & Patrice Lauzon | Montreal, Que.
Team Leader – Shae Zukiwsky
Official – Sabrina Wong
Medical Team – Marianne Chabot & Paige Larson