Five Skilled Skaters Head to Osaka to Compete at Final Grand Prix of the Season

OTTAWA, ON (November 20, 2023) – Five talented skaters are set to compete at the NHK Trophy, which will mark the sixth and final stop of the ISU Grand Prix series circuit. The event, which will take place in Osaka, Japan from November 24-26, 2023, will feature Canadian athletes in the men’s, pair, and ice dance categories. 

In the men’s category, 2023 Cranberry Cup International silver medallist Wesley Chiu will be looking to improve on his results from Skate Canada International, where he set a season’s best score to finish seventh overall. 

Pair skaters Kelly-Ann Laurin and Loucas Éthier will also have big goals for the event after winning their first Grand Prix medal last season and finishing fifth at 2023 Skate Canada International. 

Completing the Canadian delegation will be ice dance duo Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac who captured silver at the 2023 Budapest Trophy, and very recently competed at the Grand Prix de France. 

The competition begins on Friday, November 24 with every discipline performing their short program/rhythm dance. All medals will be awarded on Saturday, November 25 as all disciplines will perform their free program/free dance. The event wraps up on Sunday with the exhibition gala.  

For the full competition schedule, entries and results, please visit To watch the event live, click here. 

Team Canada 

Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location    

Wesley Chiu | 18 | Vancouver, B.C. | Keegan Murphy & Eileen Murphy | Richmond, B.C. 

Kelly Ann Laurin | 18 | St-Jérôme, Que. & Loucas Éthier | 23 | St-Alphonse, Que. | Stéphanie Valois | Rosemère, Que.     

Ice Dance
Marie-Jade Lauriault | 27 | Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que. & Romain Le Gac | 28 | Laval, Que. | Marie-France Dubreuil | Montreal, Que.  

Team Leader – Mike Slipchuk
Official – Limin Jao
Medical Team – Cole Beavis & Shirley Kushner  

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