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Canada’s Nova earns fifth and sixth place finishes at Leon Lurje Trophy

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Canada’s Team Nova from St-Hubert Que., took fifth spot in senior competition and sixth in junior on Saturday at the Leon Lurje Trophy synchronized skating event.

In the senior event, Paradise from Russia won the gold with 231.85 points with Unique from Finland second at 227.61 and Crystal Ice from Russia third at 223.44.

Nova ranked fourth for its free skate on Saturday to climb from sixth to fifth overall at 207.31 just ahead of Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., in sixth at 206.12.

The skaters for Nova were: Noémie Beaucage, Anouk Bégin, Sarah Bousquet-St-Laurent, Maya Cardillo, Laurence Darveau, Laura Derome, Selena Fortin, Audrey Hébert, Maude Héon Grandchamp, Evelynn Janacek, Noémie Julien, Audrey Martel, Elizabeth Morin, Safia Moussaoui, Léonie Nadeau, Alycia O’Leary, Tessa Sarret, Satia Lin Tétreault and Émilie Villeneuve.

“I’m super proud of our team,” said Darveau. “It was a great performance and all of the elements were there.”

NEXXICE Senior

The skaters for Nexxice were: Nadine Banholzer, Nyah Bay, Kelly Britten, Megan Brown, Molly Coxon, Emma Daigle, Jasmine Gagnon, Elisa Giuliani, Abbey Glumpak, Carleigh Gorrigsen, Lauren Hatfield, Jana Jambresic, Taylor Johnston, Elizabeth McKenna, Tegan Orr, Robbie-Lynn Puspoky, Nicole Schulz, Riley Strassguertl, Sophia Tong and Alessandra Toso.

“It was definitely a learning experience for us,” said Britten. “We’re going to move on from here and work hard to improve for our next competition.”

In junior competition, both Canadian teams improved in their free skates but couldn’t move up the overall standings.

Russian teams were 1-2 with Sunrise first at 202.46 and Crystal Ice second at 196.81. Fintastic from Finland was third at 193.35.

Nova Junior produced the fifth best free program but remained sixth with 167.79 while Ice Ignite Junior from Ilderton, Ont., ranked 10th for its free but stayed in 12th overall.

Nova Junior

The skaters for Nova junior were: Amy Morency, Justine Fournier, Méghane Beaudry, Janie Bréard, Lauren Janusauska, Alexia Gaudet, Marilou Albert, Morgan Bennett, Éloise Goupil, Élodie Roy, Sophie Caron, Simone Florence, Chloé Au, Léa-Jeanne Tremblay, Norah Braun, Myriam Quévillon, Noémie Tremblay, Stephania Gaul and Vanessa Hopkins.

The theme of their program was Romeo and Juliet.

“We were really pleased with how we were able to elevate the crowd with our emotions,” said Bréard. “It was the best performance and score we could have done at this point in the season. We poured our hearts out tonight on the ice. We showed the judges the range of our expressions and our skating was great.”

Ice Ignite

The Ice Ignite skaters are: Alyssa Dumayne, Ashley Stanton, Claire Vandewalle, Danica Stewart, Deanna Langille, Ellen Major, Emily Guan, Jessica Bycraft, Kenzie McKellar, Lauren Roblee, Lilly McLellan, Lily Hensen, Elizabeth Parker, Lucille Gowan, Rae-Anna Pusopoky, Sacha Veillon, Evelyne DeThomasis, Trynity Bisson and Alyssa Robinson.

The theme of their program was Angels which was telling a story of saying goodbye to a loved one.

“We were all really happy when we finished,” said Hensen. “We did leave some points on the ice and there is way more room to grow this program. We are excited to get home and train for our programs even harder as we prepare for our next competition.”

Full results: Leon Lurje Trophy 2020 – ISU Challenger Series

Canada’s Nexxice third after short program at international synchronized skating event

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., is in the medal hunt at the Leon Lurje Trophy synchronized skating competition after a third place finish in Friday’s short program.

Paradise from Russia is first with 81.53 points, Unique from Finland is second at 80.03 and Nexxice, fourth at the world championships last year, is third at 74.51. Nova, from St-Hubert, Que., is sixth at 68.31 out of 12 entries.

The skaters for Nexxice are: Nadine Banholzer, Nyah Bay, Kelly Britten, Megan Brown, Molly Coxon, Emma Daigle, Jasmine Gagnon, Elisa Giuliani, Abbey Glumpak, Carleigh Gorrigsen, Lauren Hatfield, Jana Jambresic, Taylor Johnston, Elizabeth McKenna, Tegan Orr, Robbie-Lynn Puspoky, Nicole Schulz, Riley Strassguertl, Sophia Tong and Alessandra Toso.

“We’ve been working together on this program since the beginning of the season,” said Britten. “We amped up the practice this week and we felt like a really strong team. It was a good performance with a lot of energy and we are really proud with what we put out on the ice.”

The skaters for Nova are: Noémie Beaucage, Anouk Bégin, Sarah Bousquet-St-Laurent, Maya Cardillo, Laurence Darveau, Laura Derome, Selena Fortin, Audrey Hébert, Maude Héon Grandchamp, Evelynn Janacek, Noémie Julien, Audrey Martel, Elizabeth Morin, Safia Moussaoui, Léonie Nadeau, Alycia O’Leary, Tessa Sarret, Satia Lin Tétreault and Émilie Villeneuve.

“We felt super happy with our skate,” said Darveau. “We wanted to come out and get some clean elements done. This is a really strong competition and it has really pumped us up for our free skate where we hope we can get some even better scores.”

Russian teams are 1-2 in junior competition after the short program, with Crystal Ice first at 74.58 and Sunrise second at 72.57. Fintastic from Finland is third at 66.19.

The Nova junior team stands sixth at 58.80 and Ice Ignite from Ilderton, Ont., in its international debut, is 12th at 43.59.

The skaters for Nova junior are: Amy Morency, Justine Fournier, Méghane Beaudry, Janie Bréard, Lauren Janusauska, Alexia Gaudet, Marilou Albert, Morgan Bennett, Éloise Goupil, Élodie Roy, Sophie Caron, Simone Florence, Chloé Au, Léa-Jeanne Tremblay, Norah Braun, Myriam Quévillon, Noémie Tremblay, Stephania Gaul and Vanessa Hopkins.

“We had our best score of the season,” said Bréard. “It really showed on the ice especially with our emotions. We are really looking forward to our free skate tomorrow which has a Romeo and Juliet theme and is very powerful.”

The Ice Ignite skaters are : Alyssa Dumayne, Ashley Stanton, Claire Vandewalle, Danica Stewart, Deanna Langille, Ellen Major, Emily Guan, Jessica Bycraft, Kenzie McKellar, Lauren Roblee, Lilly McLellan, Lily Hensen, Elizabeth Parker, Lucille Gowan, Rae-Anna Pusopoky, Sacha Veillon, Evelyne DeThomasis, Trynity Bisson and Alyssa Robinson.

“It was fairly good,” said McLellan. “It wasn’t without its mistakes but we were very proud with how we did and it a huge improvement over our performance at our last competition. This has just been an amazing experience representing Canada here internationally.”

The free programs are on Saturday.

Full results: http://skatesweden.wehost.se/19-20/Synchro/Leon_Lurje/html/htmlcs/index.htm

Four Canadian Synchronized Skating Teams headed to 2020 Leon Lurje Trophy

OTTAWA, ON: Four Canadian synchronized skating teams are headed to the 2020 Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenburg, Sweden from January 23-25, 2020. The event is an annual ISU (International Skating Union) sanctioned synchronized skating competition. Canada will be represented by two junior teams, Nova junior and Ice Ignite, and two senior teams, NEXXICE and Nova.

Nova junior, from Club de Patinage Synchronise Nova, will be the first of two junior synchronized skating teams representing Canada. Last season, the team finished third at the 2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Nadine Tougas.

Ice Ignite, from Ilderton Skating Club, will be the second junior team representing Canada. At the 2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships, the team finished fifth. They are coached by Sheri Moir and Cara Moir.

In senior, Nova, from Club de Patinage Synchronise Nova, will be the first of two teams representing Canada. Earlier this season, the team finished fourth at the 2019 California Cup. Last season, the team finished seventh at the 2019 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Marie France Sirois and Nadine Tougas.

NEXXICE, from Burlington Skating Club, will be the second team representing Canada. Last season, the team placed second at the 2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships and finished fourth at the 2019 World Synchronized Skating Championships. They are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett.

Mary Ellen McDonald, Senior Director, Operations, will be the team leader at the event. Susan Morriss of Victoria, B.C., will be the Canadian official attending the event.

For more information, please click here.