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Canada’s Matthew Newnham eighth in international debut at ISU Junior Grand Prix

LINZ, Austria – Matthew Newnham of St. Albert, Alta., climbed two spots after Friday’s men’s free skate to finish eighth at the seventh stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Ilia Malinin of the U.S. took the gold medal with 245.35 points to win his two junior Grand Prix assignments. He was followed by Russian skaters Artem Kovalev in second at 221.51 and Kirill Sarnovskiy in third at 216.70.

Newnham, 18, was 10th after Thursday’s short program.

In women’s competition after the short program, Sofia Muravieva of Russia is first with 73.28, Isabeau Levito of the U.S. second at 71.32 and Anastasia Zinina of Russia third at 69.77.

Sara-Maude Dupuis of Montreal stands seventh out of 35 entries with 53.40 in her international debut.

In Thursday’s rhythm dance, Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., are in the medal hunt standing fourth with 60.34 less than seven points from top spot and 1.41 points out of third. They were fourth in their Junior Grand Prix event last month.

Emma Goodstadt of Oakville, Ont., and Michael Barsoum of Toronto are 13th.

Competition ends Saturday with the women’s free skate and the free dance.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgpaut2021/

Canada’s NextGen Skaters Packing Their Bags for Linz, Austria

OTTAWA, ONT: Linz, Austria will be the seventh and final stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada’s junior skaters have been competing over the last six weeks at numerous international destinations, vieing for a coveted spot in the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. Skate Canada will have four entries for a total of six   skaters competing at the event. There will be one entry in men, one in women, and two in ice dance. The event is scheduled to take place in Linz, Austria from October 6 to October 9, 2021.  

Matthew Newnham, 18 from St. Albert, Alta., is Canada’s only entry in the men’s discipline. Newnham took home the silver medal at 2021 Skate Canada Challenge in junior men and is also the 2019 Canada Winter Games novice men’s gold medallist. He is coached by Ravi Walia in Edmonton, Alta. 

Sara-Maude Dupuis, 16, from Anjou, Que., is Canada’s only entry in the women’s discipline. Dupuis won the junior women’s gold medal at Skate Canada Challenge in 2021. She also won the novice women’s silver medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Dupuis is coached by Stephane Yvars and Françoise Parisé in Anjou, Que. 

Nadiia Bashynska, 17, Ajax, Ont., and Peter Beaumont, 20, Ajax, Ont., are one of two teams representing Canada in ice dance. Bashynska and Beaumont previously won bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2019. They also took home a gold medal in junior at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International in 2019 and captured silver in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys in Scarborough, Ont.    

Emma Goodstadt, 16, Oakville, Ont., and Michael Barsoum, 16, North York, Ont., are the second Canadian ice dance team at this event. Goodstadt and Barsoum won the gold medal in novice ice dance at the Bavarian Open in 2020. This team also won silver at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in novice ice dance. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys in Scarborough, Ont.  

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director and Manon Perron, Skate Canada High Performance Advisor are the Canadian team leaders at this event. Physiotherapist Siobhan Godwin, originally from Ottawa and currently based in Nashville, Tennessee and Dr. Olesia Markevic of Edmonton, Alta., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., and Laura Carr of Kelowna, B.C., will be the Canadian officials at the event.   

For more information www.isu.org 

 

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #7 – LINZ, AUSTRIA 

Men
Matthew Newnham (18) / St. Albert, Alta. / Ice Palace FSC / Coached by Ravi Walia 

Women
Sara-Maude Dupuis (16) / Anjou, Que. / Patinage Anjou Inc / Coached by Stephane Yvars and François Pairsé 

Ice Dance 
Nadiia Bashynska (17) and Peter Beaumont (20) / Ajax, Ont. and Ajax, Ont. / Scarboro FSC and Scarboro FSC / Coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys 

Emma Goodstadt (16) and Michael Barsoum (16) / Oakville, Ont. and North York, Ont. / Scarboro FSC and Scarboro FSC / Coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajeys 

ISU Junior Grand Prix Action Continues Canada’s NextGen Skater’s Head to Poland

OTTAWA, ONT: Gdansk, Poland is the next stop for Canada’s NextGen skaters on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. It has been an exciting season so far, capturing seven medals to date. At every stop on the circuit, Canada’s junior skaters are competing for a spot at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. Skate Canada will have four entries for a total of seven skaters competing at the event. There will be one entry in women, one entry in pairs and two entries in ice dance. This event is scheduled to take place from September 29 to October 2, 2021.    

Catherine Carle, 18 from Georgetown, Ont., will be Canada’s only entry in the women’s discipline. Carle captured the silver medal in junior women at Skate Canada Challenge in 2020. She also placed fourth at the 2019 Volvo Open Cup in Riga, Latvia. Carle is coached by Bruno Marcotte and Brian Shales in Oakville, Ont.  

Chloe Panetta, 18 from Oakville, Ont., and Kieran Thrasher, 17 from Amherstburg, Ont., are Canada’s only pairs entry. This duo previously placed first at the 2021 John Nicks Pairs Challenge in New York. This is their first Junior Grand Prix. Panetta and Thrasher are coached by Bruno Marcotte and Brian Shales in Oakville, Ont.  

Hailey Yu, 16, Burnaby, B.C., and Brendan Giang, 18, Burnaby, B.C., are one of two teams representing Canada in the ice dance discipline. This ice dance team won a bronze medal in the novice division at the Bavarian Open in 2020. They are coached by Aaron Lowe and Meghan Wing in Burnaby, B.C.  

Chaima Ben Khelifa, 16, Laval, Que., and Everest Zhu, 18, Contestogo, Ont., are the second entry in the ice dance discipline at this event. This is their second Junior Grand Prix event, having previously competed at Courchevel, France #2 where they placed eigth. They are coached by Shawn Winter and Elise Hamel in Pierrefonds, Que.  

Dr. Shae Zukiwsky, Skate Canada Senior Director of Performance Excellence and Laura Baker, Skate Canada High Performance Manager will be the Canadian team leaders at this event. Physiotherapist Agnes Makowski of Toronto, Ont., and Dr. Delphine Boury-Simoes of Drummondville, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff on site. Glenn Fortin of Aurora, Ont., and Christine Bourdeau of Laval, Que., will be the Canadian officials at the event.   

For more information visit www.isu.org 

 

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #6 – GDANSK, POLAND 

Women
Catherine Carle (18) / Georgetown, Ont. / Skate Oakville / Coached by  Bruno Marcotte and Brian Shales 

Pairs
Chloe Panetta (18) and Kieran Thrasher (17) / Oakville, Ont. and Amherstburg, Ont. / Skate Oakville and Skate Oakville / Coached by Bruno Marcotte and Brian Shales

Ice Dance
Hailey Yu (16) and Brendan Giang (18) / Burnaby, B.C. and Burnaby, B.C. /  Inlet SC and Champs International Skating Centre of B.C / Coached by Aaron Lowe and Meghan Wing

Chaima Ben Khelifa (16) and Everest Zhu (18) / Laval QC. and Contestogo, Ont. / CPA Laval and Club de Patinage Des-Deux-Rives / Coached by Shawn Winter and Elise Hamel 

D’Alessandro and Waddell Win Second ISU Junior Grand Prix Medal

LJUBLJANA – Toronto ice dancers Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell earned a second medal this season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit on Saturday with a bronze.

Russians Vasilia Kaganovskaia and Valeriy Angelopol maintained top spot for the gold with 167.22 points. Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen of the U.S. took the silver with 163.25 and the Canadians took third spot with 161.79.

D’Alessandro and Waddell beat the Russians three weeks ago for gold at the third stop in Slovakia and were a close second after Friday’s rhythm dance.

Alyssa Robinson of Ridgetown, Ont., and Jacob Portz of Calgary made an impressive climb in the standings with their free dance surging from 11th to sixth overall with 132.09 in their Junior Grand Prix debut.

In women’s competition, Adeliia Petrosian led Russia to a 1-2 finish. Sofia Samodelkina was second and Lindsay Thorngren of the U.S. was third.

Audréanne Foster of Forestville, Que., was 12th in her Junior Grand Prix debut.

‘’It was a wonderful experience,’’ said the 17-year-old Foster. ‘’I’m really proud of both my programs.’’

The next stop on the circuit is this upcoming Thursday to Saturday in Gdansk, Poland.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgpslo2021/

Canadian ice dancers in hunt for second gold at ISU Junior Grand Prix

LJUBLJANA – Ice dancers Natalie D’Alessandro and Bruce Waddell are chasing a a second victory on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit this season.

The Toronto couple are second after Friday’s rhythm dance with 64.26 points, just slightly behind Russians Vasilia Kaganovskaia and Valeriy Angelopol currently first with 66.00. Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen of the U.S. are third at 62.99.

D’Alessandro and Waddell earned their first international victory at the third stop in Kosice finishing ahead of the same Russians. They were just 0.22 points off their personal best rhythm dance set three weeks ago.

Alyssa Robinson of Ridgetown, Ont., and Jacob Portz of Calgary are 11th.

The men’s free skate was also held on Friday. Alec Guinzbourg of Aurora, Ont., finished 10th in his third appearance on the circuit. Ilya Yablokov of Russia won the event.

‘’My experience here was great,’’ said Guinzbourg, 17. ‘’Even tough the programs were not the best, it still felt good to be out there competing.’’

In Thursday’s women’s short program, Audréanne Foster of Forestville, Que., was ninth.

Competition ends Saturday with the free dance and the women’s free.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgpslo2021/

Ljubljana, Slovenia is the Next Stop for Canada’s Junior Skaters

OTTAWA, ON: The ISU Junior Grand Prix continues this weekend in Lujbljana, Slovenia. Canada’s junior skaters have secured six medals on the circuit thus far and continue to compete for a spot at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. Skate Canada will have four entries for a total six skaters competing at the event. There will be one entry in men, one entry in women, and two entries in ice dance. This event is scheduled to take place from September 22 to 25, 2021.  

Alec Guinzbourg, 17, from Aurora, Ont., will be Canada’s only entry in the men’s discipline for Canada at this event. Guinzbourg placed fourth at the 2019 Junior Grand Prix in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Guinzbourg also won a bronze medal in junior men’s at the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Alec is coached by Lee Barkell and Jeffrey Buttle. 

Audréanne Foster, 17, from Forestville, Que., will be Canada’s only entry in the women’s discipline at the event. Foster won a bronze medal at the Bavarian Open in 2020. She was the novice women’s silver medallist at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Foster is coached by Karen Sauvageau and Kim Decelles. 

Keep an eye out for Natalie D’Alessandro, 17, Toronto, Ont., and Bruce Waddell, 19, Toronto, Ont., as they head to their second Junior Grand Prix event this season. This ice dance team is on the heels of their gold medal win at the Junior Grand Prix in Kosice, Slovakia earlier in September. D’Alessandro and Waddell also won a silver medal in 2019 at the Junior Grand Prix in Egna-Bolanza, Italy and a bronze medal at the 2020 Bavarian Open. They are coached by Andrew Hallam, Joey Russell and Tracy Wilson 

Alyssa Robinson, 18, Ridgetown, Ont., and Jacob Portz, 20, Calgary, Alta., are Canada’s second ice dance entry at the event. This is their first Junior Grand Prix. They are coached by Kim Weeks and Tyler Myles in Calgary, Alta.  

Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., and Raoul LeBlanc of Milton, Ont., will be the Canadian Team Leaders at the event. Physiotherapist, Sylvia Ciurysek of Berwyn, Alta., and Dr. Marianne Chabot of Boucherville, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff on-site. Ron Conacher of Toronto, Ont., and Jacqueline Wickett-Warren of Ottawa, Ont., will be the Canadian officials at the event.  

For more information www.isu.org 

 

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #5 – LJUBLJANA,SLOVENIA 

Men  
Alec Guinzbourg (17) / Aurora, Ont. / Granite Club / Coached by Lee Barkell and Jeffrey Buttle

Women
Audréanne Foster (17) / Forestville, Que. / Patinage Baie-Comeau / Coached by Karen Sauvageau and Kim Decelles.

Ice Dance
Natalie D’Alessandro (17) and Bruce Waddell (19) / Toronto, Ont. and Toronto, Ont. / Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club and Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club / Coached by Andrew Hallam, Joey Russell and Tracy Wilson.

Alyssa Robinson (18) and Jacob Portz (20) / Ridgetown, Ont. and Calgary, Alta.. / Calata FSC and Calata FSC / Coached by Kim Weeks and Tyler Myles 

Canadian Ice Dancers Fourth at ISU Junior Grand Prix

KRASNOYARSK, Russia – Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., were less than three points from the podium on Saturday finishing fourth in the ice dancing event to conclude the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Russia was 1-2 with Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano taking the gold with 167.31 points and Sofia Leonteva and Daniil Gorelkin second at 165.14. Angela Ling and Caleb Wein of the U.S. were third at 160.23.

Bashynska and Beaumont remained in fourth earning an international best 157.34. They won a bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2019 and were silver medallists in junior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

‘’We’re pretty satisfied with both of our skates,’’ said Bashynska. ‘’We need to fix some technical issues that we had here for our next event.’’

Emma Goodstadt of Oakville, Ont., and Michael Barsoum of North York, Ont., were 11th in their international debut.

The Russians grabbed the top-five positions in women’s competition led by Sofia Akateva who won the gold medal.

Lia Pereira of Milton, Ont., in her Junior Grand Prix debut, was 10th.

‘’I learned a lot more about myself about how to handle the pressure of an event like this,’’ said Pereira. ‘’It was an amazing experience.’’

Canada ends the competition with a bronze medal earned by Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., on Friday in the men’s event.

The next stop on the circuit is this upcoming Thursday to Saturday in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgprus2021/