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Canadians Bashynska and Beaumont dominate for gold at ISU Junior Grand Prix

GDANSK, Poland (October1, 2022)  – Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., reached new heights Saturday with a victory in ice dancing at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

It was their first win in six career junior Grand Prix appearances.

Bashynska and Beaumont smashed the scores they posted in a bronze medal showing at the world junior championships last season, totalling 170.34 points. Phebe Bekker and James Hernandez of Great Britain were a distant second at 158.85 and Celia Fradji and Jean-Hans Fourneaux of France third at 157.11.

The Canadians were initially scheduled to compete at the Junior Grand Prix in Armenia last month which was cancelled.

‘’We were basically prepared weeks ahead of time,’’ said Bashynska, 18. ‘’For Peter and I we’re pretty lucky that we motivate each other every day. So even when we found out about the cancellation we were able  to push through and keep sharp for this competition.’’

Hailey Yu and Brendan Giang of Burnaby, B.C., posted the fourth best free skate but remained sixth at 145.35 and Dana Sabatini-Speciale of Springwater, Ont., and Nicholas Buelow of Barrie, Ont., were 12th out of 24 entries.

Japan was 1-2 in women’s competition. Mao Shimada took the gold with 217.68 and Mone Chiba was second at 205.82. Chaeyeon Kim of South Korea was third at 195.46.

First-year national junior team member Kara Yun, 13, of Burnaby, B.C., was 10th at 166.88. There were 49 entries.

In the men’s event, Lucas Broussard of the U.S. took the title with 209.39 roaring back from fifth spot after the short. Yudong Chen of China jumped from 16th after the short to win the silver with 201.84 and Raffaele Francesco Zich of Italy was third at 200.73.

Alec Guinzbourg of Aurora, Ont., was 10th with 184.00, Rio Morita of Thornhill, Ont., 15th and David Bondar of Richmond Hill, Ont., jumped six spots to place 18th.

The next stop on the circuit is October 6-8, again in Gdansk.

Full results: ISU JGP Solidarity Cup 2022 – Junior Ice Dance

Canada Sends Ten Skaters to Poland for the Fifth Junior Grand Prix

OTTAWA, ON (September 26, 2022) – Canada’s next generation of skaters are scheduled to compete in Gdansk, Poland from September 28 to October 1, 2022, which marks the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. The fourth stop of the series, initially set to take place from September 21-24, was cancelled by the ISU due to safety concerns. A total of ten athletes will be competing at the event, including one woman, three men and three ice dance teams. 

First-year junior and 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships silver medallist Kara Yun will be leading the line for Canada in women. Despite being a newcomer to the junior stage, Yun has previously competed internationally, finishing fourth at last year’s Egna Spring Trophy.  

The men’s team will be led by Alec Guinzbourg, who has competed at several ISU Junior Grand Prix events since joining the Canadian NextGen team and finished just shy of the podium in 2019. Rio Morita will be making his Grand Prix debut in Poland after placing fourth at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships last season, while 2022 Egna Spring Trophy bronze medallist David Bondar will be rounding out the team. 

The experienced ice dance duo of Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont will be competing for the first time this season after a breakthrough 2021-2022 season that saw them win silver at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and bronze at the 2022 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. They will be joined by veterans Hailey Yu and Brendan Giang, as well as 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships novice silver medallists Dana Sabatini-Speciale and Nicholas Buelow 

The competition starts on Thursday, September 29 with the women’s, pair and men’s short programs. On Friday, pair and women will complete their free program, while ice dance teams will perform their rhythm dance. The event concludes on Saturday with the men’s free program and free dance. The full schedule and results can be found here. 

Team Canada 

Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location 

Men 
Alec Guinzbourg | 17 | Aurora, Ont. | Lee Barkell & Jeffrey Buttle | Toronto, Ont. 
Rio Morita | 17 | Thornhill, Ont. | Tracey Wilson & Ernest Pryhitka | Toronto, Ont. 
David Bondar | 15 | Richmond Hill, Ont. | Tracey Wainman & Gregor Filipowski | Richmond Hill, Ont. 

Women 
Kara Yun | 13 | Burnaby, B.C. | Joanne McLeod & Neil Wilson | Burnaby, B.C.  

Ice Dance 
Nadiia Bashynska | 18 | Ajax, Ont. & Peter Beaumont | 21 | Ajax, Ont. | Carol Lane & Juris Razgulajevs | Scarborough, Ont.  
Hailey Yu | 17 | Burnaby, B.C. & Brendan Giang | 19 | Burnaby, B.C. | Aaron Lowe & Megan Wing| Burnaby, B.C.
Dana Sabatini-Speciale | 16 | Springwater, Ont. & Nicholas Buelow | 15 | Barrie, Ont. | Mitchell Islam, David Islam & Kelly Johnson | Barrie, Ont.   

Team Leaders – Laura Baker & Shae Zukiwsky
Medical Team – Susan Massitti & Ghislaine Robert
Officials – Karen Howard & Erica Topolski  

For more information, please visit www.isu.org. 

Skate Canada Statement on Cancellation of Yerevan Junior Grand Prix

OTTAWA, ON (September 16, 2022) – The International Skating Union (ISU) has announced that the fourth stop on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, scheduled to take place in Yerevan, Armenia from September 21-24, 2022, has been cancelled due to safety concerns.

Skate Canada was set to send a team of six athletes, comprised of two men and two ice dance teams, to the event and will be working with the ISU to find solutions for the athletes impacted.

For more information, please read the full ISU statement here.

Six NextGen Skaters Head to Armenia for the Fourth Stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix Circuit 

OTTAWA, ON (September 15, 2022) – Following a successful trip to Riga, Latvia that saw Team Canada claim three medals in pair and ice dance, the next generation of Canadian skaters now head to Yerevan, Armenia for the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada will be represented by two men and two ice dance teams at the event taking place from September 21-24, 2022.

No stranger to international competition, David Bondar will be skating in the men’s event after winning bronze at the Egna Spring Trophy last year. He will be joined by current Canadian champion Anthony Paradis, who bounced back from fourth to first in order to claim gold at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

The ice dance event will see a mix of more experienced skaters and newcomers, with Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont leading the team. The duo had a breakthrough 2021-2022 season as they won silver at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and a bronze medal at the 2022 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships®. Nicholas Buelow and Dana Sabatini-Speciale will be competing at their first international competition after claiming silver at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

Competition starts on Thursday, September 22, with ice dance rhythm dance. Men short program and ice dance free dance will take place on September 23, followed by the men free program on September 24. The full schedule and results are available here.

Team Canada 
Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location

Men 
David Bondar | 15 | Richmond Hill, Ont. | Tracey Wainman & Gregor Filipowski | Richmond Hill, Ont.
Anthony Paradis | 15 | Boisbriand, Que. | Yvan Desjardins & Ann-Julie Dion | Rosemère, Que.

Ice Dance 
Nadiia Bashynska | 18 | Ajax, Ont. & Peter Beaumont | 21 | Ajax, Ont. | Carol Lane & Juris Razgulajevs | Scarborough, Ont.
Dana Sabatini-Speciale | 16 | Springwater, Ont. & Nicholas Buelow | 15 | Barrie, Ont. | Mitchell Islam & Kelly Johnson | Barrie, Ont.

Team Leaders – Andre Bourgeois & Marie Bowness
Medical Team – Delphine Boury-Simoes & Paige Larson
Officials – Ron Conacher & Susan Morriss

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.

Canadians Win Three Medals at ISU Junior Grand Prix

RIGA, Latvia (September 10, 2022) – Canadian figure skaters collected two silver and a bronze at the third stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit which concluded Saturday.

The ice dancing competition went down to the wire with Germans Dray Grimm and Michai Savitskiy snaring the win with 161.42 points. Sandrine Gauthier of St-Constant, Que., and Quentin Thieren of Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., first after the rhythm dance, took the silver with 156.92. Mariia Pinchuk and Mykyta Pogorielov of Ukraine were third at 150.28.

‘’We had no expectations in terms of results’’ said Thieren, 18. ‘’We felt we were ready entering the competition, but to finish second that was a surprise for us.’’

‘’We wanted to skate and stay connected,’’ added Gauthier, also 18. ‘’We wanted to present what we’ve been working on. Despite some difficulties at the start we fought until the end.’’

Jordyn Lewis of Komoka, Ont., and Noah McMillan of Ilderton, Ont., were seventh.

‘’There’s lots of room for improvement,’’ said Lewis, 18. ‘’For our first time being out on the international circuit there were a of nerves and different feelings than what we are used to. It was a good experience.’’

The other two Canadian medals were in pairs. Cayla Smith and Andy Deng of the U.S. took the gold with 137.23 points. Canadian novice champions Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov of Winnipeg followed for the silver with a personal best 124.73 and Ashlyn Schmitz of Shellbrook, Sask., and Tristan Taylor of Regina were third at 113.40.

‘’We didn’t have any expectation coming out to our first junior Grand Prix,’’ said Elizarov, 18. ‘’We just wanted to skate our best. I really enjoyed the team environment here which pushes you to do better.’’

‘’We wanted to reach our technical score goals for both the short and the long,’’ added Kemp, 14. ‘’And experience an international competition.’’

Despite the bronze, Schmitz and Taylor were not totally satisfied with the result.

‘’It wasn’t the performance we wanted,’’ said Taylor, 20. ‘’It’s been a fun experience being here and coming home with a medal is awesome. We didn’t get some of the technical levels we wanted but overall, it was a good learning experience.’’

‘’We did improve on our skating skills and components, and we are proud about that,’’ added Schmitz, 16.

It was a Junior Grand Prix debut for all three Canadian medallists.

In women’s competition, Ji Shin of South Korea won the gold, Soho Lee of the U.S. was second and Ami Nakai of Japan third. Canadian junior champion Justine Miclette of Chambly, Que., was eighth. She was seventh after the short program.

‘’I made some big mistakes in my long program,’’ said Miclette, 16, ranked 11th for her free skate. ‘’What I’ll take out of this is that I was much more confident after those errors and didn’t let them get to me for the rest of the skate.’’

In the men’s event, Nikolaj Memola of Italy was the winner with Rio Nakata of Japan second and Rakhat Bralin of Kazakhstan third. Grayson Long of Oakville, Ont., was 12th and David Shteyngart of Ottawa 14th.

‘’There were some things I could definitely improve on,’’ said Long, 14. ‘’I’m pretty happy with my first junior Grand Prix experience. I was happy to achieve all the levels for my spins because I know international judges can be harsh.’’

Shteyngart, 15, said he was hesitant at times.

‘’When it came to the technical part, I think I slowed down,’’ he said. ‘’I wanted to make sure I completed my elements because my short wasn’t my very best. That ended up costing me more than I was expecting in the free skate.’’

The fourth stop on the circuit is in two weeks in Yerevan, Armenia. Full results can be found here.

Canadian NextGen Skaters to Compete in Czech Republic at Second ISU Junior Grand Prix

OTTAWA, ON (August 29, 2022) – Following a successful first stop at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in France last weekend, Canadian NextGen skaters now head to Ostrava, Czech Republic to compete at the second round of the series from August 31 to September 3, 2022. Canada will boast a team of eight skaters for a total of five entries, including men, women and pair, as well as two entries in ice dance. 

Aleksa Rakic, 17, will be the sole man competing for Canada at this event. The Burnaby, B.C. native obtained a silver medal in senior men at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge, on top of finishing second in junior men at the 2021 Cup of Austria. He is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.  

The women’s event will see Sara-Maude Dupuis, 17, Montreal, Que., compete for a spot on the podium after winning the 2022 NextGen Junior Women’s Competition in July and finishing tenth at the 2021 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Linz, Austria. She is coached by Stéphane Yvars and Françoise Parisé in Boucherville, Que. 

Chloe Panetta, 19, Laval, Que., and Kieran Thrasher, 18, Amherstburg, Ont., will be competing in the pair discipline. The duo cracked the top ten at last year’s ISU World Junior Championships where they finished with a solid seventh place. Panetta and Thrasher also placed sixth at the 2021 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Gdansk, Poland. They are coached by Bruno Marcotte and Brian Shales in Oakville, Ont.  

Completing the team will be two ice dance teams, the first being led by Hailey Yu, 17, Burnaby, B.C., and Brendan Giang, 19, Burnaby, B.C. Yu and Giang had a strong showing at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, finishing just shy of the podium. They are coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing in Burnaby, B.C. The newly formed ice dance duo of Marianne Hubert, 18, Trois-Rivières, Que., and William Oddson, 20, Calgary, Alta., will also represent Canada in ice dance. Despite being new, the pair has already claimed a bronze medal at the NextGen Junior Ice Dance Competition in July and are coached by Kim Slopak-Weeks and Tyler Myles in Calgary, Alta. 

Team Canada
Aleksa Rakic – Men 
Sara-Maude Dupuis – Women 
Chloe Panetta and Kieran Thrasher – Pair 
Hailey Yu and Brendan Giang – Ice dance 
Marianne Hubert and William Oddson – Ice dance   

Team leaders – André Bourgeois and Danielle Williams
Medical team – Physiotherapist Meaghan Shewchuk and Dr. Lydia Schultz
Officials – Jodi Abbott and Erica Topolski  

For more information, please visit www.isu.org.