Twelve Canadian junior skaters will head to Chemnitz, Germany, for the seventh and final stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating. Canada will have seven entries in the event which will run from October 10-13, 2012, and will be represented in all disciplines at the event: men’s, ladies, pair, and ice dance.
Anthony Kan, 17, Richmond Hill, Ont., is the only entry for Canada in the men’s category. This will be his first time competing on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Kan won gold at the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in the novice category. He is coached by Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski at the York Region Skating Academy.
In ladies, Gabrielle Daleman, 14, Newmarket, Ont., will be the Canadian entry. This will be her second ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment of the season. Daleman, placed sixth earlier this season at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Linz, Austria. Daleman is the 2012 gold medalist at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in the junior category. She is coached by Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev and trains at the Richmond Training Centre in Richmond Hill, Ont.
In the pair category, Brittany Jones, 16, Toronto, Ont., and Ian Beharry, 20, Guelph, Ont., will compete at their second ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment this season. Jones and Beharry won gold earlier this season in Linz, Austria, their first international competition since pairing up this past summer. The pair is coached by Kristy Wirtz and Kris Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.
Natasha Purich, 17, Montreal, Que., and Sebastian Arcieri, 18, Montreal, Que., will also be representing Canada in pair. Purich and Arcieri also teamed up this past summer, and competed at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Linz, Austria, placing tenth. The pair is coached by Richard Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte at CPA St. Leonard.
Canada’s third entry in pair is Shalena Rau, 13, Waterloo, Ont., and Phelan Simpson, 16, Lunenburg, N.S. The pair will be making their second international appearance. Rau and Simpson placed eighth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix stop in Lake Placid, USA, this season. They train at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club where they are coached by Kristy Wirtz and Kris Wirtz.
Noa Bruser, 14, Vancouver, B.C., and Timothy Lum, 17, Burnaby, B.C., are one of two entries in the ice dance discipline for Canada. The duo will be competing at their second ISU Junior Grand Prix this season, after placing fifth in Lake Placid, USA. This is their second year on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Last season, they placed sixth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Gdansk, Poland. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.
Ice dancers Mariève Cyr, 17, Île Bizard, Que., and Benjamin Brisebois-Gaudreau, 21, Montreal, Que., are making their first appearance on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Last season, they placed eighth at the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in the junior category. They train in Pierrefonds, Que., with coaches Élise Hamel and Shawn Winter.
Petra Burka of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian team leader and Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., will be the Canadian doctor onsite. Lorna Schroder of Georgetown, Ont., and Andre-Marc Allain of Gatineau, Que., will be the Canadian officials at the event.
To watch performances of Canadian skaters from this season’s ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating events, visit http://www.youtube.com/isujuniorgrandprix.