OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will have seven skaters for a total of five entries at the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Gdansk, Poland, from September 18-21, 2013. Canada will be represented in three disciplines, men’s, ladies, and ice dance.
Nam Nguyen, 15, Burnaby, B.C., will be the Canadian entry in men’s. This is Nguyen’s second assignment of the season, having placed fourth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Mexico earlier this month. In two ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments last season, he placed third in Turkey, and ninth in France. He also competed at the 2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, placing 12th, and the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships, placing sixth. Nguyen is coached by Brian Orser at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.
The 2013 Canadian silver medalist Gabrielle Daleman, 15, Newmarket, Ont., will be one of two Canadian entries in ladies. Last season, she competed at two ISU Junior Grand Prix events, placing fifth and sixth in Chemnitz, Germany, and Linz, Austria, respectively. She also represented Canada at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, placing sixth. Daleman is coached by Andrei Berezintsev and Inga Zusev and trains at the Richmond Training Centre in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Julianne Delaurier, 15, Kelowna, B.C., will be making her international debut, representing Canada in the ladies category. Delaurier is the 2013 Canadian bronze medalist in the novice category. She is coached by Karen Mongrain and Jason Mongrain at the Kelowna Figure Skating Club.
Melinda Meng, 14, Montreal, Que., and Andrew Meng, 16, Montreal, Que., are one of two teams representing Canada in ice dance. The brother-sister tandem placed sixth at their Junior Grand Prix assignment last season in Croatia. They also placed sixth at the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in the junior category. The Mengs are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon at CPA Gadbois in Montreal.
Brianna Delmaestro, 17, Port Moody, B.C., and Timothy Lum, 18, Burnaby, B.C., are the second entry in ice dance for Canada. This is their first international assignment, having teamed up in the off-season. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at Burnaby FSC.
Bev Viger of Abbotsford, B.C., is the team leader and Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., will be the Canadian team doctor. Reaghan Fawcett of Aurora, Ont., and Jean Senft of West Vancouver, B.C., are the Canadian officials at the event.