OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send nine athletes for a total of six entries at the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Minsk, Belarus from September 25-29, 2013. Canada will be represented in all four disciplines: ladies, men’s, pair and ice dance.
Canadian bronze medalist Alaine Chartrand, 17, Prescott, Ont., is one of two entries for Canada in the ladies division. Chartrand finished fourth at her first assignment on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit this season in Riga, Latvia. Last season, she competed at the ISU Junior Grand Prix events in Lake Placid and Zagreb, placing seventh and sixth respectively. She also placed eighth at the 2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. She is coached by Michelle Leigh and Leonid Birinberg, and trains at the Nepean Skating Club.
Madelyn Dunley, 16, Campbellville, Ont., will also represent Canada in ladies. This is her first international assignment. Dunley is the 2013 Canadian bronze medalist in the junior category. She is coached by Nancy McDonell-Lemaire at the Milton Skating Club.
Roman Sadovsky, 14, Vaughan, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in the men’s division. Sadovsky placed 14th at his first assignment on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit this season in Riga, Latvia. Last season, he won bronze at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Lake Placid, USA, and placed 10th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Bled, Slovenia. He is coached by Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski at the YSRA Winter Club.
Julianne Séguin, 16, Longueuil, Que., and Charlie Bilodeau, 20, Trois-Pistoles, Que., will be the sole Canadian entry in pair. This is their first international assignment, after pairing up over the summer. They are coached by Josée Picard and Patrice Archetto in Chambly, Que.
Ice dancers Carolane Soucisse, 18, Chateauguay, Que., and Simon Tanguay, 20, Montreal, Que., will be one of two entries for Canada in ice dance. This is Soucisse and Tanguay’s first assignment on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Last season, they placed ninth at the Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in the junior category. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon at the Centre Sportif Gadbois.
Jessica Jiang, 16, Shan Dong, China, and Tyler Miller, 19, Abbotsford, B.C., are the second entry in ice dance. This is their first international assignment, after pairing up in March. The team trains at the B.C. Centre of Excellence with coaches Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe.
Jacqueline Wickett Warren of Ottawa, Ont., will be the team leader at the event and Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., will be the Canadian medial staff onsite. Janice Hunter of West Vancouver, B.C., and Jacqueline Wickett Warren will be the Canadian officials at the event.
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