OTTAWA, ON: Two national team members, who had success with previous partners, are Canada’s newest pair team. Kirsten Moore-Towers, 21, St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 22, Sarnia, Ont., have teamed up, and will begin competing together for the 2014-2015 season.
The two came together in late May, and have begun training at the Kitchener Waterloo Skating Club with coaches Kris Wirtz and Kristy Sargeant-Wirtz.
“It’s been really fun to work with Mike these past few days,” said Moore-Towers. “Although we’ve known one another for many years, now we are going through the process of transforming from friends to partners. We’ve been working on our pair elements, the lifts, the throws, the twists and side-by-side jumps. As we’re getting to know how one another skates, we’re also looking at interesting and innovative entrances and exits, and just exploring what we can do together.”
According to Marinaro, “We’re just getting to know each other and trying to find our strengths. Everything right now is extremely new, but we’re having tons of fun on the ice and I’m looking forward to the next season.”