OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send eight entries, for a total of 12 skaters to Tallinn, Estonia, for the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada will have two entries per category in men’s, ladies, pair, and ice dance at the event which takes place from September 24-27, 2014.
Canadian junior champions Mackenzie Bent, 17, Uxbridge, Ont., and Garrett MacKeen, 20, Oshawa, Ont., are the first of two entries in ice dance. Bent and MacKeen won gold at their first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment this season in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Last season, the representatives of Uxbridge SC and Bowmanville FSC won gold at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia, placed seventh at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Kosice, Slovakia, and placed 12th at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. They train at Scarboro Ice Dance Elite with coaches Juris Razgulajevs and Carol Lane.
Audrey Croteau-Villeneuve, 17, Montreal, Que., and Jeff Hough, 18, Russell, Ont., will also represent Canada in ice dance. The newly formed team representing the Town of Mt. Royal FSC and Minto Skating Club will be competing at their first international assignment. They are coached by Darryl VanLuven at the Minto Skating Club in Ottawa, Ont.
Bennet Toman, 17, St. Lazare, Que., is one of two Canadian entries in men’s. Earlier this season, he placed 12th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Courchevel, France. Representing CPA Vaudreuil, Toman is the 2014 Canadian junior silver medallist. He is coached by Robert O’Toole at the Canadian Ice Academy in Mississauga, Ont.
Edrian Paul Celestino, 16, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., is the second Canadian entry in men’s. This is his first international assignment. Representing Saint Laurent FSC, he is the 2014 Canadian novice silver medallist. He is coached by Daniel Beland at the Dollard Civic Centre.
Emy Decelles, 16, Baie-Comeau, Que., is one of two Canadian entries in the ladies category. This is her first international assignment. Representing CPA Baie-Comeau, she placed 6th in the junior women’s competition at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She is coached by Karen Sauvageau and Fanny Jean at CPA Baie-Comeau.
Emy’s twin sister Kim Decelles, 16, Baie-Comeau, Que., is the second Canadian entry in the ladies category. This is also her first international assignment. Representing CPA Baie-Comeau, she is the 2014 Canadian novice silver medallist. She is coached by Karen Sauvageau and Fanny Jean at CPA Baie-Comeau.
Mary Orr, 18, Brantford, Ont., and Phelan Simpson, 18, Lunenburg, N.S., are one of two Canadian pair entries. Last season, they earned a seventh place finish at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia, and placed sixth at the 2014 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Orr and Simpson also won bronze in junior pair at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They train at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club where they are coached by Kristy Wirtz and Kris Wirtz.
Shalena Rau, 15, Waterloo, Ont., and Sebastien Arcieri, 20, Montreal, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in pair. The newly formed team will be competing at their first international assignment together, but the representatives of the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club and CPA St. Leonard each have experience on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit with past partners. They are coached by Kristy Wirtz and Kris Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.
Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., and Terra Findlay of Echo Bay, Ont., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Ghislaine Robert of Montreal, Que., and physiotherapist Paige Larson of North Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Jerome Poulin of Montreal, Que., and Sally Rehorick of Vancouver, B.C., are the Canadian officials at the event.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #5 – Tallinn, Estonia
|Mens||Bennet Toman||17||St. Lazare, Que.||CPA Vaudreuil||Robert O’Toole|
|Mens||Edrian Paul Celestino||16||Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.||Saint Laurent FSC||Daniel Beland|
|Ladies||Emy Decelles||16||Baie-Comeau, Que.||CPA Baie Comeau||Karen Sauvageau / Fanny Jean|
|Ladies||Kim Decelles||16||Baie-Comeau, Que.||CPA Baie Comeau||Karen Sauvageau / Fanny Jean|
|Pair||Mary Orr / Phelan Simpson||18/18||Brantford, Ont. / Lunenburg, N.S.||Kitchener-Waterloo SC / Kitchener-Waterloo SC||Kristy Wirtz / Kris Wirtz|
|Pair||Shalena Rau / Sebastian Arcieri||15/20||Waterloo, Ont. / Montreal, Que.||Kitchener-Waterloo SC / CPA St. Leonard||Kristy Wirtz / Kris Wirtz|
|Ice Dance||Mackenzie Bent / Garrett MacKeen||17/20||Uxbridge, Ont. / Oshawa, Ont.||Uxbridge SC / Bowmanville FSC||Juris Razgulajevs / Carol Lane|
|Ice Dance||Audrey Croteau-Villeneuve / Jeff Hough||17/18||Montreal, Que. / Russell, Ont.||Town of Mt. Royal FSC / Minto SC||Darryl VanLuven|