ISU Junior Grand Prix Torun marks fifth event of season for Canadian junior skaters

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send five entries, for a total of nine skaters to Torun, Poland, for the fifth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada will have one entry in men’s and two entries per discipline in pair and ice dance at the event which takes place from September 23-27, 2015.

Roman Sadovsky, 16, Vaughan, Ont., will be Canada’s sole entry in men’s. Earlier this season, he won gold at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Slovakia. Last season he placed fifth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, 14th at the 2015 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and fourth in the senior category at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by Tracey Wainman at the YSRA Winter Club.

Bryn Hoffman, 18, Calgary, Alta., and Bryce Chudak, 20, Calgary, Atla., will be one of two Canadian pair entries. This season, they placed fourth at their first international assignment in the United States. Last season, the representatives of Calalta FSC placed seventh at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Hoffman and Chudak are coached by Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay.

Hope McLean, 16, Newbury, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 19, Strathroy, Ont., will also represent Canada in pair. This will be their first international assignment. Last season, the representatives of Mount Brydges SC and Prince Edward SC placed fourth at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. McLean and Michaud are coached by Alison Purkiss at the London Competitive Skating Centre.

Melinda Meng, 16, Montreal, Que., and Andrew Meng, 18, Montreal, Que., are the first of two Canadian entries in ice dance. Earlier this season, they placed fifth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Latvia. Last season, the representatives of CPA Laval placed seventh at their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment in France, and won bronze in the junior category at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The Mengs are coached by Shawn Winter in Pierrefonds, Que.

Payten Howland, 16, St. Louis, MO, USA, and Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette, 17, Montreal, Que., are Canada’s second entry in ice dance. This will be their second international assignment, having placed sixth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in the United States. earlier this season. Last season, the representatives of CPA Lorraine placed 10th in the junior category at the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. They are coached by Igor Shpilband, Fabian Bourzat, and Greg Zuerlein and train in Novi, MI, USA.

Carolyn Allwright of Kitchener, Ont., will be the Canadian team leader at the event. Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., and physiotherapist Karen Seymour of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Debbie Islam of Barrie, Ont., and Susan Blatz of Burlington, Ont., are the Canadian officials at the event.

The ISU will be live streaming the competition via the ISU Junior Grand Prix YouTube channel. For results and full entries please visit www.isu.org.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU JGP #5 – Torun, Poland

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Roman Sadovsky 16 Vaughan, Ont. YRSA Winter Club Tracey Wainman
Pair Bryn Hoffman / Bryce Chudak 18/20 Calgary, Alta. / Calgary, Alta. Calalta FSC / Calalta FSC Anabelle Langlois / Cody Hay
Pair Hope McLean / Trennt Michaud 16/19 Newbury, Ont. / Strathroy, Ont. Mount Brydges SC / Prince Edward SC Alison Purkiss
Ice Dance Melinda Meng / Andrew Meng 16/18 Montreal, Que. / Montreal, Que. CPA Laval / CPA Laval Shawn Winter
Ice Dance Payten Howland / Simon-Pierre Malette-Paquette 16/17 St. Louis, MO, USA / Montreal, Que. CPA Lorraine / CPA Lorraine Igor Shpilband / Fabian Bourzat / Greg Zuerlein
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