Patrick Chan Announces Coaching Team

OTTAWA, ON: Patrick Chan, 25, Toronto, Ont., will be working with a new coaching team this season. Marina Zoueva, Oleg Epstein and Johnny Johns will make up Chan’s coaching team. He will train in Canton, Michigan at the Arctic Edge Arena.

“I am excited to be working with Marina, Oleg and Johnny. They each bring so much to the table and have such a rich history of coaching world and Olympic competitors in all the disciplines. I am looking forward to the season ahead and my first event the Finlandia Trophy in just a couple weeks,” said Patrick Chan.

In August, Chan and his previous coach Kathy Johnson ended their skater-coach partnership after four years working together.

Chan’s first grand prix of the season will be Skate Canada International and it will also be his first event on Canadian soil this season. The event takes place from October 27-30, 2016 in Mississauga at the Hershey Centre.

 

Growth of sledge participation in CanSkate program “beyond what we dreamed”

At first, Noah Robichaud found his source of inspiration in a television commercial.

Now the teenager is inspiring others to chase their own dreams.

It’s been about a year since the 16-year-old from Penobsquis, NB, who lives with cerebral palsy, was in rehabilitation following another surgery when he saw a commercial featuring his hero Sidney Crosby, playing sledge hockey.

In that moment, a dream was born.

Not long after, Noah left the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation with a sledge of his own, donated by Para New Brunswick. Once they returned home Noah’s mother, Tammy, called the nearby Sussex Skating Club to inquire about a skating program for children with special needs. Physical and occupational therapists were consulted and, last October, Noah began CanSkate lessons with coaches Kirsten Graham and Stacey Rouse-Charlton.

Almost a year after Noah took his first lesson, the sledge program is growing at an astounding rate.

This season, five sledge skaters will take to the ice with their classmates for lessons in Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program, CanSkate.

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“These kids have seen their fair share of disappointment, and we are not going to let anyone tell them they can’t do something,” says Rouse-Charlton, who credits several organizations supporting the initiative including Recreation NB and Para New Brunswick.

“CanSkate is inclusive for everyone who wants to learn to skate. Seeing the joy, that is what it is all about, and letting these kids know that, yes, they are equal. Skating on a sledge is skating.”

The inclusiveness of the program has caught the attention of others. Rouse-Charlton and her club were recently honoured with two distinguished awards: the CoachNB Everyone Matters Award and the Randy Dickinson Community Inclusion Award.

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The awards mean a lot to Rouse-Charlton and her Sussex colleagues, but they aren’t doing this for the accolades.

They want to make a difference in the lives of others.

“This has never been about making my life better,” says Rouse-Charlton. “This is all about making their lives better. But being recognized shows the trust that others, especially the parents, have in what we are doing.

“That means everything to us.”

The fast-track growth of the program has caught everyone off guard. Noah’s story made headlines in the Maritimes, and the reaction has been overwhelming.

Rouse-Charlton, who has been involved in skating all her life and has been teaching CanSkate for seven years, admits she was hesitant about starting the sledge program.

“I’ll be honest, I was terrified at the beginning,” she admits. “You always have a fear of the unknown. But if you are willing to put those fears aside and just give it a try, it can change lives. We are a small club. And we are proof that anything is possible.”

“The program just keeps growing. This is beyond what we dreamed.”

And it is about more than learning to skate. The program is teaching life lessons and the importance of inclusion. Rouse-Charlton sees this everyday.

“Other kids on the ice look up to these kids, and are inspired by them,” she says. “The friendships that are being built are truly special. All the kids admire our sledge athletes.”

“There are life lessons being taught here with these kids –  how we are all equal. We could all learn a little from what we have going on here.”

If you are interested in discussing the sledge CanSkate program with Stacey Rouse-Charlton, please email [email protected]

Skate Canada Releases Ticketing Information for 2016-2017 Season

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada is pleased to release domestic ticketing information for the upcoming 2016/2017 season. Six competitions will be hosted on Canadian soil this the season, beginning September 29th with the Autumn Classic International, in Montreal.

Below is a complete list of event dates, locations and ticketing information:

2016 AUTUMN CLASSIC INTERNATIONAL

September 29 – October 1, 2016
Montreal, Quebec – Sportplexe Pierrefonds
Ticket Info: All-event ticket packages are $80 and single day tickets range from $20-$35, all tickets subjects to applicable taxes and surcharges. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Sportplexe Pierrefonds box office (14700, boulevard Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Que.) or for advance ticket purchases please email [email protected]

2016 SKATE CANADA INTERNATIONAL

October 27-30, 2016
Mississauga, Ontario – Hershey Centre
Ticket Info: Single event tickets range from $35-$60, plus applicable surcharges. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at the Hershey Centre box office (5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga, Ont).

2017 SKATE CANADA CHALLENGE

November 30 – December 4, 2016
Montreal, Quebec – Sportplexe Pierrefonds
Ticket Info: All-event ticket packages are $50, and single day tickets cost $20. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Sportplexe Pierrefonds box office (14700, boulevard Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Que). Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

2017 CANADIAN TIRE NATIONAL SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

January 16-22, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario – TD Place Arena
Ticket Info: All-event ticket information will be available Fall 2016. Please check sc3staging.skatecanada.ca for updates.

2017 SKATE CANADA SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

February 24 – 26, 2017
Calgary, Alberta – WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre
Ticket Info: Ticket prices and information will be available Fall 2016. Please check sc3staging.skatecanada.ca for updates.

ISU WORLD JUNIOR SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS® 2017

March 10 – 11, 2017
Mississauga, Ontario – Hershey Centre
Ticket Info: Ticket prices and information will be available later this year. Please check sc3staging.skatecanada.ca for updates.

2017 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships coming to Mississauga

OTTAWA, ON: For the first time ever, Canada will host the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in 2017. The championships will take place from March 10-12, 2017 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont.  Twenty-five of the top junior synchronized skating teams from 20 countries will compete for the junior world title.

“It is always an honour to host international events and we are excited to be hosting the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships for the first time,” said Dan Thompson, CEO, Skate Canada. “Canada has a fantastic track record of hosting synchronized skating events. Most recently we hosted the 2015 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships which was an extremely exciting event with Canada winning gold on home soil. We look forward to hosting the world once again in 2017.”

The ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships was a biennial event but it was recently decided at the 2016 ISU Congress that the event will become annual beginning in 2017. The inaugural event was hosted in 2013 by Helsinki, Finland. In 2015, Team Canada (Les Suprêmes) won the nation’s first medal at the championships, a bronze.

Ticket prices and information will be available later this year.

Canadian skaters in Germany for Nebelhorn Trophy

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada will send four entries, for a total of six skaters to Oberstdorf, Germany, for the Nebelhorn Trophy, the third stop on the 2016-2017 ISU Challenger Series. Canada will have one entry in each discipline (men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance) at the event which takes place September 22-24, 2016.

Canadian silver medallist Liam Firus, 24, North Vancouver, B.C., is the Canadian entry in men’s. In 2014, he placed ninth at this event. Last season, the representative of Vancouver SC won the Triglav Trophy, placed seventh at the Finlandia Trophy, eighth at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, and 13th at the ISU Four Continents Championships. Firus is coached by Bruno Marcotte in Sainte-Julie, Que.

Gabrielle Daleman, 18, Newmarket, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in ladies and will be competing at this event for the first time. Last season, she placed fifth at Skate Canada International, sixth at Trophée Éric Bompard, ninth at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and won silver at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Daleman is coached by Lee Barkell and Brian Orser at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.

Lubov Ilyushechkina, 24, Moscow, Russia, and Dylan Moscovitch, 31, Toronto, Ont., are the Canadian pair entry, and will also be competing at this event for the first time. Last season, they placed seventh at the Cup of China, fifth at the NHK Trophy, fifth at the ISU Four Continents Championships and seventh at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The two-time Canadian medallists are coached by Lee Barkell, Bryce Davison and Tracy Wilson at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club.

Canadian silver medallists Piper Gilles, 24, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 24, Unionville, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in ice dance. This will be their first time competing at this event. Last season, they won bronze at Skate America, silver at Trophée Éric Bompard, placed fifth at the ISU Four Continents Championships and eighth at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The representatives of Scarboro FSC are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs.

Skate Canada High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk will be travelling with the Canadian team as team leader and Shirley Kushner of Westmount, Que., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Reaghan Fawcett-Fortin of Aurora, Ont., and Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

For results and full entries please visit 2016 Nebelhorn Trophy.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2016 NEBELHORN TROPHY

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Liam Firus 24 North Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver SC Bruno Marcotte
Ladies Gabrielle Daleman 18 Newmarket, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell / Brian Orser
Pair Lubov Ilyushechkina / Dylan Moscovitch 24/31 Moscow, Russia / Toronto, Ont. Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club / Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Lee Barkell / Bryce Davison / Tracy Wilson
Ice Dance Piper Gilles / Paul Poirier 24/24 Toronto, Ont. / Unionville, Ont. Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs

Canadian junior skaters head to Ljubljana for fifth event of ISU Junior Grand Prix

Ottawa, ON: Skate Canada will send three entries, for a total of four skaters to Ljubljana, Slovenia for the fifth event of the 2016-2017 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Canada will send one entry per discipline in ladies, men’s and ice dance to the competition taking place from September 21-25, 2016.

Joseph Phan, 15, Laval, Que., the 2016 Canadian Junior Champion will be participating in only his second junior grand prix event in Ljubljana. Phan finished sixth at his first competition in Ostrava, Czech Republic, earlier this month. Last season, he won the silver medal in the junior category at the 2015 Autumn Classic International. He is coached by Yvan Desjadrins at the Club de Patinage Artistique Laval.

Sarah Tamura, 15, Burnaby, B.C., will be Canada’s lone female entry at the junior grand prix event in Ljubljana. Tamura will aim to build off a successful 2016 season where she captured the Canadian junior title. That performance helped earn her a berth at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary where she placed 13th. Tamura also placed 13th at the 2015 Junior Grand Prix in Latvia. She is coached by Joanne McLeod at the Champs International Skating Centre in Burnaby, B.C.

Ashlynne Stairs, 16, Calgary, Alta. and Lee Royer, 18, St. Albert, Alta., will be representing Canada in the ice dance discipline. The duo finished seventh at the first stop on the 2016 ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, in France. Stairs and Royer are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the Champs International Skating Centre in Burnaby, B.C.

Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que. will act as the Canadian team lead at the event in Slovenia, and she will be accompanied by physiotherapist Siobhan Karam of Ottawa, Ont. Also attending the event are Canadian officials Debbie Islam of Barrie, Ont., and Sabrina Wong of Toronto, Ont.

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 – Ljubljana, Solvenia

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Joseph Phan 15 Laval, Que. CPA Laval Yvan Desjardins
Ladies Sarah Tamura 15 Burnaby, B.C. Champs International SC Joanne McLeod
Ice Dance Ashlynne Stairs / Lee Royer 16/18 Calgary, Alta. / Ft. St. Albert, Alta. Champs International SC / Champs International SC Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe

Week in Skating Photos: What to Bring to CanSkate

Every season we are excited to meet new skaters. We encourage our skaters to bring warm clothes, helmets, ice skates and big smiles.

Big smiles from our CanSkaters? #skatingisfun #canskate #canskateprogram #skating #smile

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A comfortable shirt to motivate, little engines can do big things.

#readyforaction #lincolndanieljoshua #canskate

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Bright colours are very popular in skating.

Fall School Juniors having a great time !! ⛸?⛸ #figureskating #fall #fun

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Pack (healthy) snacks for break.

 

Invite your family and friends to watch your skating lessons.

 

Bring along your other crafts and hobbies.

 

And make sure you try on your skates at home before coming on the ice.

This kid is ready for the winter…first pair of skates. #canskate #bigboy #watchout

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If you feel like giving up, remember what made you start #Mondaymotivation

Remember the days you prayed for the things you have now ?

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Don’t forget to buy your Skate Canada International tickets. Tickets are selling fast!

 

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Canadian pairs climb to fourth at ISU Junior Grand Prix

SARANSK, Russia – Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Lévis, Que., climbed to a fourth place finish in pairs on Friday at the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Russians swept the podium with Anastasia Mishina and Vladislav Mirzoev first with 175.82 points. Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii were second at 152.57 and Ekaterina Borisov and Dmitry Sopot of Russia third at 150.76.

Matte and Ferland were fifth after the short program on Thursday but produced ghe fourth best free skate of the day to make a move in the final ranking. They were sixth at the second stop in Ostrava, the Czech Republic.

Jamie Knoblauch of Milton, Ont., and Cody Wong of Cambridge, Ont., were 10th.

There was another Russian victory in men’s competition as Alexander Samarin took the gold. Andrew Torgashev of the U.S. was second and Matyas Belohradsky of the Czech Republic was third.

Edrian Paul Celestino of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., also made an impressive climb up the standings going from 12th after the short program to ninth overall.

‘’After the long I’m very satisfied with how I performed,’’ said Celestino, 18. ‘’There were things I could improve but with the way came back in this long program I’m happy with myself. It’s a learning experience and I want to improve from now on.’’

In the short dance, Alicia Fabbri of Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio of Laval, Que., stand seventh.
The free dance is on Saturday. Canada has no entries in women’s competition.

Full results: ISU JGP Cup of Mordovia 2016

Canadian skaters in Salt Lake City for U.S. International Figure Skating Classic

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have eight entries, for a total of 11 skaters at the 2016 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, the second event on the International Skating Union’s (ISU) 2016 Challenger Series. Canada will have three entries in men’s, two entries per discipline in ladies and ice dance, and one entry in pair at the event which runs from September 14-18, 2016, in Salt Lake City, UT.

Nam Nguyen, 18, Toronto, Ont., is the first of three Canadian entries in men’s. This will be the 2015 Canadian Champion’s first time competing at this event. Last season, Nguyen placed fifth at Skate Canada International, seventh at the Rostelecom Cup, 27th at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and fourth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He is coached by David Glynn in San Jose, CA, USA.

Elladj Baldé, 25, Montreal, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in the men’s category and will also be competing at this event for the first time. Last season, he won gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy, placed 11th at both the Cup of China and NHK Tophy, and placed seventh at the Canadian championships. Baldé trains in Montreal, Que., with coaches Bruno Marcotte and Manon Perron.

Mitchell Gordon, 20, Vancouver, B.C., will be the third entry in men’s for Canada. Last season, Gordon placed eighth at the 2015 Autumn Classic International and 13th at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Gordon is coached by Joanne McLeod, Neil Wilson, Eileen Murphy and Keegan Murphy and represents the Connaught Skating Club.

Véronik Mallet, 22, Sept-Îles, Que., is one of two Canadian entries in the ladies division. Mallet finished ninth at this event in 2015. Last season, the representative of CPA Sept-Îles also placed 10th at Skate Canada International, 14th at the ISU Four Continents championships and fourth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Mallet is coached by Annie Barabé at CTC Varennes.

Kim Decelles, 18, Baie-Comeau, Que., is the second Canadian entry in the ladies discipline. Last season, she placed ninth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Croatia. The representative of CPA Baie-Comeau also placed 10th in the junior women’s category at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. She is coached by Yvan Desjardins and Violaine Émard at CPA Baie-Comeau.

Brittany Jones, 20, Toronto, Ont., and Joshua Reagan, 26, Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian entry in pair. Jones and Reagan placed fourth at this event in 2014. Last season, they placed fourth at the 2015 Autumn Classic International and sixth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Jones and Reagan are coached by Bryce Davison and represent Hamilton SC.

Three-time Canadian bronze medallists Alexandra Paul, 24, Midhurst, Ont., and Mitchell Islam, 26, Barrie, Ont., are one of two Canadian entries in ice dance. In 2012, they won silver at this event. Last season, Paul and Islam won silver at the Nebelhorn Trophy, placed sixth at the 2015 Skate Canada International, and placed fourth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. The representatives of Barrie SC train in Montreal, Que., with coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Romain Haguenauer.

Canadian junior champions Mackenzie Bent, 19, Uxbridge, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs, 19, Ajax, Ont., are the second Canadian entry in ice dance. In their first season competing together, the representatives of Uxbridge SC and Scarboro FSC won silver at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in the United States, placed sixth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Spain, and placed ninth at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. They are coached by Carol Lane, Jon Lane, and Juris Razgulajevs at Ice Dance Elite at Scarboro FSC.

Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., will be the Canadian team leader at the event and physiotherapist Karen Seymour of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Susan Morriss of Victoria, B.C., and Pam Chislett of Grand Prairie, Alta., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

For more information and full entries please visit www.isu.org.

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT 2016 U.S. INTERNATIONAL FIGURE SKATING CLASSIC

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Nam Nguyen 18 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club David Glynn
Mens Elladj Baldé 25 Montreal, Que. CPA Anjou Kinsmen Bruno Marcotte / Manon Perron
Mens Mitchell Gordon 20 Vancouver, B.C. Connaught Skating Club Joanne McLeod / Neil Wilson / Eileen Murphy / Keegan Murphy
Ladies Véronik Mallet 22 Sept- Îles, Que. CPA Sept-Îles Annie Barabé / Maximin Coïa
Ladies Kim Decelles 18 Baie-Comeau, Que. CPA Baie Comeau Yvan Desjardins / Violaine Émard
Pair Brittany Jones / Joshua Reagan 20/26 Toronto, Ont. / Toronto, Ont. Hamilton SC / Hamilton SC Bryce Davison
Ice Dance Alexandra Paul / Mitchell Islam 24/26 Midhurst, Ont. / Barrie, Ont. Barrie SC / Barrie SC Marie-France Dubreuil / Patrice Lauzon / Romain Haguenauer
Ice Dance Mackenzie Bent / Dmitre Razgulajevs 19/19 Uxbridge, Ont. / Ajax, Ont. Uxbridge SC / Scarboro FSC Carol Lane / Jon Lane / Juris Razgulajevs

Skating Community Mourning the Loss of Hall of Fame Coach Ellen Burka

OTTAWA, ON: Legendary skating coach Ellen Burka passed away yesterday evening at the age of 95 in Toronto. Burka was a Skate Canada Hall of Fame coach and one of the world’s most respected coaches and choreographers, taking skaters to the highest level of competition over her lifetime.

A national skating champion in her native Holland, she emigrated to Canada in 1950 after surviving the holocaust. Burka joined the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club and began her successful coaching career.

Burka, an Olympic and World coach, taught many accomplished skaters. Memorable students include her daughter Petra Burka, the 1964 Olympic bronze medallist and 1965 World Champion, as well as Toller Cranston, six-time Canadian Champion and 1976 Olympic bronze medallist.

Her commitment, innovative coaching techniques and dedication earned her the Order of Canada in 1978. In 1996, she became an honored member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2013, she was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Skate Canada offers its sincere condolences to Burka’s family and friends.

ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit continues as Team Canada heads to Russia

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have four entries, for a total of seven skaters at the fourth ISU Junior Grand Prix of the season, taking place in Saransk, Russia. Canada will have one entry per discipline in men’s and ice dance and two entries in pair at the event which takes place from September 14-18, 2016.
Canadian junior silver medallist Edrian Paul Celestino, 18, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., will represent Canada in men’s. Last season, he placed 13th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Austria and fourth at the Autumn Classic International. The representative of Saint Laurent FSC is coached by Daniel Beland at the Dollard Civic Centre.

Lori-Ann Matte, 17, Lévis, Que., and Thierry Ferland, 19, Lévis, Que., are one of two Canadian pair entries at the event. Earlier this season, they placed sixth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic. Last season, they placed sixth at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the junior category. Matte and Ferland are coached by Martine Simard and represent CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean.

Canadian novice pair champions Jamie Knoblauch, 14, Milton, Ont., and Cody Wong, 21, Cambridge, Ont., are the second Canadian pair entry at the event. This will be their first ISU Junior Grand Prix assignment. Knoblauch and Wong are coached by Kevin Wheeler and Laurence Collin-Knoblauch and represent Champs International SC and Preston FSC.

Alicia Fabbri, 13, Terrebonne, Que., and Claudio Pietrantonio, 19, Laval, Que., are the Canadian entry in ice dance. Last season, they won silver in the novice category at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. Fabbri and Pietrantonio are coached by Julien Lalonde, Mylène Girard and Lynn McKay.

André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, will be the Canadian team leader. Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., and physiotherapist Sylvia Ciurysek of Berwyn, Alta., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Andrew Bosco of Thorold, Ont., and Karen Butcher of Nepean, 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 #4 – Saransk, Russia

Discipline Name Age Hometown Club Coach
Mens Edrian Paul Celestino 18 Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que. Saint Laurent FSC Daniel Beland
Pair Lori-Ann Matte / Thierry Ferland 17/19 Lévis, Que. / Lévis, Que., CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean / CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean Martine Simard
Pair Jamie Knoblauch / Cody Wong 14/21 Milton, Ont. / Cambridge, Ont. Champs International SC & Preston FSC / Preston FSC Kevin Wheeler / Laurence Collin-Knoblauch
Ice Dance Alicia Fabbri / Claudio Pietrantonio 13/19 Terrebonne, Que. / Laval, Que. CPA Terrebonne / CPA Laval Julien Lalonde / Mylène Girard / Lynn McKay

Week in Skating Photos: Back to School

We hope you had a great first week back to school.

For some, September means we are a little closer to skating season,

 

while others will miss the summer heat where they can lie down freely.

 

Back to school, means more traffic on the roads and sidewalks. (video)

 

We have all our CanSkate items prepared for the week ahead,

Loading up for our month as ice gypsies. #Canskate

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including our favourite caterpillar blade guards

My sister got new skates #riedellskates #figureskating #emerald

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to keep our blades sharp for spontaneous teapots. (video)

Teapot fail hahaha #figureskating #Teapot #howlowcanyougo

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If you do fall, we hope it is as graceful as Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.

 

In the meantime, we can reminisce over our previous skating moments.

Throw back Thursday to New York 5 years ago! #centralpark #newyork #holiday #couple #iceskating #tbt

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We are grateful to know Andrew Poje will protect this house (and this garage door).

 

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