OTTAWA, ON: The best junior synchronized skating teams in the world will meet in Mississauga, Ont., this week for the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships® 2017, from March 10-11, at the Hershey Centre. Nineteen teams from 14 ISU member nations will compete for the title of World Junior Synchronized Skating Champion 2017.

Canada will send two teams: Nexxice junior, from the Burlington Skating Centre, and Les Suprêmes junior, from CPA Saint-Léonard, who earned their entries to the world junior championships winning gold and silver respectively at Skate Canada Central Ontario’s annual Winterfest competition in January.

Canadian silver medallists Nexxice junior will be the first Canadian entry. In 2015, they placed fifth at this event. Earlier this season, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre won the silver medal at the 2017 Mozart Cup. Nexxice junior are coached by Trish Perdue-Mills.

The 2017 Canadian champions Les Suprêmes are the second Canadian entry. They are the defending bronze medallists at this event and the 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup champions. This season, Les Suprêmes junior won the gold medal at the Leon Lurje Trophy. They are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Kassandra Patenaude.

This will mark the first time Canada has hosted the event in its short history, with the inaugural event having been hosted in 2013 by Helsinki, Finland. 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 with this edition. In 2015, Team Canada (Les Suprêmes) won the nation’s first medal at the championships, a bronze.

Tickets are available and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at the Hershey Centre Box Office.

The competition will be streamed live for fans to watch the events from home. For more information, including schedule, results and full entries, please visit the official event website or www.isu.org. Fans can also follow along on social media and join the conversation using the official event hashtag: #WorldJSynchro.