OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have two teams competing at the 2019 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships this week from April 12-13, in Helsinki, Finland.
Canadian gold medallists, Nova, from St-Hubert, Que., will represent Canada for the first time at the world championships. The team finished second at Winterfest and won gold at Mozart Cup earlier this season. They are coached by Marie-France Sirois.
Canadian silver medallists, NEXXICE, from the Burlington Skating Club, will also represent Canada in Helsinki. They won gold at Trophy D’Ecosse and at the Spring Cup earlier this season. The team is coached by Shelley Simonton-Barnett and Ann Schelter.
Mary Ellen McDonald, Skate Canada Senior Director, Operations, will be the team leader at the event. Dr. Laura Cruz of Toronto, Ont., and physiotherapist Paige Larson of North Vancouver, B.C., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Diane Kamagianis of Mission, Ont., will be the Canadian official at the event. Dr. Shae Zukiwsky, Senior Director, Performance Excellence, will also be traveling with the team.