OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada has nine entries, for a total of 14 skaters competing at the 2020 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships, taking place in Tallinn, Estonia, from March 2-8, 2020. Canada will have two entries in men, women and pairs, and three entries in ice dance. Competition starts Wednesday, March 4 with the men’s and pair’s short programs.
Stephen Gogolev, 15, Toronto, Ont., will be one of two Canadian entries in the men’s discipline. Last season, Gogolev finished fifth at the 2019 ISU World Junior Championships. This season, he won a silver medal at ISU JGP Lake Placid and was 5th at ISU JGP Croatia.Gogolev is coached by Rafael Aruntyunyan and Lee Barkell in Irvine, California.
Joseph Phan, 18, Laval, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in the men’s discipline. This season, Phan finished fourth in senior at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. He most recently won the silver medal in the junior category at the Bavarian Open. Phan is coached by Brian Orser in Toronto, Ont.
Canadian junior champion, Kaiya Ruiter, 13, Calgary, Alta., will be the first of two Canadian entries in the women’s discipline. This season on the Junior Grand Prix circuit, Ruiter finished sixth at Egna/Neumarkt 2019 and 11th at Riga Cup. She most recently captured the gold medal at the Bavarian Open in the junior ladies I category. Ruiter is coached by Scott Davis and Jeff Langdon Calgary, Alta.
Alison Schumacher, 17, Tecumseh, Ont., will be the second Canadian entry in the women’s discipline. This season, Schumacher won the silver medal at the 2020 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in the senior category. At last year’s junior world championships, she placed 10th. Schumacher is coached by Joey Russell in Toronto, Ont.
Canadian junior pairs champions, Patricia Andrew, 14, London, Ont., and Zachary Daleman, 20, Newmarket, Ont., will be the first of two Canadian entries in pairs. In their first season as a team, the two finished 10 at the Junior Grand Prix Croatia Cup and eighth at the Junior Grand Prix Chelyabinsk. They are coached by Alison Purkiss and Bryce Davison in Brantford, Ont.
Kelly Ann Laurin, 14, Saint-Jerome, Que., and Loucas Ethier, 19, Saint-Eustache, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in pairs. The 2020 Canadian junior bronze medallists finished sixth at the Junior Grand Prix Baltic Cup and won gold at the Bavarian Open. They are coached by Yvan Desjardins at Ecole Excellence Rosemère.
Natalie D’Alessandro, 15, Toronto, Ont., and Bruce Waddell, 18, Toronto, Ont., will be the first of three Canadian entries in ice dance. This season, the team represented Canada at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, where they finished fourth. On the Junior Grand Prix circuit, the duo won silver at Egna/Neumarkt and finished fourth at Riga Cup. They are coached by Andrew Hallam in Toronto, Ont.
Canadian junior ice dance champions, Emmy Bronsard, 15, Montreal, Que., and Aissa Bouaraguia, 18, Montreal, Que., will be the second Canadian entry in ice dance. On the Junior Grand Prix circuit, the team finished third at Croatia Cup and fourth at Courchevel. They are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon and Pascal Denis in Montreal, Que.
Miku Makita, 16, Anmore, B.C., and Tyler Gunara, 17, Burnaby, B.C., will be the final Canadian entry in ice dance. The team also represented Canada at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games and finished fifth. On the Junior Grand Prix circuit, they finished fourth at Baltic Cup and at Lake Placid. Makita and Gunara are coached by Aaron Lowe and Megan Wing in Burnaby, B.C.
André Bourgeois, Skate Canada NextGen Director, and Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., will be the team leaders at the event. Dr. Erika Persson of Edmonton, Alta., and physiotherapist Mireille Landry of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff. Cynthia Benson of Quispamsis, N.B., Karen Howard of Regina, Sask., Jerome Poulin of Montreal, Que., and Ron Conacher of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian officials attending the event. Debra Armstrong, CEO, Skate Canada, will be attending as a team official.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT THE 2020 ISU WORLD JUNIOR FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
|Men||Stephen Gogolev||15||Toronto, Ont.||Granite Club||Rafael Aruntyunyan / Lee Barkell|
|Men||Joseph Phan||18||Laval, Que.||CPA Laval||Brian Orser|
|Women||Kaiya Ruiter||13||Calgary, Alta.||Glencoe Club||Scott Davis / Jeff Langdon|
|Women||Alison Schumacher||17||Tecumseh, Ont.||Granite Club and Toronto CS & CC||Joey Russell|
|Pairs||Patricia Andrew / Zachary Daleman||14 / 20||London, Ont. / Newmarket, Ont.||Brantford Competitive Skating Centre||Alison Purkiss|
|Pairs||Kelly Ann Laurin / Loucas Ethier||14 / 19||Saint-Jerome, Que. / Saint-Eustache, Que.||Ecole Excellence Rosemere||Yvan Desjardins/ Violaine Émard|
|Ice Dance||Natalie D’Alessandro / Bruce Waddell||15 / 18||Toronto, Ont. / Toronto, Ont.||Toronto CS & CC||Andrew Hallam|
|Ice Dance||Emmy Bronsard / Aissa Bouaraguia||15 / 18||Montréal, Que. / Montreal, Que.||Ice Academy of Montreal||Marie-France Dubreui / Patrice Lauzon / Pascal Denis|
|Ice Dance||Miku Makita / Tyler Gunara||16 / 17||Anmore, B.C. / Burnaby, B.C.||Vancouver Ice Dance Academy||Megan Wing / Aaron Lowe|