OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada has eight entries, for a total of 12 skaters competing at the 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships taking place from March 15-19 in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. Canada will have two entries per discipline in pairs and ice dance, one entry in ladies and three entries in men’s. Competition begins Wednesday, March 15, with the men and pairs short programs.
Defending world junior silver medallist Nicolas Nadeau, 19, Boisbriand, Que., is the first of three Canadian men. This season, he placed 11th at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, fourth in senior at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships and won the junior level at the Bavarian Open. Nadeau trains in Rosemère, Que., and is coached by Yvan Desjardins.
Roman Sadovsky, 17, Vaughan, Ont., is the second Canadian entry in men’s. This will be his third time competing at this event, having placed 13th in 2014 and 14th in 2015. This season, he placed fifth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Japan and won the silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Estonia. At the senior level, he placed seventh at the Golden Spin of Zagreb and ninth at the 2017 Canadian championships. Sadovsky is coached by Tracey Wainman in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Canadian junior silver medallist Conrad Orzel, 16, Woodbridge, Ont., will round out the Canadian men entries. This season, Orzel placed 10th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in France and won the silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Germany. He also won the junior silver medal at the 2017 Bavarian Open. Orzel is coached by Eva Najarro and trains in Richmond Hill, Ont.
Sarah Tamura, 16, Burnaby, B.C., is the Canadian entry in ladies. Last year, she placed 13th at this event. This season, Tamura placed eighth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Slovenia and sixth in Germany. She also won the junior competition at the Bavarian Open and placed fifth in the senior level at the 2017 Canadian championships. Tamura is coached by Joanne McLeod in Burnaby, B.C.
Canadian junior champions Evelyn Walsh, 15, London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud, 20, Strathroy, Ont., are one of two Canadian pairs competing at this event. Earlier this season, Walsh and Michaud placed 11th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Estonia and fifth in Germany. They also won the junior competition at the Bavarian Open. Walsh and Michaud are coached by Alison Purkiss and Margaret Purdy, and train in London, Ont.
Canadian junior silver medallists Lori-Anne Matte, 17, Lévis, Que., and Thierry Ferland, 19, Lévis, Que., are the other Canadian junior pair entry at the event. Earlier this season, they placed sixth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in the Czech Republic and fourth in Russia. Matte and Ferland also won the silver medal in the junior competition at the Bavarian Open. They are coached by Martine Simard in Lévis, Que.
Canadian junior champions Marjorie Lajoie, 16, Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha, 17, Greenfield Park, Que., are the first of two Canadian ice dance entries. Last year, they placed 13th at this event. This season, they finished fourth at both of their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments (Japan and Germany), and won the silver medal at the Bavarian Open in the junior category. Lajoie and Lagha train in Montreal, Que., with coaches Marie-France Dubreuil, Patrice Lauzon, Romain Haguenauer and Pascal Denis.
Canadian junior silver medallists Ashlynne Stairs, 16, Calgary, Alta. and Lee Royer, 18, St. Albert, Alta., will also be representing Canada in the ice dance discipline. This season, they finished seventh and fifth respectively at their ISU Junior Grand Prix assignments in France and Slovenia, and won the bronze medal at the Bavarian Open in the junior category. Stairs and Royer are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe in Burnaby, B.C.
Bev Viger of Abbotsford, B.C., and Manon Perron of Boucherville, Que., will be the Canadian team leaders at the event. Dr. Cole Beavis of Saskatoon, Sask., and physiotherapist Sylvia Ciurysek of Berwyn, Alta., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Leslie Keen of Vancouver, B.C., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.
Skate Canada NextGen Director André Bourgeois will also be traveling with the team.
CANADIAN ENTRIES AT THE 2017 ISU WORLD JUNIOR FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
|Men||Nicolas Nadeau||19||Boisbriand, Que.||CPA Boisbriand||Yvan Desjardins|
|Men||Roman Sadovsky||17||Vaughan, Ont.||York Region Skating Academy||Tracey Wainman|
|Men||Conrad Orzel||16||Woodbridge, Ont.||York Region Skating Academy||Eva Najarro|
|Ladies||Sarah Tamura||16||Burnaby, B.C.||Champs International SC||Joanne McLeod|
|Pairs||Evelyn Walsh/ Trennt Michaud||15/20||London, Ont./ Strathroy, Ont.||London SC/ Prince Edward SC||Alison Purkiss/ Margaret Purdy|
|Pairs||Lori-Anne Matte/ Thierry Ferland||17/19||Lévis, Que./ Lévis, Que.,||CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean/ CPA St. Romuald – St. Jean||Martine Simard|
|Ice Dance||Marjorie Lajoie/ Zachary Lagha||16/17||Boucherville, Que./ Greenfield Park, Que.||CPA De Boucherville/ CPA St. Lambert||Marie-France Dubreuil/ Patrice Lauzon/ Romain Haguenauer/ Pascal Denis|
|Ice Dance||Ashlynne Stairs/ Lee Royer||16/18||Calgary, Alta./ Ft. St. Albert, Alta.||Champs International SC/ Champs International SC||Megan Wing/ Aaron Lowe|