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Canada sends five skaters to JGP Latvia

Reigning junior champ Nam Nguyen makes international debut

Nam Nguyen, pictured here performing in the gala at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will shoot for a podium spot at JGP Romania.
Nam Nguyen, pictured here performing in the gala at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, will shoot for a podium spot at JGP Romania. (Getty Images)

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By Skate Canada
(08/30/2011) - Skate Canada will send five skaters to the first stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit in Riga, Latvia, for a total of three entries. Canada will be represented in men's, pairs and ice dance. The competition will run from Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

In the men's division, 13-year-old Nam Nguyen of Burnaby, British Columbia, will be the sole Canadian entry. This is Nguyen's first season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. His position was well earned after competing at the 2010 and 2011 Skate Canada Junior Nationals, and placing third and first, respectively. Nguyen is coached by Joanne McLeod at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.

Magaret Purdy, 16, of Strathroy, Ontario, and Michael Marinaro, 19, of Sarnia, Ontario, will represent Canada in the pairs division. This is their third year on the junior circuit. In 2010, they placed ninth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Ostrava and 10th at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Sheffield. They also competed at the 2010 ISU World Junior Championships, placing eighth. Purdy and Marinaro train with coaches Scott Rachuk and Alison Purkiss at The Competitive Skating Center of Strathroy.

Ice dancers Andréanne Poulin, 16, of L'Île-Bizard, Quebec, and Marc-André Servant, 20, of Vaudreuil, Quebec, are the final entry for Canada at the event. This is their second year on the junior circuit. In 2010 they placed fourth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Dresden. They are coached by Shawn Winter at the Pierrefonds Sportplexe 4 Glaces.

Louis Strong of Etobicoke, Ontario, will be the Canadian team leader and physiotherapist Agnes Makowski of Toronto, Ontario, will accompany the team as medical staff. Janice Hunter of West Vancouver, British Columbia, and Jerome Poulin of Montreal, Quebec, will be the Canadian officials at the event.

For results and full entries, please visit www.isu.org.