Press Release

Eight Canadian skaters to compete at JGP Poland

2009 junior ladies champ Charbonneau among entries

The 2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will be held in Quebec City from Dec. 8-11.<br>
The 2011 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final will be held in Quebec City from Dec. 8-11.
(courtesy of Skate Canada)


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By Skate Canada
(09/12/2011) - Skate Canada is sending a total of five entries to the third ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event of the season. Eight Canadian skaters will compete in Gdansk, Poland, from Sept. 15-17, 2011. Canada will be represented in each of the four disciplines: men's, ladies, pairs and ice dancing.

Samuel Angers, 18, Gatineau, Quebec, is the only Canadian entry in the men's discipline. This is his first year on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. Last year, Angers placed eighth at the Canadian Junior National Championships. He is coached by Guylaine Blouin at Patinage Gatineau in Gatineau, Quebec.

In the ladies division, Winnipeg's Kate Charbonneau, 18, will be the sole Canadian entry. This will be her third year on the junior circuit. In 2009 she placed second in Croatia and eighth in Poland, and in 2010 she placed 13th in Germany and 15th in Austria. Charbonneau is coached by Lorie Charbonneau and Robert Tebby, and trains at the Bloomington FSC in Minnesota.

In the pairs category, Katherine Bobak, 17, Guelph, Ontario, and Ian Beharry, 19, Guelph, Ontario, will compete together this season for the first time after paring up in February 2011. Both members have experience on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit with past partners. The pair is coached by Kris Wirtz and Kristy Sargeant at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.

Ice dancers Victoria Hasegawa, 17, Hudson, Quebec, and Connor Hasegawa, 19, Hudson, Quebec, will be competing on the junior circuit for the second year. In 2010, they placed 10th in Japan. The brother-and-sister duo is coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon at the Olympique Figure Skating Club in Montreal, Quebec.

Noa Bruser, 13, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Timothy Lum, 16, Burnaby, British Columbia, are the second entry in the ice dancing discipline for Canada. This is their first year on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. Last season they placed second at the Canadian Junior National Championships in the novice division. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.

Louis Stong of Etobicoke, Ontario, will act as the team leader, and Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be the Canadian team doctor. Susan Blatz of Troy, Ontario, and Lynne Dey of Edmonton, Alberta, will be the Canadian officials at the event.

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