(January 15, 2010) – Competition came to an end Thursday night at the Western Fair Sports Centre with the junior events. The arena was roaring as the first flight of junior ice dancers took the ice.

In the junior ice dance it was skaters from the Ontario sections who took top spots on the podium. Central Ontario members and leaders after the original dance, Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam held onto the lead to become the 2010 Canadian Junior Ice Dance Champions. They scored a total of 169.39 points. Claiming the silver medal were Olivia Martins and Alvin Chau also from Central Ontario with a total of 145.22 points. Landing in third were Abby Carswell and Andrew Dolman of Western Ontario with 143.12 points.

The junior men hit the ice next. Liam Firus from the British Columbia/Yukon section defended his short program lead to become the 2010 Canadian Junior Men’s Champion. He scored a total of 159.00 points. Quebec’s Samuel Morais won the silver with 155.49 points. Nam Nguyen from British Columbia/Yukon section jumped from fourth after the short to win the bronze; his total score was 148.81.

Junior ladies were up next. Eri Nishimura of Central Ontario came from behind after a fourth place finish in the short to win the title of 2010 Canadian Junior Women’s Champion. She finished with 115.55 points. Quebec skater Alana Tidy stayed steady to win the silver with 114.25 points and Kaetlyn Osmond from the Alberta/Northwest Territories/Nunavut made a significant jump from fifth after the short to win the bronze with 112.62 points.

Junior pair was the last event to happen at the Western Fair Centre. Margaret Purdy and Michael Marinaro of Western Ontario held onto their lead after the short to become the 2010 Canadian Junior Pair Champions. Their overall score was 129.59. Tara Hancherow and Sébastien Wolfe of Quebec took home the silver with 115.61 points. In third place were Katherine Bobak and Matthew Penasse of Western Ontario with points 112.48 points.

Over the past four days the 2010 BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals saw awesome skating, great sportsmanship, and enthusiastic crowds. Skate Canada would like to thank the volunteers, sponsors, coaches, athletes, parents, officials, venue staff and of course the fans for an awesome event!

Over at the John Labatt Centre the senior ice dance got under way with compulsory dance. The seniors skated to the tango romantic. It was no surprise that hometown skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir captured the crowd and finished in first with 43.98 points. Following behind in second was Central Ontario’s Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier with 37.27 points. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andre Poje of Northern Ontario trailed in third with 36.87 points.

Tomorrow the senior women start the day with their short program, followed by the senior pair short program, senior original dance and the senior men short program. All events will now take place at the John Labatt Centre.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at www.johnlabattcentre.com, by phone at 1.866.455.2849 or in person at the John Labatt Centre.

For more information on the event please click here.

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