(August 20, 2009 - OTTAWA, ON) – The first stop on the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix circuit will be in Budapest, Hungary with the competition running from August 26–30. Canada will have a strong team consisting of five skaters who will compete in the men’s and ice dance disciplines. Canada did not receive any entries in the ladies category.
Samuel Morais, 17, Laval, Que., is the sole entry for Canada in the men’s category. This is his second year competing on the junior circuit. In 2008 he placed 10th in Gomel, Belarus and eighth in Mexico City, Mexico. Morais is coached by Nathalie Martin in Saint-Léonard.
Karen Routhier, 17, Quebec City, Que., and Eric Saucke-Lacelle, 20, Sherbrooke, Que., will compete in the ice dance discipline. They are the 2009 Canadian Junior Champions in ice dance and will enter their third year on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. In 2008 they won two medals both bronze at ISU Junior Grand Prix’s in Ostrava, Czech Republic and Sheffield, Great Britain. They also competed at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships and placed seventh. They are coached by Tyler Myles and David Islam at the Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie, Ont.
The final entry for Canada are ice dancers Olivia Martins, 17, Toronto, Ont., and Alvin Chau, 20, Richmond Hill, Ont. This is Martins and Chau’s second season on the ISU Junior Grand Prix. In 2008 they placed sixth in Ostrava, Czech Republic. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs out of the Scarboro FSC.
Petra Burka of Toronto, Ont., will be the team manager at the event. Leanna Caron of Timmins, Ont., will be the Canadian official at the competition.
For results and full entries please visit www.isu.org.
Tyler Myles, David Islam
Carol Lane, Juris Razgulajevs
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