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Eight athletes to represent Canada at JGP Austria

Austria hosts third ISU Junior Grand Prix of the Season

Kate Charbonneau is the sole ladies entry for Canada at the JGP Austria.
Kate Charbonneau is the sole ladies entry for Canada at the JGP Austria. (Gérard Châtaigneau)


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By Skate Canada
(09/14/2010) - OTTAWA, ON - Skate Canada is sending a total of five entries to the third ISU Junior Grand Prix of the season. Eight Canadian skaters will compete in Graz, Austria from September 15-19, 2010. Canada will be represented in each of the four disciplines: men's, ladies, pair and ice dance.

Samuel Morais, 18, Laval, Que., is the only Canadian entry in the men's discipline. This is his third year on the junior circuit; in 2009 Morais placed eighth in Budapest. He is coached by Louise Michaud, Nathalie Martin and Danièle Robillard in Saint-Léonard, Que.

In the ladies division Winnipeg's Kate Charbonneau, 17, will be the sole Canadian entry. This is only her second year on the junior circuit. In 2009 she had an outstanding debut, winning silver in Zagreb and placing eighth in Torun. Charbonneau is coached by Lorie Charbonneau and Robert Tebby and trains at the Bloomington FSC in Minnesota, USA.

In the pair category Brittany Jones, 13, Toronto, Ont., and Kurtis Gaskell, 20, Guelph, Ont., will compete for the second year in a row on the junior circuit. In 2009 they had a great start to the season, winning bronze in Torun and placing eighth in Dresden. The pair is coached by Lee Barkell at Mariposa in Barrie.

Kristen Tikel, 16, Kitchener, Ont., and Ian Beharry, 18, Guelph, Ont., are the second entry in the pair discipline for Canada. This is also their second year on the circuit; in 2009 they placed ninth in Minsk. They are coached by Kevin Wheeler at the Champions Training Centre in Cambridge, Ont.

Ice dancers Edrea Khong, 13, Ajax, Ont., and Edbert Khong, 15, Ajax, Ont., will be competing at their first international event. They are the 2010 novice ice dance silver medalists. The brother and sister duo is coached by Andrew Hallam and Tracy Wilson at the Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club.

Louis Stong of Etobicoke, Ont., will act as the team leader and Dr. John Philpott of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian team doctor. Nicole Leblanc-Richard of Dieppe, N.B., and Cynthia Benson of Quispamsis, N.B., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

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