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Canada sends skaters to JGP Great Britain

12 athletes will compete for Canda in Sheffield

Skate Canada will have 12 entries at the Junior Grand Prix Great Britain.
Skate Canada will have 12 entries at the Junior Grand Prix Great Britain. (courtesy Skate Canada)

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(09/24/2010) - OTTAWA, ON -- A total of 12 skaters will compete for Canada at the fifth installment on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The event will take place in Sheffield, Great Britain from September 29 - October 2, 2010. Canada will be represented in all four disciplines: men's, ladies, pair and ice dance.

In men's Liam Firus, 18, North Vancouver, B.C., is one of seven Canadian entries at this event. Earlier this season he placed fifth at his first assignment in Brasov, Romania. This is his second year on the junior circuit. In 2009 he placed seventh and eighth at his two assignments, Istanbul and Minsk. He is also the current Canadian Junior Champion. Firus is coached by Lorna Bauer at the Vancouver Skating Club.

Alexandra Najarro, 17, Richmond Hill, Ont., will also compete at her second ISU Junior Grand Prix in Sheffield. At the start of September she placed 10th in Brasov, Romania. Najarro competed as a senior at the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships and placed 15th. She trains with Tracey Wainman and Gregor Filipowski at the York Region Skating Academy WC.

Margaret Purdy, 15, Strathroy, Ont., and Michael Marinaro, 18, Sarnia, Ont., are one of three entries in the pair discipline. They are the 2010 Canadian Junior Pair Champions and this is only their second year on the circuit. They competed in Dresden and Torun last season and placed 10th and seventh respectably. They are coached by Scott Rachuk and Alison Purkiss at the Competitive Skating Centre of Strathroy.

Also in pair are Taylor Steele, 17, Strathroy, Ont., and Rob Schultz, 21, Sarnia, Ont. This is their second year on the circuit. In 2009 they placed ninth and fifth at their two assignments. The team finished fourth at the 2010 Skate Canada Junior Nationals in London. They train with Kevin Wheeler at the Champions Training Centre in Cambridge, Ont.

Natasha Purich, 15, Sherwood Park, Alta., and Raymond Schultz, 20, Toronto, Ont., are a new team this year. Purish placed second in novice singles at the 2010 Skate Canada Junior Nationals. Schultz skated pair and placed sixth at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships with his former partner. They are coached by Ravi Walia at the Ice Palace FSC in Edmonton.

Ice dancers Abby Carswell, 16, Toronto, Ont., and Andrew Doleman, 20, Dundas, Ont., will also be appearing at their second ISU Junior Grand Prix of the season. They got off to a good start by placing fifth in Brasov, Romania. This is their second year on the junior circuit. In 2009 they finished eighth in Lake Placid. Carswell and Doleman are also the 2010 Canadian Junior Ice Dance Bronze Medalists. They are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs at the Scarboro Figure Skating Club.

Nicole Orford, 17, Burnaby, B.C., and Thomas Williams, 19, Okotoks, Alta., are a newly formed ice dance team. The team paired up following the 2010 national championships after competing there with different partners. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the BC Centre of Excellence.

Louis Stong of Etobicoke, Ont., will act as the team leader and physiotherapist Agnes Makowski of Ottawa, Ont., will be the Canadian medical personnel. Lynne Dey of Edmonton, Alta., and Sally Rehorick of Vancouver, B.C., are the Canadian officials at the event.