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Four skaters to represent Canada at JGP Australia

JGP veterans Firus, Najarro, Orford and Williams all set to compete in Brisbane

Liam Firus will look to pick up his his second career JGP medal this week in Australia.
Liam Firus will look to pick up his his second career JGP medal this week in Australia. (Getty Images)

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By Skate Canada
(09/06/2011) - Canada will send a team of four skaters to Brisbane, Australia, for the second of seven stops on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. The event will run from Sept. 7-11 at the Iceworld Boondall Arena. Canada will have a total of three entries, one in men's, one in ladies and one in ice dance.

Liam Firus, 19, North Vancouver, British Columbia, is the Canadian entry in the men's division. This is his third year on the junior circuit. In 2010, he placed fifth and third, respectively, at his two assignments, Romania and Great Britain. He also finished sixth at the 2011 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in the senior category. Firus is coached by Lorna Bauer at the Vancouver Skating Club.

In the ladies category, Alexandra Najarro, 18, Richmond Hill, Ontario, is the Canadian entry. This is her fourth year competing on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit. In 2010 she placed 10th in Romania and seventh in Great Britan. Najarro competed as a senior at the 2011 Canadian Championships and placed fourth. She trains with Tracey Wainman at the York Region Skating Academy WC.

Nicole Orford, 18, Burnaby, British Columbia, and Thomas Williams, 20, Okotoks, Alberta, will compete in ice dancing. This is their second year on the junior circuit. In 2010 they placed fifth in Czech Republic and third in Great Britain. Orford and Williams are also the 2011 Canadian junior champions. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.

Petra Burka of Toronto, Ontario, will act as the team leader, and Nicole Leblanc-Richard of Dieppe, New Brunswick, and Lorna Schroder of Georgetown, Ontario, will be the Canadian officials at the event.