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Canada sends six skaters to JGP Italy

One man, one lady, two dance teams to compete in Milan

Kate Charbonneau is the sole ladies entry for Canada at JGP Italy.
Kate Charbonneau is the sole ladies entry for Canada at JGP Italy. (Gerard Chataigneau )

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By Skate Canada
(10/03/2011) - Canada will be sending six skaters to the second-to-last ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series event of the season in Milan, Italy. The competition will take place Oct. 6-8, 2011. Canada will have a total of four entries: one in men's, one in ladies and two in ice dancing.

Christophe Belley-Lemelin, 17, Québec, Quebec, is the only entry in men's for Canada. This will be his first international event. In 2011, he placed third at Skate Canada Junior Nationals in the novice category. He is coached by Annie Barabé and Sophie Richard at CPA Contrecoeur.

In the ladies division, Winnipeg's Kate Charbonneau, 18, will be the sole Canadian entry. Earlier this season, she placed fifth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Gdansk, Poland. This is her third year on the JGP circuit. In 2009 she placed second in Zagreb and eighth in Torun, and in 2010 she placed 13th in Dresden and 15th in Graz. Charbonneau is coached by Lorie Charbonneau and Robert Tebby and trains at the Bloomington FSC in Minnesota.

In the ice dancing category, Victoria Hasegawa, 17, Hudson, Quebec, and Connor Hasegawa, 19, Hudson, Quebec, return for their second assignment of the season. They placed fifth earlier this season in Gdansk. In 2010, they placed 10th in Karuizawa. The brother and sister duo are coached by Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon at the Olympique Figure Skating Club in Montreal, Quebec.

Caelen Dalmer, 14, Victoria, British Columbia, and Shane Firus, 17, North Vancouver, British Columbia, are the second entry in ice dancing. This is their first international event. They placed fourth in novice at the 2011 Skate Canada Junior Nationals under coaches Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe. The team trains at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.