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Skate Canada sends five to JGP Estonia

Pairs, dance teams each looking for second medal in series

Five skaters will represent Skate Canada at the last JGP event of the season.
Five skaters will represent Skate Canada at the last JGP event of the season. (Skate Canada)


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By Skate Canada
(10/11/2011) - Five Canadian skaters will head to Tallinn, Estonia, for the seventh and final stop in the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. The event will run from Oct. 13-15, and Canada will have competitors in men's, pairs and ice dancing.

Mitchell Gordon, 15, Vancouver, British Columbia, is the only entry for Canada in the men's category. This will be his first time competing on the Junior Grand Prix circuit. Gordon won gold at the 2011 Skate Canada Junior Nationals in the novice category. He is coached by Keegan Murphy and Eileen Murphy at the Connaught Skating Club in Richmond British Columbia.

The pairs team of Katherine Bobak, 17, Guelph, Ontario, and Ian Beharry, 19, Guelph, Ontario, started off the season with a silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix in Poland. This is their first year competing together and only their second international event as a team. The pair is coached by Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.

Ice dancers Mackenzie Bent, 14, Uxbridge, Ontario, and Garrett MacKeen, 17, Oshawa, Ontario, are entering their second assignment of the season. Earlier this month, they won bronze in Romania at their first Junior Grand Prix event. They train at Scarboro Ice Dance Elite with coaches Juris Razgulajevs and Carol Lane.