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Strong team representing Canada at the 2010 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships

(January 21, 2010 - OTTAWA, ON) – Skate Canada will send 12 entries to the 2010 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Jeonju City, Republic of Korea from January 25-30, 2010. Canada will have three entries in each discipline, men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance.

Leading the men’s team is Kevin Reynolds, 20, Coquitlam, B.C., who is coming off a bronze medal finish at the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships. This is his first time competing at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Reynolds trains at the BC Centre of Excellence with his coach Joanne McLeod.

Shawn Sawyer, 25, Edmundston, N.B., is the second entry for Canada in the men’s category. Sawyer placed fourth at the 2010 nationals and will make his third trip back to this event. His last placement was in 2008 when he finished ninth. Sawyer trains in Contrecoeur, Que., with his coaches Annie Barabé, Sophie Richard and Yvan Desjardins.

Joey Russell, 21, Labrador City, Nfld., in the final entry in men’s. He placed fifth this year at nationals landing him in the top five the first time since his junior years. This is his first trip to the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. He is coached by Lee Barkell and Doug Leigh at the Mariposa School of Skating.

Myriane Samson, 21, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., is the 2010 Canadian bronze medalist in women’s, her best placement ever at senior Canadians. This is her fist time competing at this event. Samson is coached by Nathalie Martin and Danièle Robillard at CPA St. Jean and CPA Saint-Léonard.

Diane Szmiett, 19, Watford, Ont., is the second entry for Canada in ladies and will make her first trip to the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Earlier this year Szmiett,  placed fourth at the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships.  She is coached by Scott Rachuk and Alison Purkiss at the Competitive Skating Centre of Strathroy.

The third entry in the ladies discipline is Amélie Lacoste, 21 Delson, Que. In 2009 she placed 10th at the event, making this her second trip back. She placed fifth at nationals this year. She is coached by Nathalie Martin, Danièle Robillard and Louise Michaud in Saint-Léonard, Que.

Meagan Duhamel, 24, Lively, Ont., and Craig Buntin, 29, Kelowna, B.C., are the 2010 Canadian pair bronze medalists. This is their second trip to the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships; in 2009 they just missed the podium to place fourth. They are coached by Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte, Manon Perron and Sylvie Fullum at CPA Saint-Léonard.

Mylène Brodeur, 22, Stanbridge-Station, Que., and John Mattatall, 27, Wallace, N.S., are the second Canadian entry in the pair discipline. Earlier this season they placed fourth at the national championships. This is their third time back to this event; in 2009 they placed eighth. Brodeur and Mattatall are coached by Richard Gauthier, Bruno Marcotte and Manon Perron at CPA Saint-Léonard.

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 17, St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch, 25, Toronto, Ont., are the final entry for Canada in the pair category. This was their first year on the competitive circuit as a team. They placed fifth at their first BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships together and this will be their first time at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch train at the Kitchener-Waterloo SC with their coaches Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz.

Ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver, 20, Waterloo, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 22, Waterloo, Ont., are returning to this event for the third time; in 2009 they placed fifth. Already this year they have won bronze medals, first at HomeSense Skate Canada International and then at the BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships. They train in Toronto and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and are coached by Shae-Lynn Bourne and Pasquale Camerlengo

Kharis Ralph, 17, Toronto, Ont., and Asher Hill, 18, Toronto, Ont., are competing at their first ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. The pair placed fourth at the national championships in London in January. The duo train out of the Scarboro FSC and are coached by Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs.

The final entry in ice dance is Allie Hann-McCurdy, 22, Nanaimo, B.C., and Michael Coreno, 25, Delhi, Ont. This will be their third trip to the event. They last competed at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in 2007, placing seventh. They placed fifth at the BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships earlier this year. Hann-McCurdy and Coreno train at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Michigan with their coaches Marina Zoueva and Igor Shpilband.

Team leaders at the event are Carolyn Allwright of Waterloo, Ont., and Petra Burka of Toronto, Ont. Joining them as the medical staff are Dr. Marni Wesner of Edmonton, Alta., and Physiotherapist Tanya Deitigli of Toronto, Ont. The Canadian officials at the event are Karen Butcher of Greely, Ont., Janice Hunter of West Vancouver, B.C., and Leanna Caron of Timmins, Ont.

For a full entries list and results please go to www.isu.org

CANADIAN ENTRIES AT ISU FOUR CONTINENTS FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

DISCIPLINE
NAME
AGE
HOMETOWN
CLUB
COACH

Men’s

Kevin Reynolds

19

Coquitlam, B.C.

Vancouver SC

Joanne McLeod

Men’s

Shawn Sawyer

25

Edmundston, N.B.

CPA Varennes

Annie Barabé / Sophie Richard/Yvan Desjardins

Men

Joey Russell

21

Labrador City, Nfld.

Polaris FSC

Lee Barkell / Doug Leigh

Ladies

Myriane Samson

21

St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que.

CPA St Jean

Nathalie Martin / Danièle Robillard

Ladies

Diane Szmiett

19

Watford, Ont.

Watford FSC

Scott Rachuk / Alison Purkiss

Ladies

Amélie Lacoste

21

Delson, Que.

CPA Delson

Nathalie Martin / Danièle Robillard / Louise Michaud

Pair

Meagan Duhamel / Craig Buntin

24/29

Lively, Ont. / Kelowna, B.C.

Walden FSC / CPA Saint-Léonard

Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte / Manon Perron / Sylvie Fullum

Pair

Mylène Brodeur / John Mattatall

22/27

Stanbridge-Station, Que./Wallace, N.S.

CPA Saint-Léonard / Tatamagouche FSC

Richard Gauthier / Bruno Marcotte/ Manon Perron

Pair

Kirsten Moore-Towers / Dylan Moscovitch

17/25

St. Catharines, Ont. / Toronto, Ont.

WC St. Catharines / Kitchener-Waterloo SC

Kris Wirtz / Kristy Wirtz

Ice Dance

Kaitlyn Weaver / Andrew Poje

20/22

Waterloo, Ont. – Houston, TX / Waterloo, Ont.

Sault FSC / Kitchener-Waterloo SC

Shae-Lynn Bourne / Pasquale Camerlengo

Ice dance

Kharis Ralph/Asher Hill

17/18

Toronto, Ont. / Toronto, Ont.

Scarboro FSC / Scarboro FSC

Carol Lane / Juris Razgulajevs

Ice dance

Allie Hann-McCurdy / Michael Coreno

22/25

Nanaimo, B.C. / Delhi, Ont.

Gloucester FSC / Vancouver SC

Marina Zoueva / Igor Shpilband

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