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Canadian Skaters Compete In Eight Junior Grand Prix Events

(September 9, 1999 - Gloucester, ON) Canada will send 80 skaters to eight ISU Junior Grand Prix series events, beginning September 22 in Croatia. Canada hosts its first-ever ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Montreal September 29-October 3.

Competing in the series for Canada are junior national singles champions Fedor Andreev of Ottawa and Leah Hepner of Calgary, along with dance champions from Ontario Brenda Key of Midland and Ryan Smith of Orillia. Andreev who will compete in two Junior series events in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, recently finished 15th at his first senior international competition in Germany. Hepner is assigned to two Junior series events in the Netherlands and Japan. Novice men’s champion Maxim Lippé starts off his competitive season in Croatia, after coming off a bronze medal in August at the North American Challenge Skate.

The ISU Junior Grand Prix series gives talented developing skaters the opportunity to compete at high level competitions in order to hone their performance skills and be exposed to international judges and competitive situations. Canadian skaters earned three medals in eight Junior series competitions in 1998/99.

"Canada is fielding full teams to each of the eight competitions," said CFSA National Teams Director Gayle McClelland. "We took into consideration both our established junior skaters and those developing athletes who will benefit from exposure to this level of competition."

The skaters compete for points towards the Junior Grand Prix Final that takes place December 17-19 in Gdansk, Poland. Prize money totaling $22,500 US is awarded at each of the eight events, with a purse of $102,000 US up for grabs at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final.

1999 International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix Competition To Be Held In Montreal

(August 17, 1999 - Ottawa, ON) Nearly 100 junior skaters from 20 countries will compete at the ISU Junior Grand Prix at the Maurice Richard Arena in Montreal, Quebec, September 29 - October 2. Hosted by the Canadian Figure Skating Association, the event is the second of eight competitions that comprise the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.

Canada will be represented by outstanding talent including Christopher Mabee, 14, of Springford, Ontario and Nicolas Young, 16, St-Hubert, Quebec, in the Men’s event and Marie Laurier, 15, of Ile Bizard, Quebec, and 13 year-old Audrey Thibault, of Drummondville, Quebec, in the Ladies event. Ontario Pairs Jaime O’Reilly, 17, and David Moellenkamp, 17, of London and Virginia Toombs, 13, of Thunder Bay, and James Johnson, 18, of Lucan, will compete, along with Ontario ice dancers Brenda Key, 18, Midland, and Ryan Smith, 18, Orillia, and Quebec’s Melissa Ackad, 17, of Kirkland and Mathieu Rainville, 19, of Contrecoeur. Other participating countries include Belgium, China, Chinese Taipei, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong/China, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, Sweden, Russia and the United States. The names of the participants will be available after August 31, 1999.

Close to $22,000 CDN in prize money will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of the four disciplines. Points are earned throughout each of the eight competitions on the circuit, with the top six ranked in the men’s and ladies disciplines, along with the top four in pair and dance advancing to the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in Poland in December. Other events are being held in Croatia, the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway and Japan.

All-event tickets are priced at $15 for Adults and $10 for Children and Seniors. Admission on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1 are $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Tickets for the final day of competition on Saturday, October 2, are priced at $8 for Adults and $5 for Children and Seniors. Special group rates are available: buy 10 all-event or 10 single tickets and get two free. All-event tickets can be purchase in advance through the CFSA at 1-888-747-2372, ext. 2539 or through the Quebec Section Office at (514) 252-3073. Tickets will also be available at the door.