St. Kitts skater off to Shanghai for Cup of China

Skate Canada will send five skaters, including St. Catharines Kirsten Moore-Towers, to the Cup of China, the third stop on the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix circuit. Canada will have a total of three entries; one in men’s, and two in pairs.

In the pair discipline, Moore-Towers, 19, and Dylan Moscovitch 27, Waterloo, will represent Canada. Last season they won silver at the 2010 Skate Canada International, and added another silver at the 2010 Skate America competition, concluding the season with a sixth place finish at the ISU Grand Prix Final.

This season, they have earned a bronze at the 2011 Skate America competition. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch train with Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Taylor Steele, 19, Strathroy, Ont., and Rob Schultz, 22, Morriston, Ont., will also represent Canada in the pair category. This competition marks their first event on the senior grand prix circuit. Last season, they placed fourth and sixth at their events in Great Britain and Czech Republic, and finished in fourth at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. They train with the Wirtzs.

Kevin Reynolds, 21, Coquitlam, B.C., will be the Canadian entry in the men’s field. This will be his second time competing at Cup of China, having placed eighth in 2009. Reynolds also placed fourth at both his assignments in 2010, Skate Canada International and Trophée Eric Bompard. Reynolds is coached by Joanne McLeod at the BC Centre of Excellence.

Louis Stong of Etobicoke, Ont., will be the Canadian team leader and Dr. Laura Cruz of Toronto will be the Canadian physician onsite. Beth Crane of Burnaby, B.C., will be the Canadian official at the event.

The event runs from Nov. 4-6 in Shanghai.