Skater Moore-Towers, partner off to China


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OTTAWA – Skate Canada is sending six skaters to the Cup of China, the third stop on the ISU Grand Prix circuit. The event will run from Nov. 2-4, 2012 in Shanghai, China. Canada will have one entry in each discipline; men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance.

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 20, St. Catharines, and Dylan Moscovitch, 27, Toronto, are the Canadian entry in pair. This is their second competition of the season, having won gold at 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, a senior international competition. Last season, they won bronze at the Cup of China. They also won bronze at their other ISU Grand Prix assignment last season, Skate America. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch train with Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.

Kaitlyn Weaver, 23, and Andrew Poje, 25, both of Waterloo, Ont., are Canada’s entry in the ice dance category. This is their second Grand Prix assignment of the season, having already won bronze at Skate America. The duo also won gold earlier this season at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, a senior international competition. Weaver and Poje, the 2012 Canadian silver medalists, are coached by Pasquale Camerlengo and Angelika Krylova in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Kevin Reynolds, 22, Coquitlam, B.C., is the Canadian entry in the men’s discipline. This is Reynolds’ second competition of the season, having placed fourth at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, a senior international competition in Slovakia. Last season, Reynolds placed seventh at the Cup of China. He is the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships silver medalist. Reynolds is coached by Joanne McLeod at the BC Centre of Excellence.

In ladies, Amélie Lacoste, 23, Delson, Que., is the sole Canadian entry. This is Lacoste’s second grand prix assignment of the season. She finished eighth at Skate Canada International this past weekend in Windsor, Ont. Earlier this season, Lacoste won bronze at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, a senior international competition. The 2012 Canadian Champion is coached by Nathalie Martin and Sylvie Fullum at CPA Saint-Léonard in Montreal, Que.

Louis Stong of Etobicoke, Ont., will be the Canadian team leader and Dr. Laura Cruz of Toronto, Ont., and physiotherapist Scott Fraser of Toronto, Ont., will be the Canadian medical staff onsite. Janice Hunter of West Vancouver, B.C., and Karen Howard of Regina, Sask., will be the Canadian officials at the event.

For results and full entries please visit www.isu.org.

In 2012, Skate Canada produced two world champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in ice dance and Patrick Chan in men’s. This is the first time Canada has produced two senior world champions since 1993.

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