Canadian skaters off to Japan for finale

Kirsten Moore-Towers, 20, of St. Catharines, and partner Dylan Moscovitch, 27, of Toronto, are the sole Canadian entry in the pairs category for the last stop on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Miyagi, Japan.

This is their second ISU Grand Prix assignment of the season, having placed fourth at the Cup of China. They also won gold at the 2012 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, a senior international competition. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch train with Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club.

Canada will send six athletes to this season’s sixth Grand Prix competition. The 2012 NHK Trophy will take place from Nov. 23-25 at the Sekisui Heim Super Arena. Canada will have four entries in three disciplines: two in men’s, one in pair, and one in ice dance.

Kevin Reynolds, 22, Coquitlam, B.C., will be one of two Canadian entries in men’s. Reynolds has previously competed at this event in 2008, placing fourth. This will be his second grand prix assignment of the season, having already earned fifth place at the Cup of China. He also placed fourth this season at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy, a senior international competition. Reynolds is coached by Joanne McLeod at the BC Centre of Excellence.

Andrei Rogozine, 19, Richmond Hill, Ont., will also complete in men’s for Canada. The 2011 World Junior Champion will be competing at his second event of the season, and first ISU Grand Prix event of the season. Rogozine placed ninth at Nebelhorn Trophy, a senior international competition in Germany, earlier this season. He is coached by Inga Zusev and Andrei Berezintsev.

Nicole Orford, 20, Burnaby, B.C. and Thomas Williams, 21, Okotoks, Alta., will represent Canada in ice dance. This will be their second event of the season as well as second career ISU Grand Prix assignment. Orford and Williams placed eighth at the Rostelecom Cup in Russia earlier this season. They are coached by Megan Wing and Aaron Lowe at the B.C. Centre of Excellence.