Canada sends 11 entries to 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships


Skate-Canada-logoKirsten Moore-Towers, 21, St. Catharines, Ont., and partner Dylan Moscovitch, 29, Toronto, will compete in the pair discipline as part of Skate Canada’s team at the 2014 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan, March 24-30.

This will be their third time competing at this event, having placed fourth last season, and eighth in 2011. Moore-Towers and Moscovitch placed fifth at the Olympic Winter Games in pair, and won silver in the team event. The duo trains at the Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club with coaches Kris Wirtz and Kristy Wirtz.

In total, Skate Canada will send 11 entries for a total of 17 skaters. Canada will have three entries each in men’s, pair, and ice dance, and two entries in ladies.

Three-time Canadian silver medallist Kevin Reynolds, 23, Coquitlam, B.C., is the first of three entries in the men’s discipline. Elladj Baldé, 23, Pierrefonds, Que., representing Club de Patinage des Deux-Rives, will be the second entry in the men’s category and rounding out the men’s entries is newly crowned 2014 Junior World Champion Nam Nguyen, 15, Toronto, Ont.

Two-time Canadian champion Kaetlyn Osmond, 18, Marystown, Nfld., and Sherwood Park, Alta., is one of two entries in ladies. Gabrielle Daleman, 16, Newmarket, Ont., will be the second entry in ladies.

In addition to Moore-Towers and Moscovitch, three-time Canadian champions Meagan Duhamel, 28, Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, 29, Balmertown, Ont., are entered in pair teams along with Paige Lawrence, 24, Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers, 26, Kipling, Sask.

Kaitlyn Weaver, 24, Waterloo, Ont., and Andrew Poje, 27, Waterloo, Ont., are the first of three Canadian entries in ice dance. Joining them are Alexandra Paul, 22, Barrie, Ont., and Mitchell Islam, 24, Barrie, Ont., and Piper Gilles, 22, Toronto, Ont., and Paul Poirier, 22, Unionville, Ont.