Georgetown, Oakville skaters competing for spot at ISU Junior Grand Prix Finals

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Published September 28, 2021 at 4:46 pm

Georgetown's Catherine Carle is competing in the women's event at the ISU Grand Prix circuit stop in Gdansk, Poland. FACEBOOK PHOTO

Georgetown’s Catherine Carle will be the lone Canadian competing in the women’s event at the ISU Grand Prix circuit stop in Gdansk, Poland, which begins on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old is one of seven Skate Canada NextGen skaters, including Oakville’s Chloe Panetta, competing for a spot at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Finals.

Carle, who is coached by Bruno Marcotte and Brian Shales in Oakville, captured a silver medal in the junior women’s event at the Skate Canada Challenge in 2020.

She also placed fourth at the 2019 Volvo Open Cup in Riga, Latvia.

Panetta and Kieran Thrasher, 17, from Amherstburg, are Canada’s only pairs entry. The duo are making their Junior Grand Prix debut.

Panetta and Kieran already have a first-place finish this season, having previously won the 2021 John Nicks Pairs Challenge in New York.

Panetta and Thrasher are also coached in Oakville by Marcotte and Shales.

Hailey Yu, 16, Burnaby, B.C., and Brendan Giang,  18, Burnaby, B.C., are one of two teams representing Canada in the ice dance discipline.

Chaima Ben Khelifa, 16, Laval, Que., and Everest Zhu, 18, Contestogo, are the second entry in the ice dance discipline at this event.

Canadian skaters have won seven medals to date.

The ISU Grand Prix circuit stop in Gdansk, Poland runs through to October 2.

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