2022 IceChallenge to Feature Junior and Senior Canadian Skaters
OTTAWA, ON (November 7, 2022) – Canada will be sending a team comprised of both junior and senior athletes to the 2022 IceChallenge, taking place from November 9-13, 2022 in Graz, Austria. A total of ten athletes will be competing in the women’s, pair and ice dance categories over 4 days of competition.
In senior women, Sara-Maude Dupuis will be looking to build on her excellent results from Skate Canada’s NextGen competition, where she finished first. Canadian Junior Champion Justine Miclette will also be competing in the same event after finishing 8th at the third ISU Junior Grand Prix earlier this season. Kaiya Ruiter, who won two ISU Junior Grand Prix medals in 2021, will be completing the team.
Fiona Bombardier will be leading the junior women’s team after claiming bronze at the 2022 Egna Spring Trophy earlier this year. She will be joined by Audréanne Foster, who placed 6th at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, as well as Fée Ann Landry.
In junior pairs, Ashlyn Schmitz & Tristan Taylor will bolster the Canadian team following their breakthrough campaign at the Junior Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia this past September, where the pair won bronze.
Lily Hensen and Nathan Lickers will be the sole team to represent Canada in ice dance. The duo showed promise last season, finishing 4th at the 2022 Skate Canada Challenge and 9th at the 2022 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.
Name | Age | Hometown | Coach | Training Location
Fiona Bombardier | 17 | Newmarket, Ont. | Ken Rose & Danielle Rose | Richmond, Ont.
Audréanne Foster | 18 | Forestville, Que. | Karen Sauvageau & Kim Decelles | Baie-Comeau, Que.
Fée Ann Landry | 17 | Gatineau, Que. | Guylaine Blouin & Anne-Marie Sauvé | Gatineau, Que.
Ashlyn Schmitz | 16 | Shellbrook, Sask. & Tristan Taylor | 20 | Regina, Sask. | David Schultz & Vicki Schultz | Regina, Sask.
Sara-Maude Dupuis | 17 | Montreal, Que. | Stéphane Yvars & Françoise Parisé | Boucherville, Que.
Justine Miclette | 16 | Chambly, Que. | Stéphanie Fiorito & Ian Connolly | Chambly, Que.
Kaiya Ruiter | 16 | Ottawa, Ont. | Scott Davis | Calgary, Alta.
Senior Ice dance
Lily Hensen | 21 | London, Ont. & Nathan Lickers | 21 | London, Ont. | Ilderton, Ont.
Team Leaders – Andre Bourgeois & Danielle Williams
Medical Staff – Mike McMurray
Officials – Christine Bourdeau & Guylaine Seguin