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Skate Canada Manitoba – WINNIPEG, MB.  – Nov. 21, 2016 – Skate Canada Manitoba is sending 9 skaters to Pierrefonds, Quebec to compete in the 2017 Skate Canada Challenge Competition, the skaters will be competing starting Wednesday, November 30 – Sunday, December 4th in Pre-Novice Women, Pre-Novice Men, Novice Women, Junior Women and Senior Women.

Approximately 500 skaters from across Canada will be competing in 16 categories; at the end of the weekend Skate Canada will crown the Pre-Novice Canadian Champion in each of the 4 disciplines (singles {women and men}, ice dance and pairs).  Skaters in Novice, Junior and Senior will be vying for a berth to the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships January 16-22nd, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Deidre Russell will be attending her 5th Skate Canada Challenge Competition representing Manitoba as a Senior Women. She hopes that she is successful in earning one of the spots to compete at the 2017 Canadian Tire National Championships in Ottawa, January 16-22, 2017.

The competition schedule, start orders and live streaming information is available at Skate Canada’s website


2017 Skate Canada Manitoba – Challenge Team
Category Name Club Coach
Pre-Novice Women Julia Patenaude Holland Figure Skating Club Tammy McKay
  Chanel Cabak Portage Skating Club Margo Russell
  Emma King Skate Winnipeg Margo Russell
Alternate Annika Duguay Carberry Figure Skating Club Tammy McKay
Pre-Novice Men Yohnatan Elizarov Skate Winnipeg Margo Russell
Novice Women Casey Bertholet Hartney Figure Skating Club Tammy McKay
  Andrea Laskovic Skate Winnipeg Roni Swischuk
  Danae Russell Skate Winnipeg Margo Russell
Junior Women Lindsey Hopkins Selkirk Skating Club Michelle Hume
Senior Women Deidre Russell Skate Winnipeg Margo Russell
Team Leaders Michelle Magnusson    
  Mary Ellen McDonald    



For more information – contact Shauna Marling, Executive or 204-925-5708 (W), Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. 

Allan Gordon, Skate Canada Communications Coordinator. He will be the media contact at the event and can be reached onsite at 613.697.1354 or