CSIO Athlete of the Month

Figure Skating

The Canadian Sport Institute Ontario is pleased to recognize Skate Ontario’s Team Ontario Athletes for their remarkable performances and results during the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships hosted at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick from January 14- 20, 2019.

Ontario Skaters took to the ice, anticipating strong performances across all age categories and events. Strong performances from the collective team led Ontario to capture 16/36 or 44% of the total available medals. This can be further represented by:

Novice = 2/12 (1 GOLD, 1 BRONZE)

Junior = 6/12 (1 GOLD, 2 SILVER, 3 BRONZE)

Senior = 8/12 (4 GOLD, 4 SILVER)


Notable finishes from OHPSI targeted athletes are captured below:

Hannah Dawson – GOLD – Junior Women

Corey Circelli – BRONZE – Junior Men

Brooke McIntosh & Brandon Toste – SILVER – Junior Pair

Natalie D Alessandro & Bruce Waddell – BRONZE – Junior Dance

Aurora Cotop – SILVER – Senior Women

Stephen Gogolev – SILVER – Senior Men

Evelyn Walsch & Trennt Michaud – SILVER – Senior Pair


36 athletes (across Junior and Senior categories) have been identified by Skate Ontario and are supported within the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative program delivered by CSIO and funded by the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport.

Within this program, Skate Ontario devises a plan to enhance support to athletes progressing along the athlete development pathway. The intent of the integrated sport science and sport medicine plan developed for skating is to increase athlete availably to train and compete by managing varying demands across multiple domains.


During the 2018-19 season Ontario athletes received varying levels of support from multiple practitioners including:

Health and Wellness Monitoring (Meghan Buttle, Therapist, CSIO; Elton Fernandez, Physiologist, CSIO)
Pre-Habilitation Programs and Therapy Treatments (Meghan Buttle, Therapist, CSIO)
Mental Performance (Dr. J Goss)
Performance Nutrition (Christine St. Claire and Melissa Kazan, Dietitians, CSIO).
Performance Medicals (Dr. Dilkas, Dr. Coros, Dr. Richards, Dr. Kraft)
Physical Testing (Elton Fernandez, Physiologist, CSIO)

The performances achieved during Nationals helped determine assignments for the Junior and Senior World Championships respectively.

On behalf of CSIO, congratulations and well wishes to the Ontario athletes captured below who will be representing Canada during these major events:

ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships – March 4 -10th – Croatia


Allison Schumacher (Women)

Stephen Gogolev (Men)

Brooke McIntosh and Brandon Toste (Pair)


ISU World Figure Skating Championships - March 18-24th – Japan


Alaine Chartrand (Women) ** 2 Women entries TB Assigned

Nam Nguyen (Men)

Kirsten Moore-Towers/Michael Marinaro & Evelyn Walsh/Trennt Michaud (Pair)

Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier & Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (Dance)


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