Gilles, Poirier headline Canadian figure skating team for worlds in March

Ice dance duo Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier highlight the Canadian team headed to the March 20-26 ISU figure skating world championships in Saitama, Japan, announced by Skate Canada on Sunday.

National champions Messing, Schizas also set to compete in Saitama, Japan

Male figure skater holds female partner during ice dance competition.
Ice dancers Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier front Canada's squad headed to the March 20-26 world figure skating championships in Saitama, Japan. (Antonio Calanni/Associated Press/File)

Ice dance duo Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier highlight the Canadian team headed to the ISU figure skating world championships, announced by Skate Canada on Sunday.

The competition is set to take place March 20-26 in Saitama, Japan.

Fellow Canadian ice dance duo Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen are also set to compete.

Keegan Messing, who won national gold on Saturday, will represent on the men's side.

Messing's emotional farewell skate in Oshawa, Ont., on the same day his wife Lane Hodson was due to give birth to their second child, capped the competition at Tribute Communities Centre. 

WATCH | Messing wins men's title in final nationals:

Messing captures 2nd men's national figure skating title

22 days ago
Duration 9:29
Keegan Messing scored 257.78 good enough to claim his second career Canadian national figure skating championship Saturday in Oshawa, Ont.

Women's national champion Madeline Schizas will be the lone Canadian in the women's event.

The 19-year-old from Oakville, Ont., held off hard-charging Kaiya Ruiter, 16, to win her second Canadian singles title on Saturday in Oshawa, Ont.

Schizas, meanwhile, said she felt the pressure as the defending champion.

"I knew that the skaters ahead of me had put pressure on me to put out a skate that maybe didn't need to be perfect but did need to be a fight from start to finish. And that was difficult," Schizas said. "I was standing backstage and I was like, 'Oh gosh, this is not going to be a walk in the park.'

"I'm just happy that it was a fight from start to finish. The end of that program wasn't easy but I pushed right to the end and I'm happy with that."

WATCH l Schizas posts 196.47 points to win 2nd straight national title:

Madeline Schizas defends women's title at Canadian nationals with free program victory

22 days ago
Duration 8:37
The Oakville, Ont. native finished with an overall collective score of 196.47 to place first in the women's program at the 2023 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in Oshawa, Ont.

Schizas won a legion of fans with her impressive Olympic debut last year in Beijing, where her short program in the team event propelled Canada into the final and eventually to a fourth-place finish.

In pairs, Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar, Lia Pereira and Trennt Michaud, in addition to Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps will represent Canada.

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