Skate Canada will host the inaugural 2014 Skate Canada Autumn Classic International in Barrie, Ontario from October 14-17, 2014 at the Allandale Recreation Centre.
This senior international competition is part of the International Skating Union's (ISU) Challenger Series.
While skaters from 22 different countries have entered the event, Canada leads the way with 16 entries. Five members of the Canadian 2014 Olympic silver medal team, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Kaetlyn Osmond and Kevin Reynolds headline the home entries. Other notable competitors include world bronze medalists Javier Fernandez of Spain (2013 & 2014) and Narumi Takahashi of Japan (2012), who will compete with partner Ryuichi Kihara.
Barrie natives and Canadian world and Olympic team members Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam will return to their hometown to compete in ice dance. Also challenging for the ice dance title will be Canadian world team members Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.
The 2014 Autumn Classic International is one of 11 competitions that will form the ISU's new Challenger Series. Athletes have the opportunity to compete at the senior level and earn world standing points. Competitors are eligible to participate in up to three Challenger Series events.