Manitoba’s National Pairs Champions selected to Skate Canada NextGen Team


WINNIPEG,MB –  June 2, 2022

On May 31, 2022, Skate Canada announced the 2022-2023 NextGen Team.  The team is made up of 52 athletes, which includes 10 men, 14 women, four pair teams and 10 ice dance teams. 

Two Manitobans were named to the NextGen Team – Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov.  Ava and Yohnatan train at Skate Winnipeg with Coach Kevin Dawe, they will be competing in Junior Pairs this upcoming season.  Kemp/Elizarov who are the reining Canadian Novice Pairs Champions, have only been training and competing as a pairs team for one season.  They had a fantastic 2021-22 season and are excited to build on their early successes this upcoming season.  The team is extremely proud to have been selected to the Skate Canada NextGen team and are looking forward to representing our country on the international stage.

The Skate Canada NextGen program was established in 2016 to support the operations of Skate Canada’s high-performance development system. The purpose of the program is to ensure athletes and coaches advance at their maximum potential through development and training opportunities, to become the best in the world.  

“These gifted skaters have been named to the 2022-23 NextGen Team based on their performances during the past skating season. We know the last years have been difficult due to the pandemic and we are encouraged by the dedication and talent in our upcoming athletes,” said André Bourgeois, NextGen Director, Skate Canada. “We look forward to continuing to work with athletes, coaches and sections to further advance the NextGen program.”

The program is delivered in partnership with the skater’s respective Skate Canada Sections, Own The Podium, and the Canadian Sport Institutes. These skaters may be considered to represent Canada on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit, the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships® and other international competitions. 


To request an interview with a skater, coach or Skate Canada Manitoba representative please contact Shauna Marling, Executive Director at   or at 204-925-5708 (O); 204-797-8821 (C).

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