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  January 2012
In This Issue
Duso's Sponsorship
News & Views from Athlete Development
Special Olympics
Awards & Elections
Coaches Corner
The Clubhouse

Section Athletes Shine at the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships

Kaetlyn Osmond receives Otto Gold AwardKaetlyn Osmond wins Otto Gold Award

Presented by Skate Canada President Benoît Lavoie, at the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Kaetlyn will represent Canada at the 2012 ISU Junior World Figure Skating Championships in Minsk, Belarus from February 27 - March 4.


Watch Kaetlyn's interview with CTV Edmonton here






Congratulations to all Section athletes who competed! 


Kaetlyn OsmondSenior Women
Natasha Purich &
Raymond Schultz
Senior Pair
Drew WolfeJunior Men
Natash PurichJunior Women
Cole VanDerVeldenJunior Men
Alexandra Rynn
Junior Women
Elisabeth DyerNovice Women
Christina Penkov &
Christopher Mostert
Novice Dance
Ceduna MageeNovice Women
Kendra Digness &
Cole VanDerVelden
Novice Pair
Christopher MostertNovice Men
Bryce Chudak
Novice Men



Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Launches Partnership with Duso's Enterprises Ltd. 

Duso's Enterprises Ltd.

EDMONTON, AB: Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut announced that it is launching a new partnership with Duso's Enterprise Ltd., a Canadian producer of authentic, home style Italian pastas and sauces. Duso's becomes the Official Pasta and Sauce Supplier of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut. [Read More]




Skater of the Month Award

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut and Duso's are pleased to announce the Skater of the Month Award. Duso's is proud to present $100 to each award recipient. Recipients will also receive recognition on the Section website and at the Section Awards Banquet. Nominations for skaters are accepted from Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut members and clubs. 

Nomination Form   

Mountain Regional Synchronized Skating Competition
 MR Synchro Team
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Board of Directors

Submit coach wanted ads by the 1st of each month here to appear in the newsletter. Ads are also placed on the Section website as they are received. Cost per ad (150 words) is $25 per month. 


To see more coach wanted ads
click here.
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Officials Clinics


Juvenile Singles Clinic

February 18, 2012 - Calgary, AB

Western Regional Adult Competition
February 3-5, 2012
Carstairs, AB
Alberta Winter Games
February 9-12, 2012
Parkland, Stony Plain & Spruce Grove
WinSport Canada Invitational
February 17-19, 2012
Calgary, AB
STARSkate Championships
February 23-26, 2012
Whitecourt, AB
Wild Rose Invitational
August 3-5, 2012
Leduc, AB
For a complete listing of all Section competitions click here.
Test Days


Check out our new Test Day calenders.


High Test Days


Low Test Days  



Check out our ALUMNI Webpage

Recently, an Alumni webpage was added to the Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Section website. This resource will function as a valuable communications tool between the Alumni community and Skate Canada regarding information, updates and events. 


2012 Alberta Youth Olympic Symposium

May 3-6, 2012



Sport Resource Centre

SIRC Podcasts


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2012 Calender Cover 


Supporter of:

 True Sport 

Special Olympics 

Grassroots Skater's Foundation   

Cindy Riediger Masters Skating Award

The Cindy Riediger Masters Skating Award was created to honour the memory of adult figure skater Cindy Riediger. This annual award will be given to adult skaters who have passed a complete level of a Skate Canada test in any discipline. All successful tests and skaters will be recognized at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Grassroots Skaters' Foundation in November each year.


Adult skaters or their coaches may apply for the award to the Grassroots Skaters' Foundation at any time of the year. Applications received after November 1, 2012 will be carried forward to the following year. For more information or to download an application form, please visit our website.

News & Views from Athlete Development

Spring Seminar: Select & Junior Development Teams

CLARIFICATION: Select Team and Junior Development Team Weekend will be held April 28 & 29, 2012 at the Leduc Recreation Centre. 


Arctic Winter Games Warm-Up

Artic Winter Games - Team Alberta NorthThe Arctic Winter Games is an international sport festival bringing together athletes from the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, Alaska, Greenland, Russia, Nunavik, Northern Alberta and the indigenous people (Sami) of Norway and Finland.


Representatives of the Yukon and Northwest Territories realized that their teams were at disadvantage due to relatively small athletic pools, lack of facilities and infrequent training opportunities. The games have taken place every two years since.


Team Alberta North joined the Arctic Winter Games in 1986, and we hosted for the first time 1994 in Slave Lake. The 2012 Arctic Winter Games are in Whitehorse, Yukon from March 4-10, 2012. Click to watch the Play Your Part! Warm-up Video


Upcoming Seminars 

February 19-20: Pockar Male Seminar (Calgary, AB)


February 19-20: Section Pair/Dance Mix & Match (Calgary, AB) 


(Mix & Match open to all Skate Canada Section)  


True Sport LTAD Matrix

Transforming our Desire for Good Sport into Action


The True Sport Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Matrix identifies ethical literacy as a key component of the overall Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) LTAD model. Sport is a valuable public asset, one that impacts the community as well as its citizens. [Read More]   

Special Olympics Athletes training for Canada Winter Games
Special Olympics training Camp
The 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games Training Camp took place on January 14, 2012 at Servus Place in St. Albert. This was a great training opportunity for the four skaters who will be representing Alberta at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, taking place February 28 - March 3 in St. Albert. Good luck to skaters Rachel Ryan, Meg Ohsada, Kristina Hansen and Kennedy Zaytsoff
and their coach Barb Prystai. The skaters received a visit from Olympic Pairs Champion, Jamie Salé, who also is a member of the Special Olympics Alberta Board of Directors.
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Awards & Elections


Achievement Awards: Deadline extended to February 10, 2012

These awards honour and recognize the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut sport community for their spirit, drive and commitment of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and sport leaders based upon accomplishments during 2011-2012. Click here to nominate.  


Section Awards

Details for each award are listed on the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut website.


25/50 Year Club Awards

25/50 Year Service Awards

Creating the Edge for Life Award

Marilyn Chidlow Award

Special Olympics Skater of the Year Award

Spirit and Passion of Skating Award

Triple Quad Award

Triumph Award


2012 Elections - Region Coaching Representatives and Section Coaching Representative


Regions Coaching Representatives

The following positions are up for election in 2012: Calgary, Northeast, South, NWT and Nunavut. The nomination packages have been emailed to all registered coaches and the deadlinefor nominations is February 15, 2012


Section Coaching Representative

This position is also up for election and the deadline for nominations is April 5, 2012.


To request more information regarding the positions, including the terms of reference, please email


There are currently vacancies for the Edmonton and Northwest Region Coaching Representatives. Please review the casual vacancy postings here.


TF February Promo 

Coaches Corner

Coaching Courses

Spring and summer coaching courses are fast approaching! Courses will be posted as early as February. Please keep checking the website for courses to be posted as they are confirmed.


NCCP Instruction - Beginner CanSkate Coach

March 23-25, 2012

St. Albert, AB

Register Now


Coaching Grants & Opportunities

ASRPWF Above and Beyond Grant

Athletics Alberta Professional Development Grants

Webinars and Podcasts 


How to Register

All coaches must register with Skate Canada as a Professional Coach before they begin coaching. Click here for information on how to register.


Coaching Association of Canada

Join the conversation! Sign up today to receive valuable sport, coaching and nutritional information, and become a part of Canada's leading coaching community. Click here to join.


How to Become a Coach

Please note that the following description is a general overview on the process to become a coach. Please refer to the Section website for more information regarding requirements and registering as a coach with Skate Canada.

Steps on How to Become a Coach Flow Chart 

Section ACGM Workshops poster

The Clubhouse 

Carnivals and Ice Shows

Clubs are reminded that when holding a carnival or ice show, to complete:

1) the Carnival Sanction Form 

2) the SOCAN Form 


The Section has also developed a carnival checklist which provides some helpful tips on planning a carnival. Questions regarding carnivals and SOCAN may be directed to Kelly Havixbeck, Manager, Member Services.


Information for Clubs and Schools regarding SOCAN


Photo Contest

Contact Us 

If you would like to submit a story, photo, or video as a club, coach, official, and/or member please forward them to: 

Thank you to all of the National Sponsors and to all of our Sectional Sponsors and Suppliers for their generous contributions.
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