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February 2012
In This Issue
2012 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships
2012 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Alberta Youth Olympic Symposium
News & Views from Athlete Development
STARSkate Championships
Officials Edge
Coaches Corner
The Clubhouse
Active Alberta

2012 Synchro NationalsThree Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Synchronized Skating Teams prepare for the 2012 Skate Canada Sychronized Skating Championships
Good Luck to Black Gold Open from the Calgary Synchronized Skating Club, Edmonton Edge from the Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club, and to the Lethbridge Ice Angels from the Lethbridge Figure Skating Club.  
Tune in to to watch the action live from February 23-25, 2012 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario. 

Kaetlyn Osmond heads to the 2012 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Minsk, Belarus
Kaetlyn will be heading to Minsk, Belarus from February 27 - March 4, 2012 to compete against some of the World's top Junior skaters.
Send Kaetlyn your Good Luck wishes by clicking here 

AYOSAlberta Youth Olympic Symposium

The Alberta Youth Olympic Symposium (AYOS) is an exciting leadership development program for Alberta high school students.


The Alberta Youth Olympic Symposium (AYOS) is a biennial event that invites high school students from across the province to participate in a sport leadership development conference.  The program teaches leadership skills and values through an examination of the Olympic Movement and its values.  Delegates are given a great opportunity to meet peers and establish life-long friendships.




    The 19th session of AYOS will be May 3 - 6, 2012 in Calgary.


    Applications are being accepted now.


    For more information, click here.



    < Check out the AYOS promo video  




Section Athletes
at the
2012 Alberta
Winter Games
2012 AB Winter Games
Quick Links 
2011-2012 Committees

Coach Wanted Ads

St. Albert Skating Club
Looking for a skating director starting the summer of 2012. [Read More
Vermilion Figure Skating Club
Primary STARSkate Coach for 2012-2013 season. [Read More]
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.
Events Calendar
Officials Clinics

Juvenile Singles Clinic

February 18, 2012

Calgary, AB


Referee Clinic

April 7, 2012

Calgary, AB

Spring/Summer Camps
Canmore, AB
April 2-4, 2012
CanSkate Events
Lloydminster, AB
January 21, 2012
Carstairs, AB
January 26-27, 2012 
Arctic Winter Games
 March 4-10, 2012
Whitehorse, YT
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


Board Leadership 2012: Board Basics and Beyond

March 17, 2012

Grant MacEwan University

Edmonton, AB

Register Here


Women in Leadership Workshops

March 3, 2012

Red Deer, AB

Registration Form

 Section ACGM Workshops poster 

From Around the Regions

Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

February 28 - March 2, 2012

Athletes will be heading to St. Albert, Alberta to compete in the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.


Visit their website for more information.


Submit events in your region here. Include in the subject line: From Around the Region  


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News & Views from Athlete Development

Clarification from January Edition

Devon Neuls placed thirteenth in Senior Women and Jazz Smyl Joly and partner Nicholas Jesionek finished fourteenth in Senior Dance at the 2012 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.


Upcoming Seminars

Section Pair/Dance Mix & Match (Calgary, AB) - CANCELLED


Post-Secondary Scholarships

Sports Science Excellence Scholarships (Graduate)

Deadline: March 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Chris Fleming Memorial Scholarship
(Athletic Therapy)

Deadline March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Sports Nutrition Excellence Award (Graduate/Undergraduate)

Deadline: March 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Sport Physiotherapy Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: March 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

AABRD Scholarships (Graduate/Undergraduate)

Deadline: April 2, 2012

Halladay Memorial Scholarship (Undergraduate)

Deadline: April 2, 2012


Nutrition Tip of the Month

Australian Institute of Sport

Many athletes put a lot of emphasis on the pre-event meal believing it is the key element to performance.  It is important to remember that food eaten throughout the training week and food and fluid consumed during the event is just as important. [Read More]


LTAD for Parents

Download and share the document today


Test Your Figure Skating Knowledge

At you have access to fun and interactive quizzes. Test your knowledge on 54 different figure skating topics here.


Countdown to STARSkate Championships
The Whitecourt Skating Club prepares to host the 2012 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut STARSkate Championships
STARSkate logoThe competition will take place from February 23-26, 2012 at the Scott Safety Centre in Whitecourt, Alberta. This competition will be the first in the Section to be attended by athletes from Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Skaters attending will come from as far north as Iqaluit, Nunavut.
For more information on the competition, including schedules, club listings, and the announcment, click here.




TF February Promo 


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. Award categories include: 


25 & 50 Year Service Award: Coaches, Officials & Volunteers

25 & 50 Year Club Award


Deadline for nominations is February 22, 2012.


Marilyn Chidlow Club Volunteer Award

Creating the Edge for Life Award

Triumph Award

Spirit & Passion of Skating Award

Special Olympics Skater of the Year Award

Alberta Figure Skating Foundation Triple/Quadruple Gold Award


Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2012. 

Duso's Ad - February


Region Coaching Representative

Deadline February 15, 2012


Region Representatives

Deadline March 1, 2012


Section Coaching Representative

Deadline April 5, 2012


Board of Directors

Deadline April 5, 2012



NW Region Coaching Representative

Edmonton Region Coaching Representative  

Duso's at Mountain RegionalsDuso's Enterprises Ltd.
I recently attended my first Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/ Nunavut event in conjunction with Duso's sponsorship launch at the Mountain Regionals Synchronized Skating Competition in Edmonton. 
I sincerely enjoyed watching teams practicing, overhearing the encouraging words of coaches and teammates and seeing the hustle and bustle of your volunteer officials and host club setting up for the competition. The Athlete's Dinner on Friday night was a great opportunity to meet skaters and parents.  It was fun to see everyone enjoying our pasta.


The competition was fantastic!  It is refreshing to see a sport that includes all levels of ages and abilities.  Synchronized skating is beautiful to watch.   Congratulations to everyone who participated and all the best to the teams that advanced to Nationals.Duso's at MR 


Duso's is honoured to partner with Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/ Nunavut in achieving goals and contributing to communities through healthy eating, fitness and fun!


Keep up the great work,


Raeanne Schachter

Brand Awareness

Duso's Fresh Pasta & Sauces 

Officials Edge

Jodi Abbott announced as one of 2011's Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity

The objective of the list is to focus on women who are leaders and role models making a difference on the Canadian or international scene. The women on the MIW are influential women who contributed in a significant way to sport and physical activity in the year 2011. [Read More]


Coaches Corner

Coaching Courses

Please keep checking the website for courses to be posted as they are confirmed.


Instruction Beginner CanSkate Course

March 23-25, 2012

St. Albert, AB


Deadline Date: February 24, 2012


Primary STARSkate Course

May 11-13, 2012

Edmonton, AB


Deadline Date: April 13, 2012


Instruction Beginner CanSkate Course

May 25-27, 2012

Edmonton, AB


Deadline Date: April 27, 2012


National Call for CanSkate Learning Faciliators and Master Learning Facilitators


Application Form


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 

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 







Active Alberta

In January's editions of 'In the Loop', the six outcomes of Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation's Active Alberta Policy were introduced as Active Albertans, Active Communities, Active Outdoors, Active Engagement, Active Coordinated System and Active Pursuit of Excellence.


Outcome 1 is Active Albertans: More Albertans are active, more often.  Its strategic priorities are:

  • Working with partners, encourage and improve opportunities for children and families to engage in high quality, unstructured, and creative play.
  • Working with partners, increase levels of physical activity of Albertans of all ages and abilities across their lifespan and in diverse settings (e.g. homes, schools, workplaces) by sharing knowledge, supporting physical literacy and encouraging participation opportunities.
  • Through effective communication, including social marketing, increase awareness among all Albertans about how and where they can be active.
  • Support the integration of the Canadian Sport for Life model into the education, recreation, active living and sport development systems.
  • Work with partners to develop innovative, accessible after school programs that link community recreation programs and services to schools and community facilities.
  • Encourage school communities to adopt a comprehensive school health approach to promote healthy, active living. 

Click here to learn more about how Active Alberta encourages an active lifestyle (including skating!).

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