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February 2012
In This Issue
2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games
2012 Silver Skate Festival
Section Showcase
Coach Wanted Ads
Where Are They Now?
News & Views from Athlete Development
Triple/Quad Gold Award
Duso's Skater of the Month
Section ACGM
Coaches Corner
The Clubhouse
Active Alberta

Special Olympics Athletes come to St. Special Olympics Canada Winter GamesAlbert for the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games
February 28, 2012 - March 3, 2012
The 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games kicked off on February 28, 2012. Figure skaters will be competing at the Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert. [More Information]
For the complete schedule, click here.
Section athletes attending the Games include Kristina Hansen, Meg Ohsada, Rachael Ryan, and Kennedy Zaytsoff. Click here to send these athletes your Good Luck wishes. 



Gateway Skating Club Entertains the Crowds at the 2012 Silver Skate Festival in Hawrelak Park
February 17-20, 2012
Skaters from the Gateway Skating Club performed programs choreographed to contemporary tunes at Hawrelak Park. Audiences had the opportunity to watch skaters demonstrate the various elements that are required components of their short and free programs. Skaters from the Gateway Skating Club included Aleena Aksenchuk, Alysha Gill, Tamara LeBouf, Theora Gray, Lindsay Cholod, Nathan Chung, Erin Pettapiece, Amy Hong, Michelle Hong, Jennifer Hong, Melat Yigazu, Danielle Fitz, Taylor Bishop, Jordyn Lepage, Emily Vruegde, Madison Moore, Nicole Houle, Abigail Mills, Carolyn Playdon, Paige Goebel, Jackie Balante, Tiffany Banh, Faustina Banh, Renee Gulayets, Andrea Parry.

Duso's Enterprises Ltd.
proud presenter
Section Showcase
March 11, 2012
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Warburg Skating Club
Warburg skaters will take the ice on March 11, 2012 for the first annual Section Showcase! The showcase will highlight four competitive Section athletes including Emma Smolski (2012 Sectional Juvenile Womens Champions and 2012 Junior Development Team Member), Kira Gallant (2012 Select Team Member), Natscha Collier and  Lee Royer (2012 Junior Development Team Member) , and Nathan Luong (2012 Junior Development Team Member). 
Section Showcase
Triple Flip 
Congratulates Section Teams 
Edmonton Edge, Black Gold Open & Lethbridge Ice Angels
who attended the 2012 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships  
Lethbridge Ice Angels
Lethbridge Ice Angels
2012 Sychronized Skating Championships in Windsor - Feb 24, 2012
2012 Sychronized Skating Championships in Windsor - Feb 24, 2012
Quick Links 
2011-2012 Committees

Coach Wanted Ads

Warburg Skating Club
Primary STARSkate coach for 2012-2013 season [Read More]
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

Referee Clinic

April 7, 2012

Calgary, AB

Spring/Summer Camps
Canmore, AB
April 2-4, 2012
Edmonton, AB
March 26-30, 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. 


Coaching the Female Athlete

March 8-9, 2012

University of Alberta

Click here for more information


Sport Injuries, Prevention and Rehabilitation

March 7, 2012

Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre, Keyano College

Click here for more information


2012 Alberta Youth Olympic Symposium

May 3-6, 2012



Sport Information 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  


Tell us what you think about our Newsletter.

Complete our survey at



Government of Alberta



Supporter of:

 True Sport 

Special Olympics 

Where Are They Now?
Dr. UrsDr. Urs Steinbrecher

Once a competitive figure skaters, Urs represented the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton at the 1970 Canadian Figure Skating Championships earning a silver medal in the Junior Men's event. After retiring in 1972, he attended Medical School at the University of Alberta and graduated first in his class in 1976. [Read More]


Click here to visit our Alumni webpage.


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 


News & Views from Athlete Development

Kaetlyn Osmond Update: ISU Junior Worlds

Kaetlyn Osmond Wins Ladies Preliminary Round


Brian Pockar Male & Mini-Male Seminar

On February 19-20, 2012, 31 skaters attended the annual Pockar Male & Mini Male Seminar. Thank you to Cody Hay, Jan Ullmark, Harrison Parks and Mitch Millar for particiapting as seminar leaders. Thank you to the Glencoe Club for the use of their wonderful facilities.

 Group Lesson

 Group Shot






STARSkate logoSTARSkate Championships a Success
Iqaluit Skaters with Coach
Iqaluit STARSkaters with their Coach
Thank You to the Whitecourt
Skating Club
Another successful 2012 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut STARSkate Championships has wrapped up. The competition had many great performances and programs. Competition results will be posted shortly so stay tuned to the Section website for these updates. 

Triple Flip - October submission 

Triple/Quadruple Gold Award

AFSFThese awards recognize skaters who have achieved their gold test level in any three or four of the Skate Canada figure skating disciplines (Freeskate, Skills, Dance, and Interpretive). AFSF has long supported skaters who demonstrate a commitment to completing their figure skating test levels, and we recognize them for their efforts and dedication. 


Alberta Figure Skating Foundation Triple/Quadruple Gold Award


Deadline for nominations is March 12, 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  

Skating Programs Committee Chair

Duso's Enterprises Ltd.
Duso's February Skater of the Month


 Jenay Kaytor



Congratulations Jenay Kaytor! 

Jenay skates with the Juvenile and Open synchronized skating teams in Lethbridge, Alberta. Jenay is a team player, taking the time to help others with their choreography and steps. She is known to her teammates as a motivator. She is constantly encouraging her teammates throughout practices and competitions. 





Submit applications for March 2012 Skater of the Month by March 15, 2012.

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut ACGM Workshops & Presenters

"Exploring LTAD"

LTAD Integration at the Club Level

Presented By: Dr. Stephen Norris

Stephen Norris is the Vice-President, Sport at WinSport Canada based in Calgary, Alberta. He has worked with National officials and coaches to devise and enact programs that increased the likelihod of success at international level competitions, played a key role as a primary consultant to the 'Own the Podium' program, been a contributor to the 'Canadian Sport for Life' program, and has served as a Board of Directors member for multiple sports organizations [Read More].


"They Shoot! They Score"

Running a CanPowerSkate Program at Your Club

Presented By: Gay Dubeau  

Our goal is to assist your Club score a "Hat Trick" in the community by introducing them to CanPowerSkate! Come and find out the "Who, What, When, Where, Why and How" of exploding this program into action. This workshop will be of special interest for Clubs looking at expanding their membership.


"Exploring Coach/Board Relationships"

"You're Hired" to Policies & Procedures

The workshop is also designed to help facilitate two-way communication between Skate Canada members holding different roles in the skating community. Individuals will have the opportunity to participate in group discussions using a scenario-based format. [Read More]


Registration Now Open!

Register to attend the Awards Banquet and ACGM workshops here.


Early Bird Registration: April 5, 2012 (all registrations received before this date will have their names entered into a draw for a one night stay at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort).   


Coaches Corner

Coaching Courses

Continue to check the website for new courses and updated information.


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 

CanSkate logoThe New CanSkate!

The CanSkate program has been revised. Information regarding these revisions can be found on Members Only under: <Technincal & Programs> <CanSkate> <The New CanSkate> < The New CanSkate Communication #1 February 2012>


All communications regarding the New CanSkate will be posted to this same location. Keep watching for more information.


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  



Canadian Sport Policy

The first-ever Canadian Sport Policy was established in 2002 and contained a vision and goals for sport to the year 2012.  A draft of the new Canadian Sport Policy (CSP 2.0) is available for feedback to all Canadians.  CSP 2.0 sets direction for all governments, institutions and organizations throughout Canada that hold a stake in sport and its positive impacts on individuals, communities and society.  The Section encourages its members to review the draft and provide feedback online.



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!).

Deadline for Submissions: March 5, 2012

Photo Contest

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