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March 2012
In This Issue
Section ACGM
Social Media Challenge
Coach Wanted Ads
News & Views from Athlete Development
Competition Restructure
Duso's Skater of the Month
Coaches Corner
The Clubhouse
The Officials' Edge
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut ACGM
Section ACGM Workshops posterRegister Now!

Create . Passion . Strength


Registration Now Open!

Register to attend the Awards Banquet and ACGM workshops here.


For more information including the event schedule click here.


Only 2 weeks remain to book your room at the Edmonton Marriott. Book by April 10, 2012 by calling 1-800-960-4913 and mention Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut AGM room block or click here to reserve now.


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



"Exploring LTAD: LTAD Integration at the Club Level"

Presented By: Dr. Stephen Norris


"They Shoot! They Score: Running a CanPowerSkate Program at Your Club"

Presented By: Gay Dubeau  


"Exploring Coach/Board Relationships: "You're Hired" to Policy & Procedures"

Social Media Challengefacebook
Tweet, Like and Post to our Section Social Media Sites

Have you got a Facebook account? How about a Twitter account? Put those social media sights to work to htwitterelp you keep in touch with what is going on with our Section skaters from all over the Section. We'd like to challenge our Section to outdo BC/Yukon Section for the number of Facebook friends. Log on and "like" our Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Facebook page. Once you do you will receive our updates, photos and special news items.


Do you like to hear about what is going on in skating from all over the world without having to search the net to find results? Try Twitter! Not sure who to follow? Start by following hashtags (words proceeded by the #sign). Search #figureskating to see what people are writing about. Do you have skating news to share? Is your club hosting a fun skating event that you want to advertise? Tweet your news adding #figureskating or add the @SkateAB_NWT_NUN and everyone who follows that Twitter account will see your tweet. Are you a fan of some of our alumni? You can follow Jamie Sale, Kurt Browning, Anabelle Langois, Cody Hay, Vaughn Chipeur and others. Visit our Facebook page for a suggested list of Tweeters that might help to keep you up to date on skating news.

2012 Arctic
Winter Games
Congratulations to Section Athletes!
Emma Duplessis
Emma Duplessis - Bronze Medal
Yellowknife Skating Club 
Winter Ross 
Winter Ross - Silver Medal
Inuvik Skating Club
Quick Links 
2011-2012 Committees

Coach Wanted Ads


Akasaka Figure Skating Club
Currently accepting applications for a certfied coach. [Read More]
Ice Palace FSC
Currently accepting applications for an NCCP Level 3 certified coach. [Read More]


Thorncliffe Greenview Ice Skating Club
CanSkate Trained or Primary STARSkate Coach for 2012-2013 season. [Read More]


Ardrossan Strathcona FSC
Primary STARSkate Coach for 2012-2013 season. [Read More]

Fort Smith Figure Skating Club
ISPC trained 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
Canmore, AB
April 2-4, 2012

Chinook Invitational
March 30-April 1, 2012
Lethbridge, AB
Glencoe Invitational
April 5-7, 2012
Calgary, AB
SASC Springsational
April 13-15, 2012
St. Albert, 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 Physical Activity Forum

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

May 1, 2012


2012 Physical Activity Forum

Mount Royal University

Calgary, AB

May 3, 2012


2012 Alberta Youth Olympic Symposium

May 3-6, 2012



Sport Information Resource Centre

SIRC Podcasts



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Special Olympics 

News & Views from Athlete Development

Special Olympics 2012 Canada Winter Games Clarification

In addition to Alberta's athletes, the NWT Region was represented by Harper Sateana-Barr at the Special Olympics 2012 Canada Winter Games. Harper finished 5th in Level 1 Elements. Congratulations Harper on a fantastic skate!  


Active Aging - The Senior AthleteSIRC

As the baby boomers continue to get older, they are becoming one of the most active age groups. They are still going to the gym, running marathons, cycling, and competing on sports teams. They have prolonged the life of 'the athlete'. No
longer are athletes only considered as young people.
[Read More]



Competition Restructure
2012-2013 Competition Grid

With the consistent move to the LTAD model, the Competition Sub-Committee has recently reviewed the current Section competition grid. The grid has been reviewed with respect to competitive seasons in both the STARSkate and Competitive streams. Changes have been made and will be in effect starting the 2012-2013 competitive season. Please click the below link to see what the 2012-2013 Competition Grid will look like.


It will be important for clubs to look at the competition grid at the beginning of the season and plan accordingly for where they would like their skaters to compete. We encourage clubs to host club competitions for their beginner level skaters. More information and the sanction form for club competitions can be found on the Section website. If you'd like more information on hosting a club competition, please contact Section Office or the Competition Sub-Committee.


If you have any questions or comments regarding these changes, please contact your Region Representative or the Competition Sub-Committee.


Click here to view the grid.   




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




Application Deadline: 15th of every month 

Apply today to recognize a skater in your club who works hard, helps out whenever possible, loves what they do, assists the club with activities, helps other skaters, and is a great role model and ambassador for figure skating. 


Submit applications for April 2012 Duso's Skater of the Month!



Section Coaching Representative

Deadline April 5, 2012


Board of Directors

Deadline April 5, 2012

  • Vice Chair (Even Years)
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Officials Coordinating Committee Chair


NW Region Coaching Representative

Skating Programs Chair

Triple Flip - October submission 

Coaches Corner

Grants & Opportunities

Continue to check the website for new grants and funding opportunities.


Take the Lead Grant

CAAWS Women & Leadership Program


Sports Nutrition for Athletes & Coaches

Click Here to read this month's featured article "Fuel for Fun - Healthy Snacks for Active Kids!".


Have a coaching question of your own? Submit it here

The Clubhouse 

Edmonton Skaters Wow the Crowd at the Old Timer's Hockey Challenge Classic 


 On March 13, 2012 the Edmonton Edge Synchronized Skating Team as well as pair Natascha Collier and Lee Royer put on a show during the intermission. The Edmonton Police team played against hockey legends at Rexall Place. 

The Officials' Edge 

Congratulations Mindy Gerlat!

We would like to congratulate Mindy Gerlat on her outstanding Mindy Gerlatachievement as a synchronized skating official.  Mindy has been assigned the role of Assistant Technical Specialist at the upcoming 2012 World Synchronized Skating Championships, April 13-14 in Gotenborg, Sweden.  Mindy is from Leduc, Alberta and began her synchronized skating career with the Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club. She has been an official in our Section for 10 years. This is Mindy's biggest assignment to date, and we wish her the best on the world stage!


Skate Canada Officials at the Special Olympics 2012 Canada Winter Games

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