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July 2012
In This Issue
Prime Advice from the Adult Skating Community
Coach Wanted Ads
Sports Day in Canada
News & Views from Athlete Development
Duso's Skater of the Month
Duso's Helping Hand of the Month
The CanSkate Connection
The Canadian Sport Policy
Coaches Corner

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Quote of the month 
"Success isn't something that just happens - success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared."
- Sparky Anderson 
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Prime Advice   

"Heads up when we skate. Besides looking better, it keeps us on the proper part of the blade when we skate and also more balanced. I have tried it and skating is a lot easier when my head is up." Joan McGrath 



Kurt Browning: "I just don't think that skating should be predictable"

by Tina Tyan

In June 2012, Kurt Browning turned 46. In the year leading up to that birthday, he's performed in some 45 shows around the world, co-hosted Battle of the Blades, commentated all the major skating events for Canadian network CBC, taught a few seminars, and choreographed and directed two different skating tours. Read full article.


Check out our ALUMNI Webpage

The Alumni webpageis used to 
communicate between the Alumni community and Skate Canada 
regarding information, updates and events. 

Coach Wanted Ads


Airdrie Skating Club

Currently accepting applications for a NCCP Level 3 coach. [Read More]


Special Olympics Edmonton

Currently accepting applications for 4-6 coaches. [Read More]


St Paul Figure Skating Club

Currently accepting applications for a CanSkate trained or Primary STARSkate certified coach. [Read More]


Sylvan Lake Figure Skating Club
Currrently accepting applications for a NCCP Primary STARSkate certified or higher coach. [Read More].


Please use the Coach Wanted Ad Submission Form to submit your ad 
by the 1st of each month 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 edition. Email ads to   


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Events Calendar 
Wild Rose Invitational
August 3-5, 2012
Leduc Recreation Centre
Royal Glenora Invitational
October 19-21, 2012
Edmonton, AB
2013 Sectional Championships
November 1-4, 2012
Edmonton, AB
Spring/Summer Camps

Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club
July 30 - August 27, 2012

For registration information and a complete listing of all camps click here.
Test Days


Check out our Test Day calenders.


High Test Days


Low Test Days  

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Instruction/Beginner CanSkate Course

August 10-12, 2012

Medicine Hat, AB

Register Now


NCCP Level 3 Synchro Technical Course

August 27-28, 2012

London, ON

Register Now 



2012 Annual Synchronized Skating Workshop

September 29, 2012

Calgary, AB

Register Now


2012 Synchro Technical Update Seminar

August 18, 2012

Calgary, AB

Register Now


Sport Information Resource Centre

SIRC Podcasts 


Sports Day in Canada  

Sports Day in Canada

September 29, 2012

Sports Day in Canada on Saturday, September 29, 2012 is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across the country.


Sports Day in Canada is presented by CBC Sports, ParticipACTION and True Sport and is guided by a committee of national sporting organizations and their networks of coaches, athletes and enthusiasts across the country. It's an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living.


Join their mailing list for Sports Day updates.   

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Government of Alberta


Special Olympics Alberta 


True Sport 

Thank You 

Thank you Dana for your help and contributions at the Section Office over the past three months. Good luck with your future endeavors!

News & Views from Athlete Development

AFSFWild Rose Invitational

August 3-5, 2012
We are down to the final days leading up to the first competiton of the 2012-2013 season. The Wild Rose Invitational, brought to you by the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation, is set to take place August 3-5, 2012 at the Leduc Recreation Centre. The competition will be live streamed on for everyone unable to be in attendance. Don't miss the debut of skater programs!


Press Release 


Sectionals logo 2013

2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships

Edmonton, AB

November 1-4, 2012

Sectionals is quickly approaching!

Stay tuned for more information and updates regarding this years Sectional Championships.  


Special Club Advertising Opportunity


For all updates visit our website at  


SIRC Reads


"Exercising in the Heat" by Jason R. Karp (PhD) 

"Train Like an Olympian" by Romina McGuinness


Professional Skate Service Calgary June 2012   
Duso's Enterprises Ltd.Duso's July Skater of the Month 
Congratulations Kaitlyn Boucher of the Grovedale Figure Skating Club!

Kaitlyn BoucherKaitlyn is the Grovedale Figure Skating Clubs longest serving Program Assistant. In the past season, she has assisted with junior STARSkater,with plans to take the CanSkate coaching certification this summer.Kaitlyn is always exploring news ways of self improvement and willing to volunteer in various capacities within her club. 


Congratulations Kaitlyn on being selected as Duso's July Skater of the Month! 


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 the August 2012 Duso's Skater of the Month!  

Duso's Enterprises Ltd.Duso's July Helping Hand of the Month 
Congratulations Heather LeBlanc of the Drayton Valley Figure Skating Heather LeBlancClub!

Heather has been the President of the Drayton Valley Figure Skating Club for the past four years. During this time she has been successful in organizing the club and contributing to its successes. She can often be found assisting at every event and function, volunteering many hours. Heather makes sure to always thank the volunteers beside her and now Duso's and the Section would like to thank Heather for her support.


Submit applications for the August 2012 Duso's Helping Hand of the Month!  



The CanSkate Connection

Introducing "The CanSkate Connection"

Each month 'In the Loop' will feature a helpful tip for Coaches & Administrators of the CanSkate program.  We are very excited for the launch of the NEW CanSkate program coming September 2012.  As a coach who participated in the pilot program I can attest to how great the changes to the program are. Thanks to a session layout which includes a fast track, fun zone, lively music, and circuits, our club registrations have almost tripled with more skaters returning and bringing their friends. Most importantly the new program is producing better quality skaters due to the focus on speed, edges, turns, stroking basics and skill progressions.  An on-line training module mandatory for all CanSkate coaches, plus new program information and materials will be available in August.  Check the Skate Canada website and email communications for updates.


Stop SignJuly Tip: Drawing circuits on the ice can be simplified by using skill signs i.e. a Stop Sign attached to a toilet plunger.  Colorful and inexpensive plungers can be purchased at stores such as Dollarama & Jysk.  Ready - made skill signs is a new resource which will be available shortly on members only, just print and insert in a plastic sleeve or laminate.  This tip will save coaches time, back pain from bending over to draw a skill illustration, and skaters will keep their eye focus up to look at the elevated sign!!


If you have questions or if your club would like assistance with implementation of the new program, I can be reached at


Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member 

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On June 27, 2012, the new Canadian Sport Policy (CSP) was endorsed by Federal-Provincial/Territorial Ministers responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation at their meetings in Inuvik, NWT.  From the Press Release following the Ministers Meeting,


"... CSP 2012 is the successor policy to the first-ever Canadian sport policy (2002), which was approved in Iqaluit, Nunavut a decade ago, and is the result of extensive consultation and collaboration amongst the Government of Canada, the provinces and territories and Canada's sport and recreation communities.


CSP 2012 has been designed as a roadmap for all governments, institutions and organizations that are committed to contributing to the positive benefits and impacts of sport on Canadians, their communities and Canadian society, while respecting each government's jurisdiction. The vision for the Policy is to have, by 2022, a dynamic and innovative culture that promotes and celebrates participation and excellence in sport.


The policy includes five goals that address all forms of sport participation throughout Canada, with a desired outcome to see both the number and diversity of Canadians participating in sport increase throughout the policy's ten-year timeframe."


The Canadian Sport Policy can be found at


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Coaches Corner

New Coaching Fees Effective Starting in 2012-1013 Season

After remaining unchanged since 1998, the Board of Directors has approved that the annual registration fee for professional coach membership be received and tied to coach's status in the Continuous Education Program (CEP) as follows, starting in the 2012-2013 season:

  • Gold status         $75.00 (+insurance)
  • Silver status        $90.00 (+insurance)
  • Bronze status    $105.00 (+insurance)
  • No status             $120.00 (+insurance)

These fees solely reflect the coach membership fee and do not take into account insurance fees or any additional fees associated with registration.


Please note: To be eligible for one of the discounted fee rates, coaches must submit their CEP Statement of Activities to the Coaching and Skating Programs Department by July 1, 2012 or at least four weeks prior to registering as a coach during the 2012-2013 membership season. CEP statements received within those timelines will determine the coach's registration fee for both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 membership seasons.


Please note that once a coach's registration is processed, there are no refunds or reimbursements so coaches must submit their CEP Statement of Activities by July 1, 2012 or at least four weeks prior to registering for the 2012-2013 season in order to pay a lower fee.


The completed CEP forms may be sent in the following manner:

Email/Scan to coaching& or

Fax (attention coaching dept.) 1.877.211.2372 or 613.748.5718

Mail (attention coaching dept.) 865 Shefford Rd., Ottawa, ON  K1J 1H9


2013 Canada Summer Games

The 2013 Canada Summer Games will be held in Sherbrooke, Quebec from August 2 - 17, 2013. Team Alberta has an exciting opportunity to participate in the Women in Coaching Apprenticeship Program and the Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program. Team Alberta is able to include up to two female apprentice coaches in two sports and two aboriginal apprentice coaches in two sports for the 2013 Canada Summer Games.


For further details please contact the Section or click on the above links for more information and the application forms.  

Application deadline is Friday, September 4, 2012.


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