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Welcome to the 2012-2013 Skating Season
And another season begins! After a successful summer competition, skaters are laced up and performance-ready for the 2012-2013 skating season, are you? See below for member registration information, updated program information, and upcoming events. We look forward to seeing everyone at the rink and wish everyone a wonderful start to the skating season!
News & Views from Athlete Development
Wild Rose Invitational
Congratulations to all skaters and thank you to
the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation and its volunteers and organizers who helped make this event a success! Continue to watch some of the performances from the Wild Rose Invitational here.
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2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships: Changes to Registration
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut will be adopting Skate Canada's new online registration process for the 2013 Sectional Championships. Click here to read more.
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August SOM 2012Duso's Skater of the Month  
Congratulations Haylea Jones of the Olds Figure Skating Club!

Haylea is involved as a Program Assistant with both the CanSkate and STARSkate programs. She is an active volunteer within the club and the community.

Haylea is an accomplished skater herself. She started skating when she was 9 years old and in 5 years is working on her Gold Interpretive, Gold Dances and Senior Silver Skills.  

Don't forget to submit your application by the 15th of every month for Duso's Skater of the Month Award.
The New CanSkate!CanSkate logo

The September 2012 launch of the CanSkate program is fast approaching and excitement is building as the final touches are being made. Skate Canada is excited to share the following update with you on the revised CanSkate program which we have been testing and piloting over the last three seasons.  The New CanSkate Communication #2 provides information regarding new program materials, manuals, video clips, coach training and signage.  


All communications regarding the new CanSkate will be posted on Members Only under Technical &Programs/New CanSkate


Keep watching the Skate Canada website for more information!


The Section is pleased to have two CanSkate Resource Team Members who have received training in the new CanSkate program and are available to provide assistance to Section clubs and coaches. Click here for more information on implementing the new CanSkate program

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Duso's Enterprises Ltd.Duso's Helping Hand of the Month  
Congratulations Shauna Wiest of the Vuaxhall Skating Club!

Shauna is involved with her club as the carnival Chair and as a past Board member. She takes part in not only carnivals, but volunteers at competitions, test days, day-to-day club activities as well as many other club events. 

Thank you Shauna for your outstanding contributions to the Vuaxhall Skating Club as well as to the figure skating community!  

Don't forget to submit your application by the 15th of every month for Duso's Helping Hand of the Month Award.
The CanSkate ConnectionNew CanSkate

Would you like to run organized, lively CanSkate sessions?  The solution is simple, choreograph your sessions with pre-timed playlists. Watching the clock and using an 'arena' voice is no longer needed to give signals or instructions - let the music be your guide!


Sample playlist for a 45 minute session:

8 minutes - warm-up songs

3 x 10 minute - lesson time songs (instrumental music works well)

2 x 1 minute - station rotation signals (when skaters go around the fast track)

Mr. C The Slide Man - Cha-Cha Slide
Mr. C The Slide Man - Cha-Cha Slide


My favorite warm-up song is the Casper Slide (see right). More song suggestions can be found on the Skate Canada website for members.  



September 2012 represents the soft launch of the new program, giving clubs 2 years to implement the changes.  This month I strongly encourage coaches to take the time to educate themselves and slowly implement various aspects of the program, starting with the resources on the Skate Canada website and the required on-line training module.  For a sneak preview of the components of the new CanSkate program in action, click here.  



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


Tammy Greidanus

 CanSkate Resource Team Member 




CanSkate Tip

By: Doug Schmierer


If your CanSkate is in an arena with poor acoustics, I find it useful to coach without using your voice.  Begin with hand claps waiting for the group to echo your hand claps.  Once thier attention is gained, proceed by using other visual and auditory cues such as signs, pantamime, etc.  Try it.  It can be a useful tool to gain and maintain attention.

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Welcome to the 2012-2013 Skating Season!
Online registration for clubs, skating schools and coaches started August 8, 2012 on the Skate Canada website under Members Only. In an effort to reduce paper, Skate Canada has posted all registration information on their website under Members Only at


Clubs are reminded to update their club's Board of Directors listing by October 1, 2012 so that access to members only will not be lost. Click here for important registration information and reminders

All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice. Click here for more information

Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club

Team Try-outs:


Wed August 29, 2012      6:15 - 7:30pm @ Coronation Arena           Beginner/


Thurs Aug 30, 2012          6:30 - 7:45pm @ Coronation Arena           Pre Novice

Thurs Aug 30, 2012          8:00 - 9:30pm @ Coronation Arena           Adult

Contact Michele Rowein


The Officials Stand


Jodi Abbott Receives the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

This medal was created for the year 2012 to mark the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The prestigious award encapsulates the Queen's Diamond Jubliee while honouring the contributions and achievements made by Canadians who are great representatives in our society. Congratulations Jodi on receiving this prestigious award. [Read More]

Officials ID Tags

If you are an official who needs a new ID tag please complete the ID request form and mail/email to the Section Office with a photo by September 28, 2012 for the 2012-2013 season. Registration stickers for the 2012-2013 season will be mailed out by mid-September 2012.



This is a reminder to all officials to ensure that you have registered with a club for the 2012-2013 season. If you are not currently registered with a club, please contact the club where you wish to register. 

Coaches Corner  


Coaching Association of Canada Survey

Effective sport nutrition is a key component of your athletes' development, whether you are a house league coach, competitive coach or parent. The CAC has teamed up with Canada's top dietitians to create the #1 resource for sport nutrition on and they want your input!

Get In Sync 


What is Synchronized Skating?

Synchronized Skating is a team sport made up of individual figure skaters. For a competitive synchronized skating team, success stems from the development of the skaters as individuals and as athletes, both on and off the ice. In accordance with the LTAD model - improvement of the individual in all athletic pursuits off the ice will complement their athletic development on the ice. Development is strengthened by skater's individual lessons with their private coaches at their home clubs, as well as involvement at an early age with other aspects of sport and wellness. Flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, musicality/dance, strength, and mental training are all areas that can enhance the figure skater for both team and singles skating. Consider trying Synchronized Skating!


For information on Synchronized Skating in our Section, please feel free to contact Section Office, or either of the Synchronized Skating Reps on the Skating Programs Committee: Kim Boorman and Michele Rowein,

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In This Edition
News & Views from Athlete Development
Duso's Skater of the Month
The New CanSkate
Duso's Helping Hand of the Month
The CanSkate Connection
The Clubhouse
The Officials Stand
Coaches Corner
Quote of the month

"You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get."

- Michael Phelps    

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2012-2013 Committees  

Board of Directors

Region Representatives

Sub-Committee Chairs

Coaching Representatives

Events Calendar
Sask Skate
September 28-30, 2012
Regina, SK 
Royal Glenora Invitational
October 19-21, 2012
Edmonton, AB
2013 Sectionals
November 1-4, 2012
Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Region Open
November 23-25, 2012
Spruce Grove, AB
Annual Synchronized Skating Workshop
September 29, 2012
Calgary, AB 
 Prime Advice 

Don't take skating too seriously - When you fall down (and be sure you will), have a laugh about it and get right back up on your skates again. Don't take yourself or your skating too seriously, after all, even the best end up on their backs from time to time. It's even funnier if you do it in style! 


Test Days 
Coach Wanted Ads 


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


Figure 8 SC
Currenty looking for a NCCP Primary STARSkate Certified coach. [Read More]
St. Paul FSC
Currently seeking a CanSkate Trained coach for the 2012-2013 skating season. [Read More]


Sylvan Lake FSC
Currently looking for a NCCP Primary STARSkate Certified or higher coach. [Read More].


Ice Edge SC
Currenty looking for a NCCP Primary STARSkate Certified coach. [Read More]


Whitecourt FSC
Currently seeking a CanSkate Certified coach for the 2012-2013 season. [Read More]


Use the Coach Wanted Ad Submission Form to submit your ad. The submission deadline is the 1st of each month. Cost per ad is $25 per edition. Email ads to


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Coaching Registration
Make sure you register for the upcoming 2012-2013 season.
See below for important registration documents:
For more information on professional registration, click here.

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

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