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Nebelhorn-Trophy 2012 Kaetlyn OSMOND CAN FS
Nebelhorn-Trophy 2012 Kaetlyn OSMOND CAN FS
Kaetlyn Osmond Takes Gold at the 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany! 
Kaeltyn dominated at the ISU competition. She finished second after her short program with a score of 55.68. Kaetlyn stole the show with her free program, receiving a score of  114.51 putting her in first place with a total score of 170.19.

For complete results click here.

2012 Skate Canada International
Good luck to Kaetlyn as she competes at the 2012 Skate Canada International this weekend! For complete event details and to watch the live streamed footage, click here.

For the complete CTV/TSN/RDS broadcast schedule click here.
2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships  
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With less than one weeks to go, skaters are gearing up for the 2013 Sectional Championships presented by Professional Skate Service Calgary on November 1-4, 2012 at the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The competition will see over 265 skaters compete for qualifying spots at the 2013 Skate Canada Challenge and possibly the 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

Good luck to all skaters as they put the final touches on their programs, and we look forward to seeing everyone in Edmonton!

Sectionals will be live streamed at www.skateabnwtnun.ca and www.skatebuzz.ca.


Alberta Figure Skating Foundation Supports Sectionals through the Merit Award

At the 2012 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectionals, the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation (AFSF) stepped up to provide the financial support for the prestigious Merit Award at Sectionals. This award will be presented to the skater(s) in a single, dance or pair event that exemplify the most deserving performance during the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectionals. The first AFSF Merit Award was received by Taylor LeClaire for her performance in the Pre-Novice Women's event. The AFSF has committed to ensuring that the Merit Award continues to be presented to a deserving skater at the 2013 Sectionals and beyond.


AFSF's contributions to the Section are made possible through their memberships and other fundraising initiatives including the hosting of the Wild Rose Invitational. All Section members are encouraged to become members of AFSF, and to support their efforts through volunteering or contributing to their fundraising initiatives. For more information, visit www.albertafigureskatingfoundation.ca.


Thank-you to the Sponsors of the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships!

The 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships could not occur without the support of sponsors. Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut would like to recognize the following companies and organizations in advance for their support of the2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships.


Presenting Partner

Professional Skate Service Calgary is the Presenting Partner of the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships! Professional Skate Service Calgary has supported many local figure skaters, coaches, clubs and competitions over the years. As Presenting Partner of the 2013 Sectionals, they have expanded their support to include all of Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


Platinum Sponsors

Triple Flip and Artègo Canada


Gold Sponsors

Duso's Enterprises and Newalta Corporation


Silver Sponsors

Ricoh, ProWest Shipping & Packaging, City of Edmonton, Four Points by Sheraton, and Hampton Inn & Suites


Bronze Sponsors

McDaniel & Associates and Mike LeClaire Appraisals Ltd.



Alberta Figure Skating Foundation, Egg Farmers of Alberta, and Second Cup


Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut also recognizes the ongoing support received from the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, as well as the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation, who will be presenting the Merit Award again this year.


Come and visit the sponsors who will be onsite at the 2013 Sectionals!

Section Office Update
The Section Office has changed their emails. As of September 2012, the Section Office has slowly been transitioning over to their @skateabnwtnun.ca emails. Please use the following emails to contact staff members at the Section Office:


Denise (Gariépy) Fisher - denise@skateabnwtnun.ca
Executive Director
Holly Henderson - holly@skateabnwtnun.ca
Manager, Athlete Development 
Kelly Havixbeck - kelly@skateabnwtnun.ca
Manager, Member Services
Allyson Wright - allyson@skateabnwtnun.ca
Coordinator, Coaching & Events
Cassandra Copp - cassandra@skateabnwtnun.ca
Coordinator, Communications & Officials
Lisa Bonderove - lisa@skateabnwtnun.ca
Coordinator, Finance & Skating Programs
The New CanSkate!CanSkate logo

A successful CanSkate Revisions Workshop was held in Claresholm on September 29, 2012 led by Leona Boyle, a Skate Canada CanSkate Resource Team Member. 50 participants including Program Assistants, coaches and club executive members attended the workshop, which was focused specifically on the CanSkate revisions. Read complete article here.

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Circuits, I often wonder how did I ever teach without them? 

Using circuits on my CanSkate sessions has enhanced my program on so many levels:

  • Circuits keep skaters moving, practicing and they utilize the entire ice surface
  • Circuits build in skill progressions
  • Circuits allow for one-on-one, hands-on instruction time
  • Coaches can develop muscle memory through repetition in a circuit
  • Circuits incorporate curves allowing skaters to explore edges and lean
  • Skaters can work on more than one level at a time on a circuit
  • Circuits are fun and engaging and they retain the skaters focus

The New CanSkate program provides Coaches with circuit drawings for every fundamental area - Balance, Control and Agility for all levels.

"See it, Feel it, to Learn it!"


Tammy Greidanus




CanSkate Resource Team Member 

The Clubhouse  

Club Reminders and Tips!
As most clubs are now up and running for the start of a new season, please review the following information:


CanSkate Element Event - this event can be hosted by a club. A sanction is required for this type of event, as well as SOCAN. There are template documents to assist clubs in running this event on the Section website. 


Family/Fun Skate Q & A


Bring a Friend Day Q & A


Carnivals and Ice Shows - Remember to apply for a sanction and to SOCAN for these events. The sanction form and resource information is on the Section website.


Remember  to update your Board of Directors listing with Skate Canada so that your club continues to have access to the members only site. Learn how to update your Board of Directors online here.


Coach Management Hiring Guide - this document provides clubs and coaches with assistance in regards to coaches contracts, hiring details and rate guidelines. 


Questions regarding club policies, procedures, bylaws, conflict resolution can be emailed to Kelly Havixbeck at the Section Office for assistance.


Insurance Renewal Reminder

This is an important reminder that additional or optional insurance purchased through BFL CANADA by clubs, skating schools, sections and regions expired on September 1, 2012.


In previous years you would have received a mailing from BFL CANADA containing all of the information for these insurance programs.  This year all of the information and the application is available in Members Only under Clubs and Schools > Insurance > Optional Insurance Application.  The application applies to: 

  • Property Insurance
  • Extra Expense
  • Valuable Papers
  • Employee Dishonesty Insurance
  • Money & Securities Insurance
  • Electronic Data Processing Insurance
  • Participant Accident Insurance
  • Legal Expense Insurance (for non-profit entities only) Available for all provinces except Quebec.
  • Cyber Risk Insurance 

All inquiries regarding these insurance programs should be directed to BFL CANADA to the attention of Roxanne Jobin at 1.800.465.2842 ext. 143 or Serge Roy at 1.800.465.2842 ext. 328.

Brenda HartThe Officials Stand


Brenda Hart Receives "Volunteer of the Year Award"

The Alberta Sport Development Centre (Northwest) announced Brenda Hart as the co-winner of the "Volunteer of the Year" award. The award was presented on October 13, 2012 at the Annual Sport Recognition Banquet hosted by the ASDC Northwest.  Congratulations on this achievement!
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Annual General Meeting, Convention & Awards Banquet


Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut will be hosting its 2013 Annual General Meeting, Convention and Awards Banquet (Section ACGM) on May 4, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel in Red Deer, Alberta.


"Branching Out" Photo Contest

The theme for this year's Section ACGM is "Branching Out". As the 2012-2013 skating season kicks off, skaters are performing and perfecting their programs, prepping for synchro tryouts, lacing up skates for the very first time, or fine tuning their programs for international assignments and competitions. Over the course of this process, skaters experience "Branching Out" moments including: 

  • Landing a more difficult jump for the very first time
  • Attending a synchro tryout as a past singles skater
  • Deciding to transition from STARSkate into CompetitiveSkate
  • Deciding to volunteer as a Program Assistant because they want to share their knowledge; or
  • Selecting music that may be outside their comfort zone
Submission Deadline: November 30, 2012
Coaches Corner  


Welcome Chantelle Portz!

Hi my name is Chantelle Portz and I am the new Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Section Coaching Committee Chair.  I have been the South Region Coaching Representative for a number of years as well as the Calgary Region Coaching Representative. I am passionate about skating and I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead.  Everyone's season is now in full swing, should you require any assistance please notify myself.  I will endeavor to put forward any questions or concerns you may have to our Section Board of Directors or National Office. 


Sectionals is fast approaching and I wish you and your athletes the best of skates.  There will be a coaching meeting during Sectionals where myself, Allyson Wright - Coordinator, Coaching & Events and Holly Henderson - Manager Athlete Development will be available. 


I would also like to welcome Cody Hay as the new Calgary Region Coaching Representative!


I hope everyone has a great season,

Chantelle Portz

Chantelle can be contacted by email at chantelle@portz.ca.




South Region Coaching Representative

 Get In Sync 


2012 Synchronized Skating Workshop

Synchronized skating coaches, officials, and club representatives gathered on a beautiful September day at The Glencoe Club in Calgary. The only thing more fabulous than the weather outside was the abundance of information being shared inside! Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut was thrilled to welcome world-renowned coach, Lyne Forget from Montreal to present at this year's workshop. Almost 30 participants from western Canada, along with a small team of demonstration skaters hung on every word that she spoke. Read the complete article here.

 2012 Synchro Workshop Photo

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 kboorman@shaw.ca and Michele Rowein, mrowein@yahoo.ca.

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In This Edition
News & Views from Athlete Development
2013 Sectionals
Section Office Update
The New CanSkate
The CanSkate Connection
The Clubhouse
The Officials Stand
Section ACGM
Coaches Corner
Get In Sync
Interesting Reads
Quote of the month

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best."

- Tim Duncan

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2012-2013 Committees  

Board of Directors

Region Representatives

Sub-Committee Chairs

Coaching Representatives

Events Calendar
2013 Sectionals
November 1-4, 2012
Edmonton, AB
Edmonton Region Open
November 23-25, 2012
Spruce Grove, AB
Skate Canada Challenge
December 5-8, 2012
Regina, SK
Synchornized Skating Invitational
January 12-15, 2012
Red Deer, AB
CanSkate Revisions Workshop
November 24, 2012 


"See it, Learn it, Live it"
The New CanSkate Workshop
December 2, 2012
Royal Glenora Club
Edmonton, AB


"See it, Learn it, Live it"
The New CanSkate Workshop
December 9, 2012
The Glencoe Club
Calgary, AB
Prime Advice 


If you have just returned to the sport, take it one step at a time. Just because you may have mastered a skill in a previous life, that certainly doesn't mean that you still have that same skill. 


Break skills down.  Go back to the basics, keep it simple! The foundations of skating is all about proper positions for inside and outside edges. 

- Wendell McGrath
Adult Skating Representative
Test Days 
Coach Wanted Ads 


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].


Lakeside FSC
Currenty looking for a NCCP Primary STARSkate Certified coach. [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 info@skateabnwtnun.ca.


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Coaching courses will be posted in early Spring 2013.
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.

Check out our ALUMNI Webpage

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

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Playing it Forward...The Case for Accessible Recreation in Alberta

The document highlights the need for accessible recreation and provides a grassroots perspective on the removal of barriers. This document is intended to guide the implementation of Everybody Gets to Play at a local and provincial level. [Read it here] Check out the entire Alberta Parks and Recreation Association's E-Newsletter here.

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