In the Loop Header  
2013 Skate Canada Challenge 
Good Luck to Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Skaters! 
On January 2, skaters will head to Regina, SK to compete at the 2013 Skate Canada Challenge. Section skaters will be flipped out in their Triple Flip teamwear, so be sure to look for them onsite. Click here for the broadcast schedule.
Send your good luck wishes on Twitter @SkateAB_NWT_NUN or on facebook at!

For the complete Team List, click here.

Skater's attended a team building day in Red Deer, AB on November 25, 2012 in preparation for the 2013 Skate Canada Challenge. 
2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut
2013 Sectionals logo
Sectional Championships
The 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships have come and gone. Congratulations to each skater that competed and to the gold medalists in each category:


Pre-Juvenile Women U11: Shaylyn Jackson (Calalta FSC) 
Pre-Juvenile Men U11: Yu Jin Armstrong (Calalta FSC)
Pre-Juvenile Women U14: Christine Coslovich (Cypress School of Skating)
Pre-Juvenile Dance: Grace Bell & Jacob Portz (Calalta FSC)
Juvenile Women U11: Emma Bulawka (Royal Glenora Club)
Juvenile Women U14: Amanda Kimoto (Calalta FSC) 
Juvenile Men U14: Mackenzie Mah (Ice Palace FSC)
Juvenile Dance: Jessica-Lee Behiel & Jackson Behiel (Properties Skating Academy)
Pre-Novice Women: Jordan Topolnyski (Sherwood Park FSC) 
Pre-Novice Men: Graham Schaufele (Cypress School of Skating)
Pre-Novice Dance: Taylor Yanke & Paul Ayer (The Glencoe Club)
Novice Women: Taylor LeClaire (Ice Palace FSC)
Novice Men: Grayson Rosen (Fliteway FSC)
Novice Dance: Abigail Seewald & Jared Fell (Royal Glenora Club)
Junior Women: Ceduna Magee (Ice Palace FSC)
Junior Men: Christopher Mostert (Ice Palace FSC)
Junior Dance: Courtney Royer & Steven Paslawsky (Royal Glenora Club)
Senior Women: Jane Gray (Canmore SC)  

Archived live streaming footage from the 2013 Sectional Championships is available here. Search your favourite program by the skater's name. 

Pre-Juvenile Dance
Newalta Representative Israafeel Raiman presenting medals to Pre-Juvenile Dance Teams at the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships

OSP Stamp
Still Looking for Athlete Photos from Sectionals?
Click here to contact OnSight Photo for athlete photos from the 2013 Sectional Championships.

Davin Portz is Awarded the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation Merit Award

AFSFThis award is 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. Davin was presented the award at the conclusion of the Sectional Championships.


"We we're pleased to once again be able to present the Merit Award at the Sectional Championships," said Mary-Ann McDonald of the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation. "The award recognizes the achievements of dedicated skaters and their development in all levels of figure skating." 


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


Thank-you to the Sponsors and Supporters 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 for their support of the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships.


Presenting Partner

Professional Skate Service Calgary 


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.


Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut would also like to thank the Ice Palace Figure Skating Club for their hard work and dedication at the 2013 Sectional Championships, as well as the staff of the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre for their support throughout the event.

News & Views from Athlete Development  
Skate Canada Hall of Fame Welcomes Six New members
Brian Pockar was recently inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the athlete category. Brian's "accomplished many achievements in figure skating including being the 1982 World bronze medalist, three-time Canadian Champion and a member of the 1980 Olympic Team". [Complete Skate Canada Press Release]


Pockar Logo

Brian Pockar's legacy lives on in the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Section.  Annually, the Section hosts the Brian Pockar Male Seminar which focuses on the development of male skaters in their personal journey of figure skating. The Pockar Foundation generously contributes to this seminar every year. Thanks to this generous contribution over the past decade many promising young male figure skaters have benefited.


The Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Section wishes to express their sincere thanks on behalf of all the athletes for the Foundation' s continued support. 


By Lois Elfman


Teen Overcomes Odds to Follow Dream

Kennedy Zaytsoff, 17, is a member of the Strathmore Figure Skating Club and on weekends she can be found at Winsport working with her Special Olympics Coach Barb Prystai. "She was probably about nine or ten years old and her coach in Strathmore Leanne had seen me at a seminar and thought I've got a girl that should come and fit in here so she started. She's just a great title skater and lots of fun, super upbeat," said Prystai. Kennedy has been perfecting her technique since she started skating at age five. Read CTV Calgary's complete article here


Athlete Bios: Meg Oshada and Kennedy Zaytsoff

Meg Ohsada (18) and Kennedy Zaytsoff (17) are figure skaters with Special Olympics Alberta affiliate Calgary:  Meg for 7 years and Kennedy for 5 years.  Both are also members of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut figure skating clubs in their hometowns of Canmore and Strathmore respectively. They've become very close friends as they've become more familiar with each other at practice sessions, team training camps, and competitions.  [Read Full Article]


STARSkate Pre-Event Technical Package

The 2012-2013 STARSkate Pre-Event Technical Package has been revised and is available on Members Only > Technical & Programs > STARSkate (dated November 7, 2012). The changes are indicated in red font.

TF - Nov 2012 AD   
The CanSkate ConnectionCanSkate Connection girl skater
The following is a sample lesson plan showing how theme days can be incorporated into the NEW CanSkate program.


Pirate Theme

  • Warm-up - Pegleg Tango (from Captain Bogg & Salty Pegleg Tango CD)
  • 3 x 10 min. stations including a pirate themed fun zone (Pirates of the Caribbean instrumental music)
  • Fast track station rotations - Pirate Party  (from Captain Bogg & Salty Pegleg Tango CD)
  • Group Activity - find the treasure chest under a pylon somewhere on the ice
  • Cool-down - My Bonnie (from Mother Goose Rocks vol. 5)
  • Pre-CanSkate activity - build pirate potato heads (found at Canadian Tire)
  • Incentive - gold chocolate coins

For added fun encourage skaters, coaches and program assistants to dress like a pirate! (Based on a 45 minute CanSkate class)


For more ideas and assistance with the implementation of the NEW CanSkate program attend one of the upcoming NEW CanSkate Update Clinics in Edmonton - December 2, Calgary - December 9, Stettler - January 3.  Visit the Section website for more clinic details.


Tammy Greidanus


CanSkate Resource Team Member 


The Clubhouse  


Club Fundraiser - Smitten for Mittens!

Skate Ontario and Tourism London are proud to announce Smitten for Mittens!  Your club is being provided with an opportunity to order adult and/or youth purple fleece mittens with the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships® logo embroidered on each mitten.  Orders must be received at Skate Canada by Friday, November 30, 2012 for delivery in mid-February 2013.


Click here for more information and to access the order form. This is a limited time offer so don't delay; take advantage of this offer now.


Competition Bid Deadline

The Competition Sub-Committee is in the process of reviewing the competition grid that was introduced for the 2012-2013 season based on comments received and LTAD.  Because of this, the competition bid deadline of December 1 will be postponed.  More information will be sent out to all clubs once it is available.  Current anticipated bid deadline will be January 31, however this will be confirmed once a decision has been made and the competition bid documents are made available.  Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns to Kristen Belcourt, Competition Sub-Committee Chair at

What's New this Season

Family/Fun Skates - In the past, clubs wishing to hold a fun skate for their members and families, this type of activity was not covered under insurance. Skate Canada has worked closely with the insurance company and they are pleased to now have this type of activity covered under the participant accident insurance for family members participating in a Family/Fun Skate at the club. This is great news for the club as they can now plan a fun and family-oriented activity for all members of the club. For information on the requirements and provisions for this activity, click here.


Gary Beacon Seminar

Hosted by the Peace River SC September 15, 2012

Gary Beacon Seminar Sep12 

Gary Beacon Seminar Sep12 (2) 


Calalta Skaters Head East for Octoberfest

Calalta Figure Skating Club coaches Cody Hay and Anabelle Langlois and a group of skaters had the opportunity to travel to Barrie, Ontario to attend the Octoberfest competition. The group also stayed for additional training, including a motivational seminar. Skaters also had the opportunity to visit the CN Tower tour in Toronto. 


This was a valuable experience to all skaters both on and off the ice.  Thanks to coach Jaime-Lyn Jackson for helping out during the stay and to both Cody and Anabelle for all their hard work planning and organizing this trip. 

Calalta CN Tour trip Nov12


Coaches Corner  


Angry Coaches Beware: Athletes Respond Poorly to Negative Feedback

Read complete Globe and Mail article


Coaches of Canada News

The new issue of Coaches PLAN is available here.


CanSkate Coach Online Training Module 

All coaches intending to teach the new CanSkate program must complete the online training module successfully prior to offering the new program at their clubs. The training includes the following four modules:


Module 1: Program Preparation

Module 2: Pre-CanSkate

Module 3: CanSkate

Module 4: Self-Check


Upon successful completion of all four modules (training and self-check) coaches will earn the following Continuous Education Program (CEP) credits based on the overall result achieved in the self-check module:


12 questions (100%) = 5 CEP credits

11 questions (92%) = 3 CEP credits

9-10 questions (75-83%) =2 CEP credits

8 questions (67%) = 1 CEP credit


As proof of completion, coaches automatically obtain a confirmation letter and email as well as a certificate of achievement. Prior to the start of the season and the launch of the new CanSkate program please ensure that all of your CanSkate coaches show you proof of completion of the CanSkate Coach Online Training Module (CCOTM).


Note: All coaches teaching CanSkate must have completed the CanSkate Coach Online Training Module prior to their club's implementation.


To view, download and/or order the new CanSkate manual, videos clips and program materials go to Members Only under Technical and Programs > New CanSkate. Materials may also be purchased through the Online Store.


Coach Opportunity of a Lifetime - Apply Today!

Brian Orser, Lori Nicholl, Yuka Sato and Carol Lane are just a few of our key presenters at the 2013 National Coach Apprenticeship Program (NCAP) being held in conjunction with the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships®, March 14-16, 2013 in London, Ontario. For only $495, NCAP participants will learn from some of the best coaches and technical specialists in the world, obtain free access to this exclusive skating event, obtain free accommodations at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre with complimentary breakfast, including transportation to/from the rink. Now that's a deal!


Additional information and the application form can be found in Members Only > Coaches > 2013 National Coach Apprenticeship Program.


Deadline for applications is December 3, 2012!


2013 CanSkate Coach University Program

Skate Canada is proud to announce the return of the CanSkate Coach University Program (CSCUP)! This two day program provides a professional development opportunity for professional coaches who have demonstrated the ability to deliver a high-quality CanSkate program, and are interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise.


The 2013 CanSkate Coach University program will be offered in conjunction with the 2013 ACGM and NCC in Ottawa, Ontario, in June 2013. Further program information and application forms can be found on Members Only under Coaches > 2013 CanSkate Coach University. Inquiries may also be emailed to coaching&

Duso's Skater of the Month  
October 2012 SOM
Congratulation Abigail Seewald of the the Royal Glenora Club, Duso's October Skater of the Month!
Abigail was awarded the Duso's Skater of the Month award at the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships, November 4, 2012. Raeanne Schachter of Duso's was present to award Abigail with the Skater of the Month award.
Abigail Seewald, is a competitive skater who also dedicates her time to the club. She assists with the CanSkate program and volunteers for various club events. Her open, positive and caring approach with the younger skaters makes Abigail a true role model for the sport.  
Duso's Helping Hands of the Month  October 2012 HHOM
Congratulations Nennette Legaspi and Donna Kormos of the Ice Palace Figure Skating Club, Duso's October Volunteers of the Month!
Nennette and Donna were recognized at the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships on November 4, 2012 for their contributions to the organization and successful execution of the Sectional Championships. Raeanne Schachter of Duso's was present to award Nennette and Donna with the Volunteer of the Month award.
Their commitment and support for the club are shown through their dedication to the club board. As Competition Co-Chairs for the 2013 Sectional Championships, Donna and Nenette contributed countless hours to ensure a successful event. 
Duso's Locations 
Edition: 1
Section Logo 
In This Edition
2013 Sectionals
News & Views from Athlete Development
The CanSkate Connection
The Clubhouse
Coaches Corner
Duso's Skater of the Month Award
Duso's Helping Hand of the Month
The Officials Stand
Ice Dance Seminar
Interesting Reads
Get In Sync
Quote of the month

"Sports do not build character.

They reveal it."

- John Wooden

 Quick Links

Contact Section Office 

Coaching Association of Canada  





PSSCalgary In the Loop Ad 


PSSC Figure Skating Manager Job Opportunity

Professional Skate Service has a rewarding career opportunity in Calgary for a Manager in the Figure Skating department at Calgary Professional Skate Service. The Figure Skating Manager position entails retail sales of figure skates, clothing and accessories, management of figure skating staff and maintaining the high level of service that our customers have come to expect at Professional Skate Service. See job opportunity here.

2012-2013 Committees  

Board of Directors

Region Representatives

Sub-Committee Chairs

Coaching Representatives

Events Calendar
Skate Canada Challenge
December 5-8, 2012
Regina, SK
Synchornized Skating Invitational
January 12-15, 2013
Red Deer, AB
Canadian Figure Skating Championships
January 13-20, 2013
Mississauga, ON

Coaches BC Webinar (Free)
November 27, 2012
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (MST)
Management for Volunteer Coordinators and Managers
November 27 & 28, 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

2013 Alberta Sport and Physical Activity Leadership Summit
April 18-20, 2013
Banff Centre, AB
Registration opens December 2012
Prime Advice 


When spinning and jumping keep your head still.  Some of us take longer to figure this out, but once you do, it really works well!!!

- Joan McGrath 


Dear Wendell,

Do you have questions that need answers, advice to share or experiences to reminisce about with the Adult Skating community? 


Share these here, and look for Wendell's response each month on the Section website and In the Loop publication.  


Wendell McGrath is the Section Adult Representative, former National-level ice dancer, and dance partner. 

Test Days 
Coach Wanted Ads 

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


To see more coach wanted ads

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.  

Synchro Nats Ad 2   

Golden Skaters Header   

  Congratulations to Avery Rudnisky (Gold Skating Skills) and Lara Thompson (Gold Skating Skills and Dance) of the Parkland Skating Club for completing their Gold tests.

Nov. 2012 GS Banner

The Officials Stand


Jeff Lukasik Heads to Japan for the 2012 NHK Trophy

Read the Skate Canada Press Release here.


Upcoming Clinics


Juvenile Singles Judge Clinic

February 16, 2013

WinSport Invitational

Calgary, AB

Register Here 

Ice Dance Seminar
November 18, 2012

In anticipation of the 2015 Canada Winter Games, an ASRPWF Canada Winter Games Year Two funding grant enabled ten Alberta-NWT/ Nunavut Select Team Ice Dance teams to experience a unique day of training.


A simulated environment was created at the Royal Glenora club on November 18, 2012, where teams were able to skate together. These teams performed the programs and pattern dances they will be performing at the 2013 Skate Canada Challenge to which feedback was provided.


Many thanks to Marg Andriuk, Kelly Andres and Justin Mohr. These Skate Canada officials attended the seminar and provided the skaters with valuable feedback in preparation for the 2013 Skate Canada Challenge. 


Jim Deglau, an Edmonton area Ballroom Dance Instructor and 6

time World Ballroom Dance Champion, was also in attendance to provide the skaters with valuable performance advice.


Thank you to ASRPWF for its continued support of Section initiatives.

AFSF Registration Banner    


Join Our Mailing List

Supporters header 




Special Olympics Alberta  



True Sport  

Interesting Reads  


Transgender Inclusion in Sports

Sport in Transition: Making Sport in Canada More Responsible for Gender Inclusivity


Keeping In Touch

The newest edition of Skate Canada's Keeping in Touch is now available here.



Athletes who get an extra amount of sleep are more likely to improve their performance in a game. [Read More]


ASDC - Central Region

Issue 10

[Read Issue]

Get In Sync 
The year is moving along so quickly for synchronized skating teams, coaches and managers.  It is such a busy time with so much to do.  Next thing we know Christmas is here, you blink and then you are on a bus headed to the first competition of the season!  We have come up with a quick check list to help ensure everything is on its way to being ready for the season...
  • Team and all members are registered with Skate Canada.
  • Final copy of music is done, two CDs are burned and checked (labelled "MASTER" and "BACK UP").
  • Competition dresses are designed, approved, and ordered, and/or dressmaker secured.
  • Skaters have been measured, and production is underway!
  • Plans are made as to what the team will wear for practice and competition practice.
  • Competition tights are ordered.
  • Adornments for hair are finalized and ordered, or under production.
  • Team managers are in place, as well as chaperones (if appropriate). Does your club ask chaperones to complete a background check?
  • Decisions are made as to what competitions the team will be attending.
  • Registrations are underway or already submitted for chosen competitions.
  • Travel arrangements are underway or secured (buses, flights, hotels).
  • Planned Program sheets are completed and where appropriate submitted with registrations.
  • Video monitoring is complete, or will be submitted before December 15.
  • Program choreography is in accordance with the following:
    • ISU Communications #1770, 1761, 1759
    • Domestic technical requirements (on Members Only - updated November 5)
    • Summary of Calls (on Members Only - updated November 8)
  • Competition make-up is decided on and purchased.
  • Competition planning and scheduling is underway. For example: team meals, healthy snacks, practice/off-ice/competition schedules, activities for free-time, team/club bonding activities, etc.)

We hope this is helpful!  Best of luck to all our Section teams in the upcoming events and we hope to see everyone at the 2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships! 


Should you have any questions about Synchronized Skating in our Section, please feel free to contact any of the following:


Lisa Bonderove       

Kim Boorman          

Michele Rowein      



Competitive Category 
(Registered for Sectionals or Sectional qualifying event)
Events skaters are eligible to enter at STARSkate events
Novice and higher in Singles, Pairs and DanceNo events
Juvenile - Pre-Novice Competitive DanceFree Skate, Pairs, Interpretive, Skating Skills, Triathlon
Juvenile - Pre-Novice Competitive SinglesPairs, Dance, Interpretive, Biathlon, Skating Skills
Juvenile to Pre-Novice Competitive PairsFree Skate, Dance, Interpretive, Skating Skills, Biathlon, Triathlon
Synchronized SkatingAll events



COMPETITIVE SKATER - a competitive skater is a skater at the Juvenile level and higher who is currently registered with Skate Canada as a "COMPETITIVE" skater. Competitive skaters registered* to compete in any event at the Novice or higher level at a Sectional or Sectional qualifying competition does not qualify to compete in the STARSkate events in any category at any level. Skaters registered to compete in the Juvenile and Pre-Novice level at a Sectional or Sectional qualifying competition may register to compete in event categories at the STARSkate level other than those competed in at a Sectional or Sectional qualifying competition


STARSkate events include freeskate, elements, and interpretive events only. Competitive Skaters may enter recreational events (ie: team events, similar pairs)


All other skaters including Synchronized are classified as recreational skaters and are registered as "STARSkate Skaters".

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut provides leadership in conjunction with Skate Canada as an association dedicated to the principles of enabling all to participate in skating throughout their lifetime for fun, fitness, and/or achievement.