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2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 
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Canada's Golden Girl Kaetlyn Osmond Heads to Osaka, Japan!  
From February 6-11, 2013, some of the world's top skaters will compete at the 2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Osaka, Japan. Amongst the skaters will be Kaetlyn Osmond, the 2013 Canadian Women's Champion. Send Kaetlyn (@Kaetlyn_23) Good Luck wishes on twitter and facebook!

Kaeltyn will also compete at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario March 11-17, 2013.
2013 Mountain Regionals Synchronized Skating Competition 
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Receives 10 Medals!  
From January 26-27, 2013, 30 synchronized skating teams competed in Abbotsford, BC at the Regional Championships. Mountain Regionals is a qualifier for the 2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships. For complete results click here

Edmonton Edge (Qualified for Nationals)

Adult I:
Black Gold - Gold

Adult II:

Edmonton Ice Edition - Gold

Black Gold - Silver

Northern Lites - 6th


Adult III:

Northern Lites - Silver 



Black Gold - Gold (qualified for Nationals)

Lethbridge Ice Angels - Bronze (qualified for Nationals)



Edmonton Ice Eclipse - Gold

Black Gold - Silver

Northern Lites - 5th



Lethbridge Ice Angels - Gold

Edmonton Icicles - Silver


Congratulation to all of the Alberta-NWT/Nunavut teams who competed this past weekend!



Region Coaching Representatives

The nomination package for the election of the Edmonton, Central, Northwest and Peace Region Coaching Representatives is now available on the Section website.


2013 Nomination Package (For complete details and information please click here)  


If you are a Skate Canada registered coach within the Albert-NWT/Nunavut Section and are interested in the being the Region Coaching Representative for your region up for election, please submit your nomination by February 15, 2013.  


News & Views from Athlete Development  
Brian Pockar Male and Mini-Male Seminar

Bryce DavisonAnnually, Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut  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.  

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The Section will once again host the seminar February 17-18, 2013 in Calgary, AB. The seminar will feature Bryce Davison, a World Bronze Medalist, three-time Canadian Pair Champion and two-time Olympian.



Registration deadline is  February 1, 2013 


Good Luck Meg Oshada and Kennedy Zaytsoff!
Special Olympic athletes, including Alberta's very own Meg and Kennedy are currently competing in South Korea at the 2013 Pyeongchang Special Olympics World Winter Games. See the complete figure skating schedule here.

Official Games Website
Kennedy Zaytsoff - Team Canada Profile
Meg Oshada - Team Canada Profile

Make sure to send your Good Luck wishes to Meg and Kennedy by facebook or twitter!

2013 SO Winter Games

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Coach Hiring & Management Guide

Check out the Section document here.  


Professional Development Opportunities

ARPA will be offering a series of Children and Youth professional development opportunities in 2013 including HIGH FIVEŽ workshops, Kids at Hope trainings and a number of webinars! For more information click here

Sport Nutrition for Athletes & Coaches (www.coach.ca)

PowerBar, Clif Bar, GU, Gatorade - Endurance athletes and coaches are no doubt familiar with these names, but how does consuming them help you meet your energy and fluid goals? 

Download this month's SNAC tip to find out! DOWNLOAD NOW


CAAWS: Actively Engaging Women and Girls

CAAWS has recently launched additional supplements targeting community-level and high-performance coaches as part of its "Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social factors" CS4L information piece. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS.


Women in Coaching (WiC): Compelling Stories & Inspiring Women

"There are those who play the game, and those who CHANGE the game. It took one game changer who believed in them - believed in their ability to lead and to inspire - and now THEY are changing the game for those who follow..."

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Women in Coaching

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Competition Bids

Check for Competition Bid Postings to be posted February 4, 2013 on the Section Website.  For those that have already submitted a bid, we will notify you if we require any further information.


Carnival Season Is Here

This is the main season for club carnivals. A time when everyone in the club is busy planning, sewing, rehearsing and making props. Skaters participating in this process will remember their club carnivals as a time when they were able to shine as bright as stars! Remember that your club must have carnival sanctions approved by the Section Office in order to hold your event. The form is available on the club information page at www.skateabnwtnun.ca. 


For questions regarding carnival sanctions, please contact the Section Office or Kelly Havixbeck at  kelly@skateabnwtnun.ca.


NEW Online Award Application Process

The Skate Canada Achievement Awards have been moved to an online system for the 2012-2013 season!


All members can access the new online award application system, which can be found at www.skatecanada.ca under Members Only > What's New > Skate Canada Achievement Awards.


If you know a deserving candidate, now is your chance to go ahead and nominate them in the following categories:

  • Skate Canada Program Assistant Award
  • Skate Canada CanSkater Award
  • Skate Canada  STARSkate Athlete Award
  • Skate Canada Volunteer Award of Excellence
  • Skate Canada Section Officials Award
  • Skate Canada Officials Award of Excellence
  • Elizabeth Swan Memorial Award
  • Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Athlete Award
  • Skate Canada Section Volunteer Coach Award
  • Skate Canada Club & Recreation Coach Award of Excellence
  • Skate Canada Competitive Coach Award of Excellence

To nominate a person you will be required to enter their Skate Canada number. If you are looking for the Skate Canada number of a coach or official ,please contact the Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Section Office. Please note the deadline for the above awards is March 1, 2013.


Tips on How to Complete the Nomination Forms

  • Ensure you have obtained the nominee's Skate Canada number
  • Read the description of the award and criteria prior to completing the nomination form
  • Be SPECIFIC in the accomplishments of the nominee
  • HIGHLIGHT SOMETHING UNIQUE or special about the nominee and their contributions to skating
  • Detail what makes the nominee stand out in your club
  • Has the nominee gone above and beyond for a member and/or their club
  • Contact your Region Representative or the Section Office for assistance

Section Awards and Bursaries

Application forms available now on the Section website!


25 & 50 Year Service Award for Coaches, Officials & Volunteers

25 & 50 Year Club Award

Marilyn Chidlow Club Volunteer Award

Creating the Edge for Life Award

Triumph Award

Spirit & Passion for Skating Award

Special Olympics Skater of the Year Award


Using Social Media to Creatively Market Your Club

The Airdrie Skating Club was recently visited by Jeff Clovis, of AirFMAirdire's "Clovis in the Community".  This online YouTube channel broadcasts local news, community events and activities. Check out the video for ideas on how to market your club to your surrounding community.


Clovis in the Community - Airdrie Skating Club
Clovis in the Community - Airdrie Skating Club



Artego January 2013  
CanSkate Connection  

CanSkate Tip:
Adding a fast track to your CanSkate sessions will literally FAST TRACK your skaters progress!  A fast track is a path around the perimeter of the ice. It helps with developing power, speed and length of stride.  Depending on the size of your ice surface and the space available, the track width can range from 2-5 feet and can be distinguished using visual cues like pylons or it can be an implied area.  The fast track should be accessible to all groups for station rotations, warm-ups, group activities, cool-downs and at lesson time.  The use of lively music to signal station rotations on the fast track is a FUN aspect of the program for skaters.  An arrow can be used to alter the direction of the skaters.  With everyone movinFast Trackg at their own pace skaters must be taught to be respectful and keep their eyes up while on the track.  More information on fast tracks can be found in the New CanSkate Manual.


Thank you to the Stettler Figure Skating Club for hosting a CanSkate Update Clinic on January 3rd.  The clinic was facilitated by Tammy Greidanus with 36 Coaches, Program Assistants and Club Executive Members in attendance. "It was so good for my PA's to get to experience what it looks like in action, it was helpful for them to know what it takes to set up, the tools we need and that it can be done!" Lisa Johnson, Stettler CanSkate Coach.  Leona Boyle is facilitating a clinic in Cold Lake on March 2nd visit the section website for registration details.  If you would like to host a clinic for your club/area contact one of your section CanSkate Resource Team Members.


Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member



Leona Boyle

CanSkate Resource Team Member



Get In Sync    


2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships: Team Information   

Boutique - Visit Triple Flip's online store where you can pre-order event memorabilia  , or visit their on-site boutique where skaters and teams can personalize their items with event and team logos. 


Images Unlimited will be on-site aSkating Zipper Pulls the event photographer for both action and team photos. They will also host a photo booth for skaters and spectators. Team videos will be available through JB Video Productions. 


Edmonton Edge Heads to Winterfest Edmonton Edge Intermediate

The skaters of Edmonton Edge Intermediate had a very busy holiday season preparing for their first competition of the year. Between visiting with family and friends and celebrating New Year's, these 19 ladies were on the ice practicing hard for their first trip to Winterfest held from January 4th to 6th, 2013. [Full Article]  

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CanSkate Connection
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Featuring Bryce Davison
February 17-18, 2013
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Juvenile Singles Judge Clinic

February 16, 2013

WinSport Invitational

Calgary, AB

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CanSkate Revisions Workshop
March 2, 2013
Cold Lake, AB
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2013 Alberta Sport and Physical Activity Leadership Summit
April 18-20, 2013
Banff Centre, AB
Events Calendar
Central Region Open
February 1-3, 2013
Sylvan Lake, AB

NWT Territorials
February 8-10, 2013
Yellowknife, NT

WinSport Invitational
February 15-17, 2013
Calgary, AB

2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships
February 21-23, 2013
Calgary, AB

2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut STARSkate Championships
March 1-3, 2013
Rocky Mountain House, AB
Prime Advice 
Dear Wendell,

I have been working on my European Waltz, and I've struggled with my three turns. I feel like I'm "spinning" my turns. Any advice? (Rosie Ova-Rotaeta)  

Rosie's problem is a common one. We've all had that three turn that seems to just keep turning. No matter how hard you try, you just keep rotating into the circle. Here are some good ways to keep this important skill in "check":


The three turn is one of those basic skills that comes up in every discipline of skating.   Unchecked and over-rotated three turns are a common problem that occur over and over again through all skill and skating levels.  Left unattended, this problem can turn into a habit that will take incredible work to rectify.  To work on skill development, it is always easiest to break it down into simple steps.


Let's talk about an outside three turn...[Full Article


Ask your questions 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. 

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David Arseneault: Strength and Conditioning and LTAD
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Introduction to Physical Literacy

This four-page pamphlet provides the basics of physical literacy, fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and decision making.  



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