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Meg Oshada and Kennedy Zaytsoff Bring Home Four Medals for Canada!

Special Olympic athletes, including Alberta's very own Meg and Kennedy, competed at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games from January 29 to February 5 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Meg Oshada of the Canmore FSC, coached by Barb Prystai, Devon Nychka and Mayisha, and Kennedy Zaytsoff of the Strathmore FSC, coached by Barb Prystai, Lindsay Woodcock and Leanne Woodcock, arrived home each wearing two medals. In Ice Dancing, Kennedy won gold in Level 4 and Meg took silver in Level 1. In Singles, Kennedy won gold in Level 5 and Meg took silver in Level 3.
Congratulations to Meg and Kennedy on their spectacular performance at this prestigious event!

Official Games Website
Kennedy Zaytsoff - Team Canada Profile
Meg Oshada - Team Canada Profile  
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Taylor LeClaire Selected to Attend the 2013 Skate Canada National Development Camp  Taylor LeClaire
Congratulations Taylor!  
On April 25-28, 2013, twenty-seven athletes from across Canada will attend the 2013 Skate Canada National Development Camp. These athletes were selected based on a combination of age and performance throughout the 2012-2013 season. The camp will focus on skating skills and technical skill development.
Kaetlyn Osmond Arrives Home from the 2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships   Kaetlyn Osmond (2013 Canadians)
Kaetlyn competed in Osaka, Japan at the 2013 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships from February 6-11, 2013. Kaetlyn finished ahead of Amelie Lacoste and Julianne Seguin, placing seventh overall with 159.38 points.

Complete Event Results

Kaetlyn competes next at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario on  March 10-17, 2013. For complete event details, click here



Competition Bids

Competition Bid Packages have been posted on the Section website.


Click to view the Competition Bid Packages.  


Deadline to submit a competition bid is March 1, 2013.


Competition Restructure 

The revised competition grid structure has been posted. Check it out here.


2012-2013 Competition Grid

Click here to see the updated competition grid as of February 5, 2013. 


News & Views from Athlete Development  
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Annually, the Alberta-NWT/Nunavut 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 Section will once again host the seminar February 17-18, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta thanks to a grant received from the Alberta, Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation. The seminar will feature Bryce Davison, a World Bronze Medalist, three-time Canadian Pairs Champion and two-time Olympian.



Registration Deadline EXTENDED to  February 16, 2013 


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Freedom On Ice Seminar with Janet Lynn

Janet Lynn will be hosting a seminar April 2-5, 2013 in Canmore, AB. The seminar will include off-ice and on-ice presentations that explore good basic skating technique and the "Classic Workout". All skaters, coaches, officials and parents are welcome to attend any portion of the seminar.

For more information, visit the Canmore Skating Club webpage.



2013 Region Representative Elections: Central, Calgary, Northeast and Peace


The nomination package for Region Representatives of the Central, Calgary, Northeast and Peace areas up for election. Each Region has their own Local Region Committee which assists the clubs in their region. Please view the complete nomination package - nomination package 


The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2013.


2013 Section Board of Directors

The nomination package for the election of the Chair, Vice Chair, Skating Programs Committee Chair and the Events Committee Chair are up for election at the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut ACGM on May 4, 2013 in Red Deer.


Please view the complete nomination package for the Board of Directors  - nomination package 


The deadline for nominations to the Board of Directors is April 5, 2013.

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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

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


Alberta Figure Skating Foundation Awards

Triple Gold Awards AFSF are awarded to skaters who have completed any three disciplines of Free skate, Dance, Skating Skills, or Interpretive at the Gold Level and are members of the AFSF as of January 1, 2013.


Quadruple Gold Awards are awarded to skaters who have completed all four disciplines of Free skate, Dance, Skating Skills, and Interpretive at the Gold Level and are members of the AFSF as of January 31, 2013.  


Triple/Quad Gold Award Application Form  


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Congratulations Janelle McGinley of Special Olympics Edmonton, Duso's January Skater of the Month!
The Duso's Skater of the Month for January is Janelle McGinley. Janelle was the 2012 "Female Athlete of the Year" for both Special Olympics Edmonton and Special Olympics Alberta. She is involved in many sports and her dedication and work ethic are unmatched. Janelle has a great attitude, is always wanting to learn more and is always willing to help her fellow skaters. Janelle skates in the Special Olympics program in Edmonton.
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Duso's Helping Hand of the Month   Emma Walker - Feb13 HHOM
Congratulations Emma Walker of the Medicine Hat Skating Club, Duso's January Helping Hand of the Month!
The Duso's Helping Hand of the Month for January is Emma Walker from the Medicine Hat SC. Emma is a great example of a figure skater, athlete and volunteer.

Emma is a wonderful addition to the CanSkate program. She volunteers her time to work alongside the coaches and skaters within her club program. Emma always welcomes everyone in the club with a warm hello.   

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2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships

Synchronized skating teams lace up for the 2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Calgary, Alberta from February 21-23, 2013.  


Stay tuned for a Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Special Edition which will introduce you to the Section synchronized skating teams attending Nationals later this month! 

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Congratulations to Section Judges Officiating at International Competitions 


Jennifer Betts (2013 Spring Cup)

Jeff Lukasik (ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships)


Upcoming Clinics


Juvenile Singles Judge Clinic

February 16, 2013

WinSport Invitational

Calgary, AB

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2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games
2013 National Development Camp
2013 ISU Four Continents
News & Views from Athlete Development
Duso's Skater of the Month Award
Duso's Helping Hand of the Month
Get In Sync
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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."  
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Events Calendar

WinSport Invitational
February 15-17, 2013
Calgary, AB

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

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

Ice Fest Synchronized Skating Invitational
March 9, 2013
Carstairs, AB

Brian Pockar Male & Mini-Male Seminar
Featuring Bryce Davison
February 17-18, 2013
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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
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2013 CanSkate Coach University Program
The CanSkate Coach University Program (CSCUP) is an intensive training program that provides professional development opportunities for Skate Canada professional coaches who have demonstrated the ability to deliver a high-quality CanSkate program and are interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise.
DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 22, 2013
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NCCP Instruction/Beginner CanSkate Course
March 29-31, 2013
St. Albert, AB
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Adult Teamwear Now Available for Purchase
Are you an Adult skater wanting to purchase a teamwear jacket?

Order Form & Teamwear Size Chart

Deadline to order is February 15, 2013!

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Save the Date! 

The Section Casino will be held on August 1-2, 2013 at the Ice Palace Casino in Edmonton, Alberta.


Volunteer opportunities will be included in the next issue of 'In the Loop'.



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