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2013 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships

The past weekend saw many spectacular performances! Forty-eight teams from across Canada competed at WinSport Canada's Athletic and Ice Complex for the top spots and a chance to qualify for the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in April 2013.

The Edmonton Edge finished 5th in the Intermediate category. In the Open category Black Gold Synchro finished 8th and the Lethbridge Ice Angels finished 10th.

For complete results click here.

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From March 1-3, 2013, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta will play host to the top STARSkate and Adult athletes in the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Section.

For the first time, the 2013 STARSkate Championships will be live streamed! Tune into the performances at ustream.tv/channel/skate-canada-alberta-nwt-nunavut-2013-starskate-championships.    



2013 Region Coaching Representative Vacancies: Central & South


The Region Coaching Representative positions for the Central and South Region are currently vacant. The Region Coaching Representative represents the perspectives of member coaches of their respective Region to the Section Coaching Committee and the Region Committee. Please review the casual vacancy postings for complete details. The deadline to express your interest by letter and/or resume is April 5, 2013.


Central Coaching Representative 

South Coaching Representative 



2013 Section Board of Directors

The following positions for election to the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Board of Directors are: Chair, Vice Chair (odd year), Skating Programs Committee Chair and Events Committee Chair. These positions participate and oversee committees throughout the Section. The election will take place on May 4, 2013 at the Section ACGM is 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.

Registration Open for the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Annual Conference, General Meeting and Awards Banquet  
 Jamie Salé
Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
May 4, 2013
Emcees: Jamie Salé and Barb MacDonald 

RESERVATIONS (Sheraton Red Deer Hotel):


Registration Form
Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 18, 2013
(Early Bird prize is a free one night stay at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel)



The deadline for the Skate Canada and Section Awards is March 1, 2013.


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 1, 2013.  


Triple/Quad Gold Award Application Form  


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Kaetlyn Osmond Prepares for the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships
Kaetlyn will compete next at the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario from March 11-17, 2013.

Tweet your good luck wishes @kaetlyn_23

For complete event details, click here.  



Competition Bids

Competition Bid Packages have been posted on the Section website. The Invitationals Competition bid has been updated as of February 27, 2013. 


Click to view the Competition Bid Packages.  


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


February 27, 2013 Competition Restructure  Update 

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


2012-2013 Competition Grid

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


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2013 Silver Skate Festival Silver Skate 2013
The Gateway Skating Club was pleased to participate in the 2013 Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton, which was held February 16-18 and 23-24, 2013. Skaters of all ages from the Gateway SC performed group numbers and individual jumps and spins to showcase the sport of figure skating. It was an exciting two weekends of performances for the Gateway SC skaters.

Region AGMs and Elections 

Throughout March, all Regions will be holding their annual Region AGM meetings where members of the region gather to review the skating season, share success stories, announce the achievement award recipients for the region and Skate Canada updates are provided. Elections for each Region Committee also occur at these meetings and nominations are taken from the floor. Please review the Region Nomination Package for information.


Most of the Region AGM meetings are held face-to-face, however some meetings are held via conference call. The Region AGM meeting dates are:


March 11 - Northwest Region 

March 19 - Edmonton Region

March 21 - Peace Region

March 23 - Central Region and South Region

March 24 - Northeast Region 

April 3 - Calgary Region  

TBD - NWT Region 


All dates are subject to change.

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CanSkate Connection

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I encourage all coaches and club administrators to try a slightly new approach to working with your very beginner skaters.  A component of the NEW CanSkate program is Pre-CanSkate, previously referred to as a preschool program for ages 3-5.  In the new system Pre-CanSkate is a readiness vehicle geared for anyone who has never skated before or is not confident with their balance, regardless of age.  Pre-CanSkate focuses on 8 basic skills (many of the prior stage 1 skills) in a confined area of the ice.  The goal is to integrate skaters to the mainstream so that they may rotate to the learning stations as soon as their skills and confidence progress.  The format for incorporating Pre-CanSkate will depend on each clubs unique scenario.  More information including sample Pre-CanSkate lesson plans and circuits can be found in the NEW CanSkate Manual.


Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member



Leona Boyle

CanSkate Resource Team Member


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Congratulations to Section Judges Officiating at Upcoming International Competitions 


Jodi Abbott (2013 ISU Junior World Figure Skating Championships)

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Showcase North
Hosted by the Edson FSC
Edson, Alberta
Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 3:00 pm
Special thank you to Tim Hortons

Showcase South
Hosted by the Claresholm FSC
Claresholm, Alberta
Saturday, March 23, 2013 @ 3:30 pm
Special thank you to the Claresholm Lions Club, Royal Canadian Legion, Kinette Club and the Sons of Norway
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News & Views from Athlete Development
The Clubhouse
CanSkate Connection
The Officials Stand
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Events Calendar

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

Western Regional Adult Championships
March 8-10, 2013
Kelowna, BC

ISU World Figure Skating Championships

March 11-17, 2013
London, ON
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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

The International Physical Literacy Conference
April 20-23, 2013
Banff, AB
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NCCP Instruction/Beginner CanSkate Course
March 29-31, 2013
St. Albert, AB
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Coaches Plan
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2013 Adult Figure Skating Championships Updates


The following documents have been updated on Members Only:
  • Draft Schedule of Events
  • Updated Technical Information
  • Updated Announcement
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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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