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Alberta Sport Plan Renewal -
Opportunity for all Albertans to Be Involved 


The Alberta Sport Plan is being renewed by Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation with the support of an Advisory Committee. The process will involve extensive consultation with Albertans and stakeholders from across the spectrum of Sport in Alberta.


As part of the Alberta Sport Plan renewal process, a Pre-Forum Consultation which consists of an online survey is now available where Albertans can identify broad priorities for sport across Alberta. Broad priorities will be based on outcomes identified in the Canadian Sport Policy 2012.


Results from the online survey will help shape subsequent steps in the consultation, including a Sport Forum November 1-2 and a series of regional meetings with representatives from across the broad spectrum of sport. Feedback received through all of these channels will inform the draft Alberta Sport Plan, which is expected to be available for review by all Albertans in 2014.


To have a voice in the Alberta Sport Plan, complete the survey by October 11, 2013 at



Changes at the Section Office 

The Section Office is pleased to welcome Jessica Crighton as the Coordinator, Communications & Events for the Section.  Jessica has just moved to Edmonton from Victoria, BC after recently finishing her Bachelor Degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership. She has a background in Figure Skating, and is very passionate about the sport. Jessica can be contacted at or 780-415-0465.

 Allyson Wright is assuming the responsibilities of the Officials portfolio following Sectionals.

 The Section wishes Cassandra Copp, the previous Coordinator, Communications & Officials, all the best as she pursues a Masters degree at the University of Alberta.  During her tenure with the Section, Cassandra introduced social media initiatives as a component of the Section's communication strategy.  She was integral in the introduction of live streaming, and provided support to the Section's officials.  Good luck, Cassandra!

2014 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships Presented by Calgary Professional Skate Service
The Section extends its appreciation to all sponsors who will be supporting the 2014 Sectionals. The Section is pleased to welcome back Calgary Professional Skate Service and other returning sponsors.  


Calgary Professional Skate Service is the Presenting Partner for the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships. Calgary Professional Skate Service has been involved in figure skating since its first store opened in southwest Calgary in 1972. The business initially specialized in the figure skating industry and later expanded into hockey. Forty years later, Calgary Professional Skate Service is still recognized across Alberta for their extensive product knowledge and expertise in figure skating equipment.  Calgary Professional Skate Service has a history of assisting local athletes, coaches, clubs and competitions. By becoming the Presenting Partner of the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships, they have further demonstrated their commitment to athlete development and the figure skating community throughout the entire Section. In addition to being the Presenting Partner for Sectionals, Calgary Professional Skate Service is the Official Equipment Supplier of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut.


Other sponsors of the 2014 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships Presented by Calgary Professional Skate Service include:


Platinum Sponsors:

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2015 Canada Winter Games Performance Camp
The 2015 Canada Winter Games preparations are underway! Beautiful Canmore was the site for the 2015 Canada Winter Games Performance Camp with 64 skaters attending.

Guest Officials Kelly Cruikshank, Cynthia Benson, Leslie Lawrence, Kelly Havixbeck, Devan Nychka, and Robin Forsythe were onhand to deliver feedback to the attending skaters. All skaters were required to perform their programs for the guest officials. Each skater received valuable feedback as they head into the winter competitive season.

2015 Canada Winter Games Sport Science in the fields of Nutrition and Mental Training were a focus for all attending athletes. Kelly Drager delivered sensible hands on techniques for nutrition while travelling and training. Alayne Hing was on hand to provide excellent techniques associated with the athletes day to day mental preparation. Both Kelly and Alayne will be assigned to figure skating through the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

 The skaters were treated to the excellence of Olympian and Olympic Mission Staff Physical Therapist, Susan Massitti. Susan delivered a wonderful  Keynote address on the " Journey to the Olympics" plus workshops featuring Relax and Release technique.

 Joseph Bembridge delivered a very popular Theatre workshop with emphasis on engaging performance and accessing your inner performer.

More 2015 Canada Winter Games preparation activities are planned for late November when Special Olympians begin their journey!

Thank you to Alberta Sport Recreation and Wildlife Foundation for providing us with the support to be able to provide our athletes with such a great opportunity!

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Sask Skate Invitational and Sask Open Invitational

168 Section skaters head to Regina October 5 and 6 to compete at the Sask Skate and Open Invitationals.  Good Luck and safe travels to all competitors and their families.

The following quote from Denis Waitley is a great message as we march into this part of our skating season!

"Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now."

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CanSkate Connection  

Thank you to everyone that participated in the recent CanSkate webinar, special thank you to Calgary Professional Skate Service and Section Staff for hosting. We were please with the number of people who got on the line to hear more about what the New CanSkate should look like at your club! Here is one of the questions asked during the webinar.


Q: Is Skate Canada tracking the number of registrations and skater retention in the new program to compare those numbers with the old program?


A: "By nature CanSkate is a transitional program. The rate of retention may not be the key information needed to determine whether or not the program is successful. It could actually be a measure of inadequacy of the program. If kids keep coming back to CanSkate - that means they are not progressing quickly. Measuring the number of CanSkaters going to StarSkate may not be a good indication either, as we WANT to be the #1 program for Hockey, Ringette and Speed Skating to use to teach their skaters how to skate. If we have more of these members in our program our rate of retention would actually appear to have dropped, yet we hit one of our targets.


Our true measure of success for this program will be in the quality of the skating the skater acquires when they leave. This is difficult to measure, and we are looking at ways we can highlight the success of this mission."


- Response from Monica Lockie, recent recipient of the Skate Canada Community NCCP Coach Developer Award


We want to know how CanSkate is going in your club and if you need additional information or resources, so stay tuned for more ways to connect and develop your CanSkate sessions. We are here to help as you 'cross-over' to the new program!!


Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member 

Get In Sync  

Section hosted its first ever Synchronized Skating Development Camp on September 14-15 in Edmonton, Alberta.


Over 30 coaches and officials, as well as over 50 skaters spent two full days at NAIT in classroom sessions, studio workouts, and on the ice to learn from some of the best.  Marilyn Langlois and Minh Thu Nguyen from Les Supremes, and Alyson Eccles from Nexxice lead the participants through the non-stop synchro action that weekend. 


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Test Day Information and Reminders

For test day information and recommendations please view the message from the Section Test Day Administrator. Click here.


Test Day Procedure Manual - Updated September 2013

The Test Day Procedure Manual was developed to assist Club Test Chairs with the administration of the Skate Canada test system. The Test Day Procedure Manual was recently updated. Click here for the updated version of the Test Day Procedure Manual. Please note that although the submission deadline for October was changed from October 15 to October 1, submissions will still be accepted until October 15, however Club Test Chairs are encouraged to submit their High Test Day requests as soon as possible.  


Dr. Jodi Abbott Receives University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award


Dr. Jodi Abbott, a positive force in the community, was honoured on September 25, 2013, with a University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award. This award recognizes the significant contributions made over a number of years by University of Alberta alumni in their local communities and beyond. Each year, the University of Alberta celebrates the achievements of alumni at a gala ceremony at the Winspear Centre for Music. These alumni embody the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of the University. They have excelled in their careers and have made tremendous contributions to their profession, their community, and beyond. Many have received international recognition - and all have made a difference, enriching the world around them.


Congratulations, Jodi!


CanSkate Implementation Survey


The Section office would appreciate receiving your feedback regarding your club's implementation of the New CanSkate program. For those Clubs offering CanSkate, you have until September 2014 to implement the new program. You may also forward the below link to your coaches to complete the survey on behalf of your club. Feedback received from the survey will assist the Section office in determining where to host Section update clinics regarding the New CanSkate program.


The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete:


Re:Sound Frequently Asked Questions  


Clubs with questions regarding Re:Sound fees are now able to consult the easily accessible "Re:Sound Frequently Asked Questions" document.


The Re:Sound form (found under Carnival Information) was to be submitted to Re:Sound by September 20, 2013 to report on ice shows that were held in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Payment for Ice shows held between January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012 are to be paid directly to Re:Sound by submitting the appropriate form.


CanSkate Program Delivery Standards 


Please read the below document regarding the required delivery standards for Skate Canada clubs to operate the new CanSkate program.


 Program Delivery Standards for Skate Canada Clubs: New CanSkate   

Coaches Corner 
2013-2014 Coach Registration
Skate Canada Coaches can now register online for the 2013-20
14 season.

Please go to Members Only to ensure that all your personal information
listed is correct and to input all the relevant information.
CanSkate Assignment

Effective September 1, 2015


For CanSkate Coaches who are working on their CanSkate Assignment please note that effective September 1, 2015 all current CanSkate assignments must be submitted and marked. 


After September 1, 2015 CanSkate assignments will not be accepted and those candidates will need to begin their CanSkate coach training in the new program beginning with the CanSkate Pre-Course Training Module.  
  Duso's Skater of the Month 
Congratulations Alyssa Elzinga from the
Edmonton SC! 

Alyssa Elzinga is a dedicated Synchronized skater with the Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club. She is a positive role model and a supportive team mate who never misses a practice. Alyssa is excited to start school in the Fall at Grant MacEwan University and in her spare time she enjoys helping out the younger Synchronized Skating teams.


Congratulations Alyssa on being selected as the September Duso's Skater of the Month!


Submit your nominations for upcoming Duso's Skater of the Month awards by the 15th of every month! Nomination forms can be found here 




Duso's Helping Hand of the Month 
Congratulations Jackie Mines from the Akasaka SC! 

Jackie has been the Peace Region High Test Coordinator for the past several years and is also a Board member for her club. She has done a magnificent job with test days in the Peace Region and she always willing to assist clubs with their test day questions. The Peace Region and the Akasaka Skating Club is very fortunate to have such a dedicated volunteer.


Congratulations Jackie on being selected as the September 2013 Duso's Helping Hand of the Month!


Submit your nomination for upcoming Duso's Helping Hand of the Month awards by the 15th of every month! Nomination forms can be found here.  

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Events Calendar

Sask Skate Invitational
October 4-6, 2013
Regina, SK

Edmonton Region Invitational
October 18-20, 2013
Edmonton, AB

Sectional Championships

November 7-10, 2013
Edmonton, AB



Barrhead Summer Spin Seminar 
August 23, 2013
Barrhead, AB

STARSkate Seminar with Jeff Langdon, presented by Artègo Canada 
September 7, 2013

2013 Synchronized Skating Development Camp

September 14-15, 2013
Edmonton, AB
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Thank You! 

Thank you to all the volunteers that made the August 1-2, 2013 a success! Thank you to Mary Cherniawski, Casino Manager, for assembling a great team and for executing a successful event.

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