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Congratulations to the 20 skaters who represented Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut at the 2014  Canadian Tire National Skating Championships! Great performances from our team produced ten top-10 results and many personal bests.

Congratulations to Kaetlyn Osmond of the Ice Palace FSC, who claimed her second consecutive Canadian title and was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Winter Games Team! 

Congratulations to Keelee Gingrich of The Glencoe Club and Davin Portz of the Calalta FSC, the 2014 Novice Pair Canadian Champions! 

For complete results, please click here.  
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Thank you to Triple Flip for providing the teamwear for the Canadian's Team!

Canadian Tire Bursaries
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut extends its appreciation to Canadian Tire for support received through their bursary program.  As a result of their performance at the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Keelee Gingrich (The Glencoe Club) and Davin Portz (Calalta FSC) will each be receiving a Canadian Tire Bursary.  Congratulations Keelee and Davin!


In addition, the Section will be directly receiving support through Canadian Tire's bursary program. 


Thanks is also extended to Canadian Tire.  It is wonderful to see their direct support for the skaters and Sections! 

Kaetlyn Osmond is On Her Way to Sochi 
Kaetlyn Osmond of the Ice Palace FSC will be leaving for the Olympics on Sunday, competing in the Team and Senior Womens events. Keep up to date on the latest news about Kaetlyn by following the sites listed below.

Figure Skating at the Olympics
Olympic Profile
Schedule and Results 
CBC Interview
Global News Interview
Athlete Development 


Register now for the 2014 Brian Pockar Male & Mini-Male Seminar


Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut is pleased to host the annual Brian Pockar Male and Mini Male Seminar which focuses on the development of male skaters in their personal journey of figure skating. This Seminar focuses on skill development and training technique. This Seminar will be facilitated by internationally respected coaches, Jan Ullmark and Greg Folk. 


For more information or to register, please click here.  

Submission deadline date is February 7, 2014 

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2014 - 2015 Competition Bid Applications


The 2014-2015 competition bid applications are now available here.  

Submission deadline is February 21, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.  

For more information, contact Kristen Belcourt. 


2014 Coach Election Package


The 2014 Region Coaching Representative and Section Coaching Representative Nomination Package is now available on the Section website. Please click here to view the nomination package. The deadline for nominations for the Calgary, Northeast, South and NWT Region Coaching Representatives is February 15, 2014. The deadline for nominations to be submitted for the Section Coaching Representative is April 5, 2014.


Section ACGM and Awards Banquet


The 2014 Section ACGM and Awards Banquet will be held at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The ACGM is the opportunity for coaches, officials, club representatives, parents and skaters to attend workshops and the Annual General Meeting. The evening awards banquet recognizes the volunteers, coaches, officials and skaters for their special achievements during the 2013-2014 season. Watch the Section website and the February e-newsletter for more information.


2014 Awards Programs


The 2014 Skate Canada Achievement Awards and Section Awards are now available. The following awards have an online nomination process, supported within the "Members Only" section of the Skate Canada website:


Club and Recreational Coach Award of Excellence

Competitive Coach Award of Excellence

Officials Award of Excellence

Section Volunteer Award of Excellence

Section CanSkate Athlete Award

Section STARSkate Athlete Award

Section CompetitiveSkate Athlete Award

Section Volunteer Award

Section Program Assistant Award

Section Officials Award

Section Volunteer Coach Award


The deadline for the nominations is February 15, 2014 with the exception of the Competitive Coach Award of Excellence having a deadline date of April 7, 2014.


Nominations are also being accepted until February 15, 2014 for the following Section Awards:

Special Olympics Skater of the Year

Adult Skating Awards

Section Coach Achievement Award


Click here to view all award nomination forms.


Triple & Quad Gold Awards Presented by the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation AFSF


The Triple and Quad Gold Awards are a once in a lifetime award for a skater. In order to receive this award, the skater must be a member of the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation as of January 1, 2014. For complete details about the award please click here to view the application form. Applications for the Triple and Quad Gold Awards are being accepted until March 15, 2014.


CanSkate Element Events


Please click here for information and registration forms, for upcoming CanSkate Element Events happening across the Section. CanSkate Element Event announcements are added to the Section website as they become available.

Volunteer Opportunity: 2013-2015 Peace Region Representative 

The election for the Peace Region Representative took place in April 2013 and there were no nominations received. Therefore, the position of the Peace Region Representative is now considered a casual vacancy and will be filled by appointment by the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Board of Directors to complete the 2013-2015 term. The Peace Region Representative is a member of the Section Regions Committee and provides leadership within their Region and shares information with their Region clubs, parents, skaters, officials and coaches.  


For more information, or to express your interest in volunteering, please contact Kathy Kopelchuk, Section Nominating Chair at kkopelchuk@telus.net 

or fax at 866-746-4981.


Please express your interest by letter and/or resume by February 10, 2014.  

CanSkate Connection  
Dear Mr. Sketch,

Please remove orange, lime green and yellow from your marker packs.


CanSkate Coach



Drawing the NEW CanSkate circuits takes practice but they are well worth the effort!  Here are a few tips for creating circuits on the ice.

1. Start with good markers that work best for you i.e. Mr. Sketch (not orange, lime green or yellow), Bingo Dabbers, or big black jumbo markers from Dollarama.  If you need assistance making circles that don't look like eggs try placing markers on a scribe!  Markers can also be attached to the end of a hockey stick.

2. Be consistent, always using the same skill drawing allows the skaters to easily identify what they should be doing on the circuit.  Refer to the legend on page 4-20-4-23 of the New CanSkate Manual.

3. Skate the skill as you draw it so that you get the desired results.  Drawings that are too small or too close together hinder learning.  Ensure your drawings depict big strides, deep edges, long glides, etc.

Check the Skate Canada : Alberta-NWT/Nunavut website for upcoming CanSkate Update Clinics.


Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member



Leona Boyle

CanSkate Resource Team Member


Workshops & Seminars 
2014 Brian Pockar Male and Mini-Male Seminar
February 16-17, 2014 
Click here for more information.
Registration closes: February 7, 2014 
NEW CanSkate Update Clinics
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Yellowknife, NWT
Click here for more information.
Registration closes: February 21, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014 
Medicine Hat, AB
Click here for more information.
Registration closes: March 7, 2014
AdultSkate Workshop
March 22, 2014
Calgary, AB 
Click here for more information.
Registration closes: March 14, 2014 
Get In Sync  
Calgary Synchronized Skating Club proudly hosted the
30th  Annual Rose Bowl Competition


The Calgary Synchronized Skating Club proudly hosted the 30th Annual Rose Bowl Synchronized Skating Competition on January 11 and 12, 2014 at the Max Bell Centre.


The event hosted 32 teams with more than 300 skaters from the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, skating in all categories; Beginner I, Beginner II, Elementary, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, Novice, Intermediate, Adult I, Adult II, Adult III and Open.


Cheryl Schaub, Chair of the organizing committee said it was a wonderful opportunity for teams to showcase their talent, team work and dedication to synchronized skating.


For information about synchronized skating in our Section please contact Lisa Bonderove, lisa@skateabnwtnun.ca or 780-415-0593, or the Section's Synchronized Skating Representatives:


Michele Rowein



Kim Boorman


Coaches Corner 

Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Professional Development Policy 


As recently communicated by CAC, the Professional Development (PD) policy that comes into effect this January will require certified coaches to complete PD points over a set time frame in order to maintain their NCCP certification. The PD policy aligns with Skate Canada's mandatory Continuous Education Program (CEP), which requires all coaches to complete a minimum of five CEP credits between September 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014 in order to register as a coach for the 2014-2015 membership season.


Skate Canada and CAC are currently aligning the requirements of both programs to ensure that Skate Canada coaches can maintain their NCCP status without having to submit professional development activities to both organizations. To help facilitate the process, an online version of the CEP statement was released on Monday, January 20, 2014. The CEP electronic form will enable coaches to enter, track and submit all activities online so that Skate Canada can then transfer this information to CAC's database.   




There have been changes in the requirements necessary for CanSkate Trained, CanSkate Certified, and Primary STARSkate coaches.  


Please click here for more information.

Duso's Decemeber Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Jewel Tuckey of the Fort Smith SC

Jewel is a very dedicated and passionate skater and her passion for her skating extends to assisting the CanSkaters and the junior skaters in the club. She is an incredibly role model to all of the skaters in the Fort Smith SC.


Congratulations to Jewel on being the Duso's December Skater of the Month! 


Duso's December Helping Hand of the Month  

Congratulations to Deanna Thomas of the Red Deer SC


Deanna is being recognized as the Duso's December Helping Hand of the Month. She has been with the Red Deer SC for 5 years and has always been known to lend a helping hand. Deanna is at the rink almost every day even when her children are not skating. She always has a smile on her face and a willingness to do whatever is needed.


Congratulations Deanna on being selected as the December's 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.  

Duso's Male Skater of the Month and
Duso's Female Skater of the Month 

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut and Duso's are pleased to offer the Skaters of the Month Awards to recognize female and male skaters.

Duso's is proud to present $100 bursaries to each Duso's Female Skater of the Month and Duso's Male Skater of the Month.

Recipients will also receive recognition on the Section website and at the Section Awards Banquet. Nominations are accepted from Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut members and clubs for skaters they feel demonstrate the following criteria:
  • Works hard
  • Helps out whenever possible
  • Loves what they do
  • Assists the club activities
  • Helps other skaters
  • Is a great role model and ambassador for figure skating
Nomination forms can be found here.  Deadline for nominations is the 15th of each month.
2014 ISU Four Continents  
Natasha Purich of the Ice Palace FSC, and Mervin Tran of the CPA Saint-Leonard, represented Canada in Pairs at the recent 2014 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships placing 5th overall. 

Nicole Orford of the Inlet SC, and Thomas Williams of the  Calalta FSC, represented Canada in Ice Dance placing 5th overall.

Section officials Pam Chislett and Jeff Lukasik
officiated at the 2014 ISU Four Continents.

Calgary PSS CanSkate Ad  
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Events Calendar

2014 Mountain Regional Synchronized Skating Championship
January 31-February 2, 2014

2014 Olympic Winter Games
February 6-23, 2014

February 8, 2014:
Team Womens Short

February 9, 2014:
Team Womens Free Skate

February 19, 2014:
Womens Short

February 20, 2014:
Womens Free Skate

2014 Alberta Winter Games
February 6-9, 2014

NWT Region Territorials
February 7-9, 2014

For more competitions happening within the Section,
please click here.
Quote of the month
"If you want to be the best, Work harder than the rest.
If you don't want to be the best,
Just work like the rest."
 - Robert Stinson      
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