JUNE 2014
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Skate Canada has prepared resources and training tools to support the understanding of the requirements outlined in the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (Bill c.23). These resources are now being offered through the info centre to aid in Section, Region, Club, and skating school preparations to meet the compliance standards of this law. Click here to view their resources. 
Register an RBC Sports Day in Canada Event! 

RBC Sports Day in Canada, presented by ParticipACTION, CBC and True Sport, is a national celebration of the power of sport to build community and get Canadians moving! The fifth annual event will take place on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in communities from coast to coast to coast.

Scott Russell from CBC Sports invites you to get your community, club, school, organization or group involved by hosting a sporting event between November 22 - 29, 2014. Event registration is now open at www.cbcsports.ca/sportsday

All events registered by October 17, 2014 will receive a free event celebration kit with posters and fun promotional items that can be used at your event and will appear on the in-show ticker during CBC's national broadcast of RBC Sports Day in Canada.
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Triple Flip Program Assistant Contest 

Program Assistants are an important component of successful CanSkate programs. The role of Program Assistants varies by club, but generally they assist Skate Canada coaches in the delivery of the CanSkate program. To celebrate the contributions of Program Assistants, Triple Flip was pleased to donate $20 gift cards that were given to all 55 nominations that were received. The chosen 15 Program Assistants were recognized with a Triple Flip hoodie to thank them for their continuous dedication to the CanSkate program. The goal of the Triple Flip Program Assistant Contest was to recognize the valuable contributions from Program Assistants across Alberta. Congratulations to the 15 Program Assistants recognized below, and thank you for your continuous involvement in the Skate Canada CanSkate programs at your clubs.

Program Assistant
Renee Caouette
Tri Area SC
Kelsey Coulter
Manning SC
Jaycee Dawbin
Bashaw SC
Nicole Ellis
Standard SC
Amanda Horner
Barrhead SC
Jordyn LePage
Gateway SC
Jasmine Malhi
Pincher Creek SC
Emma Meyer
Calgary Winter Club
Mackenzie Meyer
Calgary Winter Club
Drew Perssen
Eckville SC
Kelsey Rachar
Stettler SC
Zhenya Sergeeva
Mayfield SC
Sarah Singular
Bassano SC
Averie Villiger
Grande Prairie SC
Ashley White
Innisfail SC

Skate Canada ACGM Workshop Presentations

The Skate Canada ACGM was held in Quebec City at the end of May. There were several workshops and presentations that were beneficial to the membership and some of those presentations are now available on the Skate Canada info center website. Please click here to view the workshop presentations. Continue to check the info center website as more presentations from the Skate Canada ACGM will be posted as they become available. Visit: info.skatecanada.ca to view the latest Skate Canada information.
2014 ISU Adult Figure Skating Championships 

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut sent 10 skaters to the 2014 ISU Adult Figure Skating Championships that was held in Oberstdorf, Germany May 25-31, 2014. Congratulations to our skaters who did an incredible job not only representing our  Section, but by representing Canada and bringing home 6 medals. Below are the results of the skaters from our Section. Congratulations!


Diane Gilders
Bronze Ladies III Free Skating - GOLD
Ladies Artistic Bronze III - SILVER
Denis La Rochelle
Silver Men IV Free Skating - SILVER
Silver Men III + IV Artistic - BRONZE
Annette Nymeyer
Ladies Artistic Silver III - GOLD
Silver Ladies III Free Skating - 9th
Joan McGrath
Ladies Artistic Bronze III - BRONZE
Bronze Ladies III Fee Skating - 9th
Isabella Daniela Ciocoiu
Bronze Ladies II Free Skating - 4th
Bronze Ladies II Artistic - 4th
Susan McFarland
Silver Ladies IV Free Skating - 5th
Catherine Taylor
Bronze Ladies II Artistic - 7th
Bronze Ladies II Free Skating - 11th
Jennifer Soeder
Masters Elite Ladies I Artistic - 8th
Masters Elite Ladies I Artistic - 9th
Bobby Joe Donovan
Gold Ladies I Artistic - 9th
Gold Ladies I Free Skating - 11th
Susan McFarland & Leonard Bakker
Adult Pair Skating - 6th


CanSkate Connection  

Thank you to everyone that attended the CanSkate workshop at our recent Section ACGM.  At the end of the workshop there were 3 unanswered questions: 


Q1. Is music available online to download?

A1. Skate Canada has 10 downloadable songs under Members Only/Technical & Programs/NEW CanSkate/CanSkate Music.  Clubs are expected to create their own playlist to facilitate warm-ups, transition signals and fast track, lesson time, group activity and cool-downs.  Pre-made playlists are not available because each club is unique in terms of session length, and number and type of skaters which affects the music length needed.


Q2. Where are signs on websites? Under CanSkate?

A2. CanSkate Skill Signs can be found on the Skate Canada website under Members Only/Technical & Programs/NEW CanSkate/Workable Documents and Templates/CanSkate Skill Signs.  These signs work well when attached to toilet plungers and are incorporated on the circuits!  Balance, Control and Agility Station Signs are not yet available - more information coming soon from national office.


Q3. When you referred to the use of transparencies what did you mean & how are you using them?

A3. Some clubs in Eastern Ontario have printed the CanSkate circuits on transparency sheets to lay each fundamental stage on top of each other, this visually shows you how the circuit needs to be adjusted for stages 1-6.


There is an upcoming CanSkate Clinic in Edmonton on Saturday, August 23 - the focus for this session is planning for the 2014/2015 season. Come prepared with your anticipated program details i.e. # of skaters, Coaches, PAs and leave with a weekly session plan to implement at your club! Registration details coming soon.


CanSkate Resource Team Members
Tammy Greidanus
Leona Boyle
Coaches Corner   
The Section would like to welcome Lisa Bonderove who was previously the Coordinator, Finance & Skating Programs, as the new Coordinator, Coaching, Officials & Teams. Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her new position. If you need any assistance with coaching from this point forward, please contact Lisa at lisa@skateabnwtnun.ca.

Coaching Opportunity: 2015 Canada Winter Games

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut is requesting applications for Figure Skating Team Coaches for Team Alberta to attend the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The 2015 Canada Winter Games will be hosted in Prince George, British Columbia from February 5 - 22, 2015. For more information and to apply, please click here.

August NCCP CanSkate Course
August 8-10, 2014 
Calgary, AB
Click here for more information.
Registration deadline: July 23, 2014

September NCCP CanSkate Course
September 19-21, 2014
Lethbridge, AB
Click here for more information.
Registration deadline: August 15, 2014
Component Seminar - The Next Level  

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut was pleased to bring in facilitators from across the country for a two day seminar on skating components for our coaches and officials. The seminar was held in Calgary at the Glencoe Club, June 14 & 15, 2014. The Section invited coaches and officials to explore the program components of figure skating. Participants had the opportunity to learn about how to distinguish between average component marks and great component marks. Over 60 coaches and officials participated in on and off-ice sessions relating to edge flow and quality with world-renowned Edge Specialist and Choreographer, Anne Schelter.  Presentations reviewing the process of quality recognition and the awarding of program component marks were presented by ISU Officials, Leslie Keen, Karen Howard and Pam Chislett. ISU Communication 1861 was reviewed by ISU Technical Specialist, Scott Davis.


Thank you to the Glencoe Club for providing a wonderful facility to host the seminar and for the Alberta Sport Connection for their support. Thank you also to the skaters who demonstrated for the officials and coaches throughout the weekend. 




Around the Regions    
The Olympia Skating Club, Alberta's first adult-only skating club, formed in February 2014. Based in Calgary, the club aims to offer programming for adults of all ages and levels, providing them with a fun, focused environment tailored to fit their individual goals. A flexible environment is key for adults, allowing them to participate as much or as little that works with their lifestyle and commitments. Click here to read more. 



Young Citizen's Canada History Contest

Lauren de Winton from the Okotoks Skating Club was asked to create a Heritage Fair project at school on a topic they were passionate about. Lauren loves skating, so she chose to do her project on "The Evolution of Canadian Figure Skating." Lauren has advanced to compete in the National 'Young Citizen's' competition, where she needed to create a 3-4 minute video about her heritage fair project - with a goal to make the audience as excited about her topic as she is. Lauren uses a great quote at the beginning of her movie, "You see, figure skating is not only what we do... it's who we are." Click here to support Lauren and view her video.
Duso's May Male Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Ethan Scott of the Claresholm SC!

Ethan's love for the sport of figure skating is contagious. As a STARSkater, Ethan would live at the rink if he could. Ethan's pure joy on the ice shine's through his hard work, attention to detail and enthusiasm that he shares with the other skaters. Everyone around him just falls in love with him and skating.


Congratulations Ethan on being the May Duso's Male Skater of the Month!


Duso's May Female Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Kacie Vande Mark of the Grovedale FSC
Kacie loves to be on the ice and works hard to achieve all that she can. She is Program Assistant with Grovedale FSC and always offers to lend an extra hand. Her passion and enthusiasm for figure skating make her a great role model for the younger skaters and she strives to reach her goals. Congratulations Kacie on being the May Duso's Female Skater of the Month!
Submit your nomination for upcoming Duso's Female and Male Skaters of the Month awards by the 15th of every month! Nomination forms can be found here .
Duso's May Helping Hand of the Month

Congratulations to Nicole Braun of the Elk Point SC

Nicole has been the Carnival Coordinator at her club for a few years and does a marvelous job. Her creative ideas and dedication always makes the carnival a great success. The Elk Point Skating Club is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and wonderful volunteer! Congratulations Nicole! 

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 . 
2015 Western Canada Summer Games
Team Alberta Mission Staff Application

Be part of Team Alberta at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games being held August 7-16, 2015 in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta. Team Alberta is looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to participate as Mission Staff for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.  The Games are a multi-sport event aimed to provide developmental opportunities for talented amateur athletes from the 4 western provinces and 3 territories as well as to provide a training ground for national and international level competitions.


The Mission Staff has a key role as members of Team Alberta acting as a liaison between individual sports and the Western Canada Summer Games organizational structure.  Up to 15 Mission Staff members representing a blend of volunteers and professional staff from a wide cross section of the sport and recreation community in Alberta will be selected.  Mission Staff members are volunteers who do not receive payment for their services or compensation for time off work.  Meals, accommodation and transportation to and from the Games will be provided.  A brief overview of specific qualifications and responsibilities is attached along with the application form.  


Please distribute the attached application to anyone within your sport community who may be qualified and interested in becoming a member of Team Alberta's Mission Staff for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.  The Mission Staff application is also available on our website at  www.teamalberta.org 


Applications including a resume and a letter of support must be received by Friday, September 26, 2014.


If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact me at (780-422-7109, cam.berwald@albertasport.ca) or Jerry George, Assistant Chef de Mission (780-415-9714, jerry.george@albertasport.ca).

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2014 Wild Rose Invitational Sponsored by
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August 1-3, 2014
Leduc, AB
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