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2015 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships Presented by Calgary Professional Skate Service 

The 2015 Sectional Championships will take place November 6-9, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta at the Don Hartman North East Sportsplex. Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut is pleased to be welcoming over 300 athletes to compete throughout the weekend, and over 200 hundred officials and volunteers. Athletes competing in Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior, will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the 2015 Skate Canada Challenge and the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

The 2015 Sectional Championships schedule and starting orders have been posted here. It is important to note:
  • Event may run a maximum of 30 minutes ahead of posted schedule. Upon arrival at the competition, check the timing of the event with the ice captain or registration desk
  • Only two coaches per entry are permitted at the boards
  • Marks will be announced for qualifying events only
The 2015 Sectional Championships will be live streamed, so check the home page of our website November 6-9, 2014 for the link!

The Section extends its appreciation to all sponsors who are supporting the 2015 Sectional Championships. We are pleased to welcome back our returning sponsors, including our presenting sponsor, Calgary Professional Skate Service.

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 2015 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships Presented by Calgary Professional Skate Service include:

Platinum Sponsors:
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Group shot from the 2014 Edge & Stoking Clinic with Jeff Langdon that the East Smoky Club hosted in conjunction with the Peace Region Fall Meeting. 
Photo taken by Bobbi Finnebraaten

Test Days

Club Test Chairs can now download fillable test sheets from the Section website for each specific test, click here for all fillable test sheets.

Skate Canada Info Centre

The Skate Canada Info Centre contains information and resources that had previously been available from other sources including Members Only and the Skate Canada website. The Info Centre does not require a password, so it easily provides information for members on a wide range of topics including: technical updates and rules; program materials; communications archive; event information; and the rule book.

The Info Centre uses a consistent layout and structure, is mobile compatible, and has a highly intuitive search function. Start using this one-stop online aid to learn more about your membership and Skate Canada now at info.skatecanada.ca.

CanSkate Element Events

For clubs wishing to hose a CanSkate Element Event, please complete the new sanction form by clicking here.

Competition Bids

The Competition Bid Application Forms for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons have been posted to the website. Please note the deadline to submit the applications is November 14, 2014. 
Section Athlete's First International 
Congratulations to Keelee Gingrich and Davin Portz who represented Canada October 8-12, 2014 at their first International competition in Zagreb, Croatia as part of the Junior Grand Prix Circuit.

Prime Advice

2014 AdultSkate Workshop 

Submitted by Cathy Thoms, Adult Skating Representative


What a spectacular setting for a workshop.   Nestled among the fabulous Rocky Mountains were the venues, the Banff Elementary School for the off-ice and the new Fenlands ice facility with spectacular mountain views from the ice surface.  The off-ice sessions with Elina Viola were great.  What a wonderful selection of workouts I personally had not tried yet but wanted to.  Pilates,  Zumba and new to me, "bars".  All incredibly beneficial to the adult skater and she rounded out the morning with a bit about nutrition.  I was really ready for the ice.


On the ice we were greeted with the ever so cheerful Anne Schelter who, of course, took us out of our bubbles and made us relax and enjoy the views out the windows as we floated down the ice looking as if we were in heaven.  And of course for a lot of us, it was heaven... a weekend away with our fellow skaters and family.  Annie has a great way of connecting you to the basics of skating,  your core, your posture and your ankles.  The time went very fast.  She graciously turned us over to the ever inspiring, totally out of the box,  Gary Beacom.   Gary took over perfectly from where Annie left off and took us into a world of unique ways to improve glide, rotation and body position.  Gary worked on footwork variations,  spin and jump technique,  body movement and the ever important cardio and breathing. Just when I thought I had figured out the interesting variation of choctows, he took it to another level leaving me with my jaw hanging open wondering how the heck he can do that.  I love both of their interesting perspectives on every skating move.


The day finished with a great skate sharpening by Gary and a great margarita at the Magpie and Stump.  We went back to the hotel and fell asleep early, very satisfied with the day.  One of the best seminars I have been to.  



Calgary PSS CanSkate Ad  
CanSkate Connection   

This is JJ Arbib from the Okotoks SC. He is a member of our 'Creating Opportunities for Skaters with a Disability' pilot project. JJ has Cerebral Palsy. October 1 was World CP Day, and he celebrated by kicking off his CanSkate lessons for the season. He loved it so much he stayed on the ice for the entire session and cannot wait until the next one! 

New CanSkate On-Ice Station Signs - Now Available in the Online Store

Exciting news! The new CanSkate on-ice station signs are now available for purchase through the Skate Canada Online Store. 

The set consists of four signs depicting the stations required on the ice for a CanSkate session - Balance, Control, Agility and the Fun Zone. These durable vibrant signs are made of coroplast and include two grommets on the top corners for easy hanging or mounting on the boards or glass. Each sign measures 3 feet x 2 feet. The set comes with a handy carrying case. PRICE: $60.00 plus shipping & taxes (please note that due to the size of this product, additional shipping charges will apply). Order yours today!

Tips and Tricks from Tammy Greidanus

While out shopping the other day I came across an arrow in the kids area of Ikea that would work great to indicate and alternate the direction of your fast track! 

Now that the new CanSkate program has officially launched it's a great opportunity to organize some fun activities and special events which can be used to promote CanSkate at your club and in your community. Be sure to check out the
CanSkate Launch ideas booklet available in the Skate Canada Info Centre. 


Some of my favorite promotion ideas include:

Being a part of existing events in your community i.e. Christmas or New Years celebrations, hockey games, family skates etc. - showcasing the program live and/or setting up circuits for the public to try, or creating your own event.  Invite local celebrities, elected officials and the media - spread the word with posters and social media and form partnerships with other groups to reach a larger audience!


Happy Skating,
Tammy Greidanus
CanSkate Resource Team
Lethbridge, Alberta to host 2015 Skate Canada International
The city of Lethbridge, Alberta will celebrate a silver anniversary with Skate Canada in 2015. The southern Alberta city has been chosen as the site of the 2015 Skate Canada International (SCI), and it last held the same event in 1990. The competition will be held at ENMAX Centre from October 30 - November 1, 2015.

All-event tickets will go on sale Friday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. (MST). Tickets may be purchased online at www.enmaxcentre.ca by phone at 403.329.7328 or in person at the ENMAX Centre box office. Single-event tickets are expected on go on sale in the fall of 2015. Additional information will be posted on www.skatecanada.ca as soon as it is available.

For full details please click here.

Some members from Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut attended the press announcement.

From left: Rod Garrosino (Skate Canada Board Member), Holly Henderson (Manager, Athlete Development), Kaetlyn Osmond (2014 Canadian Women's Champion), and Sharon Dingle (Chair of Section's Board of Directors)

Kaetlyn Osmond with members of the Lethbidge Skating Club 
Get In Sync    
September Synchro Workshop 2014

Coaches, officials, and skaters from across Western Canada gathered at the WinSport facility in Calgary on September 13 and 14 for the Section's Annual Fall Synchronized Skating Workshop. The weekend served as the informal start to the synchro season in the region, with educational and inspiring on- and off-ice sessions facilitated by coaches and officials from Quebec, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. [Click here to keep reading]


Pictures by Chelsey Schaffel 

2014 Barrie Octoberfest Competition 
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut sent 19 athletes to Barrie Ontario, October 16-19, 2014 to compete in the 2014 Barrie Octoberfest Competition. This year Skate Canada aligned this annual competition to the debut of the 2014 Autumn Classic International. Skaters from the Section were able to watch an International event and meet some of their skating heroes! It was a great weekend of skating with some outstanding performances by our Section skaters. Congratulations to all that participated!


On the left is Aislinn Ganci who came 1st in Novice Women,
and on the right is Quinn Gilmore who came 2nd in Novice Women


On the left is Emma and Abby Bulawka with Brian Orser,
and on the right is skaters from Sherwood Park FSC with
Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford

Congratulations to Alberta skaters, Natasha Purich and Drew Wolfe for appearing at their first International competition together,
the 2014 Autumn Classic International

Coaches Corner   
2014-2016 Continuous Education Program (CEP) Cycle

Hats off to all the coaches who complied with CEP requirements this season! Over 5,000 coaches have achieved a CEP status to date!

In partnership with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Skate Canada has aligned the Continuous Education Program (CEP) requirements with CAC's Maintenance of Certification policy. Skate Canada and CAC have streamlined the requirements coaches need in order to register as a Skate Canada coaching member and also maintain an active NCCP certification status.

Aligning both programs required Skate Canada to modify the dates of CEP cycles. Continuing on a two-year basis, the CEP cycles will now coincide with CAC's Maintenance of Certification policy effective January 1, 2015 for Skate Canada coaches.

To make this transition easy for coaches, we have extended the
2014-2016 CEP cycle to 30 months beginning July 1, 2014 and expiring December 31, 2016. January 1, 2017 will be the date coaches obtain a renewed NCCP status with CAC, and obtain a CEP status should enough points be accumulated during the cycle.

Further changes have been made to the number of points coaches will need to accumulate as well as the point value per acceptable professional development activities. Skate Canada is currently designing a new CEP electronic form to accommodate all the changes and will notify coaches when it is available. In the meantime, we encourage coaches to continue professional development activities and advise you to keep proof of completed activities on file until further notice.

Coaches Card Question and Answer Updated

Please be advised that the Question and Answer document concerning Professional Coaching cards has been updated for this season. Click here to review this updated document.
Duso's September Female Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Kyra Sauve of the Grovedale Figure Skating Club!
Kyra is a very mature and responsible young lady. Not only does she skate  five days a week, but she is also a Program Assistant for her club's CanSkate program. Kyra is a great role model for the younger skaters by always showing enthusiasm on the ice and taking the time with each skater to ensure they are able to master the skills taught to them. Congratulations Kyra on being Duso's September Female Skater of the Month!
Duso's September Male Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Trent Adams of the Athabasca Skating Club!
Trent is an adult skater who is always around to give a hand. By being an adult skater, Trent is a role model to the younger skaters, always encouraging the younger boys to try hard and never give up. Trent's enthusiasm and determination at the arena is contagious, he is someone that  everyone can look up to. Congratulations Trent on being Duso's September Male 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 September Helping Hand of the Month

Congratulations to Allyson Carroll of the Lethbridge Figure Skating Club!

Allyson is involved with her club in many aspects; Program Assistant for STARSkate, CanSkate, KidSkate and inlcusive programs, she babysits kids in the lobby, places music for test days, volunteers at competitions, and also competes in singles and synchronized skating. Allyson has a knee injury but is still able to work on her Gold skills and dance, and her Junior Silver freeskate. Congratulations Allyson on being Duso's September Helping Hands 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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November 6-9, 2014
Calgary, Alberta

For more information about the 2015 Sectional Championships, please
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Quote of the month
"It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts' it's what you put into the practice."

- Eric Lindros
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