March 2015
News and Views from Athlete Development 

The 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia came to a close on March 1, 2015. 

"The 2015 Canada Winter Games has been an outstanding celebration of sport and culture," says Stuart Ballantyne, CEO of the 2015 Canada Winter Games. "Thanks to the athletes, volunteers and participants, we have hosted an amazing event in northern BC that has transformed the region and created a unique and magical experience for all Canadians."


Congratulations to our medalists! In Novice Pairs, Katrina Lopez and Kurtis Schreiber received a bronze medal. In Special Olympics Singles Level II Female, JorDen Tyson  received a gold medal. And in Special Olympics Singles Level III Female, Meg Oshada  also received a gold medal. 

Congratulations to all of the following athletes who competed at the Canada Winter Games: 
Pre-Novice Women
Emma Bulawka - 7th 
Jolie Chiem - 4th 
Winter Ross - NWT - 19th 
Novice Men
Joel Braganza - 6th 
Nathan Luong - 7th 
Pre-Novice Men
Yu Jin Armstrong - 5th 
MacKenzie Mah - 10th 
Novice Dance
Nicola Salimova & Paul Ayer - 5th
Novice Women
Aislinn Ganci - 7th 
Tressa Sabo - 8th 
Novice Pair
Katrina Lopez & Kurtis Schreiber - 3rd
Special Olympics
Meg Oshada - 1st 
JorDen Tyson - 1st
Team Coaches
Tammi Chudak
Cody Hay
Barb Prystai
Heather Heide - NWT
Team Manager
Holly Henderson

Please check out the Canada Winter Games Website for results and more information. 


Special Olympics Alberta was host to the  2015 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games in Grande Prairie from February 20 to 22, 2015.

More than 500 athletes from all across Alberta competed in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, and speed skating.

Congratulations to all of the athletes who competed at the Alberta Winter Games Special Olympics!


STARSkate and Adult Championships

The STARSkate and Adult Championships presented by the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation were held in Calgary March 6-8, 2015. Thank you to the Thorncliffe-Greenview Ice Skating Club, to the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation and to all of the volunteers for supporting a great STARSkate and Adult Championships. Congratulations to all of the skaters who competed.
Please click here for event results. 



Congratulations to everyone who competed at the Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Quebec City, February 27 - March 1st,  2015. Approximately 40 teams with over 800 skaters participated in the 2015 championships, competing for titles in Novice, Intermediate, Open, Junior, and Senior categories.  For full results and event details, please

Get in Sync


We are In Sync!

From the skaters who competed at the

2015 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships


Solstice Intermediate had a very successful weekend at Nationals, coming home having earned our personal best scores of the season so far! On top of that, two clean skates - one of which got all of its elements called successfully - performed with plenty of presence ensured that our new club's name didn't go unnoticed.  Click here to continue reading.

 Solstice Intermediate 


The Alberta Figure Skating Foundation (AFSF) is committed to recognizing the achievements of dedicated skaters at all levels.  Since 1975, AFSF has been supporting figure skaters and promoting their development through scholarships, sponsorship and awards. AFSF relies solely on donations, volunteer fundraising efforts and memberships to fund all of its programs, competitions and events. 

In 2015, AFSF is celebrating 40 years of providing support to Alberta's skaters.  Join the celebration!  Help AFSF continue its support of Section skaters by donating $40.00 to AFSF in honour of AFSF's 40TH ANNIVERSARY!


Please check out the Alberta Figure Skating Foundation's website here

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Section Casino
Save the Date!

The Section Casino will be held May 17-18, 2015 at the Century Casino in Edmonton.  Interested in volunteering?  Please contact to submit your interest in volunteering. 


Coaches Corner 

All coaching courses for 2015 will be held between April and August. They are now posted on the section website. Click here for details and to register. 

Prime Advice from the Adult Community

2015 Skate Canada Adult Figure Skating Championships Volunteers Needed!

The 2015 Skate Canada Adult Figure Skating Championships are coming to WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alberta, from 
April 3-5, 2015, and Skate Canada is looking for volunteers to assist in security, logistics, transportation, and catering, among many other areas.


Any support you could provide, whether that be a few hours, or a few days, would be greatly appreciated. Although the deadline has passed, please do not hesitate to fill out the form at this link or email


CanSkate Connection



Thinking Outside the Skates


It's in our nature to assume a boy in a pair of hockey skates is interested in playing hockey and vice versa for a girl in figure skates.  However taking the time for a conversation with a parent can reveal that the boy in hockey skates loves to spin and is interested in trying figure skating, or that the girl in figure skates really wants to try ringette.


The Sherwood Park Figure Skating Club & Extreme Edge Skating Club recently hosted a seminar with World Champion, Patrick Chan. When asked how he got started in figure skating Patrick shared that he was interested in playing hockey, so his mom registered him for CanSkate.  His CanSkate coach suggested he try figure skating to improve his skills for hockey.  Once in figure skating lessons Patrick enjoyed the freedom of the practice sessions and well the rest is history.


One of the many benefits of the new CanSkate program is the integration of skills from multiple ice sports in stages 4-6.  This exposes skaters to choices for lifelong participation in any ice sport.   Retaining members in an environment with endless activity options can be a challenge.  Therefore I encourage coaches and club administrators to communicate regularly with parents.  The more we think outside the skates the more likely we are to inspire future champions.


Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member


Duso's February Female Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Annika Harris of the Bashaw Skating Club.

Annika is a very dedicated skater.  She is a part of a small, but active STARSkate program, a member of the Bashaw Skating Club's Synchronized Skating Team and a Program Assistant with the thriving club's CanSkate program.  Annika is the first one on the ice getting materials ready for CanSkate and has really proven herself as a PA. It is her first season of competition and she has shown constant improvement right from the first week.  She is a fantastic, happy girl that shows a real passion for our sport!

         Duso's February Male 
           Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Jonathan Ogunnupe of the  Athabasca Skating Club. 

Jonathan is a very dedicated skater. He is always open to learning new things, and is always up for practicing already learned skills. He is an excellent role model for other skaters because he is always open to anything. It is because of his hard work and determination that he has progressed well this skating season. 

Congratulations Jonathan on being Duso's February 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 February
    Helping Hand of the Month

Congratulations to Jenn MacLeod of the Red Deer Skating Club.

Jenn has been with the Red Deer Skating Club for ten years and has always been known to lend a helping hand. Jenn is at the rink every day of the week, even when her girls are not skating. In the past, Jenn has been the committee chair for competitions, test days and carnivals, she was also the secretary and this year she stepped up to be the President and is also the Chair Person for the carnival. She is ery organized, polite, encouraging and helpful. She wants the best skating environment possible for the entire club, from CanSkate to competitive and everything in between!


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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