May 2015
News and Views from Athlete Development 
  • Please check the Skate Canada Info Centre for 2015/2016 updated information regarding the upcoming season's competitions. 
  • The Select Team and Junior Development Team weekend is scheduled for June 13/14, 2015. If there are any Edmonton officials who are interested in observing, please contact Holly Henderson for scheduling information. 
  • Direct any technical questions to Holly Henderson, Manager, Athlete Development.

There are 52 training days until Wild Rose Invitational Competition! Have you met with your coaches to determine your course of action for preparation?


Thank you to everyone who attended the 2015 Section ACGM and Awards Banquet held in Red Deer on May 2. Congratulations to all of the award recipients who were recognized at the banquet.

Click the following links to view the 2015-2016 Board of Directors, Region Representatives and Region Coaching Representatives.



Wild Rose Invitational Competition 


July 31 - August 2, 2015 

Leduc Recreation Center

4330 - Black Gold Drive

Leduc, AB

Sponsored by:

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ISU Adult Figure Skating Competition 2015

The competition was held in Oberstdorf, Germany, May 18-23, 2015.

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Artistic Event
Maureen BennieBronze Ladies III 16thBronze Ladies III 
Isabella CiocoiuBronze Ladies II
3rdBronze Ladies II 
Silver Ladies III 
4thGold Ladies III 
Taya ShigBronze Men I4thBronze Men I & II1st
Catherine Taylor Silver Ladies II11thSilver Ladies II10th

Congratulations to everyone on your performances in Germany!

Coaches Corner 

Click here for details and to register for the 2015 coaching courses. 

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 CanSkate Connection

How Scary is the Fast Track?

To many coaches and parents sending skaters of various ability levels speeding around the perimeter of the ice on a narrow fast track can seem like a scary proposition.  Many skaters are also apprehensive about venturing onto a speedway for fear of getting knocked down.  These are valid concerns and feelings that should be addressed if we are to provide quality programming. 


In some clubs the fear of the unknown is a barrier to fully implementing or using the fast track component of the new CanSkate program, especially in a society with a growing aversion to risk.  As coaches we must create safe learning environments free of hazards, however there is a distinct difference between risk and hazard.  For example, I will be honest, when I first started implementing a fast track we used pucks as track markers and in hindsight these were hazardous so we switched to large pylons. 


When skaters are given the chance to be adventurous and go around the fast track only perceived risks such as falling or crashing into others can slow down progress.  With time skaters will learn to assess their own skills and match them to the demands of the environment i.e. the speed of the other skaters, the music timing, etc.  Skaters who are confident about taking chances rebound well when things don't work out at first, like when they discover falling isn't so bad!  Given the opportunity and the right amount of encouragement children are resilient and will try again and again until they master a situation.  Therefore as coaches we must also provide challenging learning environments and remove restrictions that limit their freedom of movement and constrain their development.


I encourage coaches and club administrators to discuss safety strategies with coaching staff and program assistants.  Also ensure skaters are respectful of other skaters space on the ice and communicate the benefits of the fast track with parents. With a positive and enthusiastic approach even the most apprehensive skater can build confidence and ultimately find their full stride!  So maybe, just maybe the fast track isn't so scary...


Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member


Duso's April Female Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Alisha McCann of the Extreme Edge Skating Club.

Alisha demonstrates leadership and commitment by helping with the special needs skating classes at Extreme Edge SC.  She has dedicated her time to assist this program for 3 years.  Alisha also volunteered countless hours at the Edmonton Region Skating Competition.  Despite a demanding training schedule, she regularly spares time to participate in fundraisers for the club.  Even when Alisha was off recovering from an ankle injury, she showed support for the Extreme Edge skaters by traveling from Edmonton to Calgary to watch the competition.

         Duso's April Male 
           Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to William Romanyshyn of the Athabasca Skating Club.

This is William's third skating season.  William is working towards his level 2. He works hard at mastering new skills because he wants to be able to skate like the "big kids".  He is a joy for the PAs and coach and brightens their day with his bright cheery smile every time he is on the ice.


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 April
    Helping Hand of the Month

Congratulations to Shannon Barford of the Edson Figure Skating Club.

Shannon has been an instrumental part of the Edson FSC this past season.  She has been an active board member for the club and has been a strong leader for coaches. 


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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