July 2015
In the Loop
News and Views from Athlete Development 


The Select and Junior Development Team weekend was held June 13-14, 2015 in Edmonton with 84 athletes in attendance. The Section was pleased to host the following facilitators:  Anne Schelter, David Pelletier, Yvan Desjardins, Jeremy Ten, David Islam, Jan Ullmark and Ralph Burghart. The technical specialists included:  Robin Forsyth and Megan Ure.


Skate Canada Challenge Volunteer Opportunities
The 2016 Skate Canada Challenge is coming to Terwillegar Recreation Centre in Edmonton, December 2-6, 2015. Skate Canada is looking for volunteers to assist in catering, logistics, security, transportation and many other areas. Click here for more information.

Skate Canada International is looking for flower retrievers!

Wild Rose Invitational Competition

July 31 - August 2, 2015 

Leduc Recreation Center

4330 - Black Gold Drive

Leduc, AB

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Courage and Heart:  Adult Nationals 2015 
by Maureen Bennie

Canadians in Germany
The Adventure of the International Adult Figure Skating Competition 
by Maureen Bennie


Coaches Corner 

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

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Please check the Skate Canada Info Centre for  technical updates and information for the 2015/2016 season.

 Sectionals Update Corner  


The technical score is only a requirement for the 2016 Skate Canada Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships.  Skaters wishing to compete in events other than the Sectional Championships do not have to meet a qualifying  score in order to enter the event.

Calgary Ice Cinema

You're invited to an afternoon full of artistic innovation and contemporary figure skating presented by Calgary Ice Cinema. Poised, Perfected, Reckless, Unrefined is the inaugural production by a cast of local performers who will display their creativity in a variety of styles -- pop, rock, and Broadway. Using props and costumes designed and created by these talented skaters, PPRU looks to explore the ice in a way that is sure to captivate and entertain audiences of all ages. Calgary Ice Cinema began in the fall of 2014 with two main goals - to bring ice theatre to Calgary as a means of encouraging artistic innovation and the creation of work, and to provide an avenue for talented athletes in their late teens, twenties, and thirties who might otherwise leave the sport when they no longer wish to compete. In addition to creating shows for their entertainment value, our hope is that the performers and choreographers can grow artistically within Calgary Ice Cinema.


Tickets on sale now at calgaryicecinema.com


 CanSkate Connection

Report Cards - How well are we doing? 



According to the Skate Canada CanSkate manual, report cards are an important communication tool between the coach and the parent/skater.  Report cards can be an effective communication tool if careful consideration is put into the comments section.  I would recommend avoiding only writing comments such as "great job keep up the good work" since it is very ambiguous and needs to be more specific.  It is more productive to state a skater's strength first, then follow it with an area for improvement - ensuring that it is written in a constructive way.  For example, you could write, "Cole is very brave on the ice and follows instructions well," then add, "he would benefit from practicing his stopping, remembering to bend and shave the ice"


Report cards are also an excellent opportunity to encourage skaters to continue skating in their current program or in a new program.  For example, "We hope to see Cole again in our spring CanSkate program to get started on the next level!"  Insert registration forms or website links in or on the report card for easy reference.   


Writing unique and meaningful report card comments takes effort but you will find the return rate on your investment of time is well worth it!



Tammy Greidanus

CanSkate Resource Team Member



CanSkate University 2015

Submitted by: Janice Luken


I was one of the lucky recipients who attended the CanSkate University in Winnipeg in May.   I love the new circuit system that has been implemented as it not only keeps the skaters moving but you can see them improving on a daily basis.  I have been using the circuit system for 2 years and the skaters as well as their parents love it. The circuit is easy to implement and adapt if necessary.  If you have never attended the CanSkate University I would highly recommend applying as you will learn so much from other coaches and the facilitator.  The different ideas alone are well worth the trip.

Duso's May Female Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Elise Martinoski of the Red Deer Skating Club!

Elise is a very important part of the Red Deer Skating Club as a Program Assistant and STARSkater. She is enthusiastic, encouraging and always willing to help out with the club's programs. She has completed her CanSkate Coaching course and is looking forward to finishing her coaching certification. 

Duso's May Male Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Caleb Ralph of the Athabasca Skating Club!

Caleb is a pleasure to have on the ice.  He has great attendance and works hard during his CanSkate sessions.  He shows the other skaters in his group what it means to practice, have fun and always has a smile and positive attitude.

           Duso's May
    Helping Hand of the Month

Congratulations to Kiera Greenly of the Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club

Kiera has been a very active participant in the Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club this past season.  Not only was she a member of Edmonton Edge, the Intermediate team who placed 6th at Nationals, she was also a Program Assistant for the Beginner and Juvenile teams and helped with the CanSkate program.  Kiera is very punctual, reliable, dependable and an excellent role model to the youngest members of the club.

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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