August  2015
In the Loop
Section Synchronized Skating Development Camp

Sept 12-13, 2015
Leduc Recreation Centre
4330 Black Gold Drive, Leduc AB
Feature Presenters
Lee Chandler - 2015 World Champion, NEXXICE
Mindy Gerlat - ISU Technical Specialist
Additional presenters TBA!

Development Camp Overview
Our two day camp is open to all club administrators, team managers, officials, coaches, and SKATERS.  Sessions will be held in the classroom, in the gym, and on the ice.  Topics will cater to everyone from the grassroots of synchronized skating right up to the National level competitors.  Participants will be split into groups based on levels.  Join us for an action-packed weekend of Synchronized Skating! Even non-synchronized skaters and coaches would benefit from, and enjoy, some of the on-ice sessions focused on individual skills.

Even non-synchronized skaters and coaches would benefit from, and enjoy, some of the on-ice sessions focused on individual skills, don't hesitate to contact Lisa for details!

Saturday, September 12 - The main focus this day is mostly classroom with the technical update and presentation by feature presenters
Sunday, September 13 - All on-ice and off-ice sessions

Click here to register:
Hotel Block Bookings:
Delta Edmonton South 780-434-6415 under Skate Canada Alberta Synchronized Skating Development Camp, rooms for $139 plus tax, includes breakfast.
Hampton Inn & Suites Leduc 780-980-9775 under Lisa Bonderove,
rooms available until August 20 for $129 plus tax including hot breakfast. 

Officials Edge
On behalf of Jodi Abbott, Section Officials Coordinating Committee Chair, we welcome all Officials to a new skating season. The Officials Edge will now be published as a monthly feature in the In the Loop e-newsletter to stay in touch with all Section Officials. Officials will be receiving regular communications and updates through the Officials Edge and the Officials Coordinating Committee welcomes comments, suggestions and feedback throughout the season to grow and strengthen our officials community.
The Section is pleased to introduce the members of the 2015-2016 Officials Coordinating Committee:
Jodi Abbott, OCC Chair. Email:
Jennifer Betts, OCC Vice-Chair. Email:
Melanie Brown, Evaluator/Judges Representative. Email:
Mary-Ann McDonald, Data Specialist Representative. Email:
Brenda Hart, Technical Panel Representative. Email:
Holly Mayer, Synchronized Skating Representative. Email:
Lynne Dey, Member at Large. Email:
As of September 1, the Officials Staff Resource in the Section Office will be Lisa Bonderove. Lisa may be contacted by email at
The current Officials Staff Resource is Kelly Havixbeck at We appreciate and thank you for your patience during this time of transition.  
Technical Updates
Throughout the summer there have been several technical updates posted to the ISU and Skate Canada Info Center. Please visit those websites to view the latest updates and news for the 2015-2016 skating season.
2015-2016 Registration
Registration for the 2015-2016 season will be available around August 20. Prior to officiating at a competition or evaluating at a test day, remember that you must be registered as an official with Skate Canada. To become registered, you may contact your local Skate Canada club and request that they register you as an official. If you require any assistance in contacting a club, please email Kelly Havixbeck at
2015 Synchro Development Camp
Officials are encouraged to attend the Synchro Development Camp hosted by the Section, September 12-13, 2015. There is no charge for officials to participate, as it qualifies as an update clinic. Complete details and registration are available under the Synchro section of this newsletter.
International DIO/VRO Operations - Call for Applications
In the Notice Of Spring Meeting for the Officials Assignment and Promotion Committee, there was a call for applications for International DIO/VRO Replay Operators. The OAP is putting out a final call for applications for International DIO/VRO Operators. Please note the important information below:
1.       If you applied in the Spring, you do not have to reapply, we have your application on file, and you will be considered with all other applications.
2.       Please refer to the Notice of Spring Meeting for the requirements to apply, which can be found on the Info Centre here:
3.       The deadline for application is August 23rd, 2015
Section Office Job Opportunity

Coordinator, Communications and Events. 

Please click here for more information and to view the job 
posting. The deadline to apply is  August 21, 2015.  

Try Out Synchronized Skating!

Submitted by Michele Rowein

Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club is currently hosting their summer synchronized skating skills camp. If you are interested in learning synchronized skating or joining a team for the upcoming season it is not too late!
Final Team Tryouts/Placements:
Team placement for all levels up to and including pre-novice will be held on Wednesday August 26, 2015 at Castle Downs Arena (11520 153 Avenue).
6:30 pm -7:30 pm  - beginner/elementary/juvenile levels
  • Skaters must be under the age of 15 as of July 1, 2015
  • Skaters must be passed CanSkate Stage 3. 
*Please note: this is not a learn to skate program. It is important that all skaters pose basic skating skills. Any skater who has not yet passed level 5 CanSkate, will be required to wear a helmet on the ice.
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - juvenile, pre-novice levels
  • Skaters must be under the age of 19 as of July 1, 2015
  • Skaters must be passed CanSkate Stage 6.  

Levels including intermediate, open and adult are asked to attend:
Tuesday August 25, 2015 7-9:00PM at Castledowns Arena A
Thursday August 27, 2015 7-9:00PM at Castledowns Arena A
  • Intermediate ages must be 12- 24 yrs old, with a desire to compete and qualify for the National Championships in Waterloo, ON.  Silver/Gold tests or previous synchro experience an asset.
  • Open skaters must be at least 12 yrs old with no upper age limit, skaters must have a desire to compete and qualify for the National Championships in Waterloo, ON.  Silver/Gold tests or previous synchro experience an asset.
  • Adult skaters must be 19 yrs of age and over, with a desire to compete at the Adult National Championships.
For summer camp or try-out information contact head coach Michele Rowein at  or 780-717-6780.
2015-2016 Inclusive Skating Project

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut is pleased to support Inclusive Skating opportunities through a grant application process for the 2015-2016 season:
  • Section clubs (and partners such as Alberta Sport & Recreation Association for the Blind) may be eligible to apply for a grant. Funds must be used for planned Inclusive Skating (IS) programming within the 2015-2016 season
  • Funds must be used for one or more of the following areas:
    • Coaching support (e.g. IS coach training opportunities, IS coaching fees, Program Assistant training, Program Assistant Recognition, etc.)
    • Club support (e.g. IS program ice fees, IS Skate Canada membership fees, club IS program fees, etc.)
    • Event support (e.g. CanSkate Element Events costs for IS athletes, competition-related expenses for IS athletes competing or participating in an event)
    • Adaptive equipment support (e.g. any individual specialized equipment including skates, helmets, frames, braces, or specialized equipment for club IS programming use)
    • Clubs that receive funding must provide year-end reporting in the form of photos, storytelling and receipts.
    • $10,000.00 available funds to be divided amongst approved requests throughout the season. Any funds left-over from the first application deadline would be carried over and available for January 2016
Information and deadline dates will be distributed and advertised to Section Clubs in September 2015.
Questions may be directed to Lisa Bonderove at the Section Office:

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.

 2016 Sectionals Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities 


Sectionals are coming to Calgary and being hosted by Goldstar Skating Academy and Calgary Winter Club, November 5-8, 2015. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email: the Local Organizing Committee Chairs, Bobbie Kelly and Gitti Heske. 

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the Sectional Championships, please contact Marc Stromme at the Section office. 
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 various different areas. Click here to fill out the volunteer application form. 

 CanSkate Connection

Create Impressive CanSkate Classes!

Plan your fall/winter CanSkate season and learn some tips & tricks at the upcoming CanSkate Planning Workshops.

Saturday August 29, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm in CALGARY
Saturday September 12, 8:00 am - 1:15 pm in EDMONTON
Sunday September 13, 9:00 am - 1:45 pm in LLOYDMINSTER
Workshop participants will customize a calendar of events, circuits, supplies and duties.  Plus create music, fun zones, choreograph group activities and a communication plan for their club(s).
Don't miss these great opportunities to collaborate with other coaches.  Parents, skaters, volunteers and fellow coaches will recognize your efforts when they see well-organized sessions.  Follow this link to register
Tammy Greidanus & Leona Boyle
CanSkate Resource Team Members

Duso's July Female Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Alyssa Vankosky of the Edson Figure Skating Club!

Alyssa is always the first on the ice and the last to get off.  She is a role model to skaters both younger and older than herself as she tries hard the whole session and encourages others to achieve their goals.  She also regularly PAs on the club's CanSkate sessions.


Duso's July Male Skater of the Month 

Congratulations to Nash Davis of the Medicine Hat Skating Club!

Nash has an obvious love for skating. He has a contagious smile and great work ethic. Nash stays on task and listens extremely well to the coaches and program assistants. At just 3 years old, Nash has a strong base on most fundamental skills under his belt. 

   Duso's July
    Helping Hand of the Month

Congratulations to Allison Edwards of the Grovedale Figure Skating Club! 

Allison  is always with the CanSkate parents acting as the liaison between the parents, executive and coaches.  She is also the membership chair and helps with all the day to day activities.  She always has a smile on her face and a very friendly demeanor.  A very helpful volunteer!

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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