February 2016
The official e-newsletter of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut
SAVE THE DATE - 2016 Section ACGM & Awards Banquet

Date: Saturday April 30, 2016
Location: Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort, Edmonton, AB
Registration: Coming February 2016

For more information click here
2016 Skate Canada & Section Awards Program - DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15, 2016

Our organization is built on the dedication of its skaters, coaches, volunteers and officials. The awards program is designed to celebrate and recognize this dedication.

There are two separate sets of awards - those that recognize activity at the national level and those that celebrate the involvement of participants at the local and sectional levels.

To nominate an individual for an award, please visit the Alberta-NWT/Nunavut website and go to the Awards tab. Each award description and form is available to submit your nominations. 

Questions regarding awards can be emailed to kelly@skateabnwtnun.ca.

Skate Canada Section Awards

Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Awards
Gateway SC Post Secondary Bursary
Creating the Edge for Life Adult Award
Spirit and Passion of Skating Adult Award
Special Olympics Skater of the Year Award
Section Coach Achievement Award
25 and 50 Year Volunteer, Coach and Official Service Recognition Award
Marilyn Chidlow Club Volunteer Award
Alberta Figure Skating Foundation Triple/Quad Gold Awards (submission deadline: March 15, 2016)

Please visit www.skateabnwtnun.ca for details. 

Skate Canada Awards

There were 23 athletes that represented the Section at the 2016 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships in Halifax, NS. It was a first time experience for seven of these athletes. Attending the National Championships is a significant accomplishment and we are proud to celebrate that these individuals are amongst the best skaters in Canada! Congratulations to all the competitors on their accomplishments!

Congratulations to the National Skating Championship Medalists
Kaetlyn Osmond - Senior Women Bronze
Bryn Hoffman and Bryce Chudak - Junior Pair Silver 
Katrina Lopez and Kurtis Schreiber - Novice Pair Silver

Complete results can be found on the Skate Canada website.
Get in Sync

Good luck to Section Synchronized Skating teams who will be attending the 2016 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships in Waterloo, ON, February 19-21, 2016. 

For a complete list of team who will be attending click here
SAVE THE DATE - 2016 Synchronized Skating Development Camp 

All New Format for Coaches and Athletes...
A Two-Day Camp modeled after a Synchronized Skating Centre of Excellence
Date: May 14-15, 2016
Location: Calgary AB
Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm each day
Presented by:
John Briscoe
Technical Director, Western Ontario Section
Coach of Olympic and World Ice Dance medalists
35 years of expertise in Synchro from grassroots to Worlds
Cara Moir
World Champion NEXXICE Team Member
2-time World Bronze Medalist and 4-time National Champion
25 years of Synchro experience from grassroots to Worlds
... And more!
Space is limited to two groups of skaters.  Skaters must be at a minimum of Elementary team to register.
Stay tuned for details and registration information coming soon!
SAVE THE DATE - 2016 AdultSkate Workshops

Date: Saturday March 19, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB (NAIT Campus)
Time: 10am - 3pm, followed by an evening social

Please pass this along to others in the Adult skating community, and stay tuned for details coming soon!
SAVE THE DATE - 2016 Spring Development Camp for Junior Development Team & Select Team

Date: June 18 and 19, 2016
Location: Calgary, AB

More information to come. 
Coaches Corner

Well Balanced Program Chart
Skate Canada will be piloting the STAR Well Balanced Program Chart for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season and requests feedback be sent to Heather McMahon as the season progresses. 

To view the chart click here

To send feedback, email Heather McMahon.

Use of Vocal Music
The use of vocal music will be allowed for all levels and disciplines (STARSkate and Competitive) as of March 1, 2016

For more information click here

CanSkate Skills Chart
Skate Canada recently released the CanSkate Skills Chart to be used by coaches, clubs, etc. 

To view the chart click here
Section Showcase

We are looking for clubs interested in hosting Section Showcase athletes at their local carnivals. We have a roster of young competitors in all disciplines that really love to perform!

If your club is interested please email Holly Henderson.
2016-2017 Seminar Possibilities

It is time to start planning for seminar opportunities in your region. If your club or Region is interested in hosting a seminar please email Holly Henderson.
Special Olympics

Our Team Alberta Figure Skating team has been working tremendously hard over the past 8 months getting ready for Special Olympics Canada National Winter Games in Corner Brook, Nfld. 

All of the skaters have been training at least 4 times a week and are ready to show off their skills to a National audience! There will be over 45 skaters competing in Corner Brook, so we expect great competition.

With less than three weeks until we leave, our excitement is growing! The team is looking forward to sharing their experience with you when they return!

Go Team Alberta!
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Gold Challenge Interpretive Test Request Form - Recently Updated
The request form for the Gold Challenge Interpretive Tests has recently been updated. The form is now to be submitted directly to the Skate Canada National office and a signature is no longer required. The form is also now a fillable form so that club test chairs may submit it electronically to Skate Canada.

CanSkate Champions Awards Program
The CanSkate Champions awards program, consisting of ribbons and medals provided to each club by Skate Canada to reward three of its CanSkate skaters, will not be in effect for the 2015-2016 season, and is currently under review.  Clubs may still recognize CanSkaters for their participation, dedication and efforts and provide their own rewards/incentives if they wish.
CanSkate Connection

Skate Canada has compiled some important reminders regarding the delivering of CanSkate which includes a tip for teaching forward skating.
Forward skating is to be taught using a natural rhythm and swaying of the arms from front to back, moving from the core, as in a walking or running motion.  Avoid the old-school method of arms held out rigidly to the sides (as in tightrope walking) with a straight back.
Click here to view a video of Tracy Wilson explaining the importance of natural arm movement when learning to skate.
Have fun,
Tammy Greidanus
CanSkate Resource Team Member
Bethany Tory Coach Education Scholarship

Congratulations to Kiersten Jackman on being selected to receive the Skate Canada Coach Education Scholarship in honour of Bethany Tory. 
The Coach Education Scholarship recognizes coaches who:
- Embrace a skate for life philosophy
- Exemplify the values of integrity, fairness, courage, and generosity
- Are dedicated to improving their coaching skills through expanding their academic knowledge.

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut would like to acknowledge Kiersten on her coaching and scholarly achievements. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the sport of figure skating.  
Duso's January 

Each month Duso's is proud to support the Female and Male Skater of Month and the Helping Hand Award. 

Duso's Female Skater of the Month

Congratulations to the January 
Female Skater of the Month, from the Vermillion SC, Chante Ford. Chante is a new member of the Vermillion SC CanSkate program. She was a member of CanSkate 2 years ago and was unable to skate last year. She has returned with a vengeance, working hard to learn as much as possible. She loves to skate shows it. Chante is always the first on the ice and one of the last ones off.  

Duso's Male Skater of the Month

Congratulations to the January Male Skater of the Month, from the Royal Glenora Club, Lincoln Schulz. Lincoln is a little 2 year old spit fire on the ice. On the first day of Pre-CanSkate lessons, he got up on his own and just kept skating. His huge smile is so contagious. He wants to skate just like his bigger brother.

Duso's Helping Hand of the Month

Congratulations to the January Helping Hand of the Month, from the Bashaw FSC, Kelsie Miller. Kelsie has joined the Bashaw FSC this year and looks after competitions. In a short time, she has advertised and organized a huge 2 day CanSkate Element Event with over 200 skaters registered. She is organized, resourceful, well respected in the skating world and committed to skaters in all clubs.

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.

Show Duso's how much we appreciate their support by liking their Facebook page!

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2016 NCCP Course Dates
April 1 - 3, 2016
Edmonton, AB (NAIT)
Click here to register. 

April 15 - 17, 2016
Calgary, AB (Cardel Rec Centre)
Online Registration coming January 2016

Primary STARSkate
April 15 - 17, 2016
Calgary, AB (Cardel Rec Centre)
Online Registration coming January 2016

May 18 - 22, 2016
Calgary, AB (Glencoe Club)
Online Registration coming in 2016

For more information on the course and pre-requisites click here
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