March 2016
The official e-newsletter of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut
Photos Needed

To help create our year end video we are in need of photos from you. We are looking for volunteer, carnival, CanSkate, and club host seminars photos. 

If you have photos of skaters from your club that you think would be a great addition to our year end video please email them to Erin Gillespie, Communication & Events Coordinator. 
2016 Call for Nominations to the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Board of Directors

In preparation for the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Board of Directors elections, the Nominating Committee is seeking prospective candidates who will bring to the board a variety of skill sets, backgrounds and interests.  This year, a total of three positions are available on the Board of Directors: Vice-Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and Officials Coordinating Committee Chair. Elections are set to take place during the Section Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 30, 2016 in Edmonton. 

Please take time to review the Call for Nominations to the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Board of Directors, the Section Board of Directors Skill/Competency Matrix and the Board of Directors Role Descriptions documents that are now posted on the Section website

The submission deadline for all nominations is April 1, 2016 at noon.

Take part in electing your 2016 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Board of Directors!

2016 Section ACGM & Awards Banquet
Early Bird Registration Deadline - March 23, 2016

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

Pricing Options/Deadline Dates
Early Bird Package Price: $135.00
Early Bird Deadline Date: March 23, 2016
After March 23, 2016 Package Price: $165.00

Individual Pricing Options:
Breakfast: $20.00
Member Services presented by Norm Proft, Skate Canada Member Services Director: $30.00
Bullying in Sport presented by Dr. William Bridel: $30.00
Lunch: $28.00
Awards Banquet: $65.00

For more information on the presentations, host hotel, and schedule of events click here
SAVE THE DATE - 2016 Coaches & Officials Summit

Date: April 29 & 30, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB
Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm Saturday
Registration: Coming Soon

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut's Officials Coordinating Committee and Coaching Committee invites officials and coaches to learn how to take Program Components and Grade of Execution (GOE) scores to the next level.

We are very pleased to bring you presenters recognized in the international environment for their expertise in Singles, Pairs and Dance:
Dr. Marco Buttarelli, Italy
ISU Judge and International Referee in Singles and Pairs
ISU Program Components Moderator

Shae Zukiwsky, Canada
International Choreographer, Level 3 Coach and ISU Dance Technical Specialist

Participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn to distinguish between average program component marks and great program component marks and how to maximize the grade of execution (GOE).
  • Attend on and off-ice sessions relating to edge flow, quality and transitions. Section athletes will be on-hand to enhance the sessions with demonstrations.
  • Review the process of quality recognition and the awarding of program component marks
  • Qualifies for Continuous Education Program Points (CEP)
For more information click here
SAVE THE DATE - 2016 CanSkate University

Date: April 28 & 29, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB
Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm Thursday
7:30am - 5:45pm Friday
Registration: Now available.

For complete information and registration click here
2016 AdultSkate Workshop
Deadline to Register: March 11, 2016

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

For more information on our featured presenter click here
SAVE THE DATE - 2016 Spring Development Camp for Junior Development Team & Select Team

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

More information to come. 
Get in Sync

Congratulations to Section Synchronized Skating Teams who competed at the 2016 Skate Canada Synchronize Skating Championships, February 19 - 21, 2016 in Waterloo, ON. 

Black Gold Novice            11th overall
Solstice Intermediate      7th overall
Edge Intermediate           8th overall
Edge Open                         7th overall
Black Gold Open               9th overall           
Officials Edge

Coach/Official Eligibility STAR 1 - 4 Statement
Individuals that have been a Primary STAR certified coach for two years and are interested in seeking initial appointment as a STAR 1-4 Official must apply, or communicate their intention to the Section Officials Committee. If a coach was previously a STAR 1-4 Official they do not have to wait the two years as a Primary STAR certified coach to sit on a panel.

Those coaches, after receiving the proper training and promotion, can be an official on a STAR panel.

The current restrictions that apply to coaches being officials on a panel will not apply. That is, a coach may sit on a panel with skaters from their home club and that they have or are currently

For the complete Officials Edge report click here
2016 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Inductee's

Congratulations to Marilyn Chidlow on being named an inductee to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as a Figure Skating Builder. 

Marilyn has been invovled with the Section from the grassroots level to the National level and has been a leader in building the sport throughout the province and country for the last 40 years. 

For more information on the 2016 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee's and induction banquet 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!
Coaches Corner

STAR 1 - 5 Pilot Program. 
Click here for more information on the STAR 1 - 5 Pilot Program - Coach Assessed tests. For complete test sheets and test summar sheets click here

Volunteer Opportunity - Central Region Coaching Representative Position
The position of the Central Region Coaching Representative, was up for election in February 2016 and there no nominations were received. The position is now considered a casual vacancy and will be filled by appointment by the Section Board of Directors to complete the term for 2016-2018. To view the complete position description click here.
For more information, or to express your interest in volunteering, please email Kelly Havixbeck.

Please express your interest by letter and/or resume by March 21, 2016.
Special Olympics

Congratulations to Team Alberta who competed in Corner Brook, NFLD at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. 




Team Alberta
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Each Region in the Section holds an Annual General Meeting. Below are the dates for the upcoming Region AGM's:
Edmonton Region - March 22, 2016
Peace Region - March 16, 2016
Calgary Region - March 29, 2016
South Region - April 2, 2016
Northwest Region - April 4, 2016
Central Region - April 9, 2016
The Northeast Region AGM was already held at the end of February. The NWT Region AGM is still to be determined.
Please contact your Region Representative for more details regarding each Region AGM. For a complete listing of Region Representatives emails click here.

To view the 2016 Region Committee Elections click here
CanSkate Connection

Looking for new warm-up or group activity songs for your upcoming CanSkate season? 

Try these great selections! 
Freeze Dance by Dr. Cool and Pride - The Feeling Good Concert
Following Directions with Exercise by Learning with Hip Hop

Excellent CanSkate programs will ensure that either a coach or a PA is designated to lead the warm-up, which should be structured and choreographed to music. This is an integral part of the program from a fitness safety perspective for skaters to warm-up their muscles and joints to avoid injury.  Also be aware of the movements used for warm-ups and cool-downs, use movements that are generic in nature. As CanSkate is a general learn-to-skate program, avoid arm and leg movements that are 'figure skating' oriented.
Thank you to Leeann Wilkin from the Sherwood Park Skating Club for sharing these song ideas.  If you have awesome action songs you would like to share please let me know!
Happy Skating,
Tammy Greidanus
CanSkate Resource Team Member
Duso's February

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 February 
Female Skater of the Month, from the Bonnyville SC, Annika Goreniuk. Annika is always one of the first Program Assistants out on the ice to help with setup without being asked. She is a senior STARSkater in her club and shows up at every practice with a smile. Her love for skating is with her even away from the rink. 

Duso's Male Skater of the Month
Congratulations to the February Male Skater of the Month from the Vermillion SC, Edwin Sanford. Edwin is a 6 yr. old member of the club who started skating in October and has not looked back. His attendance has been great and when he is on the ice he gives 110%. The faster he can skate, the happier he is. He is not afraid to try new skills and it shows with how quickly he improves. Edwin always has a smile on his face and can't wait until the next skating session. 

Duso's Helping Hand of the Month
Congratulations to the February Helping Hand of the Month, from the Three Hills SC, Susan Cullum. Susan gives her time unquestionably towards the success of the club. She has been the Vice President for the past 3 seasons and always has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to community and club operation within the community. She promotes the skating programs amongst her many circles of influence and the club continually has skaters join because of her recruitment. 

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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