April 2016
The official e-newsletter of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut
2016 Section ACGM, Workshops & Awards Banquet
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2016

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

Pricing Options
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

Member Services - Norm Proft, Skate Canada Member Services Director
Skate Canada and Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut work closely together to develop the sport of figure skating throughout the country and province. Norm Proft, Skate Canada Member Services Director, will discuss this important relationship between the National office and the Section office and will also provide information relating to membership services, club bylaws, and membership policies and procedures, which can be used by club and members on an ongoing basis.

Bullying in Sport presented by Dr. William Bridel
Bullying is generally defined as, "unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance....including actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose." Bullying can also occur through electronic means, such as social media, email, or texting. In this presentation, Dr. William Bridel will discuss what has been referred to as "bullying culture" and consider this idea within the context of skating in Canada.

For more information on the presentations, host hotel, and schedule of events click here

Notice of Meeting & Election Information
The Section Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1:00pm at the Edmonton Marriott at the River Cree Resort. All club delegates are encouraged to attend and observers are also welcome. Questions regarding the AGM and delegate and proxy forms, email Member Services Manager, Kelly Havixbeck (kelly@skateabnwtnun.ca).

2016 Coaches & Officials Summit
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2016

Date: April 29 & 30, 2016
Location: Edmonton, AB
Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm Saturday
Registration: Click here to register. 

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
2016 CanSkate University
Registration Deadline: April 11, 2016

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

For complete information and registration click here
SAVE THE DATE - 2016 Spring Development Camp for Junior Development Team & Select Team

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

More information to come. 
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!
Registration is limited to 40 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 summary sheets click here

Sports Medicine Council of Alberta - Knowledge to Action (K2A) Conference

The Sport Medicine Council of Alberta is a non-profit organization that focuses on injury prevention and management, nutrition and concussion through educational courses.

Date: May 13 - 15, 2016
Location: Matrix Hotel, Edmonton, AB

This conference will provide an interdisciplinary experience for professionals in the Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation fields. The K2A conference has been designed to enhance practitioner's knowledge in the Shoulder and Upper Extremity. The sessions are led by skilled and accomplished professionals from various disciplines, educating on practical topics.  Through a variety of lecture style and practical sessions, attendees will gain information and skills that can be immediately incorporated into practice, turning knowledge into action.
Professional Development Credits:

Special Olympics

2016 HONOURED ATHLETIC LEADER: Barb Prystai - Special Olympics Figure Skating

Barb Prystai received the 2016 Calgary Booster Club Honoures Athletic Leader Award.

Barb has been a key volunteer with the Special Olympics Calgary figure skating program since 1997. She is currently Head Coach of the figure skating and Learn to Skate program for Special Olympics Calgary. Barb is an NCCP Certified Level 3 figure skating coach and a Level 2A Special Olympics coach and has been the Special Olympics figure skating coach for Alberta four times. Barb was part of Team Canada as a figure skating coach for the 2013 Special Olympics World Games in Korea. She was Special Olympics Calgary Female Coach of the Year in 2001, 2010 and 2015. She continues to work tirelessly for her athletes as a role model, coach, mentor and friend. 

Congratulations Barb on your achievement. 
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Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut is pleased to announce the recipients of the Skate Canada Achievement Awards that were presented and recognized in each Region. The Section recipients will be recognized at the Section's Annual Awards Banquet in Edmonton on April 30, 2016. Congratulations to all recipients!

To view the 2016 Region and Section Achievement Award recipients, please click here.

Club Years of Recognition
Each year the Section recognizes the dedication of those clubs and skating schools that have been registered with Skate Canada at each 5 year milestone. To view the list of clubs and skating schools being recognized in 2016, click here.

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2016 NCCP Course Dates

Primary STARSkate
April 15 - 17, 2016
Calgary, AB (Cardel Rec Centre)
Click here to register.

May 18 - 22, 2016
Calgary, AB (Glencoe Club)
Click here to register.

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