In the Loop - September 2012

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September 2012

In the Loop


TABLE OF CONTENTS 2012-2013 Board of Directors & Section Staff


Athlete Development News & Views


Where Are They Now?


2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships


Coaches Corner


The CanSkate Connection


Get In Sync


The Clubhouse


The Officials Stand


Skate Canada


Around the Regions


Monthly Duso’s “Helping Hand” and “Skater of the Month” Awards


Events Calendar


Coach Wanted Ads


Follow Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut


2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chair Past Chair Vice Chair Vice Chair Secretary/Treasurer Athlete Development Committee Chair Skating Programs Committee Chair Events Committee Chair Officials Coordinating Committee Chair Coaching Committee Chair Regions Committee Chair Regions Committee Vice Chair Athlete Representative

Sharon Dingle Kathy Kopelchuk Rhonda Tanton Donna Moses Krista Sellers Don Zeman Lyndsey Ford Kristen Belcourt Brenda Hart Chantelle Portz Anita Kohnen Bev Padget Dallas Daniel



Section Office Staff Office Main Line Toll Free Fax Toll Free Fax

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(780) 415-0465 (866) 294-0663 (780) 427-1734 (866) 746-4981

(780) 415-0562

Kelly Havixbeck Manager, Member Services

(780) 415-0598

Holly Henderson Manager, Athlete Development

(403) 331-3663

Allyson Wright Coordinator, Coaching & Events

(780) 415-0596

Cassandra Copp Coordinator, Communications & Officials

(780) 415-0465

Lisa Bonderove Coordinator, Finance & Skating Programs

(780) 415-0593

Denise Fisher Executive Director 3


ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT NEWS & VIEWS Skate Canada High Performance Camp

Kaetlyn Osmond on roster at annual high performance camp in Mississauga, ON Kaetlyn trained alongside some of Canada’s top figure skaters September 6 -8, 2012 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. This camp provides skaters the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season.

Glencoe Club hosts Technical Update with Norm Proft September 7-9, 2012 Skaters, coaches and officials had the opportunity to work with Norm Proft, Skate Canada’s Manager, High Performance at the Glencoe Club in Calgary, AB from September 7-9, 2012.

Norm Proft, Gary Knox, Pam McCracken, Drew Wolfe

Norm Proft & Daniella Sovak

Photo Credit: Skate Today

Jeff Langdon coaching Kara Fernandez

2012-2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Team Leader Opportunities Skate Canada; Alberta-NWT/Nunavut is requesting applications for Team Leaders for the following Skate Canada Qualifying Competitions: 2013 Skate Canada Challenge 2013 Skate Canada Canadian Figure Skating Championships

Click here to apply!

SIRC Resources “Did you know that only 70% of girls participate regularly in sport compared to 81% of boys?” (SIRC, September 2012 Newsletter) Read more about “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors” Access the complete SIRC September newsletter here. 4

ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT NEWS & VIEWS As you prepare this fall for Competitions you will be defining your goals for the season.

Tips for S.M.A.R.T.S Goal Setting! SPECIFIC - Leave no room for interpretation. Vague goals are like poor directions - they leave you lost and disoriented. Say exactly what your goal is and write it down. Have someone else read it and explain what they think your goal is. If it does not match what you think that your goal is, clarify it. There is power in commitment. Commit and let your goal(s) be known. MEASURABLE - This is likely the most important part. How do you measure becoming a better skater? Clearly define what that means - and you will likely need to discuss this with your coach and, if possible, an official - so that you know what it will take to get you to accomplish your goals. ACTION-BASED - You know that you want to be a better skater. What specific skills or artistry do you need to improve to achieve that? You want to direct your actions and focus on your goals rather than making a wish. REALISTIC - Make goals that are challenging and yet still reachable in order to motivate you to do the necessary work. Your goals must be valued by you! TIME-SENSITIVE - Establish deadlines to motivate yourself to do what’s needed to accomplish your goals. SUPPORT - Whose help do you need to achieve your goals? Enlist the aid of those who can assist you in identifying and working toward your goals. Telling someone or showing someone your goals will increase your accountability. Making goals that follow these points will immediately start orienting your entire being toward achieving them. S.M.A.R.T.S Goal Setting provided by: Dr. Don Zeman Chair, Athlete Development Committee There are many resources to help us accomplish our goals. Here are a few to get you started: • Do you have a copy of the Canada Food Guide? Good nutrition is important element of being able to train effectively every day. • Remember an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Its also an exceptionally portable snack! • How much green is in your diet? We as professionals in sport often hear “they won’t eat vegetables”. There are inventive ways of incorporating vegetables into your daily meals (Check out Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook). • Who can help athletes with this? Parents, coaches, teachers and friends are a good place to start.

Recipe - Banana Muffins Makes 1 dozen 3 Large thawed frozen Bananas - mashed ¼ to ½ cup sugar ¾ to 1 cup unsweetened applesauce ¼ cup melted butter/margarine or canola oil 1 tsp. vanilla 1 beaten egg Mix together and put aside. In separate bowl mix next four ingredients:

1 ½ cups of flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder Pinch of salt Fold wet and dry ingredients together. Spoon into muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Additional ingredients could be bran/blueberries/ chopped nuts/dried apricots or dates.


ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT NEWS & VIEWS Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Skaters Attend BC SummerSkate

Jackson Behiel, Jessica Beheil, Vali Baimoukethov & Courtney Sweet

Natascha Collier & Lee Royer

Congratulations to all Alberta/NWT/Nunavut skaters who attended the BC SummerSkate Competition in August 2012. Skaters included: Pre-Juvenile Women U11

Jasmine Emily Hao, Ice Palace FSC Willow Fedina, Royal Glenora Club Frances Estrada, Ice Palace FSC

Pre-Juvenile Women U14

Nikita Fedina, Royal Glenora Club

Pre-Juvenile Men

Jackson Behiel, Properties Skating Academy

Juvenile Women U11 Emma Bulawka, Royal Glenora Club

Juvenile Women U14

Jordyn LePage, Gateway SC Jessica-Lee Behiel, Properties Skating Academy

Juvenile Men

Mackenzie Mah, Ice Palace FSC

Juvenile Dance

Courtney Sweet & Vali Baimoukhametov Calalta SC Jessica-Lee Behiel & Jackson Behiel Properties Skating Academy

Pre-Novice Women U14

Morgan Stang, Sherwood Park FSC Aislinn Ganci, Sherwood Park FSC Emma Smolski, Ice Palace FSC Ashlynne Stairs, Glencoe Club

Amanda Shen, Ice Palace FSC Katelyn Clark, Calalta SC Triena Robinson, Royal Glenora Club Mckenna Colthorp, Grande Prairie SC Quinn Gilmore, Sherwood Park FSC Kendra Digness, Ice Palace FSC Jayden Willan, Calalta SC

Shaelyn Brown, Glencoe Club Sarah Walsh, Calalta SC Kate Gibson, Lake Bonavista FSC

Pre-Novice Women U16

Novice Pattern Dance

Jordan Topolnyski, Sherwood Park FSC Brianne Mass, Calalta SC Emma Daigle, Royal Glenora Club Nerissa Lin, Huntington Hills SC Hanna Lazdowski, Glencoe Club Vanessa King, Lake Bonavista FSC Jade Craig, Airdrie SC

Novice Men

Eric Liu, Ice Palace FSC Kevin Carreon, Ice Palace FSC

Abigail Seewald & Jared Fell, Royal Glenora Club Ashley Wood & Alex Hartwell, Glencoe Club Michaela Milne & Randy Mendita, Ice Palace FSC

Novice Pairs Pre-Novice Men

Graham Schaufele, Cypress School of Skating Sam Whitehead, Lake Bonavista FSC

Kendra Digness & Eric Thiessen, Ice Palace FSC

Junior Women

Natashca Collier & Lee Royer, Royal Glenora Club

Ceduna Magee, Ice Palace FSC Elisabeth Dyer, Calalta SC Monika Gala, Sherwood Park FSC Nicole Whalley, Calalta SC

Novice Women

Junior Men

Pre-Novice Dance

Taylor LeClaire, Sherwood Park FSC Kira Gallant, Sherwood Park FSC Nicole Joe, Calalta SC Sarah Eastwood, Sherwood Park FSC Shaelin Westerson, Calalta SC Victoria Carreiro, Properties Skating Academy Hunter Prodaniuk, Sherwood Park FSC

Drew Wolfe, Glencoe Club

Senior Women

Jane Gray, Canmore FSC Alexandra Rynn, Sherwood Park FSC

Also, congratulations to all Alberta/NWT/Nunavut skaters who attended the Thornhill Competition. At both competitions we had many athletes on the podium. Congratulations on your accomplishments so early in the season. 6

ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT NEWS & VIEWS Athlete Workshops & Seminars

Presented by...

2012 High River STARSkate Seminar October 7-8, 2012 High River, AB

Cody Hay and Anabelle Langlois were international competitors, World Championships Team members, and members of the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team. Anabelle and Cody were National Team members from 20052008 and became Canadian Pairs Champions in 2008. They missed the 2009 season due to injury and returned in 2010 to represent Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. After competing at Vancouver 2010 they announced their retirement from competition and are pursuing a career in coaching. Register Here

Registration Deadline: September 28, 2012

2012 Barrhead STARSkate Seminar

October 20-21, 2012 Barrhead, AB Watch the Section website for registration information. Photo Credit: Skate Today

Alberta Skaters Invited to Attend International Competitions Kaetlyn Osmond Kaetlyn Osmond will compete internationally at the Nebelhorn Trophy 2012 in Obertsdorf, Germany from September 27-29, 2012, as well as at Skate Canada International from October 26-28, 2012.

Photo Credit:

Natasha Purich Natasha Purich and Sebastian Arcieri represented Canada at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Linz, Austria from September 12-16, 2012. Natasha an Sebastien placed tenth overall in Junior Pairs. Thomas Williams Thomas Williams and partner (Nicole Orford) will compete at Rostelecom Cup on November 9-11, 2012 and at the NHK Trophy on November 23-25 2012.


WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Ron Vincent Coach & Choreographer

Ron Vincent coached at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton from 19671970. During his career as a coach, Ron worked with many prominent Alberta figure skaters, many of whom he helped guide to the podium at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Following his time in Edmonton, he coached at the Racquet Club of Victoria for ten years. After leaving the Racquet Club he continued to work at the Office of Coaching Development in Vancouver. Former President of the Professional Skaters Association of Canada and Coaching Program Director of the National Coaching Certification Program, Ron was the driving force behind professional certification. For many years Ron was immersed as a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Canada Ice Dance Theatre. His passion for figure skating continues through its ability not only as an athletic event but as an art form. “Inevitably, skating will assert itself as the natural movement art that it is.� Ron currently resides on Galliano Island in British Columbia. Never a person to sit still for very long he is working on a book project based on Coaching in Canada and its influence on Figure Skating. He has asked for input from many prominent Canadian Figure Skating coaches including Elaine (Protheroe) Hume, Don Jackson, Louis Stong, Gordon Linney and Muriel Sheere. Ron is also looking for feedback from Canadian coaches who may like to contribute to the content of the book. If you are interested in contributing, click here for more information.


Have a Great Skate Sally Good Luck to all Competitors

Love Mom and Dad

Section Office Team

You’re a Great Coach, Thanks

Your Skaters

Dear Parents, Skaters, and Coaches: The 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships is quickly approaching. Volunteers and Section staff are busy planning the event, while coaches and their skaters are working hard in preparation. This hard work should be recognized! Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut invites you to submit a personal message of encouragement and support for your skater to be printed in competition program. You may choose to send “Good Luck” wishes to your skater, or offer words of encouragement to all skaters from your club – or you may want to thank your coach! This is a fantastic opportunity to recognize the dedication of skaters, clubs, and coaches and add your own personal touch to the event program! Deadline for messages: October 12, 2012 Maximum number of words: 10 Cost: $5.00 Name: ________________________________

Phone #: ________________________________

Email: ________________________________ Please include message below (10 words max., please print clearly)


________________________________________________________________________________________ Cash or Cheque Accepted Send payment with the attached form to: Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut 11759 Groat Road NW Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3K6 Please make cheques payable to Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Questions? Contact Allyson Wright at


2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships

Competition Announcement

Registration Information Online Registration Instructions Instructions for Updating Skater Profiles Link to Register Requirements and Waivers Choreographer Waiver Frequently Asked Questions Skaters Message Please submit your registration information regarding Sectionals to Allyson by email/fax: Email: Fax: 866.746.4981

Advertising Information Special Club Rate (deadline for submission is October 1, 2012)

Follow Competition Updates on Twitter at #2013Sectionals 10

2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships Sponsors

Presenting Partner

Professional Skate Service Calgary

Professional Skate Service Calgary is the Presenting Partner for the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships for the next four years. Professional Skate Service Calgary has been involved in figure skating since its first store opened in southwest Calgary in 1972. The business initially specialized in the figure skating industry and later expanded into hockey. Forty years later, Professional Skate Service Calgary is still recognized across Alberta for their extensive product knowledge and expertise in figure skating equipment. Professional Skate Service Calgary has a history of assisting local athletes, coaches, clubs and competitions. By becoming the Presenting Partner of the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/ Nunavut Sectional Championships, they have further demonstrated their commitment to athlete development and the figure skating community throughout the entire Section. In addition to being the Presenting Partner for Sectionals, Professional Skate Service Calgary is the Official Equipment Supplier of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut.

Platinum Sponsors

Triple Flip

Artègo Canada

Triple Flip is Canada’s leading brand of fashionable clothing and active wear for girls, encouraging them to live a healthy life while feeling and looking great, in clothes that fit. Triple Flip TEAM expands the successful stretchwear line to offer quality teamwear to groups: outfitting everyone from girls age 5 to adult women, and an exclusive guys’ line which includes tech shirts, jackets, pants and shorts that allows for full customization for your club. Triple Flip believes in supporting and investing in like-minded community initiatives, donating a portion of its sales to help those in need, and providing opportunities for athletes to have exceptional experiences as part of an active lifestyle. Triple Flip is proud to have been named the Official Teamwear Supplier to Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut and a platinum Sponsor of the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships. Visit Triple Flip at West Edmonton Mall, South Edmonton Common, Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary or any one of its other locations across Canada. Can’t make it to the store? Shop online at or visit Triple Flip on Facebook!

Artègo hair care opened in Rome, Italy in 2002 when a select group of industry insiders pulled together their resources and skill sets to produce a hair care line that would cater to the needs and desires of hairdressers with products that inspired. Today, these Artègo products—hairspray, permanent colors and everything in between—are distributed to over 25 countries, including Canada. Edmonton-based Artègo Canada, a subsidiary of industry education and salon-supply leader Pivot Point Canada, has become one of the fastest growing hair care companies in the country with distribution consistently growing in high-end salons. Whether it is coaches, parents, volunteers, or skaters themselves, Artègo Canada wishes to celebrate the commitment and dedication of individuals who contribute to the success of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut athletes. Artègo Canada is supporting Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut as an Official Supplier and a Platinum Sponsor of the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships.


2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Newalta Corporation

Duso’s is a Canadian owned and operated company that is known for producing high quality pasta and pasta sauces. Duso’s is actively involved in community initiatives and supports individuals in meeting their health and fitness goals. Duso’s carries on the tradition and passion for sharing great food and good times with others. Duso’s products are available at Western Canadian Costco locations, Save-on-Foods, IGA-Marketplace and many more fine retailers across Western Canada. Duso’s support of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut as the Official Pasta and Sauce Supplier of the Section and Gold Sponsor of the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships.

Newalta Corporation, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, is an innovative company in the “Cleantech” sector focused on the recovery and recycling of resources from waste products. The company, founded in 1993 to “establish oilfield and industrial environmental services in Western Canada”, is a leader in industrial waste management and environmental services operating facilities across Canada and in the U.S. Beyond the company’s corporate successes, it is an active community participant. Newalta is a responsible corporate citizen that drives social innovation and invests money, ideas and time in the communities in which it operates. This is Newalta’s fourth consecutive year sponsoring Sectionals!

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut thanks its partners, supporters and sponsors of the 2013 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships.


COACHES CORNER Coaching Registration Information First Aid Certificate Policy New Professional Coach Membership Card NCCP Status Definitions SUMMARY OF COACH New Coach Registration Information New Coach Registration Form Coaching Certification levels


Summary of Coach Registration Fees Coach membership fees are based on your status in the Continuous Education Program (CEP) at the time of registration. In order for your CEP status to be updated in time Statement of Qualifying Activities forms must be submitted to Skate Canada’s Coaching Department at least four weeks prior to registration. Please refer to the following chart for the applicable registration fee. Province of Residence MB ON QC All Others

Non-CEP Participant $190.25 $190.90 $191.56 $185.65

CEP Bronze Status $175.25 $175.90 $176.56 $170.65

CEP Silver Status $160.25 $160.90 $161.56 $155.65

CEP Gold Status $145.25 $145.90 $146.56 $140.65

Foreign N/A N/A N/A $185.65

Registration fees consist of membership fees, insurance fees and applicable taxes. The chart below details the registration fees.

Membership Fees Non-CEP participant CEP Bronze status (20 credits) CEP Silver status (35 credits) CEP Gold status (50 credits) Foreign coaches

$ 120.00 $ 105.00 $ 90.00 $ 75.00 $ 120.00

Insurance Fees Accident Insurance Liability Insurance

$ 0.65 $ 65.00

Tax on Insurance Fees (MB, ON and QC): $ 4.60 $ 5.25 $ 5.91

Manitoba 7% RST Ontario 8% PST Quebec 9% PST


National Coaching Institute Calgary The National Coaching Institute is committed to developing coaches at all levels. For more information on the NCCP program, classes or to register call 403-220-8197

Fall-Winter 2012 Course 1



Introduction to Competition Part A

Introduction to Competition Part B



Oct 20/21

9:00am - 5:00pm


Dec 1/2



Sept 15/16

9:00am - 5:00pm


Dec 8/9



Oct 14

9:00am - 5:00pm


Sept 29

9:00am - 2:00pm


Competition Development 3

Psychology of Performance


Managing Conflict


Coaching and Leading Effectively

Oct 27/28

9:00am - 4:00pm 9:00am - 2:00pm



Developing Athletic Abilities

Sept 22/23

9:00am - 4:00pm 9:00am - 12:00pm



Prevention and Recovery of Injuries

Oct 13

9:00am - 5:00pm



Leading Drug Free Sport

Sept 30



** Make Ethical Decisions and Design a Basic Sport Program are pre-requisite courses for courses in order to take any classes

Call 403-220-8197 to Register All classes held at Percy Page Centre

National Coaching Institute Room 125, Olympic Oval 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Jason Sjostrom (p) 403-220-8197 (f) 403-282-6972


COACHES CORNER Upcoming Clinics Program Assistant Clinic

Register Here

Medicine Hat, AB October 7, 2012

Program Assistant Clinic

Sunday, October 7, 2012 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Medicine Hat, AB

Leona Boyle, lead instructor and CanSkate Learning Facilitator, will guide program assistants through teaching progressions, warm – ups and cool downs, reinforcing learning skills, leading exercises, drills, games, creative expression, exercises, and circuits. Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut requires clubs/skating schools to provide Program Assistants with appropriate training prior to assisting with the CanSkate program. This training provides an overview of what is expected of Program Assistants and provides them with the skills and support they need to work with skaters in the CanSkate program. This clinic is designed to assist Program Assistants; however, coaches are welcome to attend. Requirements: 1) Registered Skate Canada Member 2) Recommended minimum age: 10 years Cost: $40.00/person Registration Deadline Date: October 3, 2012 Bring your Skates! Register online now at For further information please contact Allyson Wright, Coordinator, Coaching and Events 780-415-0596 or


COACHES CORNER Special Olympics Coaching Opportunity Are you interested in becoming a volunteer coach with a Special Olympics program this season? If yes, please contact Barb Prystai at with any questions regarding Special Olympics Coaches, Athletes, or Programs.

Resources Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching - September Issue Sparesmarts Website Sport Nutrition - September 29, 2012


THE CANSKATE CONNECTION CanSkate Tips Check out the NEW CanSkate Awards!

Skaters who have partially completed a level can now be rewarded with ribbons. The Stage 1-6 badges remain the same, however for each stage there is a ribbon for the fundamental areas of Balance, Control and Agility. Once all 3 ribbons have been achieved the stage badge is awarded. This new system allows skaters to work at multiple stages for faster progression, retained interest and motivation. There is also a NEW Pre-CanSkate Ribbon for skaters who have completed the 8 skills which are considered pre-requisites for the mainstream CanSkate program. Clubs interested in purchasing the new awards must ensure that all CanSkate coaching staff complete the online CanSkate training module. Visit Skate Canada’s members only site for award and ordering details. Tammy Greidanus CanSkate Resource Team Member For assistance with the implementation of the NEW CanSkate program, contact: Tammy Greidanus

Leona Boyle

GET IN SYNC Synchro Coaches… early in the season, a good guideline to follow is to allocate at least half of practice time to skill development such as edges, turns, stroking, and endurance training. Strengthening the athletes’ individual skating skills is a MUST when building a good synchronized skating team! The other half of practice time can be split between synchro team skill development (such as the basics of a circle, line, block, wheel, intersection) and starting program choreography. For information on Synchronized Skating in our Section, please feel free to contact Section Office, or one of the Synchronized Skating Reps: Kim Boorman Michele Rowein


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THE CLUBHOUSE Welcome to the 2012-2013 Skating Season Online registration for clubs, skating schools and coaches started August 8, 2012 on the Skate Canada website under Members Only. Skate Canada has posted all registration information on their website under Members Only at Clubs are reminded to update their club’s Board of Directors listing by October 1, 2012 so that access to Members Only will not be lost. Click here for important registration information and reminders. All Skate Canada member clubs and skating schools who offer a CanSkate program must ensure all CanSkate and Adult CanSkate participants up to and including Stage 5 are wearing a CSA approved hockey helmet while on the ice. Click here for more information.

Update Your Club Information

New CanSkate

Please provide the Section office with your updated club information. This is to ensure that your club continues to receive important information and updates from the office and your local Region Representative.

The September 2012 launch of the CanSkate program is fast approaching and excitement is building as the final touches are being made. Skate Canada is excited to share the following update with you on the revised CanSkate program which we have been testing and piloting over the last three seasons. The New CanSkate Communication #2 provides information regarding new program materials, manuals, video clips, coach training and signage.

Click here to update your information now.

CanSkate Element and Club Event Make this a fun day for your club! Your club can host a CanSkate Element Event or Club Fun Day and you may invite other clubs to join you. A sanction is required for these types of events. The sanction form and template information can be found on the Section website under Clubs>Club Information.

All communications regarding the new CanSkate will be posted on Members Only under Technical & Programs/New CanSkate.

Club Tools

The Section is pleased to have two CanSkate Resource Team Members who have received training in the new CanSkate program and are available to provide assistance to Section clubs and coaches. Click here for more information on implementing the new CanSkate program.

Keep watching the Skate Canada website for more information!

The Section Regions Committee develops tools throughout the year to provide assistance to clubs and club board members. Visit the Section website on the club information page to view the tools and resources available for your club.

*Coaches are required to complete the new CanSkate module if running a new program in your club.


Program Assistant Contest Presented by

As I help the skaters, they help me be the “best I can be at helping others and making a difference in their lives as well as mine.

Having an active lifestyle Being the best you can be Having fun Making a difference

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Skating is a great and fun way to “stay active and anyone can do it if they try!

Congratulations to the following Winners:

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Abigail Seewald, Royal Glenora Club Alyssa da Costa, Airdrie SC

a PA is fun because I get to do one “ Being of the things I love the most – skating!

Ashley Babock, Warburg SC Chantil Costard, Bonnyville SC Haylea Jones, Olds SC

an active lifestyle with fun, encourages “ Combining me to be a CanSkate Program Assistant and be the best that I can be!

Megan Nippard, Noralta SC Megan Mortensen, St. Paul SC

Koen Hordos, Rainbow Lake SC

I’m encouraging by saying good job and “awesome. I’m helpful by getting the toys

Sierra MacDonald, Grovedale SC

for the coaches. I’m kind by cheering the kids on.

Taylor Lassiter, Bassano SC


THE CLUBHOUSE New CanSkate Photo Contest Submit photos of your New CanSkate Program in action! Send us your photos of the various CanSkate Tips and Tricks included in recent publications of In the Loop and include a brief story about your CanSkate session. kate CanS d r e b xe em remi r Dec In ou s, we used arm-up w n sessio y songs as a d i l o h ... songs




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SECTION SHOWCASE Proudly Presented By:


Would you like to add some excitement to your end of the year Carnival this year?? We are currently looking for a host club within 1 -2 hours of Calgary or Edmonton that would be interested in hosting the 2nd Annual Section Showcase. Your club would have the opportunity to have selected guest skaters perform at your ice show. Your club would be required to purchase the additional ice time necessary to accommodate a minimum of 4 performances of approximately 30 extra minutes. We hope to provide the host club with skaters who have competed well at the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships from the pre-juvenile up to pre-novice events in women’s singles, men’s singles, pairs and ice dance. We intend for the event to be a win/win for your club and these skaters without causing additional expenses to either party by creating extra excitement for the host club and providing performance opportunities for these developing athletes. If your club is interested in hosting this exciting event which is planned in conjunction with the Parent Resource Sub-Committee and the Athlete Development Committee of Skate Canada Alberta-NWT/ Nunavut please contact Yvonne Wolfe, Parent Resource Sub-Committee Chair, at no later then November 15, 2012. Once the host club or clubs have been chosen, the Parent Resource Sub-Committee or Athlete Development Committee will be in touch to begin the planning process.


THE OFFICIALS STAND Musings from a High Test Day Administrator One Year Later Well, my first year as high test admin is over and… Actually it went pretty well, It went as well as I expected? I think it went okay. What went well: • • • • •

Thanks so much for all your support when my “call for evaluators” went out. So many of you were prompt to reply yes or no. (I really appreciated the no answers as well so I know who not to bother because they had other commitments.) Thanks to those evaluators who couldn’t make the dates asked by the clubs but offered other days in lieu, when they were available. Thanks to the clubs who were able to work with the days in lieu situations. The calendars and the dates overview documents seemed to work well when planning availability. Had one region’s clubs work together and planned a high test day every month at a different club. Skaters had the opportunity to attend a high test day every month in their region. Had two large test days that no one from our Section was able to attend. Thanks to our neighbours to the east who pitched in and helped us out.

Challenges faced by the Test Day Administrator: •

• • • • •

Low to high test days. One region had almost all the clubs apply for low-high tests days. Some clubs only had 3 hours of ice? Perhaps they had 2 hours of high tests and 1 hour of low tests. When I receive the applications I’m assuming that the times sent with the request are for high tests only. Therefore, if a club states that they want a high test day on December 1 and have ice from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, I am assuming that all other clubs in the region and beyond can apply to come to that test day because there is 8 hours of ice to fill with high tests. Once the closing date has passed they can complete their schedule with low tests if they have ice to fill. In addition if they have 8 hours of high tests I will need to find 2 to 3 evaluators for that day. Solution- in What to work on (below). Had a couple of clubs not accept other club’s tests at their test days. They were allowed their limit of one club only test days and had their skaters go elsewhere if necessary. Worked well for the club however I would much rather see clubs working together for high test days. Had one club that did not attend the test day planning sessions or the centralized test days in their region. They didn’t have the required number of hours of high tests to have their own test day and noted that they always had to send their skaters out of region. Week day, daytime only ice. Because the majority of our evaluators work full time, this presents a challenge. Still a few clubs not sending in the summary sheets in a timely manner. About summary sheets please remember: one to National Office; one to Section Statistician; one to other clubs if test day is multiple clubs AND if you are the host, of a multi club test day, keep a copy of all the summary sheets, even the other club’s, for your records.

What to work on for next season (accepting suggestions for this section): •

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Getting the coaches to go through their club high test coordinators to send tests to other clubs tests days. It makes the process much easier for the test day scheduler and then makes sure that the skaters have their clubs’ permission to test at another club. Yes, it’s true, if you are taking a test at a club other than your home club you are required to submit a permission granted letter from your club. Getting more Regions to try one high regionalized test day per month in a region. Hosted by a different club every month. Would only need 4 to 6 high test evaluators one to two days per month. Keep the current calendar and dates overview documents updated with the Section Office. Keeping my head above water for another season.

Thanks everyone!!! Nicole Rapati Section Test Administrator


Volunteer to be an instructor with the Volunteer To Be a BDP Instructor!


Interested in a volunteer position that: 

Really makes a difference?

Allows you to use your experience as a board member or senior staff person?

Provides training to enhance your adult education skills?

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Then consider volunteering with the Board Development Program.

Trained volunteers, who bring their own expertise in board governance, lead the workshops. Workshop locations are chosen by the organizations, with instructors traveling to communities throughout Alberta. Instructors use a “hands on” approach to give board members opportunities to apply new ideas, evaluate current situations, and develop plans. Each workshop is customized to meet the needs of the individual board. Specifically, Board Development Program workshops assist board members to: 

Understand the legal and ethical responsibilities of board membership

Understand roles, responsibilities, and functions of board members, staff, service volunteers, and committees within the organization

Develop policy to monitor the organization and to make effective and consistent decisions

Recruit, orient, and train new board members

Develop their board leadership qualities

Develop an effective board/staff relationship

Build a strong board team

What is the Board Development Program? The Board Development Program (BDP) provides workshops, consultative services, and resource materials to assist the boards of not-for-profit organizations. It is sponsored by Alberta Culture & Community Spirit and Grant MacEwan University. The Board Development Program works in partnership with boards of not-for-profit organizations that are interested in developing their board’s leadership skills.

Our training dates are: November 17 or November 18, 2012 November 30, December 1, & 2, 2012 January 12 & 13, 2013 February 9 & 10 or February 23 & 24, 2013 Please check your calendar to ensure that you are available for ALL dates 24

SKATE CANADA 2013 Canadian Figure Skating Championships On Friday, September 7, 2012, ticket packages went on sale! Packages include: Junior & Novice Championship Package includes the junior and novice level practices and competitions taking place January 14-17, 2013. These packages cost $40, plus applicable surcharges and seating is general admission. Senior Championship Package includes senior level practices and competition taking place January 18-20, 2013 as well as the Exhibition Gala. Prices for this package range from $110-$150, plus applicable surcharges and seating is reserved. Both packages must be purchased separately and can be purchased online at, by phone at 1.855.985.5000 or in person at the Hershey Centre Box Office.


AROUND THE REGIONS 2012 Sports Day in Canada September 29, 2012

Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high performance levels, in communities across the country. It’s an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport to build community, fortify our national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living. Does your club or community have something planned? Share your Sports Day stories here.

True Sport Community Give-Back Challenge Fast and Female celebrated Sports Day in Canada on September 17 in Canmore, Alberta by hosting a fun and non-competitive morning of sports and fitness for women...The intent was to engage women of all fitness abilities and skills and to unite in celebration of sports in Canada. All proceeds from the event were donated to Fast and Female, which is a non-profit society operating nation-wide whose mission is to inspire girls to stay in and reach their full potential through sports. In 2012, sport groups and communities came together from across Canada to unleash the power of sport by making a difference in their community – the stories are not only abundant but inspiring and heartwarming. Watch the Fast and Female - Sports Day in Canada for Women video and vote on your favorite Give-Back Challenge finalist here!

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MONTHLY AWARDS Congratulations Brynn McLellan, September’s Duso’s Skater of the Month! Brynn is a self-motivated individual who works hard to reach her goals each season. She can always be found smiling, and perseveres through the challenges of landing new jumps and perfecting elements.

Skater of the Month

Brynn strated skating at the age of 7, and at the age of 15 has completed her Gold skating skills. She is currently working on her Gold dances and Senior Silver freeskate She is always willing to demonstrate jumps and spins to other skaters, and is the first to assist skaters when they require help or words of encouragement. She is actively involved in the planning of CanSkate classes and ice shows, and is a natural leader who is respectful of other skaters, coaches, parents and volunteers both on and off the ice.

Brynn McLellan Calalta Figure Skating Club

Congratulations Shauna Dimack, September’s Duso’s Helping Hand of the Month!

Helping Hand of the Month

Shauna is a valued member of the Gateway Skating Club, with over 20 years of experience with coaching. She is not only a mentor to other coaches, but also provides assistance to the Club executive and enthusiastically volunteers at club competitions. Congratulations Shauna on being selected as the September Helping Hand of the Month!

Shauna Dimack Gateway Skating Club



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Deadline for October’s Helping Hand of the Month: October 15, 2012 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut and Duso’s are pleased to offer the Helping Hand of the Month Award. Recipients will receive recognition on the Section website and at the Section Awards Banquet. Nominations are accepted from Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut members and clubs for a volunteer involved in any or all of the following activities: • • • • • • • • •

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Duso’s Skater of the Month Award Click for Nomination Form Deadline for October’s Skater of the Month: October 15, 2012

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut and Duso’s are pleased to offer the Skater of the Month Award. Duso’s is proud to present $100 to each award recipient. Recipients will also receive recognition on the Section website and at the Section Awards Banquet. Nominations are accepted from Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut members and clubs for a skater they feel demonstrates the following criteria: • • •

Works hard Helps out whenever possible Loves what they do


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Assists the club in activities Helps other skaters Is a great role model and ambassador for figure skating


EVENTS CALENDAR Sask Skate September 28-30, 2012 Regina, SK

2013 Sectionals November 1-4, 2012 Edmonton, AB

Royal Glenora Invitational October 19-21, 2012 Edmonton, AB

Edmonton Region Open November 23-25, 2012 Spruce Grove, AB 29



idSport Edmonton is holding a live auction on Thursday, October 4th at the Royal Glenora – Bids for Kids. The event will allow you to bid on sport experiences with a wide variety of athletes and sport personalities - there is sure to be something available for every sport enthusiast. Craig Simpson, Jamie Salé, Shannon Szabados and John Stanton are some examples of the athletes involved! What a great gift for a kid at Christmas – have an Olympic gold medalist come to your kid’s practice! You can bid on your own or get a group of people together to bid – a number of the auction items are available for bid on-line.

Funds raised through the auction event will support further program development and the growth and operation of the KidSport program in Edmonton – an KidSport Edmonton(2-226) organization that helps kids from low c/o University Alberta income families of play sport. Saville Community Sports Centre 11610- 65 Ave Experiences guests Edmonton,and AB T6G 2E1include Olympic & World as well as EdmonPhone:Champions, 780.492.0105 ton Fax: Professional Sports Teams Players 780.800.5519 (Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Eskimos, Edmonton Rush and FC Edmonton).

Thursday, October 4, 2012 5:00pm to 7:30pm Royal Glenora Club

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Coach Wanted Ads St. Paul Skating Club The St. Paul Figure Skating Club located in St. Paul, Alberta, is searching for enthusiastic individuals to join our coaching team. Our club currently has approximately 100 skaters registered in CanSkate, Pre-Power,CanPowerSkate, Junior STARSkate, which is CanSkate, levels 5,6,7 also Dutch Waltz and STARSkate. Our season runs from the end of September to the end of March. Monday & Wednesday CanSkate, Pre-Power and Junior STARSkate, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday STARSkate and on Sunday two groups of CanPowerSkate. Successful applicants will be a minimum CanSkate Trained, however Primary STARSkate certification is an asset. Another asset would be having your CanPowerSkate certification. In accordance with the Skate Canada requirements, all applicants must submit a copy of coaching qualifications including NCCP coaching credentials and personal test achievement. A valid First Aid Certificate and current Skate Canada Professional Coaching Membership Card should also accompany your resume. Also required a current Police Background Check. Please apply in writing to: St. Paul Figure Skating Club Attn: Anita/Tanice/Bonnie Box 1767 St. Paul, Alberta T0A 3A0 Or email:

Sylvan Lake Figure Skating Club The Sylvan Lake Figure Skating Club is looking for NCCP Primary STARSkate certified or higher coaches to join our coaching team. We are seeking enthusiastic, dedicated coaches who are confident and able to communicate well, work professionally with skaters, parents, executive board and other coaches. All applicants must enjoy working with skaters of all ages and skill levels within the CanSkate, preliminary and STARSkate programs. We welcome applications from new and experienced coaches who are interested in working and growing within our team oriented club. The successful applicants should have a great knowledge of keeping skaters of all ages motivated and busy while learning their techniques on the ice. Sylvan Lake is located 15 minutes west of Red Deer and is one of the fastest growing communities in Central Alberta. Sylvan Lake has a variety of amenities and a beautiful lake for everyone to enjoy. If you are interested in coaching with our club please contact: Crystal Graham-President Home phone: 403-887-0066 Cell: 403-302-1678 e-mail

Submit your coach wanted ad to if you would like your ad to appear in the newsletter. Cost per ad (150 words) is $25 per edition. Ads are also placed on the Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut website as they are received. 31

Coach Wanted Ads Lakeside Figure Skating Club

Whitecourt Figure Skating Club

About Us: The Lakeside Figure Skating Club is located in the town of Slave Lake along the shores of beautiful Lesser Slave Lake approximately 250 km NW of Edmonton. We have approximately 50 skaters combined in our CanSkate and STARSkate programs. The club is willing to pay reasonable travel expenses for a coach to commute.

About Us: The Whitecourt FSC is a busy and successful rural club with ice 6 days a week. We currently offer a CanSkate thru to STARSkate programs, with a consistent high passing rate. We strive to follow the Skate Canada Guidelines and our members are proud to have successfully hosted STARSkate 2012 this past season. We offer programs for Freeskate, Dance, Skills and Interpretive, and require all skaters to participate in a balance of disciplines. We are in need of 2 full time coaches, but will consider all applications and availability. Sharing with a surrounding club is also a consideration.

Requirements: The successful candidate will: • Minimum NCCP PrimarySTARSkate certified • Registered with Skate Canada • Willing to travel or relocate to Slave Lake • Be comfortable choreographing free skate and interpretive programs Roles & Responsibilities: Coach STARSkate program, group lessons and/or private lessons. Skills: The successful candidate will: • Be able to instruct prelim and junior bronze free skate, skills and dance lessons • Be Organized • Communicate well with executive, skaters and parents • Work well with young skaters to keep them interested and motivated to skate and improve their basic skating skills • Time Commitment: We have ice from 4 – 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday with a possibility of getting weekend ice. Any commitment would be gratefully accepted. Be able to attend test days and competitions with skaters. Application Deadline: Until an acceptable candidate is found. Contact Information: Please send your resume to: Marsha Green Box 1302 Slave Lake, AB, T0G 2A0 If you have any questions, please contact Marsha Green at 780-849-6820.

Requirements: The successful candidate will: • Possess a minimum CanSkate level while working towards a Primary Level • Primary or higher level of coaching would be a great asset • A photocopy of your Skate Canada Professional Coaching Membership Card • Police Clearance Check • First Aid Certificate • Making Ethical Decisions Roles & Responsibilities: You will assist other coaching staff in providing accurate and dynamic programs for our skaters, according to the Skate Canada Guidelines. Skills: The successful candidate will: • Be a positive role model for our athletes and for the club as a whole, working with other coaching staff and club executive members to ensure a positive experience for our skaters Time Commitment: Ice is available for various programs from Sunday to Friday (47PM) Skating Programs: Depending on Coaching Level, our club currently has openings for all levels of STARSkate and CanSkate coaching assistance. Application Deadline: Ongoing for the 2012-2013 season…If the ad is posted we are still in need of coaching staff and will reply to all inquiries. Contact Information: Please send your resume to: 780-706-2707 If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn at 780-7791499


Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut recognizes its partners, supporters and sponsors for supporting figure skating in our Section. 33

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut 11759 Groat Road NW Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3K6 Phone: (780) 415-0465 Fax: (780) 427-1734 Email: 34

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