"Know Your Sport" this weekend

BC COAST SEPTEMBER GENERAL MEETING AND KNOW YOUR SPORT WORKSHOPS!

The September General Meeting and Know Your Sport Workshops will take place September 30th, 2017 at Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex. 

The KYS workshops will take place in the morning, followed by Lunch and the General Meeting in the afternoon. Registration fees cover Workshops, coffee break and Lunch! All BC Coast Region Clubs and Coaches are welcome to attend! We are pleased to provide 9 informative sessions. Since multiple sessions will be occurring at the same time, we encourage more that one member from your Club attend.

  • Fees : Single participant $40.00
  • 3 participants $100.00

Times:

  • Registration will begin at 8:15 am 
  • Workshops begin at 8:45 am
  • Lunch - 12-1:15 (Guest Speaker 12:30 pm)
  • BC Coast Region General Meeting : 1:30-3:30

Click here for full workshop details.

Registration closes September 29th. Click here to register now!

 

Flower Retriever & Ceremony Auditions-2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

The 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships are coming to Vancouver, B.C., from January 7 - 14, 2018 and auditions are being held for Flower Retrievers & Ceremony Participants. 

Flower Retriever Requirements

  • Must be 9 to 12 years of age as of January 4, 2018. 
  • Must be a current Skate Canada member that has passed their STAR 5/Junior Bronze Free Skate tests (program and elements) and/or complete STAR 5/Junior Bronze Dances (swing dance, fiesta tango and willow waltz) or higher. 
  • Must have accommodation or residence within a 2-hour drive of Vancouver, BC. 
  • Must complete and submit the RSVP form included on the Skate Canada website by September 30, 2017.

Ceremony Participant Requirements

  • Must be 15 to 18 years of age as of January 4, 2018. 
  • Must be a current Skate Canada member that has passed any Senior Bronze level or higher test. 
  • Must have accommodation or residence within a 2-hour drive of Vancouver, BC. 
  • Must complete and submit the RSVP form included on the Skate Canada website by September 30, 2017.

For more information and full details click here.

Auditions for flower retrievers and ceremony participants are being hosted on Saturday, October 14 at Burnaby 8 Rinks. Skaters must be in attendance at the auditions to be considered for final selection.

Click here to RSVP by September 30, 2017!

Any questions can be directed to bcyksection@skatinginbc.com

Notes for parents new to CanSkate

CanSkate Organization:

  • All of our CanSkate sessions offer instruction for all levels of ability; the only difference between CanSkate 1 and CanSkate 2 is age.
  • Groups within each CanSkate class are divided based on age and/or ability. Depending on numbers, there could be 2 or 3 groups at approximately the same level.
  • Program Assistants (PAs) are young club skaters who have been trained to assist the professional club coaches on CanSkate sessions. They are identified by their red jackets. 
  • Typical class schedule:
    • 5 minutes warm up, choreographed to music
    • 30 minutes in lesson group time, which are done on circuits 
    • 5minutes cool down

Reminders for parents:

  • All CanSkate participants must wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet. There can be no exceptions; if your child does not have a proper helmet, they will not be able to attend their session.
  • Please be patient for the first few lessons. It takes time to assess skaters and organize groups; your child will likely be moved around between groups several times to find the best fit.
  • Parents must sit in the stands; they are not permitted in the players' bench area where the skaters enter and exit the ice.
  • PAs are not professional coaches; their role is to assist on the CanSkate sessions. Any questions about the program or your child's progress should be directed to the club coaches (not PAs), after the session is over, or email Canskate Director Caroline Mackeen at canskate@wrsssc.com.
  • Report cards will be handed out in December and March.

See our CanSkate page for more information about the Skate Canada CanSkate program.

"Welcome Back to Skating" Seminar

The BC Coast Region of Skate Canada has announced a "Welcome Back to Skating Seminar":

Come join us for an amazing afternoon of skatingI Get a jumpstart into the new season! Learn, have fun, and get your objectives and motivation in check for the what promises to be a great skatingseason!

Date, time and location: Sunday September 17th, Surrey Sport and Leisure  Arena from 12 to 6 pm. There will be on-ice session (edges & turns, creative, jumps and off-ice sessions)

Target group: Star 3 to 6 - Recreational skaters getting back into skating after a Summer with little or no skating


Our Coaches!

Anastasia Baikov: Anastasia’s love of figure skating began while watching Olympic Champions Maya Usova and Alexander Zulin perform at the arena where her father worked. Upon her family moving to Israel, Anastasia continued to improve and compete, and eventually becoming Israeli National Champion. Her coaching career began in Montreal were she has helped create and introduce various programs that over the years have helped develop a stream of competitive skaters.  

Kevin Bursey: Kevin has been a skating coach and a club director for 30 years. Some of the key roles he has held include: National Performance Director for the UK National Ice Skating Association, Director of programs at Connaught, Senior Staff member at Champs International, Director of Operations at Coquitlam SC and now Skating Director at Sungod SC. Kevin has coached skaters from grass roots to World Championship level competition. He is fully certified in Canada at NCCp level 3 and has his Level 4 in the UK.

Julie Dunlop: Julie is an Honours Graduate of Seneca College Figure Skating Program, a Skate Canada Nationally Trained Coach and a Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award Recipient with over 30 years of coaching experience.  Julie has recently moved back to Canada after living and coaching in Iceland where she was the Head Coach for Reykjavik Skating Club.  She has been a National Team Coach, Team Leader and training coach for competitions such as ISU Junior Grand Prix, World Children's Games, Nordic Championships and many other ISU competitions.  

Caroline Mackeen: Caroline has been coaching for over 35 years and specialize in choreography and freestyle. She loves to provide a positive learning environment and believes that enjoying skating directly influences learning. Her teaching stresses the importance of being a well rounded skater in all aspects of skating.

Christine Reeves Belazney: Christine is dedicated to providing innovative, cutting edge fitness for figure skaters. Christine’s many years as an elite level figure skater combined with her multiple certifications in Sport Specific Conditioning, Pilates and Injury prevention with a deep understanding of body movement specific to figure skating has allowed her to develop and design an uniquely cohesive, intelligent and balanced Off Ice conditioning program in alignment with on ice skills acquisition and the Long Term Athlete Development program of Skate Canada. Christine was part of the “Blame it on the Blues” show with Brian Order and also a technical & artistic coach on CBC’s “Battle of the Blades”, and in the movie “Blades of Glory”. 

Register Here!

Closing date for registrations is September 12, 2017.

Spaces limited, register early to avoid disappointment!