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CanSkate Challenge Event Philosophy

The CanSkate Challenge (element event) is an initiative developed by Skate Canada in support of the organization's ongoing implementation of the Long-Term Athlete Development Model. The event has been formatted to introduce participants to the "competition" component of sport while providing them with the opportunity to showcase their skills in a fun and interactive environment.

The focus of the event is on individual skill improvement and therefore performances are not ranked. Instead of the traditional podium presentations for first, second and third, all skaters receive a certificate indication their overall performance levels (Gold, Silver, Bronze or Merit). The award levels are based on the the execution and assessment of four individual elements performed in a circuit format. Each element is evaluated using three predetermined performance features. Each skater receives a full overview of their performance on a "performance standards chart" which is provided to the skater along with the award certificate.

 

CanSkate Challenge Event Schedule

Each group of skaters is on the ice for about 20 minutes. This includes a group warm-up, practice time, two assessment circuits and a group bow/finale.

Skaters must arrive at the arena no later than 30 minutes prior to their warm-up times. Overall performance award certificates will be presented at the awards ceremony from 7:00-7:30 pm.

CanSkate Challenge Event Dates

Monday, February 10, 2020 6:00-6:50 pm at the Manotick arena

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 6:00-6:50 pm at the Fred Barrett arena

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 6:00-6:50 pm at the Manotick arena

Awards presentations to follow each event (7:00-7:30 pm) 

 

CanSkate Challenge Event Registration

Any skater registered in the current CanSkate and/or Future Stars season (2019-2020) with Rideau Skating Club may register for the CanSkate Challenge Event.

Skater registration for the event is mandatory. 

Registration opens on Monday, January 20 at 9:00 am. Click here to register.

Registration closes on Thursday, January 30 at 9:00 am.

Skaters must register for the category based on the following chart:

Stage 1: Must not have passed the complete Stage 1 badge

Stage 2: Must have passed Stage 1 but not the complete Stage 2 badge

Stage 3: Must have passed Stage 2 but not the complete Stage 3 badge

Stage 4: Must have passed Stage 3 but not the complete Stage 4 badge

Stage 5: Must have passed Stage 4 but not the complete Stage 5 badge

Stage 6: Must have passed Stage 5 but not the complete Stage 6 badge

Note 1 - a completed stage means all 3 ribbons have been earned (i.e. Stage 1 = Balance 1, Control 1 and Agility 1)

Note 2 - your skater's level will determine the date of their event