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Learn to Skate at Your Local Skate Canada Club

OTTAWA, ON: The 2019-2020 ice skating season is beginning in many communities across Canada and all Canadians have the opportunity to register for skating programs at your local Skate Canada club or skating school. Skating is an integral part of the Canadian experience, and with a diverse offering of programs, aspiring participants of all ages can learn at their own speed.

Skate Canada is pleased to offer CanSkate, presented by Canadian Tire, the number one learn-to-skate program in the country. CanSkate is accessible to all Canadians and has been implemented in member clubs and skating schools nationwide.

The CanSkate program is based on principles of Sport Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), and offers custom tools, professional coaching, a tested and proven curriculum, and delivery methods that guarantee strong basic skills and quicker skating development. The CanSkate program also teaches skills that prepare skaters for other popular Canadian ice sports such as hockey, ringette and speed skating, by working on the skaters’ balance, control and agility.

Learning to skate is a natural part of Canadian life. From early steps on the ice, holding onto a parent’s hand, to skating at a family activity, or moving on to other ice sports, skating is an enriching, active experience. Skate Canada offers three  programs, from CanSkate for beginners of any age to, STAR 1-5 as an introduction of figure skating and CanPowerSkate for the enhancement of skating skills for hockey and ringette.

Skating opportunities include:

  • Synchronized Skating – for those looking to develop skills and participate in skating as a team
  • Adaptive Skating – options are available within all of our programs for the development of skating skills. Contact your local club for details.
  • Adult Skating – options are available through programs. Contact your local skating club for details and availability.

All Skate Canada member coaches hold National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) status, first aid and valid police clearance checks. Quality instruction is available at all 1,200 member clubs and skating schools across the country.

To learn more about skating programs near you, please contact your nearest club using Skate Canada’s Find a Club and let’s get skating Canada!

Les Suprêmes lead 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup

ZAGREB, Croatia – Les Suprêmes from St-Leonard, Que., are in first place after Friday’s short program at the 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup synchronized skating competition.

The first of two Canadian entries leads with 63.71 points with Russia second at 62.02 and Finland third at 61.11.

The Les Suprêmes skaters are Jessica Allaire, Alessia Arsenault, Amélie Béland, Julia Bernardo, Rachel Maria Cecere, Alisia Cirella, Emily Degni, Béatrice Coté Gomes De Oliveira, Marie-Ève Deschesnes, Gabrielle Gauthier-Roy, Marie-Michèle Gauthier-Roy, Kathleen Grandchamps, Alessia Hart-Lewis, Jessisa Giovanna Iacono, Nadia Lemay, Christina Morin, Alexia Nadai-Plante, Andréanne Paradis, Alessia Malissa Polletta and Florence Poulin.

Canadian junior silver medallists, Les Suprêmes qualified for the event by winning Skate Canada Central Ontario’s annual Winterfest competition. They have previously competed at this event in 2014, winning silver, and in 2012, winning bronze. Last year, they won the bronze medal at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. This season, they won gold at the 2016 French Cup. Les Suprêmes junior are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Kassandra Patenaude.

NEXXICE from Burlington, Ont., are in seventh spot at 54.25. The NEXXICE skaters are Madina Asrorova, Alyssa Finocchi, Alycia Giro, Taylor Johnston, Anna Ljungberg, Caroline Marr, Emiko Marr, Shayna McFadden, Jessica Morgan, Scarlet Panning-Stinson, Angie Qi, Jeian Simbahon, Samantha Smith, Nicole Suszek, Alessandra Toso, Nadejda Vladco, Kayla Walker, Brooklyn Williamson, Emily Wright and Olivia Xie.

Canadian champions NEXXICE junior won silver at Skate Canada Central Ontario’s Winterfest. NEXXICE junior previously competed at this event in 2012, placing sixth. Last year, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre placed fifth at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. This season, NEXXICE junior won silver at the 2016 Neuchâtel Trophy. NEXXICE junior are coached by Trish Perdue-Mills.

Competition ends Saturday.

Information: 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup

Les Suprêmes champions at 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup

ZAGREB, Croatia – Les Suprêmes from St-Leonard, Que., won the gold medal Saturday at the 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup synchronized skating competition.

The Canadians earned 179.44 points placing first in both the short and long programs. Finland took the silver at 172.91 and Russia was third at 169.93.

The Supremes skaters were Jessica Allaire, Alessia Arsenault, Amélie Béland, Julia Bernardo, Rachel Maria Cecere, Alisia Cirella, Emily Degni, Béatrice Coté Gomes De Oliveira, Marie-Ève Deschesnes, Gabrielle Gauthier-Roy, Marie-Michèle Gauthier-Roy, Kathleen Grandchamps, Alessia Hart-Lewis, Jessisa Giovanna Iacono, Nadia Lemay, Christina Morin, Alexia Nadai-Plante, Andréanne Paradis, Alessia Malissa Polletta and Florence Poulin.

Canadian junior silver medallists, Les Suprêmes qualified for the event by winning Skate Canada Central Ontario’s annual Winterfest competition. They have previously competed at this event in 2014, winning silver, and in 2012, winning bronze. Last year, they won the bronze medal at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. This season, they won gold at the 2016 French Cup. Les Suprêmes junior are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Kassandra Patenaude.

NEXXICE from Burlington, Ont., were eighth at 149.47 out of 20 entries. The NEXXICE skaters were Madina Asrorova, Alyssa Finocchi, Alycia Giro, Taylor Johnston, Anna Ljungberg, Caroline Marr, Emiko Marr, Shayna McFadden, Jessica Morgan, Scarlet Panning-Stinson, Angie Qi, Jeian Simbahon, Samantha Smith, Nicole Suszek, Alessandra Toso, Nadejda Vladco, Kayla Walker, Brooklyn Williamson, Emily Wright and Olivia Xie.

Canadian champions NEXXICE junior won silver at Skate Canada Central Ontario’s Winterfest. NEXXICE junior previously competed at this event in 2012, placing sixth. Last year, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre placed fifth at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. This season, NEXXICE junior won silver at the 2016 Neuchâtel Trophy. NEXXICE junior are coached by Trish Perdue-Mills.

Full Results: 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup.

Junior Synchronized Skating Teams Set to Represent Canada at 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup

OTTAWA, ON: Canada will have two junior synchronized skating teams competing at the 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup in Zagreb, Croatia, from March 10-12. Les Suprêmes junior from Quebec and NEXXICE junior, from Western Ontario, will represent Canada at the event. Zagreb will host 20 of the top junior synchronized skating teams from 15 countries. The event runs in conjunction with the Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy synchronized skating competition which features novice and senior events.

Canadian junior silver medallists, Les Suprêmes are the first Canadian entry. Les Suprêmes qualified as the first Canadian entry by winning Skate Canada Central Ontario’s annual Winterfest competition. They have previously competed at this event in 2014, winning silver, and in 2012, winning bronze. Last year, they won the bronze medal at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. This season, the representatives of CPA Saint-Léonard won gold at the 2016 French Cup. Les Suprêmes junior are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Kassandra Patenaude.

Nexxice Junior

NEXXICE Junior

Canadian champions NEXXICE junior are the second Canadian entry, having won silver at Skate Canada Central Ontario’s Winterfest. NEXXICE junior previously competed at this event in 2012, placing sixth. Last year, the representatives of the Burlington Skating Centre placed fifth at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. This season, NEXXICE junior won silver at the 2016 Neuchâtel Trophy. NEXXICE junior are coached by Trish Perdue-Mills.

Susan Morriss, of Victoria, B.C., will be the Canadian team manager at the event. Dr. Ed Pilat of Winnipeg, Man., will be the Canadian team doctor and Sylvia Ciurysek of Berwyn, Alta., will be the team physiotherapist.

For more information please visit 2016 ISU Junior World Challenge Cup.

Canada’s Nexxice fourth at ISU Shanghai Trophy

SHANGHAI – Nexxice from Burlington, Ont., gained a spot in the standings with its free skate but just fell short of the podium in a fourth place finish at the ISU Shanghai Trophy synchronized skating competition.

Paradise from Russia held on for gold with 205.33 points, Haydenettes from the U.S. were second at 201.01 and Team Surprise from Sweden took bronze at 200.37. The Canadians followed at 191.11 climbing from fifth after Friday’s short program.

The Nexxice skaters were Shannon Aikman-Jones, Cassandra Ablack, Ellicia Beaudoin, Kelly Britten, Sarah Burns, Anna Cappuccitti, Lee Chandler, Alessia Chiovitti, Samantha Defino, Courtney Gray, Celina Hevesi, Renata Khuzina, Victoria Kwan, Lauren Malott, Courtney McNaughton, Lisa Miadovnik, Rachel Ng, Kiersten Tietz, Jillian Tyler and Lauren Varley.

Representing the Burlington Skating Centre, Nexxice won the silver medal at the recent national championships.

They are the defending world champions, and have previously won the world championships in 2009, won silver from 2012-2014, and won bronze in 2007 and 2008. Nine-time consecutive Canadian champions (from 2007-2015), they are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Full results: ISU Shanghai Trophy 2016

Nexxice senior synchronized skating team in China for 2016 ISU Shanghai Trophy

OTTAWA, ON:  Canada will have one team competing at the 2016 ISU Shanghai Trophy in Shanghai, China. Nexxice senior will be the Canadian entry at the international synchronized skating invitational taking place from March 4-6, 2016.

Representing the Burlington Skating Centre are the 2016 Canadian silver medallists, Nexxice. They are the defending world champions, and have previously won the world championships in 2009, won silver from 2012-2014, and won bronze in 2007 and 2008. Nine-time consecutive Canadian champions (from 2007-2015), they are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

Karen Robertson of Chelsea, Que., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

For more information on the event please visit www.isu.org.

Skate Canada names teams for 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships

OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada has selected two synchronized skating teams for the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships taking place in Budapest, Hungary, from April 8-9, 2016.

Les Supremes

Les Suprêmes

Les Suprêmes, from the CPA Saint-Léonard, and Nexxice, from the Burlington Skating Centre, earned their entries to the world championships winning gold and silver respectively at 2016 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships this past weekend in Waterloo, Ont.

Canadian champions Les Suprêmes are the first Canadian entry for the 2016 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. Representing CPA Saint-Léonard, they earned their third Canadian title this past weekend in Waterloo, Ont. Les Suprêmes placed sixth at the 2015 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. They have won one medal at this event previously, bronze in 2003. Les Suprêmes are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Amanda Gaiotti.

Nexxice Senior

Nexxice Senior

Representing the Burlington Skating Centre, Nexxice will be the second entry. Nexxice are the defending world champions, and have previously won the world championships in 2009, won silver from 2012-2014, and won bronze in 2007 and 2008. The 2016 Canadian silver medallists are coached by Shelley Simonton Barnett and Anne Schelter.

This will be the 17th edition of the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships with Canada having won medals at 11 of those previous events.

Earlier this season, entries for the 2016 ISU Synchronized Skating Junior World Challenge Cup in Zagreb, Croatia, from March 11-12, 2016, were determined at Skate Canada Central Ontario’s annual Winterfest competition. The 2016 Canadian silver medallists Les Suprêmes (junior) from CPA Saint-Léonard and 2016 Canadian gold medallists, Nexxice (junior), of the Burlington Skating Club earned the two entries for Canada.

Canadian juniors reign Supremes at French Cup

ROUEN, France – Les Suprêmes from St-Leonard, Que., won the gold medal Saturday in junior competition for the second straight year at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.

Les Suprêmes placed first in both the short and long programs and finished with 162.88 points. The Musketeers from Finland were second at 155.14 and the Skyliners from the U.S. third at 153.14 out of 11 entries.

Les Suprêmes junior  skaters were Jessica Allaire, Alessia Arsenault, Amélie Béland, Julia Bernardo, Véronik Boisvert, Rachel Cecere, Alisia Cirella, Alice Côté, Emily Degni, Béatrice De Oliveira, Gabrielle Gauthier-Roy, Marie-Ève Deschênes, Marie-Michèle Gauthier-Roy, Kathleen Grandchamp, Alessia Hart-Lewis, Jessica Iacono, Nadia Lemay, Christina Morin, Alexia Nadai-Plante, Andréanne Paradis, Alessia Polletta and Florence Poulin.

Les Suprêmes were third at the world junior championships last winter and are two-time defending Canadian junior champions.

In senior competition, Paradise from Russia won the gold medal at 206.08 edging the Rockettes from Finland at 201.68. Team Unique from Finland overtook Les Suprêmes for the bronze finishing at 198.90 to 198.80 for the Canadians in fourth.

Les Suprêmes senior team members were: Rebecca Allaire, Katherine Beaucage, Alexandra Bernardo, Lou-Ann Bezeau-Tremblay, Audrey-Anne Blouin, Joannie Brazeau, Emma Maria Corona, Alessandra Criscuolo, Laurie Désilets, Mélodie Doré, Sara Gilbert, Dana Malowany, Agathe Sigrid Merlier, An-Kim Nguyen, Minh-Thu Tina Nguyen, Olivia Laurra Sena, Claudia Sforzin, Sofya Squalli, Hélène Stojanovski and Yasuko Uchida.

The senior Les Suprêmes were sixth at the world championships last season and opened 2016 last weekend with a silver at the Neufchatel Trophy in Switzerland.

Full results: 2016 French Cup.

Canadian teams first and fourth after short programs

ROUEN, France – Les Suprêmes from St-Leonard, Que., are first in junior competition and third in the senior event after Friday’s short programs at the French Cup synchronized skating competition.

In junior, Les Suprêmes are the defending champions and lead with 58.00 points. The Musketeers from Finland are second at 53.70 and Team Mystique, also from Finland, third at 53.68 out of 11 entries.

Les Suprêmes junior  skaters are Jessica Allaire, Alessia Arsenault, Amélie Béland, Julia Bernardo, Véronik Boisvert, Rachel Cecere, Alisia Cirella, Alice Côté, Emily Degni, Béatrice De Oliveira, Gabrielle Gauthier-Roy, Marie-Ève Deschênes, Marie-Michèle Gauthier-Roy, Kathleen Grandchamp, Alessia Hart-Lewis, Jessica Iacono, Nadia Lemay, Christina Morin, Alexia Nadai-Plante, Andréanne Paradis, Alessia Polletta and Florence Poulin.

Les Suprêmes were third at the world junior championships last winter and are two-time defending Canadian junior champions.

In the senior event, Paradise from Russia stands first after the short with 71.98 followed by Finland’s Rockettes at 71.42, Finland’s Team Unique at 69.16 and Les Suprêmes at 68.32 out of 12 entries.

Les Suprêmes senior team members are: Rebecca Allaire, Katherine Beaucage, Alexandra Bernardo, Lou-Ann Bezeau-Tremblay, Audrey-Anne Blouin, Joannie Brazeau, Emma Maria Corona, Alessandra Criscuolo, Laurie Désilets, Mélodie Doré, Sara Gilbert, Dana Malowany, Agathe Sigrid Merlier, An-Kim Nguyen, Minh-Thu Tina Nguyen, Olivia Laurra Sena, Claudia Sforzin, Sofya Squalli, Hélène Stojanovski and Yasuko Uchida.

The senior Les Suprêmes were sixth at the world championships last season and opened 2016 last weekend with a silver at the Neufchatel Trophy in Switzerland.

The free programs are on Saturday.

Full results: 2016 French Cup.

Les Suprêmes synchronized skating teams prepared for 2016 French Cup

OTTAWA, ON:  Canada will have two teams at the 2016 French Cup international synchronized skating competition in Rouen, France. Les Suprêmes senior and junior will compete at the event which takes place from February 5-6, 2016, at the Patinoire Île Lacroix and features 30 teams in senior, junior, and novice.

Les Suprêmes senior, the 2015 Canadian silver medallists, will be the sole Canadian entry in the senior category. They began this season by winning the silver medal at the Neuchâtel Trophy this past weekend. They have previously competed at this event, placing fifth last season, sixth in 2014, and fifth in 2013. Last season, the representatives of Quebec won gold at the 2015 Mozart Cup and placed sixth at the 2015 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Hamilton, Ontario. The five-time consecutive Canadian silver medallists are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Amanda Gaiotti.

Les Suprêmes junior, also from Quebec, will be the sole representative from Canada in the junior category. They are the defending French Cup junior champions, and previously won the bronze medal at this event in 2014, and placed eighth in 2013. Two-time consecutive Canadian junior champions, Les Suprêmes junior also won the bronze medal at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. The team is also coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Amanda Gaiotti.

Andrew Bosco of Thorold, Ont., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

For more information on the event please visit 2016 French Cup.

Strong free programs put Canada in medals at Neuchâtel Trophy

Neuchâtel, Switzerland – Strong free programs produced silver medals for Canada in both senior and junior competition on Sunday at the Neuchâtel Trophy synchronized skating competition.

In senior competition, Team Paradise from Russia took the gold medal with 213.50 points followed Les Supremes from St-Leonard, Que., in second at 198.06 edging Team Unique from Finland third at 198.04.  There were seven entries.

The 20-member  Supremes were third after the short program on Saturday just behind the Finns.

The skaters for Les Supremes were Rebecca Allaire, Katherine Beaucage, Alexandra Bernardo, Lou-Ann Bezeau-Tremblay, Audrey-Anne Blouin, Joannie Brazeau, Emma Maria Corona, Alessandra Criscuolo, Laurie Désilets, Mélodie Doré, Sara Gilbert, Dana Malowany, Agathe Sigrid Merlier, An-Kim Nguyen, Minh-Thu Tina Nguyen, Olivia Laurra Sena, Claudia Sforzin, Sofya Squalli, Hélène Stojanovski and Yasuko Uchida.

Les Supremes were sixth at the 2015 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Hamilton. The five-time consecutive Canadian silver medallists are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Amanda Gaiotti.

In junior completion, NEXXICE from Burlington, Ont., ranked third for both the short and long programs but their consistency paid off in silver with 138.86. Chicago Jazz from the U.S. won the event with 148.07 and Fond du Lac Blades, also from the U.S., were third at 136.24.

NEXXICE skaters were Madina Asrorova, Alyssa Finocchi, Alycia Giro, Taylor Johnston, Anna Ljunberg, Caroline Marr, Emiko Marr, Shayna McFadden, Jessica Morgan, Angie Qi, Jeian Amiel Simbahon, Samantha Smith, Melanie Spowart, Scarlet Stinson-Panning, Nicoel Susek, Alessandra Toso, Kayla Walker, Brooklyn Williamson, Emily Wright and Olivia Xie.

Last year, NEXXICE placed fifth at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. Nexxice junior are coached by Trish Perdue-Mills and represent the Burlington Skating Centre.

Full results: 2016 Neuchâtel Trophy

Canadian synchronized skating teams in Switzerland for 2016 Neuchâtel Trophy

OTTAWA, ON:  Canada will have two entries at the 2016 Neuchâtel Trophy international synchronized skating competition. Les Suprêmes senior and Nexxice junior will compete at the event which takes place from January 30-31, 2016 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, and features 15 teams from eight countries at the senior and junior levels.

Les Suprêmes senior, the 2015 Canadian silver medallists, will be the sole Canadian entry in the senior category. Last season, they won gold at the 2015 Mozart Cup and placed fifth at the 2015 French Cup. The representatives of Quebec also placed sixth at the 2015 ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships in Hamilton, Ontario. The five-time consecutive Canadian silver medallists are coached by Marilyn Langlois, assisted by Pascal Denis, Amélie Brochu, and Amanda Gaiotti.

Canadian silver medallists, Nexxice junior, will be the Canadian entry at the junior level. Last season, the 2013 Canadian junior champions won the silver medal at the Spring Cup in Italy, and placed fifth at the 2015 ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships. Nexxice junior are coached by Trish Perdue-Mills and represent the Burlington Skating Centre.

Marion Dyke of Mississauga, Ont., will be the sole Canadian official at the event.

For more information on the event please visit 2016 Neuchâtel Trophy.