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CanSkaters and STARSkaters who want to challenge their figure skating skills and show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the competitive program.

What is CompetitiveSkate?


The CompetitiveSkate Test Program is a testing program for skaters in singles, pairs and dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada. Skaters take tests specific to the discipline (Singles, Pairs and Dance) in which they wish to compete. A skater or team may begin testing at the level at which they wish to compete (there are no test pre-requisites).

It's more than just skating!


Skaters enrolled in CompetitiveSkate learn a variety of life skills as they progress up the competitive ladder. These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time management and principles of fair play and sportsmanship. In addition to the life skill benefits, skaters in this program receive:

  • access to provincial and national funding programs (as applicable)
  • the opportunity to be selected to Skate Canada's National Team or Synchronized Skating National Team
  • the opportunity to compete at BMO Sectional, Challenge, Junior Nationals and/or Canadian Championships
  • opportunity and potential to be selected to represent Canada internationally
  • access to sport science services

If I Participate in the Competitive Program, is that All I Can Do?


No! Many skaters who compete in the qualifying event structure also take tests in Skate Canada's STARSkate Program or participate on Synchronized Skating teams. The only events that you may not be able to compete in are club, and events, some which restrict entry of skaters who have competed in the qualifying event system.

The Qualifying Event structure


There are several opportunities throughout the season for skaters to participate in competitive events.

The Skate Canada Competitive Program offers nationally standardized competitions to competitive skaters. These events are the stepping stones to other Skate Canada programs such as the Junior and Senior National Teams and the World and Olympic teams. Skaters competing in the qualifying event structure can do so at the Juvenile, Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior levels in Singles, Pairs and Dance.

BMO Sectional Skating Championships

The 13 BMO Sectional Skating Championships are the first of the Skate Canada qualifying competitions. Skaters can compete in events from Juvenile to Senior. Those who finish in the top four places in the Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior events are eligible to compete at the BMO Canadian Qualifying Event (Western or Eastern). Each of the 13 Sectional events takes place in November.

BMO Skate Canada Western and Eastern Challenge

The BMO Skate Canada Western Challenge and Eastern Challenge are elimination events for both the BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals (Novice and Junior skaters) and the BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championships (Senior skaters).  Pre-Novice National Champions will be declared at a combined Challenge event in each discipline. These events are held in December.

Senior skaters qualify through these events for the BMO Canadian Championships and Novice and Junior skaters qualify for the BMO Junior Nationals.

 

Number of athletes/entries qualifying for and competing at national championships
 
Singles
Pair
Dance
Notes
Novice
18
12
15
These numbers include skaters receiving a bye
Junior
18
12
15
These numbers include skaters receiving a bye
Senior
18
12
15
These numbers include skaters receiving a bye

 

BMO Canadian Championships

The BMO Canadian Championships are held every January in a different city. Competition is offered in singles, pair and ice dancing at the Senior level.

The top four Senior entries from the BMO Qualifying Events (Eastern and Western) are eligible to compete. Skaters will compete at Challenge other than those receiving a bye.

After completion of the Championships, the Skate Canada Board of Directors selects the teams that will represent Canada at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships as well as the ISU Four Continents team. Results from this event are also used to help determine what skaters will be on the National teams.

BMO Junior Nationals

Novice and Junior skaters compete at this national level event. It is typically held in January of each year, and is hosted by a different city. The top four Novice and Junior skaters from the BMO Qualifying Events (Eastern and Western) are eligible to compete.

After completion of the Championships, the Skate Canada Board of Directors selects the teams that will represent Canada at the ISU Junior World Championships. The Junior National team is determined from the results of this event.

Where Do I Go From Here?

There are a number of options once a skater decides that the Competitive Program may not be the Program for them. Skaters may choose to enter Skate Canada's STARSkate Program or participate on a Synchronized Skating team. Others who are leaving the Competitive Program to pursue other interests may be interested in becoming coaches, evaluators, judges, technical specialist, technical controller or data specialists. Others may choose to participate on a varsity skating team (if offered), or continue to skate and compete as an adult member of the Association.

 

 

  

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