(June 12, 2009) – Taking place over the same weekend as the ACGM was the National Coaches’ Conference and the Best of the Best CanSkate Coaches’ Program (BOB). Ten coaches from across the country were present to participate in a two-day training in fundamental areas of CanSkate with Monica Lockie, Skate Canada Advisory Coaching Committee Chair. The BOB’s created a 45 minute CanSkate session from scratch. They developed their own circuits and choreographed the warm-up and cool-down activities. The BOB’s were recognized in front of their peers at the coaches’ reception which took place on Wednesday evening. A special video montage that included clips from each BOB submission video was shown and appreciated by all in attendance. They were awarded with a recognition certificate signed by Skate Canada President, Benoit Lavoie. The BOB’s also attended the President’s Reception prior to the awards banquet where they received a gift from Artistry and were once again recognized by all who attended.

Jacoba Dodge 2009 Best of the Best CanSkate Coach Program participant shared her defining moment of the week, “My defining moment was......when Brian Orser, Lee Barkell and Joannie Rochette’s (Mannon Perron) coach gave us a standing ovation after all of the BOB’s got their awards. All of us were very touched!”

For more information on the Best of the Best CanSkate Coach Program please click here.

Jan and Cynthia Ullmark hosted the Coaches Reception at the National Coaches’ Conference, which ran from Wednesday to Friday.  Thursday began with a CPC presentation by Scott Davis on technical changes followed by Dr. Jodi Abbott who did a thorough review of the program components complete with video highlights. After lunch, the on-ice sessions began with spins by Edmonton’s own Lise-Lotte Kinding and Manon Perron; stroking, steps, turns with Brian Orser; and jumps with Scott Davis and Manon Perron.

Skate Canada world team members Joannie Rochette and Vaughn Chipeur were on hand to take part in demonstrations along with some local competitive skaters. The day concluded with a session which covered mental skills and different approach to training these skills, presented by Doug Swanson from Red Deer, Alberta.

On Friday all coaches and delegates witnessed CanSkate LIVE, part of which included a live on-ice CanSkate demonstration which was presented by the BOB’s. They also attended sessions including CanSkate marketing and administration. The afternoon sessions included a Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) update presentation with presenters Monica Lockie and Skate Canada Coaching and Skating Programs Director Jeff Partrick.

The conference wrapped up with a Q&A with Canada’s top coaches and their athletes.  Scott Davis and Vaughn Chipeur discussed their training changes from last season to this season; Joannie Rochette and Manon Perron discussed their year-by-year plan since the 2006 Olympics; and Lee Barkell and Jeff Buttle talked about their support of the LTAD principles and how they applied them on their journey to becoming World Champion.

Enjoy some photos from the event!

Skate Canada Recreational Coaching Programs Manager, Josée Landriault,
Tamara Van Scheyndel, Dalene Murray, Jacoba Dodge, Tina Stevens-Forani, Cathy Wright,
Rachel Stewart, Marci Elliott,
 Mary-Liz Wiley, Megan Svistovski, Neal Thorne and
Skate Canada Advisory Coaching Committee Chair,Monica Lockie.
Orange Team
Purple Team


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