Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Quest – Skater Development Opportunity

Quest Event – December 21 and 22, 2016 – Toronto

QUEST is an event created to offer a parallel development pathway for skaters who competed at their Sectional Championships and did not meet the criteria to qualify for the Challenge level of competition. This event allows the skaters to train and perform using the same training calendars of those athletes who are continuing through the national qualifying structure. QUEST is an enhancement tool to help push the level of performance, as well as skill acquisition, to empower skaters to reach the ultimate goal of qualifying for the Challenge event next season. Skaters will receive constructive feedback and encouragement to support this goal.


STAR Quest Event – December 20, 2016 – Toronto

STAR QUEST is a pilot event to create a development pathway for skaters who are competing at the STAR 5 – Gold level of competition, or moving into the competitive stream of competition. This event will be used as an enhancement tool to help push the level of performance, as well as skill acquisition. All skaters will receive constructive feedback to help prepare for their future goals.


Skate Canada Programs

Learn to Skate and stay Active for Life!

Every Skate Canada skating program complements the others and allows for unrestricted movement and development through the system. All programs are taught by professional coaches certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and they are offered at member clubs and skating schools across the country. Skate Canada programs are based on a Participant Development Model and an Athlete Development Model.

Become part of the skating family and a member of Skate Canada. When you sign up for a skating program at a Skate Canada member club you automatically become a member of the national organization. If you are thinking about taking skating lessons for the first time or you want to introduce your children to a healthy life-long sport find a figure skating club near you.

Off-ice training is essential for all Skate Canada members – right from CanSkate to the elite athletes competing at the Olympics. Fitness training ensures that Canadian children are getting the appropriate level of physical activity as outlined in Health Canada’s “Guide to Physical Activity for Youth”.

Children, youth and adults need to do the right things at the right time to develop in their sport or activity – whether they want to be hockey players, dancers, figure skaters or gymnasts. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) describes the things athletes need to be doing at specific ages and stages – Canada Sport for Life.

There are seven stages within the basic LTAD model:
Stage 1: Active Start (0-6 years)
Stage 2: FUNdamentals (girls 6-8, boys 6-9)
Stage 3: Learn to Train (girls 8-11, boys 9-12)
Stage 4: Train to Train (girls 11-15, boys 12-16)
Stage 5: Train to Compete (girls 15-21, boys 16-23)
Stage 6: Train to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)
Stage 7: Active for Life (any age participant)

Skater Development

Learn to compete – Live to win!

Skate Canada – Eastern Ontario offers seminars, clinics & camps to athletes (of all levels) and their coach (es) each season, providing opportunities to spend time together in on-ice sessions and off-ice classes and lectures.

Seminars, Clinics and Camps

Monitoring of athletes at club level and/or competitions provides feedback for athletes and coaches to assist in the development of skills and techniques; for more information or to arrange for monitoring, please contact the Section’s Technical Director, Greg Rochefort.