Skate Canada Newfoundland & Labrador

May 31, 2011

Joey Russell announces retirement from competitive skating

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[159].Senior Men - Joey Russell - NL-2Canadian senior bronze medalist, world team member, and long-time provincial team member Joey Russell has decided to retire from competitive skating. Joey has asked us to post the following letter on the web site.

Dear Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador,
I’m writing this letter to recognize my appreciation for my home province. I have decided to end my competitive career and move forward with other endeavours. I would like to say thank you to the people who have supported me along the way:
To the Volunteers,
I am forever indebted to you. Without you, none of my experiences would have come to life. I have alway found comfort in your sincere smiles and kind words whenever I felt nervous or tense. For a skater, it is lovely to have people around you who are there for you and show up because they truly love figure skating. I will always be involved in the skating world and I hope to pass on your positive energy.
To the Coaches,
Whenever I go home to Newfoundland and Labrador I see the amazing light-hearted but hard working relationship you have with your skaters. This attitude, from my own coaches, and those around me, has made me the skater and the person that I am today. I believe, your dedication translates to skaters each day and made the rink a place I looked forward to going to. I wish you all good luck.
To the Skaters,
I was not always sure of my ability as a skater. I worked hard, but found trouble believing that someone from Newfoundland and Labrador was talented enough to achieve greatness in the sport. I am from Newfoundland and Labrador through and through and I am so proud of that, but I had to change my mindset to that of a National and World level skater. Know that anything is possible in this sport of upsets, surprises and excitement. I hope after all is said and done, that I have opened the door for you and given you confidence like that of a future Olympic Champion. I can’t wait to follow your success and I wish you all the best.
To my Supporters both in the skating world and out,
You are what helped me through some of my hardest days at the rink. Knowing that I was representing a whole province was sometimes all I needed. To go home and hear the kindest, sweetest words, in an accent I so dearly missed, was the ultimate prize. It was my goal to make each Newfoundlander and Labradorian proud of figure skating in this province. Please pass on your overwhelming support to the future stars of our province so that they may feel the pride as I do.
A special thank you to my family for their sacrifices and unwavering support of every one of my decisions. To Bev Power, Betty and Lori Brett and my home club of Polaris. I hope that I have adequately shared each success with you and made you proud because I know you have been rooting for me since day one, and I am so grateful.
Thank you,

Skate Canada Newfoundland and Labrador wishes Joey Russell all the best on his retirement from competitive skating. His accomplishments including competing at the 2011 World Championships and the 2007 World Junior Championships were firsts in our Section. We proudly remember Joey’s Bronze medal winning performance in the Senior Men’s event at the 2011 Canadian Championships and his 2006 Canadian Junior Men’s title. Joey dreamed big and worked hard to make his skating dreams a reality, while being a great ambassador for skating in Newfoundland and Labrador. If you wish to send Joey a message you may do so through

May 26, 2011

Outstanding Accomplishments of Provincial Athletes Honoured

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Robyn-Lynn McGrath & Matthew Power at the awards presentation

More than 95 of the province’s elite male and female athletes were honoured at the 8th Annual Premier’s Athletic Awards, hosted last evening at the Holiday Inn St. John’s by the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. “Every year Newfoundland and Labrador continues to produce outstanding athletes who compete provincially, nationally, and internationally,” said Premier Dunderdale. “It is an honour to acknowledge their tremendous accomplishments once again. I commend all the athletes for their commitment to their chosen sport. Their dedication and passion will be an inspiration for many years to come.” The Premier’s Athletic Awards Program provides grants in the amounts of $500, $1,000, and $1,500 to assist young athletes with the costs of training and competition at the elite level. The amount each recipient receives is dependent on the level of competition in which they are engaged and the training requirements.

Among this year’s recipients are provincial team members Emily Benson, Robyn-Lynn McGrath, Matthew Power, Grace Woodland, Alexandra Young and Matthew Young

May 19, 2011

Skate Canada technical update

Filed under: Coaching,Officials,STARSkate — admin @ 3:28 am

The free program requirements for STARSkate tests have been revised effective July 1, 2011. These changes were made to reflect the well balanced program criteria for competition. An overview of the changes is posted in Members Only under . Revised test sheets will be available online and for order in mid-June. No changes have been made to the elements part (Part 1) of the free skate tests.
The STARSkate well balanced free program requirements for singles and pairs have been updated to reflect the changes to the CompetitiveSkate program criteria. These changes will ensure consistency and allow for easy transition between the two streams. The 2011-2012 STARSkate Pre-Event Technical Package will be available in July and will contain all information related to STARSkate competition categories. An abbreviated version is now posted in Members Only under .

May 18, 2011

Matthew Young receives Sport NL scholarship

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Excellence was celebrated on April 29, 2011 as Sport Newfoundland and Labrador announced the recipients of scholarships/bursaries during their 20th Annual Scholarship Presentation. Among the recipients was provincial team member Matthew Young.
Full article

May 14, 2011


Filed under: News — admin @ 8:44 am

Congratulations are extended to Dave Dove who has been approved by the Skate Canada Officials Coordinating and Technical Officials Committees for Promotion to Level II Data Specialist.

May 7, 2011

2011 Skate Canada NL AGM

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BMO Financial Group CanSkater of the Year Becky Drover

The 2011 Skate Canada NL AGM and Coach Development Weekend took place May 6th – 8th, 2011 at the Capital Hotel in St. John’s. At Saturday’s banquet the following award winners were announced:-
Skate Canada Volunteer Award of Excellence: Christine Morgan, Prince of Wales
Skate Canada Section Volunteer Award: Sharon Stoodley, Ice Crystal
Skate Canada Program Assistant Award: Katie Stoodley, Ice Crystal
Skate Canada Section Official Award: Mark Scott, Prince of Wales
Skate Canada Section Coach Award: Lindsay Hillier, Mount Pearl SC
BMO Financial Group CanSkater of the Year: Becky Drover, CBN
Skate Canada StarSkate Athlete Award: Bianca Paiement, Prince of Wales
Skate Canada Competitive Skate Athlete Award: Grace Woodland, Mount Pearl
Past winners

Ryan Sutherland and Kaitlin Greening (PreNovice pairs Canadian champions) and Joey Russell (Junior Canadian champion, and senior mens bronze medalist) were announced as the 2011 entries to the Hall of Fame.

Joey Russell, Matthew Young ,Alexandra Young, Robyn Lynn McGrath and Matthew Power were recipients of athlete assistance fund bursaries.

On Friday the 2011-12 board was elected. Changes include Bev Power as Section Chair with Juliet O’Brien moving to past chair, Christine Morgan (Competitions Chair), Gail Hopkins (Treasurer), and Tanya Young (Data Specialists Chair) (full board). We thank retiring board members Karen Nevin and Sherri Mercer for their service.

Photos follow (more…)

May 6, 2011

Joey Russell named to 2011-12 National Team

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Following his bronze medal placing at the national championships, and appearance at the World Championships, Joey Russell has been named to the 2011-12 national team by Skate Canada
Skate Canada news release

May 2, 2011

Avalon Region Easter Seminar

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The Avalon Region held its Easter seminar on April 26-28. The head coach for this seminar was Michelle Leigh, who coaches at the Mariposa Training Centre. Michelle was accompanied by Paige Aistrop and Adrianna DeSanctis. The seminar was a great success. Group photos online.

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