OTTAWA, ON: Over 400 members of the skating community are headed to Winnipeg, Manitoba for Skate Canada’s Annual Convention and General Meeting (ACGM) and National Coaches’ Conference (NCC). The events take place from May 27-30, 2015 at the Fort Garry Hotel.
Over the four days, delegates and coaches will learn about new tools developed to support and facilitate skating in Canada, moving forward with a multitude of Partners in Progress.
The NCC officially begins on Wednesday evening as coaches are joined by two-time Olympic gold medal coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team, Melody Davidson, at the Coaches’ Conference opening and dinner. The NCC continues all day Thursday at the MTS Iceplex with coaches from across Canada attending workshops featuring world-class coaches, including Manon Perron, Tracy Wilson, Lee Barkell, Shelley Barnett, renowned choreographer Mark Pillay and Skate Canada’s Coaching Development Committee members. Sessions will be organized according to Long-Term Athlete Development classifications in the Learn to Skate/Learn to Train streams and Learn to Compete/Train to Compete streams.
Thursday evening, members from across the country will have to opportunity to see all Skate Canada Board of Directors candidates as the Meet the Candidates session is livestreamed for the first time. The ACGM then begins with the Convention Opening focusing on Partners in Progress. Olympians and world medallists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, as well as two-time Canadian Olympic women’s hockey gold medallist Meaghan Mikkelson will highlight the evening to discuss their experience in partnerships.
On Friday, convention attendees participate in a variety of workshops, presentations and social events. The workshops cover a variety of key topics in the progression of skating including partnership strategies, bullying in sport, officials’ recruitment and retention, and sustainable high performance.
Friday evening, the annual Skate Canada Achievement Awards Gala and Banquet takes place. The evening celebrates the accomplishments of skaters, volunteers, officials and coaches who made significant contribution to progress the quality of skating in Canada.
The event concludes on Saturday with the 102nd Annual General Meeting of the association, where Skate Canada is proud to welcome coaches as full voting members for the first time. Members will again be able to participate remotely as the AGM and voting will be available via live stream.