This season Skate Canada and the Alumni Committee welcomed two new members into the Alumni Family. This past January at Nationals in Saint John, two of Canada’s most popular national team members, Dylan Moscovitch and Elladj Baldé, renewed their friendship and reminisced about the experiences skating has brought to their lives Facing the end of their first year of retirement from competition, they also talked about their new goals … and through many giggles … shared how skating has prepared them for the road ahead as they both embark on new directions.
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Continue reading “Podcast: Moscovitch & Elladj Baldé | Passing of Mrs. Mitchell | 2019 Nationals | The Brothel Incident | Westwood Gems Part 2”
As Athlete Ambassador of the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, Elvis shared accounts of some of his experiences competing at Nationals, the things it taught him and the lessons he hopes he can pass along. 20 years post competition and he is still one of the most sought-after performers in the world. Listen Now »
Continue reading “Podcast: E. Stojko | Oly | The Whistle | J. Westwood | Reynolds Retires”
Ann Shaw, Skate Canada Alumni Committee member chats with Joyce Hisey about her experience as a Team Leader at the annual senior competition in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Continue reading “Podcast: J. Hisey | Special Holiday Message | Oh, the People You’ll Meet! | Once Upon an Ice Rink… | Alumni Celebrate at Grand Prix Final”
Skate Canada Archivist – Emery Leger
Skate Canada Hall of Fame & Heritage Committee member, Diane Imrie chats with Emery Leger, Skate Canada Archivist about Skate Canada’s collection from photographs, trophies, medals, costumes, films… and much more. Continue reading “Podcast: E. Leger | Skating Memories by S. Milton | Thank You Canada Tour | Rochette & Baldé at Skate Canada International 2018”
Tune in to listen to NEXXICE legends Shelley Simonton Barnett (coach) and Jennifer Beauchamp (alumnus) chatting about our 9 time Canadian Champions.
Continue reading “NEXXICE SR Podcast | “Our Good-byes” | Season Starting Memories-Part 2 | HOF Inductions: J. Rochette & C. Bourne”
PART 1 Season-starting Memories
As the new skating season swings into action, many Alumni are reminded from years gone by of the thrills and fears experienced at the start of their own competitive seasons. Whether Athlete, Judge, Coach, Volunteer or Hall of Famer, every memory is golden and demonstrates the richness that is part of our individual skating stories. Continue reading “Season – Starting Memories | The Move to Vancouver | 1963 World Gold Medal”
Debbi Wilkes chats with Canadian pair skater, Lenny Faustino. Lenny with pair partner Jacinthe Larivière, were the 2003 Canadian National Champions and represented Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. Continue reading “L. Faustino Podcast | Alumni Award | Birth of a Vision”
Canada Ice Dance Theatre: Birth of a Vision – Volume 1
Written by Ron Vincent
“In this edition of the Alumni blog, let’s welcome legendary Coach, choreographer and Skate Canada Hall of Fame member Ron Vincent, as he tells the story of one of his greatest pieces of choreography, the Canada Ice Dance Theatre.” Continue reading “Birth of a Vision | “What Happens After””
In this episode, Debbi Wilkes chats with Mike Slipchuk, 1992 Olympian & Canadian Champion, Skate Canada’s High Performance Director and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum member.
Continue reading “M. Slipchuk Podcast | Around the Rink: R. Vallée”
LESLEY HAWKER – “Standing Ovations”
It’s 2002 and I am a 20-year-old skating in my first national championships ever. My debut is as a senior and I have been shadowing Jennifer Robinson, in hopes that whatever she does will rub off on me! I never made nationals at the novice or junior level and as I stepped onto the ice for my short program I breathed in all that amazing energy that comes only at the Canadian championships. The music, the cameras, the judges and the crowd. I don’t remember being scared (that feeling only creeps in with years of experience). I hit my opening pose and the music started, I seemed to float through the two opening jump passes. I came back to earth when I almost fell on the flying camel but continued to push through and finish with a clean short. My hands flew to my face as soon as the music ended. I watched my coach jump up and down and I bent forward crying, laughing and amazed that I had done it. And then the real surprise, as I went to take my curtesy everyone was on their feet. A standing ovation. Standing ovations were always my favourite reward. Continue reading “Alumni Spotlight: Hawker | Around the Rink: A. Paul & M. Islam”