CompetitiveSkate incorporates a series of tests and other training opportunities to help competitors with potential to advance.
Skaters who wish to challenge their figure skating skills and who show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the CompetitiveSkate program.
What is CompetitiveSkate?
CompetitiveSkate is a program for skaters in singles, pairs and ice dance wishing to compete in qualifying events within Skate Canada.
It’s more than just skating!
Skaters enrolled in CompetitiveSkate learn a variety of life skills as they progress up the competitive ladder. These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time management and principles of fair play and sportsmanship. In addition to the life skill benefits, skaters in this program receive:
- access to Provincial and National funding programs (as applicable)
- the opportunity to be selected to Skate Canada’s National Team
- the opportunity to compete at Skate Canada Sectionals, Skate Canada Challenge, and/or the National Skating Championships
- opportunity and potential to be selected to represent Canada internationally
- access to sport science services
If I participate in the Competitive Program, is that all I can do?
No! Many skaters who compete in the qualifying event structure also take tests in Skate Canada’s STARSkate Program or participate on synchronized skating teams. The only events that you may not be able to compete in are club, and STARSkate events, some which restrict entry of skaters who have competed in the qualifying event system.
The qualifying event structure
There are several opportunities throughout the season for skaters to participate in competitive events.
The Skate Canada CompetitiveSkate Program offers nationally standardized competitions to competitive skaters. These events are the stepping stones to things such as the National Team and the World and Olympic teams. Skaters competing in the qualifying event structure can do so at the Juvenile (optional category), Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior levels in singles, pair and ice dance.
For more information on the CompetitiveSkate Program visit the Skate Canada Info Centre
Schools are getting into the competitive spirit through the CollegiateSkate program which brings together skaters from different test and/or competitive backgrounds to skate together as a team representing their school. Skaters participate in a variety of events such as singles, dance, pairs and synchronized skating and based on their placements in these events, accumulate points for their team. The school with the highest point total wins the overall competition.
Varsity figure skating is currently offered only by Ontario University Athletics (OUA), in partnership with Skate Canada, and is not part of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Eleven Ontario Conference universities: Brock, Carleton, Guelph, McGill, Queen’s, Ryerson, Toronto, Trent, Waterloo, Western, and Wilfrid Laurier compete annually for the top spot at the invitational competitions and the OUA Figure Skating Championships.
Annual competitions for high school skaters are currently being held in certain areas of British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.