Skaters who wish to challenge their figure skating skills and who show potential as competitive skaters can participate in the Podium Pathway.
What is the Podium Pathway?
Current Skate Canada members can click here to view the Podium Pathway in the Long Term Development Model in Members Only.
It's more than just skating!
Skaters enrolled in the Podium Pathway 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
- the opportunity and potential to be selected to represent Canada internationally
- access to sport science services
If I participate in the Podium Pathway, 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 Podium Pathways 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.