Programs - Opportunities For ALL!
WO & Skate Canada competitive structure means competitive
opportunities for ALL skaters!
In partnership with Skate Canada, Skate Canada - Western Ontario
delivers quality competitive programs for our skaters,
geared toward all ages, interests and abilities. It is hoped that
knowledge of the programs available for our skaters, summarized
below will allow for a greater understanding of the competitive
process and the many opportunities available in WO. This information
will hopefully enable skaters, coaches, parents and clubs to make
the best possible choices, and position our skaters realistically
within this structure.
The WO Opportunities Chart is prepared by the WO Competitions/Championships Chair annually, updated as changes occur, and lists the many competitions held in our section, showing which competitive events are held at each competition.
This page also helps show how WO Section programs integrate
our athletes within Skate Canada's competitive structure.
Canadian, international, world and Olympic athletes
serve as inspiration to our up-and-coming young skaters.
Adult, special needs and varsity
events mean that skating can remain an activity and passion at
many levels for many years.
Competition announcements are assembled
by the Section Championships Chair in consultation with the WO
Championships Committee, and are available from our Competitions
Skaters may choose to enter the "Competitive" stream and participate at age- and/or Skate Canada test passed -appropriate levels (Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior), in Singles, Pair and Dance disciplines. [More info...]
Skate Canada - Western Ontario Sectional Championships
Sectionals identifies the top skaters in each province/section (Ontario
having four sections) for advancement to the next round of qualifying
events at the Novice, Junior and Senior levels, ultimately leading to the Canadian
Championships. Sectionals is a skater’s first exposure to
qualifying "competitive" stream competition.
Sectionals allows the sections to feature and recognize their
talented skaters, train officials and volunteers, recognize sponsors,
and provides entertaining skating for audiences at the provincial
Skaters representing Western Ontario Section at the Skate Canada Challenge
are selected by protocol (placing) at our Sectional Championships at the Novice, Junior and Senior levels.
Junior Nationals Team
Skate Canada Junior Nationals is the
national event for the top Novice and Junior skaters
from across Canada.
These skaters will have qualified to advance at the Challenge event.
The Canadian Figure Skating Championships is the national
event for the top Senior skaters from across Canada.
Western Ontario Section STARSkate Championships
All Western Ontario Section competitors in STARSkate categories may compete at this
event, based on Skate Canada STARSkate test passed. Category criteria follow Skate Ontario
and National STARSkate event requirements.
Skate Ontario STARSkate Championships
An Ontario championship from Skate Ontario, skaters qualify through
their own Section's STARSkate Championships by placing first, second or third in
the respective categories.
Another Ontario championship from Skate Ontario whereby competitors
must qualify through their own Sectional Championships.
Ontario Winter Games and the Ontario Trillium Competition are alternated each year.
WO Competitive Opportunity Program
This program is directed to skaters competing at the Sectional
levels. Selection comes from recommendations of coaches, the Skater
Development Committee and results from the summer competitive
Singles skaters may be selected to represent the section at the
'SASK Skate' Invitation Competition in October. The section covers costs of expenses to this competition. This competition provides a pre-Western Challenge experience
and helps contribute to the development of the competitive skaters
in our section.
WO Development Team Program
This program is available to any skater in Western Ontario Section
working on the Preliminary Freeskate test or has completed
all the Preliminary Dances. Age and Skate Canada tests passed
are the criteria for entry to the program.
There are 3 levels of categories in the disciplines of:
ladies, men, pairs and dance. Skaters must register for the program,
then register to compete in 2 of the designated competitions in
the fall. Each skater will be assigned points based on his/her
performance and placing at the events, and given a written evaluation
at each event.
The WOS Development Team is selected to represent WO
at a possible out-of-section competition. A training seminar for
all registered participants, their coaches and parents is held
generally in the spring. [More
Three competitions (Futures East, West & Central) are held
annually for our future stars. They include STAR 1-4 singles categories.
Skate Canada Technical Guidelines for adult categories shall
apply to any Western Ontario competition specifically designated
to offer these categories. The WO STARSkate Championships
event provide a showcase for the adult categories. Other
invitational events may offer some or all of the adult categories.
Skate Canada holds an annual national adult competition. There are no qualifying requirements to enter this event.
Special Needs / Special Olympics Events
Western Ontario Section offers competitive opportunities to our special needs competitors.
The Futures East, West and Central, and other competitions will
offer these categories. These categories are defined by
the Special Olympics technical guidelines. The complete special
needs technical package can be obtained from the Skate Canada
- Western Ontario Section office. [More
OUA – Ontario University Athletics Competitions
Varsity figure skating is currently offered only by Ontario University
Athletics (OUA), in partnership with Skate Canada.
Ten Ontario Conference universities compete annually at invitational
competitions and the OUA Figure Skating Championships. Five of
these university teams are in Western Ontario.
The OUA announcement package describes the categories and technical
requirements for varsity events offered during the season. [More
Western Ontario High School Skating
WO hosts an annual team high school competition that was held for the
first time in March 2005. Participation has grown ever since! [More
Updated May 2014