Hi Callalily. That is exactly what I said in a previous message and what Tracey Wilson said on CBC. Canada is not willing to adopt the Russian System.
Skate Canada seems like they are definitely taking a youth approach with the camp this week in Toronto. Don't seem like they put much thought into the selection process though. On the ladies side they took the top 3 senior from Challenge and the top 3 Junior from Nationals and a bunch of Novice. I am surprised that Gagnon is selected as she is already 18. All other ladies are 16 or younger.
Skate Canada press release titled "Up-and-comers set to attend Skate Canada National Development Camp" in Toronto, May 4-6, 2012: http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/Ne...S/Default.aspx
15 of the 24 invited are women:
Larkyn Austman, 14, Coquitlam, B.C. [N2]
Alaine Chartrand, 16, Prescott, Ont. [S9]
Roxanne Cournoyer, 14, Sorel-Tracy, Que. [J4]
Gabrielle Daleman, 14, Newmarket, Ont. [J1]
Madelyn Dunley, 15, Milton, Ont. [N1]
Alexandra Gagnon, 18, Chicoutimi, Que. [S10]
Zoe Gong, 14, Ottawa, Ont. [N7]
Britanny Guiseppe Clarke, 13, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. [N11]
Shelby Hall, 14, Frobisher, Sask. [N12]
Jayda Jurome, 14, Kelowna, B.C. [N-wd; won Challenge]
Sandrine Martin, 14, Montreal, Que. [N5]
Lisa Nasu-Yu, 15, Ottawa, Ont. [N9]
Kaetlyn Osmond, 16, Marystown, Nfld. [S3]
Haley Sales, 15, Kelowna, B.C. [N3]
Julianne Séguin, 15, Longueuil, Que. [J3]
Just curious - why do you think that?
Originally Posted by hohoho
Last edited by Sylvia; 05-02-2012 at 07:33 AM.
After reading Jenny Kirk's blog entry about life with a powerful coach who has the last word on every aspect of training, I don't imagine that a lot of parents would want to entrust their kids to a coaching camp where the coaches would have the last word on every aspect of the skaters' entire lives. It's especially chancy for girls to be under the fist of a powerful, determined coach who cares only about winning in surroundings that combine the worst aspects of a military barracks, a fat farm, and a convent. If that's what it takes for girls to be skating champions, I say let them take up soccer. At least no one will be trying to keep them unnaturally small and skinny at the same time they're being worked half to death and "pushed by each other to advance."
Originally Posted by hohoho
There are a number of things that can be done. One is to make sure that younger skaters have a final flight,and that they are actively discouraged from staying down or staying home for an easy medal.Parents need to be told that staying down or staying home to medal is Not the means of attracting SC attention,and neither is assuming Section positions to promote their children the means of doing it either. Another is to hold regular seminars based on talent identification,and take the selection of skaters away from local Sections and their politics. Too often the best candidates are left behind in favour of the "darlings" of the local Sections. SC could make use of retired skaters who have no Section connections in determining who are the most likely candidates. My guess is that their lists would differ from the Section choices.Another is to encourage compulsory summer and early autumn competitions,again,inviting monitored skaters instead of Section "picks". Part of the lineup could consist of fresh faces who show promise. Also,release the judges. Why do we get the same old faces who can't do it year after year while better skaters beat themselves against a "sure thing" and eventually get fed up and quit.
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Skate Canada uses the American model. It works for us, but it's not working for Canada.
Originally Posted by callalily
SkateFiguring took the violet pill
It works for Canadian Men. So the need is to figure out the pertinent difference between Canadian Men and Ladies programs.
Originally Posted by blue dog
US, OTOH, seems to have the same problems with both Men and Ladies, so they need to figure out what the same contributing factors are.