Competitive Program

The Competitive program is for those who show potential as competitive skaters. In order to compete in this stream, skaters are required to achieve at a specific level. (Coaches will advise if this is an appropriate option for a skater.)

The competitive disciplines are singles, pairs and ice dance: skaters take tests specific to their chosen discipline. In pairs and dance, competitive-stream skaters train with their regular partners as a team. 

Tests are the same as STARSkate.

Some of the competitive levels include age restrictions. Details are available from the Skate Canada website at www.skatecanada.ca. (Coaches can provide this information as well.)

Skaters enrolled in Competitive Skate will learn a variety of life skills as they progress.  These include goal setting, focus, ability to deal with success/failure, time management and principles of fair play and sportsmanship.

Other benefits include:

  • The opportunity to qualify to compete at the Northern Ontario Sectional Championships, Challenge, Junior Nationals and/or Canadian Senior National Championships;
  • The opportunity to be selected to Skate Canada's National Team, Junior National Team, or Synchronized National Team;
  • The opportunity to be selected to represent Canada internationally at one of more than 30 competitions each year at World and Olympic level.
  • Skate Canada and Northern Ontario Section funding for top skaters who qualify for development teams based on their results at high-level competitions.
  • Limited funding by TBFSC, when available, to help with travel or expenses for skaters who qualify for high-level competitions, dependant on fulfilment of set requirements.
  • Competitive skaters take part in a progression of qualifying competitions leading up to the Canadian National Championships each year, starting with sectional competitions. Thunder Bay Figure Skating Club is part of the Northern Ontario Section, and is eligible to send representatives at every level.

The Qualifying Event Structure

There are several opportunities throughout the season for skaters to participate in competitive events.

The Skate Canada Competitive 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, Pairs and Dance.

Skate Canada Sectionals

The Skate Canada Sectionals are the first of the Skate Canada qualifying competitions. Skaters can compete in events from Pre-Novice to Senior (Juvenile is optional). Those who finish in the top four places (8 places in Quebec) in the Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior and Senior events are eligible to compete at the Canadian Qualifying Event (Challenge). Each of the 13 Sectional events takes place in November.

Skate Canada Challenge

The Skate Canada Challenge is an elimination event for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships (Novice, Junior and Senior skaters). Pre-Novice National Champions will be declared at a combined Challenge event in each discipline. These events are held in December.

Novice, Junior and Senior skaters qualify through these events for the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.

Canadian Figure Skating Championships

The Canadian Figure Skating Championships are held every January in a different city. Competition is offered in singles, pair and ice dancing at the Novice, Junior and Senior level.

The top four Senior entries from the Qualifying Events (Challenge) are eligible to compete. Skaters will compete at Challenge other than those receiving a bye.

After completion of the Championships, the Skate Canada Board of Directors selects the teams that will represent Canada at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, ISU Junior World Championships as well as the ISU Four Continents team. Results from this event are also used to help determine what skaters will be on the National teams.