2012 is coming to an end, but before we close our office doors for the year we would like to take the opportunity to share with you just how big this year has been!

You may have noticed at some stage in early 2012 Skate Australia and the State Associations undertook a complete rebrand. The introduction of the new logo embraces the modern times of the sport and focuses on thedynamic and progressive qualities which represent the future vision of the organisation stakeholders. . The final part of the transformations will take place in the new year with Skate NSW changing their logo and our website receiving a face lift. Stay tuned!

As the National Peak body for Roller Sports we are entrusted by the Australian Sports Commission to deliver the best opportunities to our sports to encourage participation and foster growth.

In March we hosted the first National Roller Skating Rinks Convention in over ten years which saw 30 rinks attend. We are hoping to continue this opportunity for our Australian facilities as without them, we have limited access to our sport. alt

At the convention we saw the official Launch of “SKATE STARS Learn to Skate” Development Program which was created by a panel of experienced and qualified skate coaches within Australia. The program which contains 53 activity cards plus certificates and merchandise were distributed in March to member rinks and clubs who expressed interest, and now the program is being delivered in over 30 outlets nationwide.

As part of the New Bearings project and in collaboration with the Roller Skating Rinks Convention we are now in partnership with 7 Rinks across Australia. These partnerships were formed to give the rinks access to deliver quality programs and pathways to new skaters participating in General Skate Sessions. These partnerships monitor the attendance of unique visitors to Rinks to help report to the ASC just how many people participate in skating.

We found one of the priorities from the convention was a high production Roller Skating Promotional Clip and special Rinks TV Commercial which is currently being created. Filmed at Bundamba Skating Rink, both clips highlight the fun and recreational aspects of skating as well as the dedication and skill behind each of the sports. These clips will be available early in the New Year.

Throughout the year over $40, 000 in grants were allocated to the sport branches for priority projects and as we enter 2013, we will see the branch grants go into its third year.
Speed invested their funds into their international skating team, flying them to Italy a week before official championships started to give them the opportunity to train on the track. Art purchased a new score board for their official events which was put to good use at Nationals this year and Inline Hockey invested their funds into development and the Mighty Pucks program revamp. Roller Derby was also allocated funds that will roll over into 2013.

In April, the WFTDA came out to run its second Officials Clinic hosted by Skate Australia. This clinic proved to be beneficial to all attendees and we even saw two more skating officials pass their WFTDA Test that sets them on the path of receiving accreditation both internationally and nationally. We see them return in April 2013 at Maximum Skating Arena for our third secured clinic.

In the sports of Speed Skating, Artistic Skating and Inline Hockey we saw successful National Championships involving more than 800 state representatives take place again. It is a true testament to the sports and the hard work that the branches put in to run such successful events. A big congratulations to those that were selected to continue on the path of representation to official World Championships as part of the Australian Teams.
Duringalt the Inline Hockey National Championships, the Mighty Pucks program was relaunched through the future stars game. This development program provides a gateway to juniors and beginners wanting to get involved in Inline Hockey and is available to member clubs nationwide.
In light of the issues that were occurring in Victoria, Skate Australia assisted in the creation of new state based branches for Inline Hockey, Art and Speed Skating. All three branches are operating highly successfully and as they enter the new year will be delivering new programs, events and opportunities for the skaters.

Supported by Skate Australia and hosted by Caribbean Roller Skating Club in Victoria, Jayson Sutcliffe organised a highly competitive, social and successful event in Sk8Off earlier this month. The first event of its kind, Sk8Off allowed skaters to team up and express themselves within their sport to particular music artists. For photos of the event, head to Facebook!

In August, we worked with the ASC and Sports Business Partners to conduct market research to gain insights into both the needs of the members and the general perception of skating from the general public. This project was to ensure that our energy is directed to appropriate projects to satisfy our members and attract new skaters to the sports.
As an outcome of this survey, Roller Derby in particular will be able to experience a full range of benefits in 2013, tailored to the key outcomes communicated through the survey.

The Skate Australia database has seen its first full year of successful operation under its current new look and functionality. Clubs, leagues and branches now have access to their particular records for administration and reporting needs. We will continue to work with our developer to ensure this database is capable of producing reports and information tailored to your club’s needs.

15 National Coaching and Officiating courses and accreditations  were reviewed, updated and submitted to the ASC this year, which reflects the growth and constant demand for accreditation in our sports. Of those, a Roller Derby Skating Officials course and a Non Skating Officials course that were created with guidance and advice from the WFTDA were submitted and approved and we look forward to having ASC Accredited officials in the new year.

Without the hard work contributed by our volunteers, many of these projects would not have been established or completed and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your involvement this year.

2013 is bringing in new opportunities, new partnerships and new experiences and we are equipped and ready to deliver to our members. We are dedicated to servicing your needs and look forward to working with you!

Merry Christmas from the Skate Australia Office Team – Matt, Aaron, Emma, Susan, Kellie and Tash.

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