PROFESSIONAL COACHING STAFF

The Gloucester Skating Club’s professional coaching staff are second to none. Their efforts, along with the skaters’ talent and hard work, contribute to the success of our club. Send an email to the coach you wish to contact simply by clicking on the link included on their profile or on their photograph below.


BASE & RESOURCE COACHES

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JODIE BIERKO

  • Base coach.

  • 29 years of teaching experience.

  • NCCP Level 3.

  • Email Jodie.


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Julie brault

  • Choreographer.

  • 18 years of teaching experience.

  • Contact Julie through your base coach.


 

JAMIE BRITTON

  • Dance resource.

  • Contact Jamie through your base coach.


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HEATHER BYERS

  • Synchro coach.

  • 10 years of teaching experience.

  • NCCP Level 1.


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MAEVE GIFFIN

  • Base coach.

  • 5 years of teaching experience.

  • Primary STARSkate Certified, Intermediate STARSkate in Freeskate, Skating Skills and Sport Science.

  • Email Maeve.


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MARGO GUERETTE

  • Synchro coach.

  • 10 years of teaching experience.

  • Regional Coach Certified, Provincial Coach Trained.


 

Tom Jackson

  • Base coach.

  • 19 years of teaching experience.

  • NCCP Level 3.

  • Email Tom.


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Darlene Joseph

Director of Skating

30 years of Coaching Experience.

Base Coach, Resource, Dance, Edge & Stroking.

Level 5 NCCP, Level 3 Pairs.

Email: djosbev@gmail.com

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Coaching Philosophy:

I coach because I love skating and I want to share my experiences, knowledge and passion with skaters of all ages and abilities. Being a professional coach provides me the opportunity to give back to our sport which has given me so many life experiences. I am fortunate to witness new achievements /goals accomplished, each being a personal victory for the skater. Knowing that you had been able to assist a skater to be their best at a competition, test, show or in daily training is the most satisfying accomplishment as a coach.

I also strive to create opportunities and programs that provide opportunities for skaters with varied pathways and different interests in my role as the Director of Skating.

Professional Highlights:

Coaching Highlights:

  • Facilitator at Skate Canada AGM 2018 “Clubs Working Together” & 2013 On-ice Facilitator
  • Coached skaters to Sectional, Provincial, Challenge, National and International Medals
  • Coach / Presenter for High Performance Camps - Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland
  • 2 time Singles Coach for Ontario for Canada Winter Games
  • 3 time Singles Coach for Ontario Winter Games
  • 2 time Skate Ontario Hotshot Seminar / SOPEC Coach
  • 2 time Eastern Ontario 2008 and 1998 Coach of the Year
  • Coached skaters from Preliminary to Gold Level tests, including Senior Competitive
  • Presenter at SOPEC (Skate Ontario Performance Enrichment Camp) for Skate Ontario in August 2013
  • Attend seminars and workshops with the following coaches: Christy Krall, Tom Zakrajsek, Frank Carroll, Tracy Wilson, Doug Leigh, Richard Callaghan, Alexi Mishin, Brian Orser, Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen, David Wilson, Jeff Buttle, Ravi Walia, Lee Barkell, Lori Nichol, Joanne McLeod, Manon Perron, Anne Schelter, Peter and Sonya Dunfield, Signe Ronka

Certification / Qualifications:

  • NCCP Level 5 Certified Singles / NCCP Level 3 Pairs
  • Respect in Sport Certification
  • Mentor Coach – Level 3
  • Quadruple Gold Medalist – Senior Competitive Freeskate, Figures, Dance, Skills
  • Certified Annie’s Edges Instructor
  • National Coach Apprenticeship Program Member – 2013 Worlds
  • 30 years coaching experience

Professional Experience:

  • Performed with Ice Follies/Holiday on Ice and Disney for 4 years - US/Canada/Asia/Australia/New Zealand/Europe
  • Director and Choreographer for Winterlude Ice Shows on the Rideau Canal
  • Co-coordinator of the Skate Ontario Club Consultation Program

Volunteer Committees/Experience:

  • Current member of Skate Canada Board of Directors – Director Ontario 2015-2019
  • Current member of Skate Canada Membership Policy Committee
  • Current member of Skate Canada Governance Committee
  • Current member of Working Group for Skate Canada Strategic Plan 2018-2022
  • Current member of Skate Ontario Coaching Committee 2017-2019
  • Current member of Skate Canada STAR Revision Program
  • Current member of the David Dore Mentorship Fund Selection Committee
  • Current Director of Skating Gloucester Skating Club
  • Past member of the Skate Ontario Transition Committee
  • Past member of the Skate Canada Technical Committee
  • Past member of the Skate Ontario Technical Committee
  • Past member of Skate Ontario Quest for Gold Selection Committee
  • Past member of the Eastern Ontario Skater Development Committee
  • Past member of the Skate Canada Level 2 & 3 Technical Manual for Coaches
  • Past member of the Skate Canada LTAD working group
  • Assisted the CAC with the importance and value of coach education / ensuring of key aspects of the changes to the NCCP
  • Volunteered at numerous Gloucester Skating Club, Skate Ontario, Skate Canada and local events in any capacity required by the LOC

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Sheilagh mccaskill

  • Resource.

  • 38 years of teaching experience.

  • NCCP Level 4.

  • Contact Sheilagh through your base coach.


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Debbie Montgomery

  • Base coach.

  • 23 years of teaching experience.

  • NCCP Level 3.

  • Email Debbie.


 

Amy Ouellet

Cheoreography


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Merredith Rocchi

  • Syncho coach.


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Nathalie Roy


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Cathy Skinner

  • Base coach.

  • 38 years of teaching experience.

  • NCCP Level 3, Special Olympics Canada Competition Coach.

  • Email Cathy.


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Krista Smith

  • Resource.

  • 25 years of teaching experience.

  • NCCP Level 3.

  • Contact Krista through your base coach.


CANSKATE COACHES


OFF-ICE INSTRUCTORS

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Benjamin Guthrie

off-ice Director

  • Off-Ice Instructor

  • 4-years Coaching Experience

  • 25 years Skating Experience


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KIRILL CHOUR

  • Ballet.

  • 16 years of teaching experience.

  • Diploma, Professional Ballet Artist, graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia.


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Amber green

  • Off-ice instructor.


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Jennifer-Ashley O’Dell

  • Off-ice instructor.


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DAVID WITILUK

  • Off-ice instructor.

  • Kinesiologist.