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.


BASE & RESOURCE COACHES

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JODIE BIERKO

33 years of Coaching Experience.

Base Coach, Dance, Harness, Edge/Stroking, Video Analysis & Off-ice Jumping.

Level 3 NCCP, National Coach.

Email: jodsk8@bell.net

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Coaching Philosophy:

As a coach I strive to ensure a safe, healthy, positive, and most importantly, an enjoyable environment for my skaters. My job is to produce well rounded athletes, and assist them in reaching their full potential. I encourage my skaters to have self-confidence and teach them life skills that they can use now and in the future.

Professional Highlights:

  • Coached skaters to Sectional, Challenge, Junior Nationals, Provincial Championships and Ontario Winter Games
  • Medalists at Sectional, Provincial and Ontario Winter Games
  • Coached skaters from Star 1 to Gold in all disciplines (formerly Primary to Gold in all including Junior Competitive)
  • Have had skaters chosen for numerous seminars including Provincial and the former National Youth Camp
  • Teach all disciplines (freeskate, skills and dance) to all levels, pre-can to adults

Coaching Highlights:

  • 2013 Presenter at Eastern Ontario StarSkate Seminar
  • 2013 Ontario Winter Games Coach
  • 2014-2015 Skate Canada EOS Volunteer Coach of the Year
  • Past Eastern Ontario Coaches Representative
  • Past coaches rep for Spring Festival Skate for 6 years
  • Past Coach Representative for Gloucester Skating Club for many years
  • 2017 Presenter at Eastern Ontario StarSkate and Male Seminar
  • 2017 Regional Coach Mentor

Education Background:

  • National Level Coach, former NCCP Level 3 certified coach, 11 level 4 task and 1 level 5 task completed
  • Fully trained on Dartfish by Christy Krall and Michelle Leigh
  • Mentored under Christy Krall
  • Attended numerous seminars given by World and Olympic Coaches

Professional Experience:

  • Have attended many Skate Canada and former Eastern Ontario AGM’s
  • Participated in the Skate Canada Pilot Program for the new CanSkate Program
  • Participated in the Skate Canada Pilot Program for phase 1 of Star 1-5 for Freeskate, Skills and Dance
  • Level 2 Mentor Coach
  • Volunteered at many National and International competitions as well as National AGM
  • Leader for Flower Retrievers for two National Championships
  • Co-Chariman and Chairman for 2011 and 2013 Ice Shows
  • Chairman for 1 year for Spring Festival Skate

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Julie brault

30 years of Coaching Experience.

Choreographer, Stylist, Edge/Stroking, & Off-ice Styling/Dance.

National Coach in Training.

Email: contact through your base coach.

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Coaching Philosophy:

I love to help skaters become the best competitors they can be and sometimes even exceed their expectations through hard work. I hope to help them discover their inner performer and enjoy the process of that discovery.

Professional Experience / Highlights:

Choreographer / Stylist to many top national and international levels skaters including:

  • Christian Reekie
  • Benjamin Guthrie
  • Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford
  • Valerie Marcoux & Craig Buntin
  • Dorota Zagorska & Mariusz Siudek
  • Utako Wakamatsu &Sebastien Fecteau
  • Valerie Saurette & Sebastein Fecteau
  • Joannie Rochette
  • and many more…

Choreographer / Stylist on movies and TV shows including:

  • Blades Of Glory
  • The Cutting Edge Movies (3 and 4)
  • Prank Patrol

Lead performer in professional ice shows and TV shows including:

  • Holiday On Ice
  • Feld Entertainment (Producer, Disney On Ice)
  • Willy Bietak Productions (Producer, Holiday on Ice, Ice Capades and Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Ice Shows)
  • Ice Capades

Julie is also a:

  • World Professional Champion
  • International Medalist in singles
  • National team member in singles and pairs
  • Novice and Junior Canadian pairs champion
  • Certified make up artist
  • Bilingual (French, English)

 

JAMIE BRITTON

Dance Resource Coach.

National Coach.

Email: contact through your base coach.


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HEATHER BYERS RIVERS

18 years of Coaching Experience.

Synchronized Skating Coach

Regional Coach Certified and Provincial Coach Trained.

Email: byersheather@hotmail.com

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Coaching Philosophy:

I love to coach adult synchronized skating - it allows me to share my passion for synchro with others! I encourage individual skill development, along with synchro training, with the hopes of keeping skaters in the sport they love for as long as possible.

Professional Highlights:

Coaching Highlights:

  • Starting my 15th year as coach of our Adult 3 team (previously known as Green Machine).

Skating Highlights:

  • Spent my youth skating solo and synchro with the Ilderton Skating Club.
  • Competed internationally at the Senior Synchronized Skating level.

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario
  • Bachelor of Education at York University

Professional Experience:

  • Full-time teacher with OCDSB – presently teaching Grade 1/2
  • Part-time synchronized skating coach.
  • Full-time mom of two lovely children!

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MAEVE GIFFIN

11 years of Coaching Experience.

Base Coach.

Provincial Coach Trained, CanPowerSkate.

Email: mgiff073@uottawa.ca


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Benjamin Guthrie

5 years of Coaching Experience.

Resource Coach, Harness, Edge/Stroking, and Off-ice Jumping.

Regional Coach Trained, CanPowerSkate.

Email: contact through your base coach.


 

Tom Jackson

25 years of Coaching Experience.

Base Coach, and Resource.

Level 3 NCCP, National Coach.

Email: tomjackson55@hotmail.com

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Coaching Philosophy:

I believe in providing skaters the means to achieve their best through quality coaching. I use a positive approach and strive to instill skaters with confidence in themselves and their abilities, both on and off the ice.

Professional Highlights:

Awards:

  • 2011 Nova Scotia Volunteer Coach of the Year
  • 2011 Ricoh NS Coach of the Year – Figure Skating
  • 2003 Competitive Coach Award of Excellence - Nova Scotia

Experience:

  • 2017 Guest Coach at annual Summer Training Camp in Luleå, Sweden
  • Coached skaters from Preliminary to Gold tests and Juvenile to Senior Competitive
  • Coached skaters in competition at all levels of StarSkate Singles
  • Coached skaters in competition at Sectionals, Challenge, and Nationals
  • 2011, 2007 and 2003 Canada Winter Games Team Coach
  • Experience as secondary coach for pairs and dance teams
  • Extensive experience working as part of a coaching team

Education/Seminars:

  • 2017 Skate Canada Ice Summit and Coaches Conference
  • 2017 Workshop with Shae Zukiwsky
  • 2016 Seminar with Brian Orser and Paige Aistrop
  • 2015 Skater Development Seminars with Robert O’toole and Scott Davis
  • 2014 Skate Canada National Coaches Conference
  • Mariposa Seminar hosted by Glen Cairn Skating Club, April 2014
  • 2013 EOS Youth Camp with Ravi Walia
  • 2013 EOS Competitive Seminar with Joanne McLeod
  • “Axel Master Class” with Ben Ferreira, April 2013
  • Seminar with Aaron Lowe, Sept. 2012
  • 2011 Skate Canada National Coaches Conference
  • 2011 National Coach Apprenticeship Program in conjunction with the ISU Grand Prix Final in Quebec City
  • Other seminars include: Manon Perron, Tom Zakrajsek, and many times with the Mariposa Coaching Team in Barrie

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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

Director of CanSkate

41 years of Coaching Experience.

Resource Coach.

NCCP Level 4, National Coach

Email: contact through your base coach or club.

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Coaching Philosophy:

I enjoy sharing my passion for figure skating with skaters of all ages, from 3 to 93. Skating is a lifelong activity where participants learn the joy of gliding across the ice along with many life skills, self-motivation, dedication, time management, goal setting to name just a few. As a coach, it has been my pleasure to be a part of many athlete’s journeys in this wonderful sport of figure skating.

Professional Highlights:

Coaching Highlights:

  • Coach with the Gloucester Skating Club 1977 – Present
  • GSC’s Director of CanSkate 1989 - Present
  • Member of Skate Ontario’s Board of Directors 2017/18
  • Recipient of the City of Ottawa’s Volunteer Coach of the Year Award (2015)
  • Skate Canada’s Best of the Best CanSkate Coach (2010)
  • Coached skaters to top 10 finishes at Sectionals, Challenge, and National events

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Debbie Montgomery

27 years of Coaching Experience.

Base Coach, Dance, Choreographer/Stylist, Edge & Stroking.

Level 3 NCCP, National Coach.

Email: d.montgomery@hotmail.ca or dmontgomery@scc.ca

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Coaching Philosophy:

My coaching philosophy is to ensure that each skater is treated equally and fairly regardless of whether they are a competitive or recreational skater. I enjoy working with skaters of all ages regardless of their limitations. I’m committed, dedicated and passionate in helping my skaters achieve their personal goals. The greatest satisfaction for me is seeing my skaters achieve their goals they have worked so hard to achieve. I hope to instill my passion of the sport to my skaters. I encourage them to be the best that they can be and to learn life lessons along the way as they partake in this journey of skating. I want them to be a part of the skating community so in the future they can look back on their experiences and realize that those were some of the best moments of their life.

Professional Highlights:

Coaching Highlights:

  • NCCP National Level Coach
  • 27 years teaching experience
  • Areas of Specialization: Freeskate, Skills, Dance and Choreography
  • Attained Gold Level for the Continuous Education Program (CEP)
  • Coached skaters at Sectional, Trillium Cup, Ontario Winter Games, EOSIC, All-Ontario and National StarSkate Championships
  • Coached skaters from Preliminary to Gold Level tests in all disciplines, including Senior Competitive
  • Have had skaters chosen for the EOS Jumpstart and EOS Youth Camp
  • Teach all levels of skating from preschool to adults as well as special needs athletes
  • Mentor Coach for NCCP Coaching Program
  • Part of Skate Canada Pilot Program for the New CanSkate Program
  • Part of Skate Canada Pilot Program for Star 1- 5 for Freeskate, Skills, and Dance
  • Reviewed the French content for STAR 1-5 program training modules for the coach’s assessment
  • Helped with the development and creation of the STAR 6 – Gold skills descriptions and performance standards

Education Background:

  • Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Ottawa
  • Honours Certificate in Human Resources from Algonquin College
  • Core Essentials Certificate from Coach U – Life Coach
  • Queen’s Executive Program Certificate (currently in progress)
  • Fluently Bilingual – French/English

Professional Experience:

1999 - To Present: Gloucester Skating Club

  • Professional Coach
  • Teaching professionally for 19 seasons, coaching from Star 1 to Star 5 Skating Skills, Freeskate and Dance; Senior Bronze to Gold Skills, Freeskate and Dance. Responsible for the Instruction of CanSkate, Pre-Star, StarSkate and Competitive programs.

1997 - To Present: Standards Council of Canada

  • Senior HR Business Partner
  • Expert analysis, advice and services to support the Director, Human Resources in identifying and addressing HR management issues, HR priorities, strategies and initiatives that are of critical importance to Standards Council of Canada (SCC) management and staff; ensures that are aligned with SCC business directions and plans to contribute to the capacity of the SCC to act as an employer of choice in the Public Service of Canada.

Previous Coaching Experience:

1994 - 1999: Nepean Skating Club

  • Professional Coach

1990 - 2001: Russell Skating Club

  • Professional Coach/Coach Representative

1993 - 1999: Casselman Skating Club

  • Head Coach

1993 - 1998: City of Ottawa

  • Head Coach/Professional Coach (Instructor)

Volunteer Experience:

  • Gloucester Skating Club Board Member – Past Coach Representative on GSC Board of Directors
  • Gloucester Skating Club Spring Festival Committee Member – Coach Representative and Coaches Hospitality Coordinator
  • Past Chair for EOS Autumn Skate
  • Coached in the CanSkate Live demonstration at the 2013 Skate Canada ACGM in Ottawa
  • Coached in the CanSkate Showcase demonstration at the 2014 Canadian Tire National Championships Gala Performance
  • Volunteered at numerous Skate Canada Competitions

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Jennifer-Ashley O’Dell

Base Coach.

Regional Coach Trained.

Email: jennyo0530@gmail.com


 

Amy Ouellet

32 years of Coaching Experience.

Choreographer/Stylist.

Level 3 NCCP, National Coach.

Email: contact through your base coach.

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Professional Highlights:

  • Creative and dedicated professional with 32 years of coaching experience with Skate Canada working at various levels from Beginner to Canadian National Competitors

Professional Skills:

  • Training and Development
  • Client-focused
  • Music, Choreography, and Performance Training
  • The basics of skating

Education and Background:

Université de Moncton, Moncton Campus 1985 (Moncton, NB, Canada)

  • Business

New Brunswick Real Estate Association 2004 (Fredericton, NB, Canada)

  • Broker/Manager: Real Estate Sales

Skate Canada 1985

  • Certified Level 3 Singles / Partial Level 4

Activities and Honours:

Coach / Choreographer of skaters:

  • Junior Canadian Ladies Champion 2008
  • Novice Ladies Canadian Silver Medalist 2008
  • Novice ladies Gold Medalist Eastern Challenge 2008

Coaching Abroad:

  • 2008 Ice House New Jersey (Choreography)
  • 2003 Icelandic Skating Federation
  • 2000 Provincial Seminar conducted with Petra Burka - PEI Section

Various Administrative Coaching Work:

  • Director South Shore Skating School, Nova Scotia
  • Team leader Canadian Championships Halifax
  • Canada Games Clinic Facilitator, Nova Scotia
  • 1995 3M Coaching Award Nova Scotia
  • 1991 Coach Of the Year Award NFLD and Labrador
  • 1990 ARTC Base Coach with Linda Brauchman
  • 1989 - 2000 Attended numerous Doug Leigh Clinics for Coaches and Skaters
  • 1980 - 1984 As a Skater worked with Ellen Burka and Ted Barton at the Toronto Cricket Skating Club

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Meredith Rocchi

12 years of Coaching Experience.

Synchronized Skating Coach

National Coach.

Email: contact through club.


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Nathalie Roy

30 years of Coaching Experience.

Base Coach, Resource, Dance, Choreographer/Stylist, Harness, Edge/Stroking, Off-ice Jump/Spinner Exercises, & Video Analysis.

NCCP Level 4, National Coach.

Email: Natsk8roy@gmail.com

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Coaching Philosophy:

I believe in providing my skaters a fun yet challenging environment that will allow them to reach their true potential.

Professional Highlights:

Coaching Highlights:

  • Coached and choreographed skaters to top 10 finishes at Canadians (National level), Challenge, Quebec and EOS Sectional events 1990-2017
  • Recipient of EOS 2005-2006 Coach of the Year award
  • Coached skaters from Preliminary to Gold level Tests, including Juvenile to Senior Competitive – students moved on to Disney On Ice
  • Choreographed Canadian Championships Closing Ceremonies 2006
  • EOS Team Coach for Ontario Winter Games 2004-2006
  • Choreographed several Winterlude Ice Shows on the Rideau Canal

Education Background:

  • University of Ottawa, ON – attended 3 years
  • Skate Canada EOS Singles Technical Specialist
  • Fluent in both official languages (English & French), verbal and written.

Professional Experience:

  • Coach representative Gloucester Skating Club 2017-2019
  • Coordinator of the Sport-Etude Figure Skating group of the Polyvalante de l’Ile High School from 2001-2010
  • Eastern Canada Coach Representative 2005-2007 EOS Coach Representative 2004-2007
  • Member of the EOS Skater Development Committee 2004-2007 Member of the Skate Canada Club Recreation Coach Sub-Committee 2005-2007
  • Member of the Sport Advisory Committee BODYSENSE for the promotion of positive body image led by Heidi Mack 2004
  • JumpStart Seminar Conductor and Regional Seminars
  • Mentor Coach for NCCP Coaching Program
  • Volunteered at many Skate Canada events
  • Canskate-CanfigureSkate Clinic Conductor 1992-1995
  • Mentored under World and Olympic Coach Christy Krall and Tom Zakrajsek 2012-14
  • Attended Coach development seminar with World and Olympic coaches: Brian Orser, Frank Carroll, Kurt Browning, Tracy Wilson, Doug Leigh, Richard Callaghan, Alexi Mishin, Yuka Sato and Jason Dungjen, David Wilson, Laurie Nichols, Joanne McLeod, Manon Perron, Elvis Stojco, Shae Zuwiski and Anne Schelter.

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Cathy Skinner

39 years of Coaching Experience.

Base Coach, and Dance.

NCCP Level 3, Special Olympics Canada Competition Coach.

Email: cathyskinner@sympatico.ca

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Coaching Philosophy:

I enjoy working with skaters of all ages and levels and helping to foster their love of skating. This enables them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals, while learning valuable life skills to help them in their lives outside of skating and/or in continued roles as a volunteer, official or coach in this sport.

Professional Highlights:

Coaching Highlights:

  • 2018 – City of Ottawa rink to be named after 2 of my skaters
  • 2017 – Coach of 2 World Champions at the Special Olympics World Winter Games (Austria)
  • 2016 – Present – Skate Canada Special Olympic Technical Working Group member
  • 2015 – Team Ontario Coach – Canada Winter Games (Prince George, BC)
  • 2013 - Team Canada Coach – Special Olympics World Winter Games (South Korea)
  • 2012 & 2016 – Team Ontario coach/Head coach – Special Olympics National Winter Games (Alberta & Newfoundland)
  • 2011 & 2015 – Head/team coach - Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games (Thunder Bay & North Bay)
  • Eight years – Coaches Rep on Skating Club Board of Directors
  • Skaters/medalists in the competitive stream to Sectionals, Divisionals (Challenge) & Skate Canada Junior Nationals
  • Skaters/ medalists in the StarSkate stream to EOSIC, All Ontario & StarSkate Nationals in Singles, Dance, Biathlon & Triathlon events & Skate Canada National Adult Championships
  • Skater medalists in the Special Olympics Regionals, Provincials, Nationals & World Winter Games
  • Volunteer committee member on eight Skate Canada National & four Skate Canada International competitions
  • EOS Region 5 coaches Rep on the EOS Coaching Committee for 7 years
  • 1986-1990 – CFSA CanSkate Committee member
  • 1985-1988 - EOS Board of Directors member, EOS Skater Development Committee & CFSA Coaching Committee member

Professional Accomplishments:

  • 2017 – Ottawa Sports Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Volunteer
  • 2017 – Special Olympics Ottawa Female Coach of the Year Award
  • 2016 – Skate Canada Eastern Ontario Volunteer coach of the Year Award
  • 2013 – Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award
  • 1988 – Skate Canada National Coach of the Year & Eastern Ontario Coach of the Year
  • 1978/79 – Toured with Ice Capades

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Krista Smith

33 years of Coaching Experience.

Resource Coach, Choreographer/Stylist, Dance, Edge & Stroking.

Level 3 NCCP, National Coach.

Email: contact through your base coach.


CANSKATE COACHES


OFF-ICE INSTRUCTORS

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KIRILL CHOUR

Ballet Instructor.

Over 20 years of teaching experience.

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

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Background:

Kirill Chour, Professional Ballet Artist, Choreographer and Teacher is a graduate of the legendary Vaganova Ballet Academy in Russia. It is a school of exquisite mastery, which is constantly shut and locked for dilettantes of all kinds and open to masters of all types, generations and countries.

Kirill performed on Kirov Ballet stage from the age of 10 and has toured around the world with world-renowned modern ballet company Eifman Ballet Theatre, performing on the best stages in France, Monaco, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong and elsewhere. As his zenith piece, Kirill considers the role of Pontius Pilate in Master and Margarita based on Bulgakov's famous novel.

In Canada, Kirill has worked with National Ballet of Canada, Ballet British Columbia, Ballet Internationale du Quebec, contemporary Danse Kalashas, and has toured the USA and Canada with the Ontario Ballet Theatre. Kirill is a member of DTRC Canada, Russian Theatre Society and a Life member of the Vaganova Ballet Society.

A Canadian diploma in Management of Special Events and Festivals complements Kirill's Arts Management education. Combining his choreographic and teaching work with Arts Administration, Kirill has also worked for the NAC Canada Dance Festival as a Project Manager and as a General Manager of the Ottawa International Theatre Company for seven years.

For over a decade Kirill Chour has been working with figure skaters and other athletes. He has transferred his essential ballet skills and exquisite performing experience into Ballet System for Figure Skaters. This winning formula improves all aspects of technical and artistic performance, guaranteeing clear progress and success.

Kirill is known in the region for his work with special needs people, enhancing their every day life with the beauty of dance, and improving their abilities to move, express and explain themselves.


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Amber green

Dance, Flexibility/Stretch, Movement, and Yoga Instructor.

13 years Skating Experience.

Professional Contemporary Dance Certification, Yoga Teacher Training Certification, Yin Yoga Intensive Teacher Training, and Yoga Tune Up Certification.

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Background:

Amber Green started figure skating at the age of 6 in Kingston and soon after moved to Ottawa and continued skating until the age of 19 when she moved to Toronto. Here she began her dance training in Graham technique at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre while completing her undergraduate at York University. In 2010 Amber graduated with her Bachelor’s with Honors Double Major in Global Politics & Human Geography. After graduating from York she auditioned for The School of Dance in Ottawa to pursue her new found passion in exploring contemporary movement. At The School of Dance she studied under Sylvie Desrosiers, Peter Boneham, Merrilee Hodgins, Cathy Kyle Fenton, and Mary Ross. Here she was able to embrace the natural dynamism of her movement as well as investigate more subtle ways of moving.

As an instructor she hopes to make classical dance technique fun by pairing movement qualities and music that make these tedious but necessary exercises more interesting. Her classes are designed to create strength and stability as well as flexibility in the body and compliment the requirements and demands asked from figure skating. When she is not teaching at the rink she is usually teaching with Momentum Moves giving dance workshops in elementary schools across Ontario, performing with various collectives and for professional choreographers in the Ottawa area, presenting seminars about mindfulness and meditation, or teaching private yoga classes.


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Benjamin Guthrie

Off-Ice Jump, Stretch, Strength & Conditioning Instructor.

5 years Coaching Experience.

26 years Skating Experience.

Regional Coach Trained.


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Jennifer-Ashley O’Dell

Director of off-ice

Off-ice Instructor.

14 years Skating Experience.

Certified Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS), Children’s Fitness Coach (CFC), and Certified Kickboxing Trainer.

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Background:

Jennifer-Ashley O’Dell graduated in 2010 from Humboldt State University in Northern California with a B.A. in Women Studies and Psychology. She also has an Associates of Arts Degree from Saddleback College in Southern California. Jennifer’s studies of socio-cultural dimensions and the direct correlation of environmental impact on women’s health and bodies has helped her develop a strong foundation in overall health, wellness and fitness. In addition to her knowledge of women and issues pertinent to women’s lives, Jennifer is also a Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS) and Children’s Fitness Coach (CFC) Certified.

Jennifer has 14 years of Figure Skating experience and has competed at the National and International levels. Jennifer’s knowledge of women’s health and her strong foundation of understanding and living as a competitive athlete has given her the depth of knowledge to help others achieve their goals. Jennifer also combines her knowledge of on and off-ice skills and training to help optimize an athletes full potential. She has a passion for Figure Skating and strives to help others develop that life long commitment to the sport. Jennifer is also the mother of two young daughters who figure skate and who are developing that same passion!


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DAVID WITILUK

Strength and Conditioning Instructor.

Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Background:

  • Sports and physical activity have played a significant role in my life from being an athlete, a student and a coach.
  • I enjoy a variety of activities including running, cycling, hockey, ultimate frisbee, squash, tennis, badminton and volleyball.
  • My primary sport through university was cross country running and indoor track.
  • I struggled with injuries and commitment during my first year. Making a stronger commitment to my training I started to better manage my injuries through athletic therapy, exercise rehabilitation, regular cold tubs and post workout nutrition.
  • With improved commitment and performance I also became team captain for my 3rd, 4th and 5th year.
  • Training for me has changed over the years from managing injuries, to enhancing performance to now maintaining an active lifestyle. This involves doing exercises I do not really like so that I can do the things I love!

Experience and personal accomplishments:

  • 2008-2012 assistant coach for Lakehead Athletic Club Track FUNdamentals
  • 2011 Walk Leader for a walking program with 55+ Center
  • 2012-present: Kinesiologist for Ottawa Osteopathy & Sports Therapy
  • 2013-present: 5K training for Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project
  • 2013-present: Skating Instructor for the City of Ottawa
  • 2014-present: Kinesiologist for Fitness For Freedom

Certifications and Qualifications:

  • Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Personal coaching and training philosophies:

  • There is no such thing as an over-trained athlete, just one that is under-recovered” - Jack Daniels, PhD
  • Recovery was a very important part of my training and as a coach I work towards finding a balance between pushing an athletes limits while understanding there are times to pull back.
  • I also strongly believe in the power of play for youth development, this can involve obstacle courses, relay races and playing different games.

Education:

  • 2012 Master of Science in Kinesiology – Lakehead University
  • 2009 Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology – Lakehead University

Athletic Accomplishments/ Personal Bests:

  • Competed at OUA championships for cross country in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Personal best for 10K is 32:52
  • Competed at OUA championships for indoor track in 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Personal bests: 3K = 9:00, 1 Mile = 4:26, 1500M = 4:06 and 800M = 1:59