Coaches who teach in Skate Canada clubs must be National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) TRAINED, AND OR CERTIFIED. They must be a current registered professional coach of Skate Canada. They also must have completed a Skate Canada approved clearance check and positions of trust check and hold a valid First Aid Certificate. Coaches progress through the levels from Can Skate to Level 4/5 Certification.

LINDSAY JOHNSTON

(Coaches Rep)

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING:

  • Actively coaching since 2012

COACHING PHILOSOPHY:

  • I am dedicated to providing every skater with the tools they need to achieve their skating goals. By teaching the importance of a good work ethic and positive attitude and leading by example
  • I will enable my skaters to learn life skills and apply these habits both on the ice and in life outside of skating.

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • CanSkate Certified
  • Primary STARSkate Trained
  • Attended coach workshops for STAR 1-5 coach assessed testing system

RELATED DEGREES/DIPLOMAS

  • Graduate in communications/public relations

COACHING HISTORY/DETAIL

  • Areas of specialization: Freeskate, Dance and Skills; Choreography
  • Assisted with on ice implementation of Skate Canada’s revised CanSkate program including use of circuits, skill progressions, fast track and fundamental zones at previous club -Directed Star 1 and 2 group lessons for all junior level skaters at previous club including the introduction of figure skating fundamentals and skills.
  • Choreography for club ice shows since 2013
  • Assisted on power skating sessions for hockey teams during the summer months

PERSONAL SKATING HISTORY

  • Former National level competitor in pairs
  • Sectional and Provincial competitor in singles, EOSIC Champion in singles and medalist in dance
  • Triple GOLD test in Freeskate, Dance and Skills
  • Performer at various club ice shows
  • Performed in “Celebration on Ice” ice show with Kurt Browning, Brian Orser and Elvis Stojko
  • Attended Provincial Training Camp for national level Ontario skaters

AVAILABILITY FOR PRIVATE LESSONS

  • Accepting new students at the Intermediate level
  • Available for Intermediate and Senior sessions (Fully booked on Junior sessions)
  • Available: Sundays - Intermediate/Senior, Mondays - Intermediate, Tuesdays - Intermediate, Wednesdays - Intermediate, Thursdays Intermediate

JASMINE BASSINGTHWAITE

Jasmine

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • 2014

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • I am a coach because of my passion for the sport and working with young athletes and children. I believe that figure skating helps young athletes develop character, confidence and a sense of accomplishment. My goal is to create a positive environment in both the good and bad times. I want to provide my skaters with a solid foundation in on and off ice skills, teach proper sportsmanship qualities and provide a healthy encouraging environment.

CERTIFICATION/ QUALIFICATIONS/ EDUCATION

  • Primary StarSkate Trained Coach
  • Currently a 2nd year student at Durham College in the Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma Program - graduate August 2017.

COACHING HISTORY/ DETAILS

  • Third season as a trained CanSkate coach and first as a trained Primary StarSkate Coach.

PERSONAL SKATING HISTORY

  • Started skating at 6 years old at Mariposa Training Academy in Barrie
  • Trained at Whitby Figure Skating Club for 6 years and then moved to the Bowmanville Figure Skating Club for the past 7 years
  • Quadruple Gold Tests (Freeskate, Dance, Skills and Interpretive)
  • Medalled at EOSIC and competed at the Skate Ontario StarSkate Championships (Provincials)
  • Continuing to compete as a senior skater for the Bowmanville Figure Skating Club. Plan to move forward and compete at the Skate Ontario Adult Championships and train to skate professionally for a contract aboard cruise ships

AVAILABILITY

  • Currently accepting new students
  • Available on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for Junior sessions

CAROLINE BERKHOF

2014 Caroline Berkhof

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • 2004

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • I work to promote a well rounded, active lifestyle in all skaters while simultaneously developing a healthy self-esteem and strong work ethic. I hope to pass along my life long passion for skating to all skaters while developing strong technique and mental strength.

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Primary STARSkate & CanPowerSkate Certified; ISPC Trained
  • Bachelor of Education

COACHING HISTORY/DETAILS

  • Coach to several skaters achieving Gold tests in all four disciplines (Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive)
  • Coach to skaters competing at Sectionals/EOSIC/Skate Ontario (Provinicial) Championships
  • BFSC CanSkate & Rising Stars/CanPower Director from 2014-2017; CanSkate/CanPower/StarSkate Director from 2007-2014 for Uxbridge SC

PERSONAL SKATING HISTORY

  • Quadruple Gold Tests (Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive)
  • EOSIC Champion
  • Ontario Winter Games, National STARSkate & Skate Ontario (Provincial) Competitor

AVAILABILITY

  • Accepting new students - please contact for specific lesson availability

MELODY COLATOSTI

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • 1990

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • My passion for the sport shows when I am on the ice with my skaters and I hope to pass this along to each of them. 

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION 

  • Level 2 Certified
  • Level 3 Singles & Synchro 

COACHING HISTORY/DETAILS

  • 25 years experience coaching from CanSkate to Gold level skaters
  • Previous CanSkate Coordinator & Coaches' Representative at former clubs
  • Coach & choreographer for over 20 years of ice shows
  • Former synchro coach for Pre-Novice, Juvenile, Junior & Adult synchro teams

AVAILABILITY

  • Tuesday and Thursday Junior, other days as requested

TARA DAVEY

2014 Tara Darvey

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • I started coaching in 2004 with the Newcastle figure skating club

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • My coaching philosophy is to create a positive learning environment that will allow skaters to enjoy their skating experience while motivating them to work towards achieving their personal goals. I have coached all levels from tot to adult and test skaters to competitive skaters

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • I am a certified NCCP level 2 skating coach and I also have my level 3 theory course.
  • Also I am a certified power skating, and Canskate coach

COACHING HISTORY/DETAILS

  • I teach freeskate, skating skills and dance.

AVAILABILITY

  • I am excepting new students on the junior and senior skating sessions

 JAN FARROW

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • 1997

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • I love watching children learn how to skate.  It is such a quick progression that it happens almost right before your eyes.  To me, being a coach is not only about teaching skills but also about teaching life lessons (punctuality, respect, teamwork, sportsmanship, confidence, self-worth).  It is very rewarding.  

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Certified Primary StarSkate

COACHING HISTORY/DETAILS

  • Primarily coach CanSkate levels now.  

AVAILABILITY

  • N/A

SHANNON HICKS

Shannon

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  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (Child and Adult)
  • Masters of Science Degree in Education
  • Professional Skate Canada Coaching Membership
  • National Figure Skating Coach Certification Level 2 + Level 3 Theory
  • Skate Canada CanPower Skate Certified
  • First Aid Certified
  • Eligible for Gold Coaching Education Status
  • Gold Medalist in Ice Dance
  • Trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dance
  • Specializing in Freeskate, Choreography, and Quality Digital Music Editing
  • Pilates Certification Courses
  • Continuously active in attending seminars in Dynamic Choreography, Creative Movement, Effective Jump/Spin Technique, Athlete Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Visualization / Mental Training and the Cumulative Points Judging System.
  • Available to teach / choreograph for skaters of all abilities
  • I am truly dedicated to assisting each one of my skaters in maintaining a positive attitude and experiencing the joy and love of figure skating while developing into the best athletes they can become. Setting and achieving goals encourages positive self esteem, discipline, and overall personal growth which can be applied to all aspects of life.

MONA HOOD

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  • 23 years experience as a Professional Skating Instructor
  • Skate Canada Canskate UNIVERSITY Certified 2013
  • National Coaching Certification Level 2 Single Skating
  • National Coaching Certification Level 2 Synchronized Skating
  • National Coaching Certification Level 3 Theory & Technical Singles Skating
  • Skate Canada CANPOWERSKATE Certified
  • CEP gold status
  • Standard First Aid Certification CPR through Canadian Red Cross
  • Over my 23 years as a Professional Skating Instructor I have learned the importance of instilling strong basics, hard work, and discipline, while always trying to keep the sport enjoyable! It is because of this standard that I have been fortunate to guide many skaters from Preliminary through to Gold Level Status.

 KRISTEN JENNINGS

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • 1996

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • I am very dedicated to every skater and work together with them to achieve their goals in a fun and positive environment.

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION 

  • Level 2 Certified 
  • Level 3 Theory & Technical & Level 4 courses

COACHING HISTORY/DETAILS

  • Taken students from CanSkate to Gold level 
  • Coached synchro teams to National Level 

PERSONAL SKATING HISTORY 

  • inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Whitby Senior Synchronized Skating Team

AVAILABILITY

  • Please contact for specific availability 
 

MONICA JOHNSTON

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING:

  • Actively coaching since 1994

COACHING PHILOSOPHY:

  • My goal is to ensure that each skater develops to their full potential as a competitive, test stream or recreational skater while always maintaining family and school priorities. Along the way, they will develop life skills that will benefit them far beyond the arena and hopefully develop the same passion for this great sport that I have.

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Provincial Coach Certified, National Coach Trained
  • Level 4 tasks:
    • # 4 – Nutrition For Optimal Performance
    • # 6 – Recovery and Regeneration
    • # 7 – Psychological Preparation For Coaches
    • #10 – Biomechanical Analysis of Advanced Skills
    • #11 – Practical Coaching-Advanced Strategy and Tactics
    • #12 – Planning and Periodization
    • #16 – Long Term Athlete Development
  • NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills
  • Canskate /Primary Mentor Coach
  • Workshop presenter for STAR 1 – 5 Coach Assessed Test revision
  • Section level Technical Controller and Technical Specialist in singles
  • Section Coaching Representative for Eastern Ontario - 2009 to 2017
  • Current BFSC STARSkate Coordinator

RELATED DEGREES/DIPLOMAS

  • Graduate in accounting

COACHING HISTORY/DETAIL

  • Areas of specialization: Freeskate, Skills, Choreography
  • Primary Coach to skaters qualifying for Ontario Provincial championships in singles and dance for 8 of the last 10 years
  • Primary Coach of skaters achieving Gold Test status in all 4 disciplines (freeskate, skills, dance, interpretive) and competitive singles tests

AVAILABILITY FOR PRIVATE LESSONS

  • Accepting new students at all levels

GARRETT MACKEEN

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • Partnering from 2009 – present
  • Coach from 2015 – present

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • As a Dancer I always referred back to basics, and now as a coach I help skaters improve their skating skills by focusing on proper technique with turns, edges and body control.  As a Dance partner, my focus is to not just guide skaters through their dances, but to pass down as much as I can of what I’ve learned from my coaches, training, and competing as a professional skater to help them with their tests and  becoming better skaters in all disciplines.

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION 

  • Primary StarSkate Trained
  • First Aid certified
  • ICU dance seminars

COACHING HISTORY/DETAILS

  • Specialize in Dance, Edging, and Turns
  • Guiding skaters through their dance test, with a select few achieving all excellents.

PERSONAL SKATING HISTORY

  • Three Junior Worlds appearances with a second place medal in the Short Dance
  • Five Junior Grand Prix medals
  • Junior Canadian Dance Champion 2013 - 2014
  • Canadian Junior Short dance Record at a national event
  • Canada Winter Games Silver medalist
  • Six Canadian Nationals appearances

AVAILABILITY

  • Tuesday Junior, Intermediate/Senior session
  • Ticket ice sessions during the week
  • Contact for other availability

SANDRA MADORE

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905-448-5856 (call/text)

YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • 1996

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • I believe in keeping skating fun at all levels from CanSkate to Competitive! Fun, coupled with good technique leads to results, which ignites a passion for skating! I believe in goal setting to give the skater a purpose for their passion, and a chance to celebrate all the milestones on their journey to reaching their potential. My ultimate goal is to be a good role model and develop a well-rounded athlete and person. On their way to achieving their skating goals, skaters also learn life skills – good work ethic, time management, self esteem, how to handle success and failure, and how to be healthy and active for life! It is an honour for me to be a part of such an incredible process!

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • ISPC Certified Singles, Dance
  • NCCP Level 3 Theory, Technical
  • CEP Gold Status
  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematics Major) and Bachelor of Administration

COACHING HISTORY/DETAILS

  • Free Skate (Spins and Jump Technique), Skills, Dance, Choreography, Music Editing
  • Have taught Provincial and National level skaters, and had skaters achieve Gold Levels in all disciplines (Skills, Free Skate, Dance and Interpretive), as well as Diamond Dances and competitive tests.
  • 2011 and 2013 Oshawa Skating Club Carnival Director
  • 2012-present Oshawa Canskate Co-Coordinator
  • 2012-present Oshawa Skating Club Coaches Representative
  • Former Coaches Rep., Ice Show Director, and Program Coordinator for many years at Fort William Figure Skating Club
  • Skate Canada – Northern Ontario Volunteer Coach of the Year - 2005
  • Northern Ontario Section Coaches Representative 2002-2004
  • Thunder Country Region Coaches Representative 2000-2002
  • Team Manager at Trillium STARSkate, Western Challenge and National Championships
  • Continually upgrading myself by attending various seminars

PERSONAL SKATING HISTORY

  • Gold Figures
  • Gold Freeskate
  • Gold Skills
  • Gold Dance
  • Novice Competitive

AVAILABILITY

  • Limited availability.  Please contact me.

TERI NINACS

Teri

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  • 15 years experience as a Professional Skating Coach.
  • Primary Starskate and CanPowerSkate Certified.
  • First Aid Certified.
  • Have coached Beginner to National Level Skaters.
  • Personal Skating Achievements: 2 Time National Medalist, Part of the Junior National Team, Jr Silver Freeskate Test, Gold and Diamond Dances, Senior Competitive Dance Test, Gold Skating Skills
  • Available to teach all levels of skaters in all disciplines.
  • Available to provide choreography for all levels of skaters.

I believe that “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

My coaching philosophy is to infuse an enthusiasm for skating in all of my skaters. I use a fun, consistent, positive and encouraging approach in order that my students achieve their personal best. I further believe that the “skating experience” offers life skills that transcend a person’s time on the ice.

ELIZABETH SCOTT-JAMIESON

2014 Liz

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YEAR YOU BEGAN COACHING

  • 1998

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

  • My coaching philosophy is to instill a love for figure skating to my students by encouraging them to strive for their goals in a fun, consistent and positive environment.

CERTIFICATION/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

  • Certified Level 1, Primary Star Skate
  • Bachelor of Education, Teaching Specialist in Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies

COACHING HISTORY/DETAILS

  • specializing in Freeskate, Dance, and Skills
  • coached all levels, ages and abilities

PERSONAL SKATING HISTORY

  • Gold medalist in Freeskate, Dance and Skills
  • Ontario University Championship Medalist

AVAILABILITY

  • Accepting new students and available on various sessions