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STOUFFVILLE SKATING CLUB COACHES

When choosing a coach there are several things to consider; cost, availability and qualifications.  Feel free to make inquiries to assure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Cost 

Coaches rates will vary based on qualifications and experience.  On average you can expect to pay anywhere from $10.00 - $16.00 for a 15 minute private lesson.  Keep in mind that rates will vary if there is more than one person in the group (semi private or group instruction) and length of the lesson (10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes or more).  If you are unsure and are shopping around, be sure to ask the coach for a fee schedule before committing to any lessons.

Availability 

Check to see if the coach is available on the sessions you are planning to skate on.  If you are interested in a specific coach, check their availability first and then try to skate on those sessions.  If skating on a certain day is more important, register for the session and then check with the coach. 

Intermediate and Senior skaters, please note that our male dance coach/partners are available as follows:

  • Danny Mon and Tues.  Please be sure to select the session your dance coach/partner that you will be testing with is available.  If you are unsure please check with your coach for more details. 

Qualifications

All coaches are required to be registered with Skate Canada, the governing body of skating in Canada.  This insures they are qualified as coaches, have current first aid and are insured.  The standard qualification levels are mandated by the Coaches Association of Canada and are based on the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).  Coaches are designated through certification as CanSkate coaches or NCCP Levels (1,2,3,4,5).  As a point of reference you need to be Level 4 to coach at an Olympic game.  Coaches are also required to participate in the Coaches Education Program (CEP).  In this program they are rewarded points for participating in various types of activities such as Leadership, Continuous Education, Seminars, Conventions, workshops, planning, etc.  Every two years the Coaches are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze based on the points they have accumulated.

Please contact our Coaches directly (contact info listed below) to find out their availability on your preferred sessions.

STARSKATE COACHES

 

 

Karen Bates

karen.bates@rogers.com

   *Available to coach all levels Canskate through Gold skaters

 

Experience

Years of Coaching
20+ years in Canada & US
 
Coaching Experience:
Gold Test Coach - Freeskate, Skills, Dance
Provincial Level Competitive Coach
Ice Show Choreographer
Session Coordinator - Canskate & Starskate  programs
 
Coaching Certification:                  
NCCP National Level Coach
Level 3 Certified Singles
Level 2 Certified Dance
Starskate 1 - 5 Coach/Assessor
Starskate 6 - Gold Coach/Assessor (in progress)
Power Edge Specialist Coach
First Aid & CPR Certified

Coaching Philosophy

As a coach, having the privilege to be a part of a skater’s journey is very rewarding. I believe in the progress   and effort of all athletes from grassroots to high performance with an understanding that a strong desire   coupled with a belief that you can achieve allows you to become the best version of yourself both on and off   the ice.
 
Professional Achievements:
Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Skate Canada Professional Development courses - on going

 

 

Kayleigh Cheung

kayleigh.cheung.0405@gmail.com

647-646-5058

   *Available to coach all levels Canskate through Gold skaters

 

Experience

Years of Coaching
1 year
 
Coaching Experience:
canskate 
freeskate
skating skills  
artistic 
ice dance 
synchronized skating
 
Coaching Certification:                  
Skate Canada regional trained 
 

Coaching Philosophy

Inspiring skaters and helping to grow their love for the sport; pushing skaters to be the best they can be, while making sure they are enjoying every moment on the ice. I want every skater to feel important, cared for, and worth it. I want to help skaters develop character traits and life skills that they can take with them beyond the rink.  

 
Professional Achievements:
national and international competitor 
2 time junior worlds competitor (2020 - 5th and 2022 - 6th) 
2 times national medalist 
2020 junior national champion 
national team 2019-2022 
completed quad gold test achievement and diamond dances 

 

Kirsten Argue

kirstenargue7@gmail.com

*Available to coach all levels Canskate through Gold skaters

 

Experience

Years of Coaching
4 years
 
Coaching Experience:

She became a certified regional coach while in high school before taking some time away from the sport to attend university. Upon her return to her hometown, she joined the Port Perry Adult synchronized skating team and began coaching again at the Woodville club.

 
Coaching Certification:                  

Certified Regional Coach

Coaching Philosophy

For Kirsten, it is a privilege to work with children and youth, to teach them to skate and to watch them grow and improve. She cherishes the relationships and sense of community, unique to skating clubs. Coaching is her passion and she is very grateful to have the opportunity to do what she loves.

 
Professional Achievements:
Some highlights of her skating career include completing her gold skills, and dance tests.

CANSKATE COACHES

 

 

 Jennifer Ferris

 jenniferferrismusic@gmail.com

*Available to coach all levels Canskate 

 

 

Experience

Years of Coaching
16 years
 
Coaching Experience:

Coaching for the past 16 years with the Town of Whitchurch Stouffville and various other Learn to Skate Programs

Working with Stouffvillle Hockey Association for 5 years with Edges Program.          

Coaching with Stouffville Skating Club                 

Coaching Philosophy

Skating has been a passion of mine most of my life. Although every skater’s individual goals are different, my goal is for all my students to develop that same love for the sport. Sports give many positive values and I want to share that with my students. I value every athlete equally, no matter their age, ability, and experience. Skating is a journey, and I want my skaters to be confident and proud of their accomplishments and to look back at their time on the ice with a fondness.

 

  

Emma Jacobs

emma.jacobss99@gmail.com

*Available to coach all levels Canskate

 

Experience

Years of Coaching
4 years
 
Coaching Experience:

I am so excited to be back the Stouffville Skating Club! I figure skated here for 15+ years at the Stouffville Skating club and then moved onto to the Peterborough Skating Club when I went to university. I achieved triple gold status in skills, interpretive, and dance also reaching senior silver level in free skate. 

I have been a certified CanSkate coach for four years now and this will be my second year here at the Stouffville skating club. Looking forward to another great season!

Coaching Philosophy

I am currently a master's student at the University of Toronto and will be a teacher come next year! I have a passion for working with children and I love that I can combine my passion for skating too!.

 

  

Rachael McCulloch

rachaelmcculloch95@gmail.com

*Available to coach all levels Canskate

 

Experience

Years of Coaching
4 years
 
Coaching Experience:

I volunteered as a PA between 2008 and 2012, and loved it so much that I became a CanSkate Coach in 2018. I began as a skater at the Pickering, Ajax ,Scarboro and Carleton University Skating Clubs, where I competed as a synchro skater from 2006-2014! 

Coaching Certifications:
- Canskate Certified
- First Aid and CPR certified
 

 

  Alicia

aliciahcm927@gmail.com

*Available to coach all levels Canskate

 

Experience

Years of Coaching
 
 
Coaching Experience:

               

Coaching Philosophy

Skating has always been a passion of mine, as is teaching children and seeing them grow. Having worked with children as a skating coach and scouter, working with children and motivating them to do well creates a sense of pride, and fuels my passion. Being able to share my love for figure skating is an opportunity I am grateful for.

DANCE COACH

 

Danny Sorley

Text Number:  905-717-0347

Email:  danny.sorley@sympatico.ca

 

Experience

Years of Coaching
40+ years
 
Coaching Experience:

CanSkate

StarSkate - All Levels

Adult Learn to Skate

 
Coaching Certification:
Level 1 Technical

               

Coaching Philosophy

To bring fun into the sport while still learning how to be the best skater you can be!

Professional Achievements

Was a National Competitor and Medalist in Dance

Achieved Gold in Dance, FreeSkate and Skills