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OUR TEAM

 

All STARSkaters must have a professional coach. Some coaches team coach and you may have the option of working with more than one coach in some circumstances. If your skater will be absent from a lesson, please advise the coach ahead of time. All coaching fees are billed by and paid directly to individual coaches. At their discretion, coaches will also bill for extra sessions, making of music, competition attendance and mileage. You may want to consider the coach's skill level/style when determining the best fit. Contact coaches directly for inquiries about their availability.

CAROLYN ALLWRIGHT


Carolyn is a National Level certified coach who has taught in both small and large city clubs. Her experience in coaching is from the grassroots to international level. She has significant CanSkate coordination and administrative experience with programs of all sizes. 

Carolyn is our Club Administrator and Consultant. Her full-time position is with Skate Canada as a Coach Development Coordinator. 

 

LISA ERB

Contact: lisaerb573@gmail.com

With over 30 years of coaching experience, Lisa has her Provincial Coach certification and is currently National Coach Trained. She has coached skaters from Preliminary to Gold in Freeskate, Dance, Skills and Interpretive.

Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy is anchored in providing a meaningful experience to my skaters while enhancing their skills and values in life through sports.

I coach with enthusiasm, providing knowledgeable instruction and discipline in a constructive manner that ensures an enjoyable experience and endows the skater with physical and emotional benefits for a lifetime.

My passion for figure skating is an enduring one and having the opportunity to share that passion with others is a dream come true.

Lisa is available Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat.

 

TAMMI BRUSH

Contact: expertedges@gmail.com

Tammi Brush Regional Coach Certified & CanPowerskate Certified, Currently working toward Provincial Coaching Certification Skate Canada Triple Gold Skater - Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance and Gold Skills Bachelor of Kinesiology

Coaching Philosophy: To motivate, inspire and guide skaters of all ages and levels to set and reach their goals and achieve their maximum potential in terms of skill and competence on the ice.  

To succeed in this effort, I will coach with vigor and enthusiasm, providing knowledgeable instruction and discipline in a constructive manner that ensures an enjoyable learning experience and endows the skater with self- esteem, as well as, physical and emotional benefits for a lifetime.

Availability:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

 

KARLY BRUSH

Contact: expertedges@gmail.com

Regional Coach Certified & CanPowerskate Certified, Currently working toward Provincial Coaching Certification Skate Canada Triple Gold Skater - Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance, Gold Skills, Recreation and Sport Management

Coaching Philosophy: Give 150%, 100% percent of the time. Be present and focus on holistic development which emphasizes mastering skills, personal growth, and a positive mindset.

Provide tailored training plans to maximize learning, effective communication and foster a supportive environment that encourages discipline, resilience and improvement. Build character on and off the ice for a lasting impact! 

Availability: TBD

 

ALEX BROWN

Contact: abrown4515@gmail.com

Coaching since 2014 Regional Coach Certified Gold skills, Senior Silver Freeskate and Dance Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Behaviour. CanSkate Director overseeing CanSkate, PreCanSkate, Start to Skate, and GroupSTAR

Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy is that a coach should be enthusiastic, welcoming, and attentive to their students in order to create a motivating environment.

I aim to work with my skaters to achieve their specific goals while continuing to challenge them and showcase their abilities. I hope to build strong mentoring relationships with my skaters and to share my love of the sport with them.

Availability: all sessions

 

CLAIRE MacINNES

Contact: claire.j.g.macinnis@gmail.com

Skating since 2005 Trained Regional Coach Gold Skills, Gold Dance, Gold Elements, Senior Silver Freeskate Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Public Policy & Psychology minor

Coaching Philosophy: It’s my passion for skating that inspires my love for coaching. It allows me to be knowledgeable, positive, excited, and disciplined. Fostering a supportive environment allows skaters to develop passion for the sport.

Bringing a positive attitude and being present for each skater creates a lasting impact both on and off the ice. As a coach I strive to teach skaters discipline, create individual training plans, and support their goals whether big or small. 

Availability: all sessions

 

LOUISA MATHESON

Contact: lommatheson@gmail.com

Skating since 2014 Canskate certified coach - 2022 Trained regional coach - 2023 In school for: Honours Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science with a specialization in Radiographic Imaging at McMaster University

Coaching Philosophy: My current coaching philosophy is fuelled by my love for the sport and the many opportunities it provides to athletes.

A large focus of my philosophy is to place a strong focus instilling a vast basis of basic technical skating skill knowledge into young skaters as basic skills are of the utmost importance in all facets of skating.

Creating a strong basis of skating skills and knowledge allows skaters to grow into the sport and achieve any goal they set their mind to.

To compliment this, I believe that skating should be fun and engaging for all and it is extremely important to me that skaters enjoy their time on the ice.

Availability: Mondays & Saturdays

 

JAYMIE MARA

Contact: jmara4736@gmail.com

Skating since 2005 CanSkate Certified and CanPower Trained Gold Skills, Gold Dance, Gold Interpretive, Senior Sliver Elements, Senior Silver Freeskate Currently studying Veterinary Technology

Coaching Philosophy: is that a coach should be welcoming, enthusiastic and adaptive to their students in order to create a motivating and engaging environment.

I aim to connect with my students to provide them a unique and personalized experience, and adapt to their learning styles. I will challenge skaters to try new skills, but also work on highlighting their strengths and abilities.

My goal is to share my love of skating, but also teach skills to be used both on and off the ice.

 

MAIRI MIDDLETON

Contact: mairi.middleton6@gmail.com

Coaching since 2018 Canskate Coach Certified Skate Canada Quad Gold Skater in Skills, Freeskate, Dance, and Artistic Currently working towards a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering

Coaching Philosophy: My goal in coaching is to share my love of skating with everyone who gets on the ice!

As a lifelong skater, I have seen the positive influence that sport can have, and through my coaching I hope to create a welcoming environment that helps athletes find joy and fun in their skating.

 

CRYSTAL ZHOU

Contact: zcrystal138@gmail.com

CanSkate in Training Coach Gold Skills, Junior Silver Freeskate, Senior Bronze Dance 

Coaching Philosophy: I strive to spark a passion for sports in my athletes. I provide a welcoming environment for my skaters to achieve their goals.

 

NORA BAKOU


Contact: bakou21@icloud.com

Skating since 2012 NCCP CanSkate Trained Star 7 Skills, Star 6 Dance

Coaching Philosophy: My love of skate is why I chose to become a coach. I believe a coach should be welcoming, positive and motivating.

As a coach I strive to help skaters with any goals they may have. Also, I want to aim towards providing possible training plans for skaters to help increase their learning.

Most of all, I hope to provide a comfortable and enjoyable environment, along with being able to show my love, passion and respect for the sport.

 

CAITLIN FURGAL


Contact: bakou21@icloud.com

Skating since 2005 CanSkate Trained, Senior Silver Skills and Dance Bachelor of Science in Biology with Bioinformatics specialization

Coaching Philosophy: As a coach, I aim to share my joy of skating by helping skaters towards their goals on and off the ice. I believe in challenging skaters to continuously improve their skills in an enjoyable, encouraging environment to help them develop resilience, self-discipline, and confidence in skating and beyond.