Coaches are invaluable in the development of an athlete’s skills. They are teachers and mentors for the thousands of young athletes they interact with in their day-to-day work. They work not only with athletes but also the athlete’s parents in setting realistic goals and the training required to reach their potential and their goals. All Skate Canada coaches are required to be trained and/or certified in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Becoming a Skate Canada Professional Coach requires planning and commitment to the profession. A certified coach is an experienced, skilled and dedicated professional. Coaches have a huge impact on the lives of their skaters and coaches always need to be aware of this fact and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Coaches need to constantly educate and update themselves in order to be effective. Currently, all coaches who work at Skate Canada member clubs and Skating Schools must meet the minimum criteria as outlined in Rule 2401 of the Skate Canada Rule Book and other provisions set from time to time by the Skate Canada Board of Directors, and be registered professional coaching members of Skate Canada.
We are proud to have Coach Patsy as our Club Coach. Coach Patsy is our CanSkate Coach as well as Group StarSkate.
The following are some of her skills and qualifications:
Coaching - 22 years
Professionally qualified to teach all disciplines (recreation & competitive levels)
NCCP Level 2 Certified
Level 3 theory,
Level 3 Technical General
Level 3 Free skate Singles Technical
Certified in First Aid
Senior Silver Freeskate
Novice Competitive Freeskate
Senior Silver Dance + 2 gold dances
Competed at Novice Ladies Level
Juvenile/Pre-Novice/Novice/Junior Ladies - WOS Sectionals
Juvenile/Pre-Novice Mens - WOS sectionals
Junior Silver/Senior Silver ladies - Regionals
Various skaters - WOS development team
Coach Patsy has been with GSC since 2011
We are proud to have Coach Kalli as our Club Coach. Kalli is our PreCanSkate Coach and she also coaches Group StarSkate.
Junior Silver FreeSkate
Senior Silver Skills
Junior Silver Dances
Awards and Certification
Honors Diploma in Coaching and Sport Development from Humber College
Primary STARSkate Certified
Intermediate STARSkate Trained
2001 Worlds Legacy STARskate Bursary Winner
Coaching for 8 years.
Teaches precanskate, canskate, advanced canskate, and starskate.
Group instruction and private lessons.
Completed four internships at a high performance skating school under Level 4 coach Robert O'Toole.
Coach Kalli has been with GSC since 2012
Information Coming Soon...
Coach Allan has been with GSC since 2015
Free Skate - Gold/ Senior
Dance - Gold
Skills - Gold
2006- 2007 Junior Canadian National Competitor
2007-2008 Junior Grand Prix International Czech Republic
2007- 2008 Junior Grand Prix International South Africa
2007- 2008 Junior Canadian National Competitor
2008-2009 Canadian National Competitor
2009- 2010 Canadian National Competitor
2011- 2012 Principal Soloist Adventure of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
2012-2013 Principal Soloist Voyager of the Seas Royal Caribbean International
2013- 2014 Principal Soloist Holiday on Ice: Platinum
2014-2015 StageWorks Hot Ice
2014- 2015 Principal Soloist Holiday on Ice: Platinum/ Passion
2015- 2016 StageWorks Hot Ice
2015- 2016 Dynamic Shows Wolfsburg
Coach McKenzie has been with GSC since 2016
Power Skating Coach Chrissie Kernaghan
Information coming soon!
Program assistants are the helpers on the ice. Some are younger StarSkaters, others are perhaps adults and parents who skate. They are all registered with Skate Canada and have undergone some level of training from our coaches in order to assist with the on ice delivery of programs. We appreciate them volunteering their time and showing their love of skating! This year's program assistants are:
The first step to becoming a great skater is to simply believe in yourself.