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Coaches

Private lessons are mandatory on all StarSkate sessions. They are necessary to learn and perfect the required skills to succeed in the Skate Canada StarSkate (test) program. Parents may choose a club coach for their child from the list of professional coaches provided. Many skaters also supplement their lessons with our specialty coaches. The Board of Directors has contracted and verified the qualifications of these coaches for skaters at the Orillia Figure Skating Club (OFSC). Only National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) certified coaches with the permission of the Board of Directors may coach at this club. Lessons are given in 15 minute sessions and are charged directly to the parent. Private lessons are not required on CanSkate sessions, but are available if you would like them.

Coaches are not permitted to solicit parents or skaters according to Skate Canada rules. Parents and coaches enter into a private agreement which may be ended at the discretion of the coach or parent. It is often best to choose a coach for the season and then re-evaluate your needs at the end of the year. You may have more than one coach to work on the different disciplines in skating.

Parents, in conjunction with the coach, decide what their goals are for their child and how many lessons they wish to have per week to fit their budget and desires. You may wish to ask your coach to give your child group lessons with one or two other skaters to reduce costs. You can expect your coach to communicate with you regularly about how your child is progressing and what tests they will be ready to try and when. It is the skater’s responsibility to inform their coach of an absence from a lesson or you may be charged for that missed lesson.

Coaching Directors:
If you have questions regarding our programs, please contact a Board member or the Head Coach.

Head Coach, PreCanSkate & CanSkate, Enhancement team: Tracey Zwiers                                                                                                                    
Solo Simulation: Susan Scott                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Little Stars: Susan Scott

 

Coaching Staff:

 

Head Coach: Tracey Zwiers                                                  

705-327-2206               teamtracey@orilliapronet.com                          

$13.50 per 15 minute lesson

Tracey was awarded the 2011 and 2012 Skate Canada Club and Recreational Coach of Excellence. In 2012 she was selected to the CanSkate Resource Team for Skate Canada. Tracey is in her 32nd season of coaching. She is Level 3 Certified; Special Olympics National level coach and coaches all levels from PreCan to Gold StarSkate both at the recreational and competitive levels. She is a quadruple Gold medalist in Figures, Skills, Freeskate and Dance. Tracey was awarded the 2017 Coaching Award of Excellence from the Coaching Association of Canada. She was named the top 20 Best of the Best CanSkate Coaches in Canada in 2009, COS Volunteer Coach for 2005, and COS Club Coach for 2000, She lives in Orillia with her husband Jeff & her children, Jayme and Thomas.

 

 

SPECIALTY COACHES: 

 

Susan Scott

705-238-6363                                                                                                    susanbrad@hotmail.com                              

  $13.50 per 15 minute lesson

Susan has been coaching for 31 years and competed at Nationals for 7 years, becoming a National Team of Canada member. She is a quadruple gold medalist in Figures, Skills, Freeskate & Dance and has her Senior competitive freeskate test. Susan placed 2nd at Nationals and 8th at Junior Worlds. She is a Level 3 certified coach and coaches all levels from PreCan to Gold StarSkate both at the recreational and competitive levels. She also works with hockey players to improve their skills and edges.  Susan lives in Orillia with her husband Brad and two children, Karlee and Kole.  

 

 

 

                                                                  James Callan                                                                                             705-305-0587 jamesfcallan@ymail.com                                                                                      

$15.00 per 15 minute lesson

James Callan was born and raised in Lake of the Woods and now lives in Barrie with his wife Adrienne and three boys Jaxon, Aidan and Preston. He was a six time national ice dance competitor. James has over 24 years experience as a dance coach.

                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skyanne Tillotson 

705-955-0466

skyanne.rowe@hotmail.ca

$11.50 per 15 minute lesson

OFSC welcomes Skyanne to our club for the 2021-22 season.   

Skyanne started skating at the age of 5 with the Orillia Figure Skating Club and skated until was 18. During her 13 years of skating, she achieved Gold tests in skills, dance, interpretive, and freeskate.  She also skated synchro with the Barrie Royal Blades.

Skyanne moved to British Columbia in 2013 and obtained her coaching certification while out west. In 2018 she moved back to Orillia with her husband James and their son Jaxon. 

She is entering her 6th year of coaching and is regional coach certified and also has power skate certification.  

 

 

  Markus Leminen

 705-770-8211                                                     mleminen@hotmail.com                                                                                      

 $14.00 per 15 minute lesson

Markus is the 7 time Finnish National Freeskate Champion. He is a Level 3 singles certified coach, and coaches in both Orillia and Bradford Skating Club.  Markus has guest coached for Finland’s Junior Team as well as in New Jersey and Hong Kong. Markus lives in Barrie with his wife Kylee.  Markus offers Harness & Jump Lessons as a specialty freeskate coach.

 

 

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