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Coaches

Our professional coaches are all certified by the National Coaching Certification Program and are registered with Skate Canada as Professional Coaches. They are totally dedicated to the sport of skating and have a variety of personal achievements, both as skaters and coaches. Find out a little more about their backgrounds and coaching philosophies.

Leonid Birinberg

613-843-1740

lbirinberg@yahoo.ca

20 Years of Coaching Experience

Certifications:
  • NCCP Level 3 certified, working on Level 4
Disciplines:
  • Singles,
  • stroking,
  • conditioning,
  • skating skills,
  • interpretive,
  • choreography and
  • off-ice training
Coaching Philosophy

I believe that sport, and physical activity in general, stimulates growth and leads to improved physical and emotional health.  Sport specifically aids in the social and psychological development of a person.  Figure Skating requires self-discipline, perseverance, and determination; these skills can be applied to every aspect of a skater’s life.

I thoroughly enjoy working with skaters of all ages and levels, helping them reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

Certifications & Education:
  • 2014 – Designation of Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC), representing the highest attainable membership with Coaches of Canada
  • 2014 – Highest level of education, experience and ethics coaching certificate
  • 1992 – Diploma of Figure Skating Coach and Sports Teacher, (equivalent of Bachelor of Science in Sport and Physical Education) from Moscow Institute
Areas of Specialization

Singles; Jumps; off-ice training; stroking; conditioning; skating skills;

Most Recent Professional Highlights:

Internationally:

  • Coached bronze medalist at ISU Grand Prix Rostelecom, Russia (Senior Ladies, 2015)
  • Coached  to 5th place at Junior Worlds , Bulgaria (Junior Ladies, 2014)
  • Coached to 7th place at Junior Worlds, Italy (Junior Ladies, 2013)

Nationally:

  • Coached silver medalist at Canadian National Championship (Senior Ladies, 2015)
  • Coached bronze medalist at Canadian National championship (Novice Men, 2014)

Provincially:

  • 1st place at Skate Ontario Championship , Juvenile Women U11
  • 1st place at  2014 Skate Ontario Super Series, Pre-Novice Men
  • 2nd place at 2015  Eastern Ontario Sectionals, Pre- Novice Men
Rates:

Private Lesson fee:  $13.75 – 15min

Group Lesson fee:    2 skaters – 15min  – $8.25  per skater

                                     3 skaters – 15min – $6.00 per skater

                                     4 skaters – 15min – $4.50 per skater

HST (13%) will be charged on above services

Competition Expenses: Travel, meals & accommodation to be shared by competitors.

Louise Dimmick

613-720-9240

louisecoaching@hotmail.ca

14 Years of Coaching Experience

Certifications:

National Coach Trained in Singles

Provincial Coach Certified in Dance

Professional highlights

Currently coach skaters of all levels in competition and test from Canskate to Gold and Junior competitive including those competing at Sectionals and qualifying for Skate Canada Challenge and Canadians.

Rates

15min Private: $11.50

15min Semi-Private: $6.50

Group Lessons:

15min – 3 skaters: $4.50

15min – 4 skaters: $3.75

Available to teach:
  • Freeskate,
  • Skating Skills,
  • Stroking/Footwork,
  • Choreography,
  • Dance,
  • Off-ice
Bilingual: English/French

Dan Gordon

danjgordon61@gmail.com

Over 30 Years of Coaching Experience

Certifications:

NCCP Level 3 certified

Coaching Philosophy

On a personal level Dan has achieved Gold level in Figures, Freeskate and Dance. He has coached all levels of skaters from Canskate to international figure skating medalists. His skaters have passed levels from Preliminary to Senior Competitive tests.

Rate

$12.50 per 15min

Disciplines:

  • Singles,
  • Dance and
  • Pairs

Jill Leonard

613-805-0556

leonardjillian@gmail.com

15 Years of Coaching Experience

Certifications:

NCCP Level 3 Certified, Completed 3 Level 4 Tasks, Level 1 Canadian Special Olympics Certified, CanPowerSkate Certified

Disciplines:
  • Freeskate,
  • Choreography,
  • Skating Skills,
  • Dance
Coaching Philosophy

Skating is a beautiful sport that not only requires technical knowledge but also personal expression. I share my passion of this sport with my skaters. I enable my skaters to reach their full potential through encouragement, pushing them constantly, and celebrating their achievements.

As a competitive skater for the majority of my life, I completed Skate Canada Gold tests in Freeskate, Skills (and my fifth figure), and Dance and my Novice competitive singles test.

I began coaching 15 years ago and during this time I’ve had skaters compete at Sectionals, Challenge, Canada Games, and Starskate Nationals. Many of my skaters have also passed their Gold tests in Freeskate, Skills, Dance, and Interpretive. I have also mentored new coaches, and have continued my education in coaching by apprenticing under National and International Coaches.

I graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Education degree from Mount St Vincent. I taught Jr High and Sr High school math and sciences.

I am available to teach free skate, choreography, skating skills, and dance. I am bilingual (English and French)

Rate

$11.50 per 15min

Lenka Seniglova

613-688-0952

seniglovalenka@seznam.cz

5 Years of Coaching Experience

Certifications:

NCCP Level 2 certified in Singles, Level 3 theory

 

Coaching Philosophy

I strive to help skaters in developing their full potential and achieving their goals while making the learning process educational and enjoyable. Figure skating has been my passion since I was four years old. Having an athletic career in figure skating has taught me more than just spins and jumps. I have acquired skills that help me in my everyday life including discipline, dedication, time- management, fair play, hard work, and persistence to name just a few. I would like to pass on what I have learned through my experiences to my students.

Lenka represented the Czech Republic at the 2001 European Championship and at the 2001 Worlds. She has competed internationally and also did an ice show tour in the UAE.

Rates:

P$9.00 per 15min

Lori Walker

613-889-1714

loriwalker21@hotmail.com

14 Years of Coaching Experience

Certifications:

NCCP Level 2 certified

Disciplines:
  • Free Skate,
  • Skills,
  • Dance,
  • Synchro
Coaching Philosophy

I have much dedication and appreciation for my sport. I enjoy working with skaters of all ages and abilities. I want to motivate my skaters to develop a positive approach towards figure skating while having fun and working hard. I want them to develop into the best athletes/people they can be.

Lori skated for a Nepean Skating Club synchronized skating team for 5 years (team was National Champs 2008-2009 season). Lori has taught skaters of many ages and levels from Canskate to Starskate and also adult programs.

Coaching Experience

Taught skaters of many ages and levels from CanSkate to StarSkate (Preliminary to Senior Silver levels) and adult programs

Coached skaters at club competitions and test days

Skated for 20 years back home near Sudbury (Valley East Skating Club) and started my professional coaching there in 2002

2007 to present- CanSkate and StarSkate coach for the Nepean Skating Club

2008-2013 CanSkate and StarSkate coach for the Metcalfe Figure Skating Club

Rate

$9.50 per 15min

Mary Yarush

613 762 2495

mary.edgeworks@gmail.com

37 Years of Coaching Experience

Certifications:

Level 3 certified singles and pairs

Completed 7/12 level 4 courses

Attend seminars regularly in order to stay current with updates/rule changes/guidelines

Disciplines:
  • Free Skate
  • Pair Skating
Coaching Philosophy

I am dedicated to helping skaters achieve personal goals by installing a well-rounded on and off ice routine.  At the same time, I would like to ensure that skaters use and value life skills learned from experiences with skating.

My goal is not just to develop skaters, but to develop people.

Areas of Specialization
  • Choreography
  • Free Skate and Pair skating
  • Competitive and STARskate
  • Working with young children
  • Working with hockey/ringette skaters
Most recent Professional Highlights
  • Sectionals 2014 juvenile men u14.        2nd
  • EOSIC 2014. Juvenile men u14.            1st
  • Ontario Winter Games 2014 Juv men    1st
  • Sectionals 2015 Pre-Novice Men.          1st
  • Qualified pre-nov man 2015 Skate Canada Challenge

 

  • EOSIC 2014 pre ladies.                           2nd
  • EOSIC 2015 pre-juv ladies.           4 th & 2nd
  • Two qualified for skate ontario 2015

 

  • EOSIC 2014 pre men.                              1st
  • EOSIC 2015 pre-juv men.                        1st
  • Provincials pre-juv men.                 5 th
Rate

$12 per 15min (private lesson)

Competition expenses (travel,meals,accommodation). Cost shared with competitors

Off Ice

Leonid Birinberg

613-843-1740

lbirinberg@yahoo.ca

Technical Training Instructor

Leonid Birinberg graduated with a Bachelor of Sports, specializing in Physical Education and Sport; he also holds the Canadian designation of ChPC (Chartered Professional Coach). For over twenty years, Leonid has focused on training figure skaters from StarSkate to the International level. Leonid combines the two components, on and off ice, to optimize each skater’s skills, allowing the athlete to reach their full potential.

Dylan Harries

Fitness Instructor

Dylan Harries {B. Rec., B.Sc. (HK), C.A.T} is a renowned fitness presenter who travels the world inspiring his participants with his passion and knowledge of all forms of physical activity. With over 22 years of fitness experience, Dylan is a Regional Director for the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA in Ottawa Canada. In his spare time, he is an award winning athletic trainer and performance coach. Dylan is CALA (Trainer), CFP (PTS/FIS), SPI (2), YMCA (Master Trainer), Gym-Stick (Aqua Master Trainer), HydroRider (Trainer), Spinning (star 2), Bender Ball (Master Trainer), Pilates (Diane Miller Method), Bosu, TRX and NCCP (2) certified.

Irina Shivrina

Dance Instructor

Irina Shivrina is certified as a Fitness Instructor (Russia) and Master of Choreography (Russia) and holds a Level 1 NCCP Certification (Canada) in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Irina has been teaching a variety of classical and contemporary dance modalities for the past 23 years and thrives on seeing her students stretch their boundaries and achieve their personal goals.