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Pickering Skating Club Coaches

All CanSkate programs have group lessons provided by professionally certified coaches registered with Skate Canada. STARSkate Junior and Intermediate sessions provide group instructions for stroking only.

STARSkate athletes are required to have a private coach. For guidance, please read Selecting a Private Coach for more information.

                      Linda Donnelly, Coach & CanSkate Coordinator
Linda Donnelly For 40 years, Linda has enjoyed coaching skaters from CanSkate through to the STARSkate level and beyond, including provincial level competition. Over the years, she has coached many skaters on to achieving their personal goals and becoming gold medalist – an accomplishment she finds very rewarding.

“It gives me great pleasure to pass on the fundamentals of skating to our clubs’ young skaters and I hope they begin to love the sport as much as I do” – Linda

Qualifications: NCCP Level 2 Certified; Gold Medalist in Figures, Freeskate and Dance; Police Clearance Check; First Aid Certified.

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Lisa Taylor-Farrell, Coach
Lisa has been a full time coach for 15 years, and a member of the Skate Canada Pickering Skating Club for 25 years. Her objective is to encourage every skater to achieve his/her goals and sense of good sportsmanship and a love for the sport.

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Qualifications: NCCP Level 1 Certified; Gold Skills Certified; Gold Medal in Dance; Junior Silver Free Skate Certified; Coached skaters at Club through Interclub; Skill Course; Trained at Mariposa Summer Skating School; Police Clearance Check; First Aid Certified.

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Linda Wright, Coach
As a former Junior Canadian Champion, and current PreSchool, CanSkate and STARSkate coach, Linda has over 40 years of professional figure skating experience. She finds it personally fulfilling to help skaters achieve their goals by developing their fundamentals for ice skating.

“Sharing personal rewards and experiences makes my job very gratifying.” – Linda

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Qualifications: NCCP level 1 Certified, Police Clearance Check, First Aid, Gold medalist in Free Skate and Figures; competed in Senior Canadian’s and was Junior Canadian Champion.

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Kimberly Stelter, Coach
Pickering Skating Club Kimberly is one of the newest member to the coaching team at SCPSC. As a 10 year competitive figure skater, she competed at the 1996 Eastern Ontario Divisional and has achieved Junior Competitive Singles and Quad Gold Status. She has a passion for skating and teaching and now wishes to pass on her knowledge to other aspiring skaters.

“It’s a pleasure to share in the skater’s joy of learning a new skill for life-long rewards.” – Kimberly

Qualifications: NCCP Canskate, Standard First Aid CPR Level C, Police Check Clearance, Junior Competitive Singles, Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance, Gold Artistic, Gold Skills.

(905) 420-4117 Club

Solange Boivin, Coach
Solange is a fully certified level III coach in singles and has started tasks for level IV. She has been coaching for 23 years. She spent 11 years coaching abroad where she successfully assisted competitive skaters at the Novice A and B categories to finish among the top 10 at international competitions. She has recently returned from Europe and is looking forward to share her knowledge and passion for the sport of Figure Skating with our skaters from all levels. Although Solange wore many hats during her journey as a coach, from CanSkate Coach to Head Coach and Technical Director, she enjoys working with skaters at all levels, whatever their ambitions.

“My goals as a skating coach are to assist my skaters to reach their maximum potential to the best of their individual abilities in the sport of figure skating and to assist them in reaching their goals. I strongly believe that all goals are important, especially to the individual who sets them; for that reason, they all equally deserve the attention and motivation of the Coach. I endeavor to motivate each individual that I have the pleasure to teach to stay active for life. I think I have the best job in the world!” – Solange

Qualifications : Certified Level III, ongoing Level IV tasks. Coach in good standing with Skate Canada with a valid First Aid Certificate and Police Clearance Check.

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Kristina Saunders, Coach & Off-Ice Trainer
Kristina is a believer in how anything and all things are possible to those with focus and determination, taking one day at a time, starting from where ever you are today. After 20 years, of being away from the sport, Kristina is inspired and humbled by her own practice as an adult competitor.

“It gives me great pleasure to share my passion and enthusiasm for skating with skaters of all ages, and all levels.” – Kristina

Qualifications : Sr. Silver certified in Free Skate, Dance, and Skills. NCCP Level 1, CRP C, First Aid, CanFit

(905) 420-4117 Club