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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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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 :

Gold Skills, Gold Interpretive; Sr. Silver Free Skate, Sr. Silver Dance.

NCCP Level 1 Certifed, CRP C, First Aid, CanFit Pro Personal Trainer

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Emily Weightman, Coach
Alexandra Savor, Coach


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