COACHING TEAM

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Shanelle Horobec, BFA - Director of Skating

Shanelle is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada Coach with Gold CEP Status, and 12 years of coaching experience.  She is a quadruple Skate Canada Gold Medalist in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive, as well as Novice Competitive Singles.  While competing in figure skating, Shanelle also received many awards while competing extensively for 16 years in off-ice dance.  She has performed professionally as an actor and dancer both on stage and on screen.  She was a student at New York City's Broadway Dance Center, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where she was accepted into their Professional Division, and attended master classes led by Evelyn Hart, and Rex Harrington.  She has 20 years of performance and dance training including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical jazz, hip hop, and contemporary (Cunningham, Graham, Limón, Gaga, Horton, and Laban Movement Analysis).  Her dance certifications include “Honours with Distinction” on all the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams, including Advanced One Ballet, and the Association of International Dance Teachers Gold Higher Tap.  Shanelle is a graduate from Simon Fraser University's School of the Contemporary Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, majoring in Dance and French.  She is also a graduate from the Douglas College Theatre Program.  Currently she is in her final semester of the PDP Program within the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University where she is working towards her Bachelor of Education Degree. Shanelle’s coaching philosophy is to ensure that skaters of all ages, experience a fun, safe, positive, and inclusive environment where they can develop and master their skating skills and performance goals.

 

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Larissa Horobec, BFA

Larissa is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada Coach with Gold CEP Status, and 8 years of coaching experience.  She competed in figure skating for many years representing British Columbia/Yukon nationally, and Canada internationally, up to the Senior level.  She was a member of the British Columbia/Yukon Provincial team for 6 years.  She was the 2011 British Columbia/Yukon Sectional/Provincial Pre-Novice Women’s Freeskate Champion, and the 2014 Super Series Senior Women's Freeskate Champion.  She was the Silver Medalist in Freeskate at both the 2010 BC Winter Games, and the 2013 BC/Yukon Sectional/Provincial Championships in the Senior Women's event.  She also placed 4th in the figure skating event at the 2011 International Children's Winter Games.  She is a quadruple Skate Canada Gold Medalist in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive, as well as Senior Competitive Singles. Larissa also competed extensively for 16 years in off-ice dance, receiving many awards, including the title of 2010 British Columbia Provincial Stage Dance Champion.  Her 20 years of performance and dance training, including a summer session at New York City's Broadway Dance Center, encompassed many styles of dance:  ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, musical theatre, lyrical jazz, hip hop, and contemporary (Cunningham, Graham, Limón, Fighting Monkey, Gaga, Horton, and Laban Movement Analysis). Her dance certifications include “Honours with Distinction” on the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams, including Advanced One Ballet, and the Association of International Dance Teachers Gold Higher Tap.  Larissa is a graduate from Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, majoring in Dance and English.  She is also a graduate from the Theatre Program at Capilano University, and is fluently bilingual in English and French.  Currently she is studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  Larissa’s coaching philosophy is to provide an enjoyable, inclusive, and positive environment where skaters of all ages feel safe, inspired, and encouraged to reach their full athletic and performance potential, by sharing her passion and knowledge of the sport of skating.   

                                                 

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Natalie Wong

CANSkate & Junior Coach

Natalie is an NCCP Level 1 in training Skate Canada coach with 2 years of coaching experience.  She is a double Skate Canada Gold medalist in Freeskate and Interpretive.  Natalie is currently a student at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Arts where she is majoring in Criminology.  Natalie's coaching philosophy is to create a safe, and enjoyable environment, where all skaters can develop their love for skating while achieving their personal goals in the sport, by applying her knowledge and positivity to motivate skaters to do their best.  

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Sequoia Korner

Sequoia is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada coach with 4 years of coaching experience.  She is a double Skate Canada Gold medalist in Skills and Dance.  Sequoia attended the University of Victoria's School for Exercise Science in Recreation and Health Education.  Sequoia's coaching philosophy is to motivate all skaters to develop into the best athletes and people they can be, while having fun and working hard.

Cedar Bridgewood

Cedar is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada Coach with 4 years of coaching experience.

He is a double Skate Canada Gold medalist in Skills and Dance, including Diamond Dances.  He competed in dance with his partner representing the British Columbia/Yukon nationally, and Canada internationally up to the Senior level.  In the Senior Dance event, he and his partner were bronze medalists at the 2018 British Columbia/Yukon Sectional Championships, and silver medalists at the Lake Placid Ice Dance International Competition.  He received his skate sharpening apprenticeship from Gary Beacom, and was responsible for the skate maintenance of many national and provincial level athletes.  Cedar's coaching philosophy is to motivate skaters using patience and empathy to bring out their best.

Karen Deslauriers

Freelance Coach

Karen is an NCCP Level 1 Trained & Certified Skate Canada coach with Bronze CEP Status, and over 20 years of coaching experience.  She was a National level Competitor in Senior Singles, and worked with coaches such as Petra Burka and Cathy Casey. 

 

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CANSkate

Program Assistants:

Jenna

Alyssa

Vivian

Violet

Ava

Naina

Abby

Madeleine

Victoria

Oliver

Elsa

Mina

Ella

Justin

Ivy