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Our Coaching Team is led by our Coach Manager, Sue McDonald.

The Kimberley Skating Club operates a Team-Coaching format for StarSkate. This will allow skaters to build their skills and abilities by learning from more than one coach and benefiting from each coach’s technical strengths. Skating requires technical skills, mental preparation, physical training, and musical interpretation. The coaching team will guide the Kimberley Skating Club skaters in all of these areas. The coaching team shapes the nature of the club and the atmosphere on the ice and ensures that all skaters feel supported by everyone in the club.

The Coach Manager, will coordinate coaching sessions for each skater, based on the number of lessons the parents have agreed to. The lesson(s) may be group, private or semi-private and will be planned based on the skaters goals and coaching team scheduling and availability. Parents will be invoiced by the individual coaches directly at the end of each month.


Suzanne McDonald (Starskate coach)

Suzanne has been a Skate Canada Coach for 36 years.  She first started coaching in Alberta, working with the Lethbridge, Taber, and Leduc Skating Clubs.  Being an avid skier and snow boarder, Suzanne chose to move to the mountains and has coached in Fernie, Trail, Castlegar and in Cranbrook, where she coached for 20 years.  Kimberley is where Suzanne has called home for the past 20 years.  

Suzanne is both a Competitive and Starskate Coach as well as a CanPowerskate Coach for hockey players.  She has instructed skaters at the Gold Levels in every discipline through her coaching career and her skaters have done well at both Regional and Provincial competitions in Alberta as well as British Columbia.  Suzanne loves to see skaters accomplish their goals in any aspect of skating and has had lots of fun coaching children in the sport.  

The Kimberley Skating Club is excited that Suzanne is returning to the rink to offer her expertise. Suzanne will be able to provide Kimberley skaters with the motivation and ability to reach any goals they set for themselves.  


Kelsey Paterson

Originally from Osoyoos, Kelsey has been looking forward to settling back in a small town and Kimberley has proven to be the perfect fit! 

Kelsey is a certified Provincial Coach and a National Coach in-training. She is CanSkate and CanPowerSkate certified, and is also a trained Special Olympics Competition Coach. 

Upon returning from her time with Disney On Ice, Kelsey began her coaching career at the Mt. Boucherie Skating Club in West Kelowna. She spent 6 years with the club, specializing in off-ice training and creative development, while completing a Diploma in Human Kinetics from Okanagan College. She then moved to the lower mainland to complete her Bachelor of Physical Education and Coaching from Douglas College and her Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University.

Kelsey is so passionate about this sport and the countless life lessons it teaches beyond the jumps and spins. When not in the rink or teaching, she enjoys spending time outside with her husband exploring all of the incredible hiking and biking trails that Kimberley has to offer. 


Claire Shaw

Is our CanSkate coach and has been with our club for 4 years. She is a Skate Canada Certified Level 1 Coach. She is a fun an energetic coach who loves teaching people of all ages to skate!




Jessica Hewison

Jessica recently moved back to her hometown of Cranbrook, BC after living in Regina for five years. Before moving, Jessica was a competitive skater for many years and completed her quad gold status in 2013.

During her time in the prairies, she continued her competitive skating career and shadowed under many high-level coaches. She also attended the University of Regina and earned her Bachelor of Kinesiology with a major in human kinetics and a concentration in high performance training. She also holds a personal training certification through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology that she earned at the beginning of 2020.

Jessica is so excited to be involved in figure skating in any capacity because she loves the sport. She is currently the dryland training coach for the Kimberley Skating Club, but has recently completed her CanSkate course and is now a CanSkate trained coach. She is also a trained Special Olympics competition coach and hopes to be certified in both disciplines by the end of 2020. She then plans on taking her regional coaching course sometime this spring so she can play a bigger role in helping skaters achieve their goals.

When Jessica is not working, she loves hiking and exploring this beautiful area with her boyfriend or curling up in front of the fireplace with her cats and a good book