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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.