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Coaches

We are fortunate to have many talented and professional coaches at Silver Blades, all of whom are accredited through the Skate Canada program. Our coaches work on group PreCanSkate, CanSkate, Preliminary and Junior sessions, as well as providing private lessons at all program levels.

Private Lessons

While not mandatory, private lessons may start at the CanSkate level and can greatly help improve a skater's progression. These begin the week after Thanksgiving in the Fall and are held during the 10-minute cool-down portion of the CanSkate program.

Once a skater moves up to the Preliminary level, they will need a professional coach to oversee their development and testing, and guide them through participating in local competitions. 

These arrangements and related payments are made directly with the coach, and not through the club. Fee schedules vary. Please be courteous and notify your coach 24 hours in advance if you have to cancel a lesson.

Please email info@silverblades.ca for any questions about arranging private coaching and to receive the full contact details (including email address) for our coaches listed below. 

Enoyaa Acheampong

enoyaaacheampong@gmail.com

 
Disciplines Taught: CanSkate
Qualifications: NCCP Club Coach Certified - CanSkate
Coaching Since: 2021
Achievements:
An Industrial Engineering student at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), Enoyaa’s been attending Silver Blades Skating Club since age 6.  She is currently in the process of completing her Senior Silver Freeskate, Skills, and Dance skating disciplines, and working on her Artistic program at the club.  Enoyaa enjoys coaching skaters, and believes representation matters on the ice.

Pam Baleva

 

Disciplines Taught: CanSkate, Preliminary & Junior  

Qualifications: NCCP Provincial Coach Certified

Coaching Since: 2002  

Availability: Not taking on private lessons at this time

 

Barbara Basar

647-267-0480

Disciplines Taught:  Preliminary, Junior, Intermediate,
Choreography, Interpretive, CanSkate private lessons

Days coaching: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

 

Qualifications:  NCCP National Coach Trained

Coaching Since:  2012  

Accomplishments:  Barbara competed in Novice competitive singles and has achieved Gold Tests in the four main disciplines of figure skating (freeskate, skills, dance and interpretive). Her interest in figure skating lies in the exploration of body movement, proper alignment and artistry on the ice. Helping skaters attain strong technical basics along with discovering skating’s creative charm. Off the ice Barbara is involved in the design world, she holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Ryerson University.

 

Charlotte Clarke

 

Disciplines Taught:  CanSkate 

Coaching Since:  2021  

 

Accomplishments:  Charlotte has been on the ice since the age of 3 when she first learned to skate, at Silver Blades. She continued to train at Silver Blades until she left for university. Charlotte took her first step at becoming a coach the moment she could as she enjoys being on the ice, as well as helping skater reach their full potential.

Kalina Doruch

416-875-3920

Disciplines Taught:  Freeskate, Ice Dance, Skills, Choreography, Interpretive,
CanSkate and CanPower.

Qualifications:  NCCP National Coach Certified; CEP Gold Status

Coaching Since:  2004

Accomplishments:  Very experienced in Theater on Ice; Quad Gold Medalist (freeskate, dance, skills, interpretive); Open Ladies C.O.S.I.C. Championship; Former Senior Ladies competitor; Trained by world-renowned coaches and choreographers.   

Kalina has taught skaters at all levels from CanSkate, to adult, to competitive athletes. She enjoys empowering skaters of all ages and sharing her love of skating. She holds a B.A. Hons. in Philosophy and Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Toronto, and is pursuing ongoing studies in acting and performance at the Actors Foundry.

Victoria Gemma

victoria.gemma@hotmail.com

416-252-2472                                                   

 

Qualifications:   NCCP Regional Coach Trained 

Disciplines Taught: Canskate, Preliminary

Coaching Since:  2013

Achievements:  Has been skating at Silver Blades since 2002. Completed Gold Freeskate, Gold Skills, Gold Interpretive and Gold Dance. Currently working on Diamond Dances. 

Karen Hanley

416-720-5599                                                          

Disciplines Taught:  Freeskate, Ice Dance, Skills and Artistic

Coaching Availability: Thursday/Saturday Junior sessions and Tuesday/Thursday Intemerdiate sessions.

Qualifications:  NCCP Provincial Coach Certified

Coaching Since:  1998

Achievements:  Has been coaching in the Etobicoke area for 19 years, and really enjoys helping students reach their goals and full potential. Whether it's learning to stop or passing a Gold test, the thrill is the same.

Christine Kobzar                                                       

Disciplines taught:  Canskate 

Coaching since 2011

Accomplishments:  Been with Silver Blades Skating Club either as a skater or coach since 2000. 

 

Olga Korsak ( Zadvornova )                                                         

Disciplines Taught:  Off-Ice Jumping & Conditioning

Coaching Availability: Not available for on-ice private coaching

Olga Korsak ( Zadvornova ) is a former Olympic figure skater. She is 3 times National Latvian champion and a winner of Baltic States Olympic Games. She participated in three ISU European and World chanpionships. She earned her bachelor degree in fitness from the University of Sport Education in Latvia where she began teaching fitness for professional athletes ( figure skaters and hockey players ). She came to Canada in 2009 and just celebrated 15 years working as an off ice coach teaching skaters from Latvia, Finland, Sweden ,Russia, Canada and USA.  

Galina Lachter

905-417-3888 

Disciplines Taught: Competitive and Test Stream(stroking, jumps, spins), Skating Skills all levels, Canskate private lessons

Private coaching availability: Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday/Sunday (all levels).

Qualifications: NCCP National Coach Certified, Master Degree in Sport and Physical Education

Coaching Since:  45+ Years

Accomplishments:Numerous skaters who passed Gold Freeskate, Gold Skills. A lot of students who compete successfully on Sectionals and Canadians

Ken Langlois

416-937-6153                                                         

Disciplines Taught:  Ice Dance, Freeskate, Skills, Synchro

Qualifications:  NCCP Regional Coach Certified

Coaching Since:  2005

Accomplishments:  Competed both nationally and internationally in senior competitive dance, and completed the Diamond dance test. Currently still competing in dance and synchronized skating. Coached numerous dance teams to the challenge level, and coached the 2008 national silver dance biathlon champions.

Anastasiya Romanska

 

Disciplines Taught:  CanSkate, Preliminary, Junior, Intermediate 

QualificationsNCCP Regional Coach Certified

Coaching Since:  2017

Roksana Sazdanovic

647-505-7623

Disciplines Taught:  Freeskate, Ice Dance, Skills, CanSkate private lessons

 

Accomplishments:  Gold Dance & Gold Skills. Over 15 years of coaching experience working with skaters of all Starskate levels.

Availability: Tuesday and Thursday

QualificationsNCCP Regional Coach Certified

Coaching Since:  2006

Accomplishments:  Gold Dance, Gold Skills, Senior Silver Freeskate. Skate Canada Continuous Education Program (CEP) – Gold Status 2012-2014; Silver Status 2014-2016. Student Achievements: 98% pass rate on low and high tests, including Junior Silver, Senior Silver and Gold Skills; numerous medalists at local competitions.

Devinder Singh

forcing_the_edge@hotmail.com   416-904-3000

Disciplines Taught: Freeskate (Test Stream & Competitive), Ice Dance, Skills,
Artistic, Pairs, Choreography, CanSkate private lessons

 

Qualifications:  NCCP Regional Coach Certified; Skate Canada Sectional Level Technical Specialist

Coaching Since:  2002

Accomplishments:  Senior Competitive Test, Junior Competitive Pairs Test, Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance, Gold Skills. Third in Pre-Novice Pairs at Junior Canadians, second in Novice Pairs in Arizona at North American Challenge. Competed at Canadian Nationals in Senior Men and Junior Pairs for over four years. Competed internationally for Canada in Poland and the United States. Student achievements: Junior Competitive Freeskate, Gold Skills, Gold Artistic, Junior Silver Freeskate and over 30 Gold Dances

Judy Sung

 

 Disciplines Taught: Ice Dance

 

Qualifications:  NCCP National Coach Trained

Coaching Since:  1994

Accomplishments:  Judy specializes in ice dance having had numerous skaters pass their Diamond Dances. A former competitive ice dancer, her expertise is with competitive dance teams and she has coached teams to compete at Challenge.

Sonya Von Kaufmann (Shewchuk)

905-846-3887

www.sonyaskatingschool.com

Disciplines Taught:  Freeskate, Artistic, Ice Dance,
Choreography, Skills, Power Skating, CanSkate private lessons

Qualifications:  NCCP National Coach Certified

Coaching Since:  1982

Accomplishments:  Gold Freeskate, Gold Figures, Gold Dance, Gold Skills. Former Ice Capades skater and International Show skater. Former skating coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Currently running power skating schools for hockey players. Students' achievements: 8 Gold Figures levels, 28 Gold Freeskate levels, 14 Gold Dance levels, 16 Gold Skating Skills levels, 9 Gold Interpretive levels, Senior Competitive Free Skating test, Junior Competitive Free Skating test, Novice Competitive Free Skating test, Pre-Novice Competitive Free Skating test, Diamond Dances; numerous other high and low tests. Toronto Maples Leafs in 1993 - Semi Finals - worked with Pat Burns Skating Coach.

Availability: CanSkate, Preliminary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior sessions