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Coach Members of the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Association. Information available here has been provided by the coaches and has not been verified by the NZIFSA. Applications for Coach Membership may be found here.


Rosie Armstrong
ph: 0274-8470-80
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
Competed Junior Worlds, 9 International Competitions, World Championships
1983-1993 - Trained periodically overseas under world and Olympic coaches.
Nominated for Winter Olympics
NZIFSA Gold Free & Figures medal tests, Inter-silver dance
Canadian & Australian National Coaching Certificate, Sport Specific

Mathieu Wilson
ph: 021-185-5766
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Two time NZ junior Champion
- NZ international representative for Nine Years
- Hold Gold freeskate and stroking medal tests
- Over 10 years coaching experience
- Cast member of Disney on Ice 2009-2010
- Current registered (practicing) Physiotherapist
- 3 years experience as fitness and personal trainer

Bess Cao
ph: 0211993222
Singles · Synchronized
Single & Synchronized NZIFSA Level 1 Accreditation
Skate competitively in China for 8 years.
National Novice Ladies Champion in China.
National Junior Champion, Runner-up, 3rd Prize from 2005-2007 in China.
Compete at Senior level in China for 2 years 2008-2010
Coaching over 100 skaters who from beginner to junior, and adults.

Debbie Darvill
ph: 021 2517261
Singles · Dance
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles and Dance Coaching Accreditation
- Coaching since 1978
- Australian Gold Ice Dance
- Comps 1975/76 Gold preInt free Gold Int dance
- 5yrs International training in tests & coaching
- Attended 2012 & 2014 ISU seminar for ice dance in Seoul Korea

Gordon Rushton
ph: 021 166 4549
Singles · Dance · Pairs · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Accredited
- Canandian Gold Figure, Gold Free skate, Gold Competitive & Part Gold Dance
- Canandian NCCP Level 1 Course
- Have coached many NZ champs at all levels, Coached NZ skaters at Junior Worlds & Internationals
- 30 years of coaching experince

Maryna Shakirzianava
ph: 0226378791
Singles · Dance · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- Candidate of Master of Sport of USSR(Russia)
- Sports Leader Certificate(Cape Town, SA)
- Belarusian State University of Sports
- Coach to skaters competed at ISU Grand-Prix, Senior/Junior Worlds, 4 Continents
- Professional Coaching since 1998(Belarus,Slovakia,South Africa,NZ)
- Ice Dance Seminar Attended(2003,2005)in Vienna,Austria

Tracy Danbrook
ph: 02102277737
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
Stephanie Woodacre
ph: 021 025 905 25
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA level 2 singles Coaching Accreditation
British Ice Teachers Association Level 2 qualified coach. 10+ years coaching experience. Taught in Scotland, Norway and England. Cast member of "Lazor on Ice" Germany. Silver singles and ice dance medalist.


Kayla Diebold
ph: 021 201 0533
NZIFSA Level 1 Singles Accreditation
Skating is an artistic sport to be enjoyed at any level of ability. I have coached in Canada for 5 years and have most recently coached the University of Waterloo's varsity figure skating team of which I am an Alumni.

Michelle Carroll
ph: 021 819141
Singles · Dance
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
I would like to help people enjoy skating as much as I do. To feel the freedom fluid movement over the ice can give you. As I sport it is technically challenging and I hope I can help skaters learn to master their blades and bodies.

Caitlyn Paul
ph: 021 150 1865
Singles · Dance · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- BA Sports Coaching
- Gold Star Stroking / Inter-Gold Freeskating tests
- Represented New Zealand in Singles (Intermediate - Senior Ladies)
- Member of the 2010 New Zealand Senior Synchronized team.
- 13 years coaching experience (Kiwiskate, Semi Private and Private)


Fanis Shakirzianau
ph: 021 181 5247
Singles · Dance · Pairs · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- World & Olympic coach,
- Bachelor in Sport Education
- Skaters attended Senior World Championships, European Championships, Four Continents, Junior World Championships, Olympic Games, Winter World Universidad
- Junior and Senior Grand Prix from the following countries: Russia, Belarus, South Africa, Slovakia, NZ

Jen Siegel

NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation


Deanna Pielak-Jones
ph: 021 1655182
Singles · Dance · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Coached Figure Skating in Canada, England and New Zealand since 1975.
- Coached skaters from very first steps to Junior and Senior levels at
National & International Competitions, including NZ Junior and Senior
- Coach of adults with many going on to compete at NZISA and Masters