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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.

Auckland

Bess Cao
ph: 0211993222
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching 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
Skaters achieved different levels of NZ National Champions.
Skaters attended several numbers of ISU listed International Competitions.

Charlotte Van Uden
ph: 021 2540590
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
Rosie Armstrong
ph: 0274847080
Singles
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
Singles
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

Gordon Rushton
ph: 021 166 4549
Singles · Dance · Pairs · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Canadian Gold Figure, Gold Free skate, Gold Competitive & Gold Dance
- Canadian NCCP Level 1 Course
- Have coached many NZ champions at all levels, Coached NZ skaters at Junior Worlds, Internationals and World Championships.
- 37 years of coaching experince

Sabrina Snoad
ph: 0274 518361
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.

Tracy Hipkiss
ph: 02102277737
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
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
- Attend ISU seminars for ice dance and singles internationally
- Attend NZIFSA multiple seminars per year to update skills


Bristol

Grant Howie
ph: +447742932160
Singles · Pairs · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles & Pairs Coaching Accreditation
*Currently residing in Bristol, UK.
- New Zealand Senior & Junior Pair, Junior and Senior Sync Champion.
- Gold Star Stroking /Gold Pairs /Inter Gold Freeskate tests
- Represented NZ at 2009 World Sync Champs and Winter games
- Coaches Pre Elementary - Senior singles & Beginner to Elite adults.
- 12 years coaching experience


Christchurch

Ann Campbell
ph: 021 140 7739
Singles · Dance · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles and Dance Coaching Accreditation
- Australia Coaching Level 1
- Australia Coaching Level 2 - Part A
- Highlights - Coaching Results - 1st Masters, Intermediate Ladies, Men's, Open Synchro, Juvenile Dance. 2nd Australian Mens, 2nd Junior Syncro, Gold Star Stroking
- Personal Results - 1st Senior Dance, Senior Pairs, Intermediate Ladies, Junior Aussie Dance

Michelle Russell
ph: 021-778-202
Singles
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- Inter Gold Free Skate and Gold Star Stroking Medal Tests
- Sport Canterbury Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Level 1 Australia Sports Specific Accreditation
- Bachelor Physical Education + qualified personal trainer
- Post-Grad Diploma in Rehabilitation
- Post-Grad Diploma in Sports Medicine

Michelle Carroll
ph: 021 819141
Singles · Dance
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles 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.

Marina Tsevina
ph: 021 140 5557
Singles
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- Master Degree of Sport and Physical Education
- Post-Grad Choreography of Figure Skating in Moscow State Academy of Theatre Art and Ballet
- 20+ years experience as a coach at Sport School of Olympic Reserve
- My trainees have repeatedly become winners, prize-takers and participants, Ukrainian, USSR and International Competitions

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.
- 15+ years coaching experience (Kiwiskate, Semi Private and Private)

Elizabeth O'Neill
ph: 021 243 9549
Singles
NZIFSA Level 1 Singles Accreditation
- Skated for 15 years
- NZ rep for singles
- Member of 2010 NZ team for Senior Synchronised


Dunedin

Fanis Shakirzianau
ph: 021 181 5247
Singles · Dance · Pairs
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- World & Olympic coach
- Bachelor in Sport Education
- Many skaters attended World Championships, European Championships, Four Continents, Junior World Championships, Olympic Games, Winter World Universiade, Junior and Senior Grand Prix in singles, pairs and ice dance from following countries: Russia, Belarus, South Africa, Slovakia, New Zealand.

Sarah MacGibbon
ph: 022 301 9098
Singles
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- My aim is to encourage progress and good results through passion and hard work.
- NZIFSA Introduction to Coaching
- NZ Senior Champion 2013
- Competed in NZ, Australia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Finland & Mexico

Tanya Bakerman
ph: 02041827655
Singles · Pairs
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
Megan Kliegl
ph: 027-631 9857
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- New Zealand ex-Senior Synchro Champion
- Represented NZ at 2009 World Sync Champs
- 10 years of coaching experience (Kiwiskate, Development, Semi-Private & Private)
- Represented New Zealand and South Africa in Synchronised Skating
- Director of Ice Shows, DISC


Gore

Simone Thornett
ph: 0278904188
Singles · Pairs
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
Level 2 NISA Ice Skating Coach in GB
I Coach development classes, Private Lessons,Kiwi Skate
I have many years of coaching experience.
I have had students compete at national level
I attended a 3 day coaching convention in Sheffield England last year.
I reached level 8 standard in my individual skating and was a competitor all over GB.

Helen Sutherland
ph: 027 788 3772
Singles · Dance
NZIFSA Level 1 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- Coaching since 1989
- Level II Coaching qualifications with a variety of Kiwi Skate (CANSKATE) courses and power skating.
- Involved and taught in clubs in Canada for 5 years and now in New Zealand for almost 15 years


Queenstown

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
Champion
- Coach of adults with many going on to compete at NZISA and Masters
Games


Wanaka

Kristi Cabot
ph: 02102819008
Singles · Dance
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation