Choosing a Coach

Juan de Fuca Skating Club (JDFSC)

The Suggested Process for Selecting a Primary Coach 

 

*Please note: this applies to Star 1/2 (previously called Junior) or higher skaters. Pre-Star (formally called Pre-Junior) do not require a Primary Coach as all their group lesson time is with a Certified Coach or PA (Program Assistant)

 

All JDFSC skaters have experienced working with all the club coaches prior to the Star 1/2 (Previously called Junior session) so the skaters and parents will have a good idea of coaching styles, personality, communication etc. 

 

1. Discuss coaching choices with your skater.

 

a) Consider personality/communication/coaching styles and who your child relates best to in lessons.

b) Read the bios on the club website as this will give you a great understanding about what each club        coach has to offer your skater.

c) Make your selection from the list of club coaches as some are supplementary/specialty coaches that      do not take on Primary skaters as they are not full time coaches with the club.

 

2. Contact your preferred choice of coach to see if the coach has availability and if this coach cannot accommodate you please contact your alternate choice. 

 

*If new to the JDFSC club please contact Directors of Skating Leslee Rushton (lrushton@telus.net) or Dave MacDonald (dmacdonald365@gmail.com) and they will assist you with the process of meeting the club coaches.

Leslee Rushton

  • Co-Director of Skating & Co-Director of Canskate

  • NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Level 3 National Coach

  • CAC (Coaching Association of Canada)

  • Skate Canada CEP (Continuous Education Program) current membership, screening, first aid, code of ethics, updates and rules  for Skate Canada, BC/YK Section & ISU (International Skating Union) & Star 1-5 Assessor

  • Director on the 2018-2019 & 2019-2020  Skate Canada BC Board of Directors

  • Section level Technical Specialist in Singles, Phase 1 level Technical Controller in Singles, Qualified Star 1-4 Judge

  • 41 years coaching experience (singles, dance, skills, interpretive/artistic, pairs, & power skating)

  • Coached National medalists in singles and pairs, and have coached many skaters from Canskate level thru to Skate Canada Gold tests

  • Achieved Skate Canada Gold Dance, 7th Figure, Senior Silver Freeskate, Competitive Class 1 Skills tests.

  • 22 years of coaching & choreography experience.

  • N.C.C.P. (National Coaching Certified Program) level 2 certified. Partial level 3.

  • All Skate Canada GOLD tests achieved:Freeskate, Dance, Skills and Artistic/Interpretive.

  • Competitive tests achieved up to the Junior level.

  • Specializing in Singles: Freeskate/ Skills/ Dance/ Artistic and Choreography. 

  • Professional ice show skater (1995 - 2001) with Disney On Ice and Australian International Entertainment (Line Captain. Chorus ensemble. Various ‘stand out’ roles). 

  • B.C.R.P.A. (British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association) – Fitness Theory. Strength Training module.

  • Current in I.S.U. (International Skating Union), Skate Canada and BC/YK Section rules, regulations and updates. 

  • Co-Director for J.D.F. CanSkate program.

  • Co-Director for J.D.F. Summer Skating School/ Camp.

Dave Macdonald

  • JDFSC Co-Director of Skating

  • JDFSC Summer Skating School Co-Director

  • Skate Canada CEP (Continuous education program ) current

  • N.C.C.P (National Coaching Certification Program) level 2 certified

  • 45 years coaching experience in singles, dance, skills, Freeskate, & power skating

  • American and Canadian 7th figure test, Senior Silver Freeskate and Gold Dance

  • Skated with Ice Capades for 5 years

  • coached many skaters through to complete Skate Canada Gold Freeskate, Skills, Dance and Interpretive/Artistic tests

  • NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Level 3 National Coach

  • CAC (Coaching Association of Canada)

  • Skate Canada CEP (Continuous Education Program) current membership, screening, first aid, code of ethics, updates and rules for Skate Canada, BC/YK Section & ISU (International Skating Union) & Star 1-5 Assessor

  • BC/YK Section trained Video Replay Operator

  • 36 years coaching experience (singles, dance, skills, interpretive/artistic, pairs, choreography and power skating)

  • Coached National medalists in singles and pairs, and have coached many skaters from Canskate level thru to Skate Canada Gold tests

  • Former National competitor

  • Achieved Skate Canada Gold Figures, Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance, Competitive Class 1 skills, Junior Competitive Singles & Novice Competitive Pairs tests.Along with wife Leslee Rushton and a fine team of off- ice trainers, he was able to produce Regional, Provincial, Western Challenge, Junior National, Senior National, International competitors and champions. 

Club Coaches

  • NCCP Level 2 Certified; NCCP Level 3 Theory 

  • 25 years coaching experience singles, dance, skills, choreography 

  • 23 years coaching experience Synchronized Skating 

  • Over 16 years of dance training in various disciplines including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop 

  • Competed provincially at Novice level 

  • Achieved test levels at Pre-Novice and Novice, Gold test levels in Dance, Figures and Free Skate (Elements), Bronze test level in Interpretive 

  • Specializes in Singles, Dance, Skills, Choreography and Synchronized Skating

  • Contact information: fuzzysk8@shaw.ca 

Synchro Club Coaches

Supplementary/Specialty Coaches