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Coach Qualifications

To teach Skate Canada programs at the Ayr Skating Club, coaches must:
  • be National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) trained and/or certified by Skate Canada. 
  • be a current registered professional coaching member of Skate Canada.
  • have completed a Skate Canada approved clearance check and positions of trust check.
  • hold a valid First Aid certificate.

Lorri Baier
(Base Coach)

    Coaching Certification: National Coach Certified Singles & Pairs

Years of Experience: 33 years (4 years at ASC)

Experience: Senior Coach and Choreographer for all levels of recreational and competitive skating. Coached athletes to National and Junior World Championships.

Honours Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • Canadian Senior Pair Silver medalist & World Team member
  • Junior World Pairs Bronze & Silver medalist
  • Canadian Novice Ladies Champion
  • Six-year Canadian National Team member
  • Gold Free-skate, Figures, Dance & Pairs
Rate: $15.00/15 min (Private, semi-private & small groups)

"Students learn when they are happy and trust their coach. I adapt my coaching to the unique needs of students and their families, including age and ability, learning styles, and budget."

Krista Ricciatti (Base Coach)

Coaching Certification: Regional Coach Certified (Provincial Coach Training In-Progress)


Years of Experience: 14 years (6 years at ASC)


Experience:Coach of CanSkate – Novice Ladies competitors (as support coach), STARSkate Base Coach, StarSkate Program Coordinator, Choreographer – up to Senior Ladies, Ice Groups of 20+ Skaters, Bachelor of Commerce – University of Guelph


Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • Two Time Varsity Figure Skating OUA All-Star
  • Four Time Varsity Figure Skating OUA Champion
  • National Level Competitor in Singles (Western Challenge - Junior Ladies)
  • International Competitor in Pairs (2001 North American Challenge - Novice Pair)
  • National Competitor in Pairs: 2001 Pre-Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist; 1999 Juvenile Pairs Gold Medalist
  • Diamond Dances (including partnered Bronze Rhythm Dance)


Rate: $10.00/15 min

Jessica Sawkins-Crawford 
(Base Coach)

Coaching Certification: Regional Certified, Provincial Trained working on Provincial Certified status and National


Years of Experience: 6 years


Experience: Coach and Choreographer for all levels of recreation and competitive skating. Coach from Pre-Can Skate to Sectional level competitors (including Arctic Winter Games). Gold Tests passed in singles, skills and Interpretive skating. Created and choreographed 3 ice shows.  Coached off ice Jump Classes including harness training.

Owner of Synergy Stars Dance Factory - dance programs for all ages 3+.  Teaching skaters the art of expression through dance to enhance their skating programs.  

Bachelor in Psychology with a PCP designation. 


Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • Canadian Junior Pair Champion of Canada
  • Senior National Competitor - Pairs
  • International Competitor/National Competitor- Pairs (Beijing China and Lake Placid)
  • Junior Canadian National Team member
  • 3- time National Level Competitor - Pairs
  • National Level Competitor in Singles (alternate for Canadians – Junior Ladies)
  • Gold Free Skate, Figures and Skills
  • Trained with Olympic Level Coaches 


Rate: $14.00/15 min

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm" -Winston Churchill

“Coaching is not a Job as I enjoy working with children and giving back to the sport I love” -Jessica Crawford


Megan Kroetsch 
Learn-to-Skate Lead Coach & Program Coordinator)

Coaching Certification: Club Coach Certified - CanSkate

Years of Experience: 10 years

Experience: Certified Canskate & Pre-Canskate Coach (10 years), Lead Coach & Canskate Coordinator with ASC (3 years). Specialized in coaching beginners of all ages and abilities. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, University of Guelph. Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development, Conestoga College.

Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • Junior Bronze Free-Skate
  • Junior Bronze & Senior Bronze Dance
  • Second Figure Certified/ Skating Skills Class 5

Contact: m_kroetsch@hotmail.com

*not available for private lessons


Choosing a Coach

Individual instruction can begin as early as CanSkate after the fundamentals of skating are well established. Some factors to consider when choosing a coach include: Level of certification, years of coaching, skating experience, levels/ disciplines taught, availability, fee rates, coaching style, and philosophy.

Please feel free to discuss your goals and needs with several coaches before selecting a private coach. Some coaches may be willing to teach skaters on a trial basis. Skaters’ needs change over time; there may come a time when your coach needs to change. When switching coaches, your present and prospective coaches should be informed. All outstanding fees to your present coach must be paid prior to the change. It is considered unethical for coaches to offer lessons to skaters who have established coaching arrangements.