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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.

Carleigh MacDonald (Base Coach)

Coaching Certification: National Coach Certified

Years of Experience: 9 years (5 years at ASC)

Coaching Experience: Coach of 2018 Pre-Novice Dance National Silver Medalists. I have coached National Competitors, members of the WO Development Team, members of Ontario's Provincial Team, and athletes selected for the North American Series. Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Business from the University of Waterloo. 

Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • Provincial Competitor in Freeskate and Ice Dance
  • National Competitor in Ice Dance
  • Gold Skills, Gold Dance, Sr Silver Freeskate

Contact: carleigh.macdonald@gmail.com


 




 







Lorri Baier (Base Coach)

    Coaching Certification: National Coach Certified Singles & Pairs

Years of Experience: 32 years (3 years at ASC)

Coaching Experience: Senior Coach and Choreographer for all levels of recreational and competitive skating, from Canskaters to International competitors in singles and pairs. Currently coach 2017 Pre-Novice Ladies WO Champion. Over 40 Gold Tests passed in singles, dance, skills and artistic skating, as well as several Ontario Starskate medalists and Adult National Champions. Honours Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • Six year Canadian National Team member
  • Two time World Junior Pairs Medalist
  • Novice Ladies Champion of Canada
  • Quadruple Gold medalist in figures, free skate, dance and pairs
Contact: lorri.baier@sympatico.ca

"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."


Rasa Budraitiene (Base Coach)

    Coaching Certification: National Coach Certified

Years of Experience: 30 years (2018/19 season debut at ASC)

Coaching Experience: Able to teach singles skaters from beginners to competitive level including free skate, stroking, skating skills, off-ice training. Have coached: 2001 Norwegian National Championship, (4th place, Senior Ladies); 1999 Norwegian National Champion (Junior Ladies); 1997 Junior EYOD-III (European Youth Winter Days), Sweden, Competitor; 1990-1999 Coached Competitor from Lithuania to European Championship; 1997 Junior Gardena Spring Trophy European Criterium, Italy, Competitors.

Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • 3 time Lithuanian National Champion
  • Senior competitive level skater
  • Masters Degree in Figure Skating
Contact: audbu2003@yahoo.ca

 

 
Megan Kroetsch
(Learn to Skate Lead Coach)

Coaching Certification: Club Coach Certified

Years of Experience: 10 years

Coaching Experience: CanSkate Coach

Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • Recreational & Competitive Experience

Contact: m_kroetsch@hotmail.com


Katie Janzen (Support Coach)

Coaching Certification: Regional Coach Trained 

Years of Experience: 1

Coaching Experience: Five years experience as a Program Assistant at the Ayr Skating Club. One year of experience coaching CanSkate at the Ayr Skating Club. 

Skating Experience: 
  • Competitor in Star 8 Women
  • Jr Silver Freeskate, Jr Silver Skills, Jr Silver Dances
Contact: Lessons can be arranged through your base coach

 


 



Liam MacDonald (Support Coach)

Coaching Certification: Regional Coach Trained 

Years of Experience: 1

Coaching Experience: Five years experience as a Program Assistant at the Ayr Skating Club. One year of experience coaching CanSkate at the Ayr Skating Club. 

Skating Experience: 
  • National Competitor in Freeskate and Ice Dance 
  • Member of WO Development Team
  • Member of Ontario Provincial Team
  • Ontario Winter Games Gold Medalist
  • Gold Freeskate, Gold Dances
Contact: Lessons can be arranged through your base coach

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.