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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.

Carolyn Allwright 
Skating Program Coordinator

    Carolyn is a Skate Canada Certified National Coach who has taught in both small and large city clubs. Her experience in coaching is from the grass roots to international level. She has significant Learn to Skate coordinator and administrative experience with programs of all sizes. She is a nationally trained Master Learning Facilitator delivering various levels of coaching certification courses, Carolyn was part of
    the inaugural implementation of Club Consultants for Skate Canada and Skate Ontario. Carolyn is a Team Leader for Skate Canada on the International circuit including Junior and Senior Grand Prix events and ISU Championships. She contributed to the LTAD committee and was selected to be a member of Skate Canada's CanSkate Resource Team. She volunteers within Skate Ontario and Skate Canada.


Carolyn is not currently accepting new students for private lessons but may fill-in to provide lessons for our base coaches on occasion.


Jessica Sawkins-Crawford 

Base Coach

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


Years of Experience: 9 years (2 years at ASC)


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

Meredith Ovenden 

Base Coach


Coaching Certification: Regional Certified; Provincial Training In-Progress


Years of Experience: 12 years


Experience: Coached in local skating clubs for over 12 years from Pre-Can up to Gold levels.  Choreographed various Singles, Interpretive, Artistic and Ice show routines.  


Honours Social Development Studies, University of Waterloo and Life Coaching Certification.


Personal Skating Accomplishments:

  • Top 3 Provincial Adult Skate Competitor
  • Quadruple Gold Medalist: Dance, Skills, Interpretive and Freeskate
  • Trained in local area for 20 years in skating, fitness and dance/movement
  • Trained in Senior Competitive Singles with Olympic-level coaches


Rate: $13.00/15 min


Figure skating is my passion!  I take a positive coaching approach with all skaters, focusing on the development of athleticism, expression, and mental skills.


Rob Schultz

Base Coach

Coaching certification: Regional coach certified and working towards provincial certification, CanSkate certified

Years of Experience: 1 year 

Experience and Personal Accomplishments:
  • Disciplines: Freeskate, Pair skating
  • Canadian senior pair national team member,
  • Competed on the Senior Grand Prix circuit 
  • Junior Grand Prix circuit finalist,
  • Junior men and pair national team member,
  • Gold Freeskate and skills
  • Trained with multiple Olympic level coaches
  • 5 years performing professionally with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 
  • Team leader for Skate Ontario
  • Jump Harness operator 

Rate: $12.50/15min


Megan Kroetsch 
Learn-to-Skate Lead Coach

Coaching Certification: Club Coach Certified - CanSkate

Years of Experience: 11 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


Jessica Reia
Support Coach

    Coaching Certification: CanSkate Coach in Training

Years of Experience: 1 year

Experience & Personal Accomplishments:

  • Skated for 16 years, 7 years as an ice dancer
  • Group fitness coach
  • Jessica can be contacted through a base coach
*not available for private lessons

"I love coaching children how to skate because that is when I fell in love with the sport!"


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.