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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.

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.

Carleigh MacDonald (base coach)

Coaching Certification: NCCP Level 2 Certified, NCCP Level 3 Trained

Years of Experience: 8 years

Experience: Coach of Current Pre-Novice Dance National Silver Medalists, Coached National Competitors, Members of Development Team, and Members of Provincial Team

Skating Experience:

  • 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: NCCP Level 3 Certified Singles & Pairs

Years of Experience: 31 years

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

Skating Experience:

  • 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."

  • Beccy Magliarisi (base coach)

    Coaching Certification: NCCP Level 3 Certified

    Years of Experience: 34 years (9 years at Ayr Skating Club)

Experience: Coached Multiple National Pairs Champions; Coached at the National Singles Championships

Skating Experience:
  • 1980 Junior National Pairs Champion
  • 1980 – 1983 Senior Bronze Pairs Champion
  • 3 Time International Pairs Medalist
  • 5 year Member of National Team
  • 2 time National Novice Singles Competitor

Contact: beccymagliarisi@gmail.com

Megan Kroetsch (CanSkate coordinator)

Coaching Certification: NCCP CanSkate Certified

Years of Experience: 9 years

Experience: CanSkate Coach

Skating Experience:

  • Recreational & Competitive Experience

Contact: m_kroetsch@hotmail.com

  • Billy Eaton (freelance backup coach)

  • Coaching Certification: Primary StarSkate Certified

  • Years of Experience: 5 years

  • Experience: Harness Instruction, Preliminary to Gold Test Dance Partner

Skating Experience:
  • Gold Freeskate, Skills, & Dance
  • Senior Competitive Singles & Junior Pair
  • 9 Time Canadian National Competitor

Kylie Knight (freelance coach)

Coaching Certification: NCCP Level 1 Certified

Years of Experience: 4 years

Experience: Canskate-Gold level skaters, Choreography, Partnering experience with all levels, Training in dance

Skating Experience:

  • National/Int Competitor in Ice Dance up to Junior Level
  • Provincial Competitor in Freeskate up to Gold level
  • Passed Gold Dances, 3 Diamond Dances, Gold Freeskate, Gold Skills, Gold Interpretive, Junior Competitive Free dance