Coaches


Skate Winnipeg has high-level, dedicated and successful coaches. All coaches listed on our website are qualified to Skate Canada standards. All would be deserving of the Coaching Manitoba – Coach of the Month award. If you want to nominate your coach, go to Coaching Manitoba – coach of the month


Head Coach – Margo Russell

National Level Coach with 39 years coaching experience. Coached all levels from Star 1 to Senior Competitive. Have had skaters advance to Skate Canada Challenge for more than 12 years consecutively, with two trips to Nationals.  She enjoys teaching all levels, but specializes in competitive skaters.

Qualifications:
National Level Certification, Emergency First Aid, Respect in Sport Certification, CEP – Gold Level

Coaching:
Star 1 to Senior Competitive

Fees:
Private Lessons – $12.00 / 15 mins

Contact:
margo_russell@mymts.net

Assistant Head Coach & CANSkate Coordinator – Dana McKee

Dana is a professional coach who is currently involved with coaching Skate Canada Programs including CANSKATE, STAR, Competitive SKATE and Adult SKATE in which she provides private and group instruction.  Dana also work as the CANSKATE Coordinator for Skate Winnipeg, and assists with answering questions from parents, planning and organizing sessions, as well as training program assistants.  Dana assists skaters wishing to transition from the CANSKATE program to figure skating in Skate Winnipeg’s STAR program. skaters.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • 22 years professional coaching experience
  • NCCP Level 2 certified (Provincial Coach)
  • NCCP Level 3 Technical Singles, (National Coach in Training)
  • Respect in Sport Certified
  • Making Ethical Decisions Certified
  • First Aid Certified
  • All STAR Seminar Clinician 2010-present
  • National CANSKATE Resource Team Member 2010-2016

Additional Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Education, University of Manitoba
  • Skate Canada Manitoba Competitive Committee Member (4 seasons)
  • Regional Coaching Representative Interlake Region (5 seasons)
  • Skate Canada Manitoba Volunteer Coach Award 2009-2010
  • Skate Canada Manitoba Club and Recreation Coach Award of Excellence 2004-2005

Contact:

canskatecoordinator@skatewinnipeg.ca

marrinsmom@yahoo.ca

(204) 896-9104

Tina Chen

Tina Chen

Tina returned to coaching in 2013. She has over 10 years previous coaching experience with competitive and recreational skaters from preliminary to USFSA senior freestyle, senior moves in the field, and gold dances. Her own skating background includes 3-time competitor at Canadian Championships in pairs (Novice) and dance (Junior). She enjoys working as part of a coaching team to assist in all areas of skater development, with a particular passion for style/choreography and dance.

Qualifications:
Regional Coach Certified (formerly Primary STARSkate Certified)
Emergency First Aid
Respect In Sport

Coaching:
Choreography/Style, Dance, Skills/Edges and Freeskate.
All levels.
Works primarily as part of a coaching team.

Fees:
Private lessons – $8.00 / 15 mins.

Contact:

tinamaichen@gmail.com

 

Kevin Dawe

Coach Kevin Dawe

Kevin has a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Manitoba.  As a skater, Kevin completed his gold skills, dance and free skate and was a Senior competitive single skater training at the Mariposa School of Skating under Doug Leigh. Kevin was part of a coaching team that took a skater to the Canadian National Championships at the novice level in 2013.

Qualifications:
Nationally trained with over 12 years of experiences.

Coaching:
All levels from beginner to competitive skaters and all disciplines.
Provides lessons using  the portable “fish pole” harness to help skaters master their jumps quicker.
Works primarily as part of a coaching team with a special interest in jump technique.

Fees:
$10.00 / 15 mins.

Contact:

Kevin_48@hotmail.com

Mattina Lisi

Mattina has been skating since she was 4 years old and began coaching in September 2016. She is currently competing as a Junior Lady, and is attending the University of Winnipeg. Mattina has passed her Gold tests in Skills, Dance, Freeskate, Interpretive, and Couples Interpretive. Mattina is excited to begin her coaching journey within her home club.

Qualifications:
CanSkate Trained
Regional Coach Certified (formerly Primary STARSkate Certified)
Emergency First Aid
Respect in Sport

Coaching:
CanSkate
StarSkate

Fees:
Private lessons – $6.75 / 15 mins

Contact:

mattinalisi@hotmail.com

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Danae Russell

Danae is a first year University student attending the University of Manitoba. She has coached at the CanSkate level and has completed her CanSkate certification and is Regional Coach Trained. In addition to her coaching, she is currently competing at the Junior level and is very passionate about figure skating. Danae loves passing on her knowledge to anyone interested in learning to skate for the first time or anyone looking to further their prior skating abilities. 

Qualifications:
CANSkate Certified
Regional Coach Trained
Star 1-5 Coach Assessor Trained
Emergency First Aid
Respect In Sport
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Fees:

$7.00 / 15 mins

Contact:

danaejrussell@gmail.com

 
 
Deidre Sherk

Deidre Russell

Deidre has been skating since she was 7 and began coaching in September 2012.  She has been on the Manitoba High Performance Team for 12 years and has competed 2 years at the Skate Canada National Championships. She enjoys bringing her own competitive knowledge to help out skaters of any age and level.

Awards:
2016 Skate Manitoba Club & Regional Coach Award of Excellence

 
Qualifications:
Regional Coach Certified (formerly Primary STARSkate Certified)
Emergency First Aid
Respect In Sport
 
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Coaching:
CanSkate
All levels of Figure Skating
FreeSkate, Dance, Skills
 
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Fees:
Private Lessons – $ 9.00 / 15 mins
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Roni Swischuk

Roni Swischuk3

Roni brings 47 years of coaching experience to Skate Winnipeg. She has coached skaters at all levels from beginner to Novice Competitive in Singles, Dance and Pairs, as well as Novice, Junior and Senior in Synchro. Roni has taken many Synchro Teams to Nationals as well as Pre-Novice Dance Teams. She had a juvenile dance team at junior nationals in 2009 and has taken a skater to Skate Canada Challenge for the last 3 years. Roni has attended many PSA and Canadian conferences throughout the years.

Awards:
2016 Skate Canada Section Volunteer Coach Award

Qualifications:
NCCP Level 3 Certified – Singles, NCCP Level 3 Technical – Pairs and Synchro
NCCP Level 2 Hockey, Emergency First Aid, CEP – Gold Level
Star 1-5 Coach Assessor Trained

Coaching:
All ages and skills
PowerSkating

Fees:
Private Lessons – $12.00 / 15 mins

Contact:
ronis@mts.net
(204) 832-4826

CANSKATE COACHES:

Janelle Hill

Mattina Lisi

Dana McKee

Vanessa Navarro

Meghan Rafferty

Meghan has a Child Development degree and Public Sector Management certificate from University of Manitoba. Meghan has enjoyed coaching in Manitoba for 17 years as well as support the province as a clinician for CanSkate and StarSkate. She loves finding new ways to keep skating fun and positive for kids and is very passionate about seeing skaters make a commitment to being active for life.

Awards:
2016 Skate Canada Section Volunteer Coach Award

Qualifications:
Provincial Coach Certified (Level 2)
Respect in Sport
Making Ethical Decisions
First Aid
 
Coaching:
All levels from CanSkate to competitive skaters
Synchronized skating teams (adult and children)
Group and private lessons for all disciplines of STAR and Competitive
Powerskating

Fees:
Private Lessons – $9.50 / 15 mins

Danae Russell

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Deidre Sherk

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