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Coaches are invaluable in the development of an athlete’s skills. They are teachers and mentors for the thousands of young athletes they interact with in their day-to-day work. They work not only with athletes but also the athlete’s parents in setting realistic goals and the training required to reach their potential and their goals. All Skate Canada coaches are required to be trained and/or certified in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

Becoming a Skate Canada Professional Coach requires planning and commitment to the profession. A certified coach is an experienced, skilled and dedicated professional. Coaches have a huge impact on the lives of their skaters and coaches always need to be aware of this fact and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Coaches need to constantly educate and update themselves in order to be effective.

Currently, all coaches who work at Skate Canada member clubs and Skating Schools must meet the minimum criteria as outlined in Rule 2401 of the Skate Canada Rule Book and other provisions set from time to time by the Skate Canada Board of Directors, and be registered professional coaching members of Skate Canada.

Meet Our Coaches

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Beth Lochhead


42 years experience, 40 of which with the Woodstock Skating Club coaching Pre-CanSkate-Gold (Diamond Dances), Preschool age-Adult.
CanSkate Certified, Provincial Certified, National Trained
Trained Skate Ontario Provincial and Skate Canada Challenge level dance team 
Team Velocity  Adult II Member for 14 years,  EnergICE Adult II 4 years
Member of WSC Executive. 
I'm truly blessed to be able to say I've spent most of my life doing what I love to do....Skate.  My own skating successes pale in comparison to the excitement of watching my students succeed and reach their own personal goals. 
MANTRA - Practice like you plan on performing
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Grayson Lochhead
CanSkate Certified, Regional Certified, CanPowerSkate Certified
Years of Experience: 5 years of coaching
Personal Skating Accomplishments:
-Competitive Ice dancer for 10 years
-2016 Novice National Champions
-4 years at Junior level
-5 International competitions representing Canada
-Trained with Olympic level coaches and training mates


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Melissa Becker  
Canskate Coach Certified
NCCP Regional Coach Certified
CanPowerSkate Trained
StarSkate 1-5 Assessor Certified
Years of Experience: 7 years
Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences: Exercise Science & Health Promotion
Registered Kinesiologist
Yoga Coach
Past Personal Skating Experience:
Completed 5 Gold Skating Tests: Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretive, Pairs Interpretive.
Skated on Pre-Novice Synchronized Skating team from ages 12-18 and continue to skate with EnergIce Adult II Synchro team out of Woodstock



Vision For Coaching

As Skate Canada Professional Coaches we believe coaching is a privilege earned through our commitment to:

  1. Competently and professionally serving the athlete as a role model, teacher, coach, athlete manager, strategist, and volunteer.
  2. Developing a well-rounded individual and creating a positive and safe sport environment that will promote physical development and well-being, mental development and positive self image, social skills development, creativity and artistic development, discipline, self-reliance and independence, and principles of fair play and good sportsmanship.
  3. Providing quality service to and being accountable to the athletes, parents, clubs and schools, community, and Skate Canada.
  4. Sharing knowledge with athletes, parents, coaching peers, clubs and schools, volunteers and Skate Canada.
  5. Actively engaged in continuous improvement and education and overall professional development
  6. Maintaining an open-minded attitude to new ideas and change.
  7. Supporting the  Strategic Plan – Skate Canada
  8. Conducting oneself in a manner that is befitting of a coaching professional and that is compliant with Skate Canada and ISU rules, regulations and policies.

Key Messages For Coaching

These messages were approved by the Coaching Development Committee to help guide coaches for the skating season.

  1. Maintain Professional Development points .Maintenance of Certification | CAC (
  2. Further educate yourself on the Cumulative Points Calculation (CPC) judging system and the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model
  3. Take responsibility for your education and your business
  4. Manage your athletes effectively
  5. Develop healthy athletes
  6. Earn the respect of others
  7. Model, encourage and support ethical coaching behavior
  8. Ensure a safe and welcoming environment
  9. Anticipate and embrace change
  10. Share information and embrace a team coaching approach

This Vision for Coaching and Key Messages was established by the Advisory Coaching Committee (ACC) in September 2000 and was revised and approved by the Coaching Development Committee in October 2014.


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