Our Coaches

Jennifer O’Brien

jobrien116@me.com | 905-339-8703

Level of Certification: Level 3 certified, partial Level 4

Rate:  Contact for further details

Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training: 

  • 28 years coaching experience in single skating and specializing in Synchronized skating.
  • Coach of 8 Canadian Champions at the novice Level
  • Coach of 2 Canadian Champions at the junior Level
  • Coach of Junior World Challenge cup Champions
  • Coach of many provincial, Canadian and international medalists.
  • Background in Design and Behavioural Science.

Coaching Philosophy:

I believe in a coaching philosophy that is interlaced with hard work, integrity and a passion for our sport.  I believe that I am one part of a larger team, and I share learning and teaching with those around me. To coach with enthusiasm, encouragement and personal attention, is the key to every skater having a positive individual experience in the skating environment.

Stephanie Girvan

stephaniegirvan@hotmail.com 

Level of Certification: NCCP National Coach trained – Synchronized Skating, NCCP Provincial Coach certified – Synchronized Skating

Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training: 

  • Synchronized Skating Coach since 2005
  • Synchro categories coached: Beginner II, Juvenile, Junior Festival, Pre-Novice , Novice, Open, Adult 1, Adult 3
  • CanSkate coach – 3 years
  • Competed on Novice, Junior, Open, and Adult Competitive synchro teams at National and International

Carlie Dixon

cdixon83@gmail.comLevel of Certification: Certified Provincial Coach, National Coach TrainedCoaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training
  • 9 time Canadian National Medalist in Synchronized Skating (at Novice, Junior and Senior)
  • 2002 Junior World Challenge Cup Champion
  • Competed at Nationals 16 times in Synchronized Skating
  • Represented Canada at 4 International events
  • Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from
  • McMaster University
  • Started coaching in 2006
Coaching PhilosophyMy coaching philosophy is to give skaters the tools and experiences to reach their full potential, to be the best that they can be and to accomplish their goals.

Christine Etkin

c.maccallum@gmail.com 

Level of Certification: Certified Regional Coach

Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training: 

I am the coach of the Beginner II synchronized skating team, and this is my first time coaching here at Skate Oakville. I have been skating synchro for over 15 years and have spent several of them competing at the senior level.

Suzanne Corupe

sk8ingcoach77@gmail.com

905-741-2714

Level of Certification: ISPC Provincial Coach Certified (Level 2), National Coach Trained (Level 3 Theory and Technical)

Coaching Experience, Skating Background and Additional Training:

Skate Canada Professional Coach for 15 years (Canskate to Senior Competitive levels), Choreographer for 22 years. 8 years coaching with The Toronto Cricket Skating & Curling Club.
Achieved 6 Skate Canada/CFSA Test Gold Medals (Freeskate, Figures, Dance, Skills, Artistic and Competitive)
Competed up to the Senior Competitive Singles Level at Sectionals and Divisionals.
5-Time Adult National Champion in Interpretive, 2-Time Pairs and 1-Time Dance Champion.
Principle Soloist, Adagio Pair skater and Choreographer in the 2002 U.S. tour of Holiday Spectacular On Ice.
Specializing in Choreography.

Coaching Philosophy: 

I believe that every skater has their own journey to glide through. My role is to encourage, inspire and help guide them down their skating pathway. Skating is for life, let’s enjoy every moment!