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Coach Members of the New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Association. Information available here has been provided by the coaches and has not been verified by the NZIFSA. Applications for Coach Membership may be found here.

Alexandra

Natalia Belusakova

Singles · Dance · Pairs
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation

Auckland

Yasmin Walker
ph: 021 070 6934
Singles · Dance · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
-3x USA National Competitor
-2x International Competitor with Los Angeles Ice Theater - Senior
-5 years of experience teaching studio dance and skating with a focus on choreography
My goal in coaching is to inspire my skaters to love the sport and pursue their dreams.

Bess Cao
ph: 0211993222
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Provisional level 2 Coaching Accreditation
Skated competitively in China for 8 years
National Novice Ladies Champion, Junior Champion, Runner-up, 3rd Prize from 2004-2007 in China.Compete at Senior level in China for 2 years 2008-2010.
Skaters won Champions at NZ National for consecutive 6years.
Skaters attended several years of ISU listed International Competition, qualified Junior World.

Isabella Bardua
ph: 0272020307
Singles
I use my personal experience of training in Canada, USA and Australia to influence my coaching style. I aim to support all my skaters while pushing them to be the best skaters they can be. My focus is in competitive singles skating and my skaters range from pre-elementary to Senior.
Tracy Hipkiss
ph: 02102277737
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Solo skating and Synchronised skating coach
- taken both solo skaters and synchro teams to Australian nationals
- 5 years private coaching experience
- NZ Junior ladies Champion 2014
- Competed at ISU JGPs and development Trophies (2014 -`2016)

Dani Gebser
ph: 02108107851
Singles · Dance · Pairs · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Apprentice Coach
Vanessa Preston
ph: 021 0810 3069
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Apprentice Coach
Preeya Laud
ph: 021 292 3559
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
8x New Zealand Rep
Competed at ISU JGP event
Bachelor of sport and recreation
Postgraduate certificate in sports science

Samantha Kuri
ph: 0225211030
Singles · Dance · Pairs · Synchronized
NZIFSA level 1 Apprentice Coach
Debbie Darvill
ph: 021 2517261
Singles · Dance
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles and Dance Coaching Accreditation
- Coaching since 1978
- Australian Gold Ice Dance
- Comps 1975/76 Gold preInt free Gold Int dance
- 5yrs International training in tests & coaching
- Attend ISU seminars for ice dance and singles internationally
- Attend NZIFSA multiple seminars per year to update skills

Rosie Armstrong
ph: 0274847080
Singles
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
Competed Junior Worlds, 9 International Competitions, World Championships
1983-1993 - Trained periodically overseas under world and Olympic coaches.
Nominated for Winter Olympics
NZIFSA Gold Free & Figures medal tests, Inter-silver dance
Canadian & Australian National Coaching Certificate, Sport Specific

Gordon Rushton
ph: 021 166 4549
Singles · Dance · Pairs · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Canadian Gold Figure, Gold Free skate, Gold Competitive & Gold Dance
- Canadian NCCP Level 1 Course
- Have coached many NZ champions at all levels, Coached NZ skaters at Junior Worlds, Internationals and World Championships.
- 37 years of coaching experince

Mathieu Wilson
ph: 021-185-5766
Singles
NZIFSA Provisional level 2 Coaching Accreditation
- Two time NZ junior Champion
- NZ international representative for Nine Years
- Hold Gold freeskate and stroking medal tests
- Over 10 years coaching experience
- Cast member of Disney on Ice 2009-2010
- Current registered (practicing) Physiotherapist
- 3 years experience as fitness and personal trainer

Sabrina Snoad
ph: 02102890414
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Singles and Synchronized Coach
- 4 years private coaching experience
- New Zealand & Australia Synchronized Skating Representative
- Competed at 6 Senior ISU synchronized competitions
- Current AIFSC synchronized Coach
- Bachelor of Arts

Charlotte Van Uden
ph: 021 2540590
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Singles and Synchronized
- 5 Years private coaching experience
- Head Coach of AIFSC Synchronized Skating Club
- NZ Rep in Free Skating and Synchronized Skating
- Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching.


Christchurch

Caitlyn Paul
ph: 021 150 1865
Singles · Dance · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- BA Sports Coaching
- Gold Star Stroking / Inter-Gold Freeskating tests
- Represented New Zealand in Singles (Intermediate - Senior Ladies)
- Member of the 2010 New Zealand Senior Synchronized team.
- 15+ years coaching experience (Kiwiskate, Semi Private and Private)

Ann Campbell
ph: 021 140 7739
Singles · Dance · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles and Dance Coaching Accreditation
- Australia Coaching Level 1
- Australia Coaching Level 2 - Part A
- Highlights - Coaching Results - 1st Masters, Intermediate Ladies, Men's, Open Synchro, Juvenile Dance. 2nd Australian Mens, 2nd Junior Syncro, Gold Star Stroking
- Personal Results - 1st Senior Dance, Senior Pairs, Intermediate Ladies, Junior Aussie Dance

Sarah MacGibbon
ph: 022 301 9098
Singles
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
NZ Senior Champion 2013
Represented NZ at JGP and other International competitions
Hold Senior competitive Free skate and Gold Stroking medal tests
Over 10 years coaching experience
BSc majoring in Neuroscience
Qualified personal trainer
Currently a Research and Development Technician at the Christchurch Heart Institute Endocrinology Laboratory

Marina Tsevina
ph: 021 140 5557
Singles
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- Master Degree of Sport and Physical Education
- Post-Grad Choreography of Figure Skating in Moscow State Academy of Theatre Art and Ballet
- 20+ years experience as a coach at Sport School of Olympic Reserve
- My trainees have repeatedly become winners, prize-takers and participants, Ukrainian, USSR and International Competitions

Michelle Russell
ph: 021-778-202
Singles
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- Inter Gold Free Skate and Gold Star Stroking Medal Tests
- Sport Canterbury Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Level 1 Australia Sports Specific Accreditation
- Bachelor Physical Education + qualified personal trainer
- Post-Grad Diploma in Rehabilitation
- Post-Grad Diploma in Sports Medicine

Michelle Carroll
ph: 021 819141
Singles · Dance
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
I would like to help people enjoy skating as much as I do. To feel the freedom fluid movement over the ice can give you. As I sport it is technically challenging and I hope I can help skaters learn to master their blades and bodies.

Rivers Richens
ph: 021 083 42 983
Singles
NZIFSA Level 1 Apprentice Coach

Dunedin

Fanis Shakirzianau
ph: 021 181 5247
Singles · Dance · Pairs
NZIFSA Level 2 Singles Coaching Accreditation
- World & Olympic coach
- Bachelor in Sport Education
- Many skaters attended World Championships, European Championships, Four Continents, Junior World Championships, Olympic Games, Winter World Universiade, Junior and Senior Grand Prix in singles, pairs and ice dance from following countries: Russia, Belarus, South Africa, Slovakia, New Zealand.

Kaho Hirafune
ph: 0221885637
Singles
NZIFSA Level 1 Coach
Megan Kliegl
ph: 027-631 9857
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
Synchronised Skating
- Ex-New Zealand Synchronised Skating Champion
- Competed at World Championships
- Director of Dunedin Ice Shows
- Represented South Africa and New Zealand

Ricky Cockerill
ph: 0274181889
Singles
Coaching Accreditation level 1
Ricky has been involved in the figure skating world for nearly 35 years.
He fell in love with the sport and competed for over 18 years eventually
representing New Zealand in multiple international competitions including 3 world championships.
Ricky enjoys coaching all aspects of singles skating and specialises as a jump coach

Kaitlin Chamberlain
ph: 027 825 8674
Singles
NZIFSA Level 1 Coach accredition
Stephanie Woodacre
ph: 021 025 905 25
Singles · Synchronized
NZIFSA level 2 singles Coaching Accreditation
British Ice Teachers Association Level 2 qualified coach. 10+ years coaching experience. Taught in Scotland, Norway and England. Cast member of "Lazor on Ice" Germany. Silver singles and ice dance medalist.


Gore

Simone Thornett
ph: 0272297550
Singles · Pairs
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
Ice Skating Coach in GB
I Coach development classes, Private Lessons,Kiwi Skate
I have many years of coaching experience.
I have had students compete at national level
I reached level 8 standard in my individual skating and was a competitor all over GB.
NZQA National certificate in recreation and sport level 4

Helen Sutherland
ph: 027 788 3772
Singles · Dance
NZIFSA Level 1 Singles Coaching Accreditation
I have been coaching for twenty-five plus years. In enjoy coaching all levels and it is wonderful seeing the progress and success each skater achieves. I have been a level one coach in Canada and New Zealand.


Queenstown

Millie Campbell
ph: 0274209584
Singles
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
Gold Star Stroking/ Inter Gold Free skate
Rep NZ 2006-2011
Bachelor of applied science Majoring in sport and nutrition

Deanna Pielak-Jones
ph: 021 1655182
Singles · Dance · Synchronized
NZIFSA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
- Coached Figure Skating in Canada, England and New Zealand since 1975.
- Coached skaters from very first steps to Junior and Senior levels at
National & International Competitions, including NZ Junior and Senior
Champion
- Coach of adults with many going on to compete at NZIFSA and Masters
Games

Carys Birse

Singles
NZIFSA Provisional Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
Elena Iarkhunova
ph: 021 0284 8310
Singles
NZFISA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation