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Samantha Bechard

Coaching Philosophy:

To me, figure skating is so much more than just a sport. It’s an activity that requires constant effort, patience, and determination. In my (biased) opinion, it fosters not only highly developed athletes, but also the most well-rounded individuals in our society. Not only do I try to help each skater reach their full potential on the ice, I also ensure that they develop valuable life skills, including work ethic, respect, discipline, and determination. I cannot express enough the importance of the psychological aspect of this sport. Although coaching primarily involves the development of their skating skills, I thrive to facilitate a safe environment whereby each skater can truly learn who they are, gain self-esteem and self-awareness, learn positive self-talk and kindness, as well as  develop healthy coping mechanism. Unfortunately, you may not skate forever, but at least I’ll be confident that when you leave, you’ll be bringing so much greatness to the world. 

Teaching Experience & Coaching Qualifications:

  • Coaching figure skating since 2011 (trained Regional & CanSkate coach since 2011)
  • NCCP Level 1 – Regional Coach since 2014
  • Primary Singles Judge (achieved 2011)
  • CanSkate Certified 
  • First Aid & CPR – Level C
  • BA in Psychology 
  • Emergency Medical Responder (In-progress)
  • ISSA Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning Certifications (In-progress)

Professional Highlights:

  • Personal Skating Credentials:
    • FreeSkate = Gold
    • Singles Competitive = Novice 
    • Dance = Gold
    • Skills = Gold
    • Interpretive = Gold
  • Competed at Ontario Winter Games x 2
  • Competed at Western Challenges 
  • All Ontario Trillium Cup Champion (2012)

Interests:

Outside of skating, I enjoy spending time with my best-friend (my dog, Scarlett), hiking, playing sports, ATV-ing, volunteering, as well as relaxing at home. I love travelling and exploring the world and its cultures. I am obsessed with physical activity, especially powerlifting, and compete Internationally. I believe its extremely important for everyone to stay active, explore and take every opportunity you have to try new things. I also emphasize healthy eating, but of course, a candy here or there wont hurt :)

Performance Development Program Head Coach

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