2023/2024 PPSC Professional Coaches


Coaches Bio


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  • 25+ years of Coaching experience
  • Skating Director & Program Coordinator for 19+ years
  • Professional Ice Show Producer & Performer 12+ years, including 6 year Star of Ice Capades
  • Choreographer & Trainer to World & Olympic competitors, and National Champions
  • Certified Ice Arena Programmer (CIAP)
  • Skate Canada Regional Coach Certified & Provincial Coach in Training
  • Loves to teach all ages and all levels of skating



  • Provincial certified coach – over 30 years
  • Updated in all the Starskate programs to assess my own skaters
  • First aid and CPR certified
  • ASIST Suicidal Crisis Prevention Certificate
  • Child Safety Training (Sexual Abuse Prevention)
  • The True Sport Clean certified
  • Was part of the 1985 National Synchronized Skating Champion team.
  • Been coaching for over 28 years teaching children and adults to skate from the beginner levels to training elite skaters in the competitive stream . Canskate, Starskate and Competitive Stream –freeskate all levels, choreography, dance all levels, skills all levels, interpretive all levels, stroking/edge quality
  • Have coached skaters to a Gold level in all disciplines.
  • Was Program Director at the Markham Figure Skating, Ajax Figure Skating Club and Upper Canada Figure Skating clubs when I coached there.
  • Starskate Coordinator at the Port Perry Figure Skating Club
  • Was the Canskate Coordinator at Markham FSC, Ajax FSC and Orono FSC .
  • Coached competitive skaters that competed at the provincial level
  • 2015 Recipient of the Club and Recreation Coach Award of Excellence from Skate Canada-Central Ontario
  • Coached and Director for Edges Learn to Skate
  • Have a college diploma in the Social Service Field and have been providing programming for youth and their parents in the Durham Region for over 40 years.
  • My philosophy as a coach is to try and teach individuals of all ages to enjoy the sport of skating while having fun and to teach them how to skate and be that best that they can be.




Samantha Leitch
Emily Jarman

Gesina Vannetten e:

  • My name is Gesina and I have been coaching for 5 years.
  • My coaching philosophy is to develop a nurturing, fun, and positive environment where skaters can achieve their personal goals. I hope to assist skaters on their journey and hope they develop a passion for the sport like I do.
  • I am CanSkate certified and regional coach Trained. I am also in my fourth year of my bachelor’s of science in nursing at Ontario Tech University.
  • My personal achievements include Gold Skills, Diamond Dance, Gold Interpretive, Gold Artistic, Junior bronze free skate (now star 5 equivalent).
Garth Devon


  • Years teaching: 45
  • Coaching Level: up to National
  • NCCP Level 3 certified
  • NCCP Level 4 …. 7 tasks completed
Jordyn Lehman

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