Coaching Team

The Ice Palace Figure Skating Club has a highly qualified team of professional coaches who work together to ensure that each skater achieves personal excellence.  Our coaching team includes international level coaches in Singles, Pairs, and Dance.  All of our coaches have been certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and abide by Skate Canada’s Code of Ethics.  In addition, all of our coaches have been trained in Dartfish video technology, an advanced software program that enhances performance analysis.

The Ice Palace coaching team asks that all skaters and parents adhere to the Ice Palace FSC Guidelines and Skate Canada’s Parent Code of Conduct.


Ravi Walia, BAdmin, ChPC
rwalia@telus.net
  • World & Olympic Coach
  • Coach of Kaetlyn Osmond, World Champion & 3-time Olympic Medalist
  • Coached Patrick Chan to Olympic Gold (Team)
  • 2013 & 2018 Skate Canada Coach of the Year
  • ISU Level Technical Specialist
  • Coach of multiple National and International Champions
  • National Medalist & International Competitor
  • Chartered Professional Coach
  • Bachelor of Administration Degree
  • 22 years coaching experience


Lynne Koper
lynne.koper@gmail.com
  • NCCP Level 5 Certified
  • Competitive Dance & Edge Specialist
  • Coach of National and International Medalists
  • Master Course Conductor
  • Over 30 years coaching experience


Shirley Solkowski, BEd
shirleybc@shaw.ca
  • NCCP National Coach Certification
  • Competitive Dance & Edge Specialist
  • Senior Competitive Dance, Gold Dance
  • National Competitor
  • Coach of National Medallists
  • Bachelor of Education Degree
  • 33 years coaching experience


Jessica Gosse 
Jessiejsk8@gmail.com
  • NCCP National Coach Certification
  • Coach of National Medalists in Singles and Pairs
  • 2014 Alberta/NWT-Nunavut Coach Achievement Award Recipient
  • 1998 & 2001 Newfoundland and Labrador Section Coach of the Year
  • 24 years coaching experience


Shauna Stewart, MA
shauna.stewart@ualberta.net
 

  • NCCP National Coach Certification
  • Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance (partial Diamond), Gold Figure
  • Bachelor of Physical Education Degree – Sport Performance
  • Master of Arts – Sport Psychology
  • 27 years coaching experience


Antoinette Hempel-Bakker
hempelbakker@gmail.com
  • NCCP National Coach Certification
  • 6-time British National competitor
  • Junior Competitive, Level 10 Freeskate & Skills
  • 6 years as a Professional skater with Disney on Ice
  • Certified Level 2 YMCA fitness instructor
  • 6 years coaching experience


Sylvie Wandzura, BPhEd
sylvie.w@sasktel.net
  • NCCP Level 5 Certification
  • Coach of National Medalists in Singles and Pairs
  • 1996 Outaouais/Hull Region Coach of the Year
  • Bachelor of Physical Education Degree
  • 29 years coaching experience


Ben Ferreira
benbiarritz@gmail.com
  • NCCP National Coach Certification
  • 3-time World Team Member; 5-time National Medalist
  • Coach of National Competitors
  • Dartfish Certified Technologist
  • Specializes in pole harness and Dartfish video lessons
  • 16 years coaching experience


Christina Penkov
coach.christinapenkov@gmail.com
  • NCCP Provincial Coach Trained
  • 5-time National Ice Dance Competitor
  • Training in Personal Fitness, Acrobatics, Mime, and Theatre
  • Competitive Ballroom Dancer
  • 6 years coaching experience