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
  • World & Olympic Coach
  • Coach of Kaetlyn Osmond, World Champion & 3-time Olympic Medalist
  • Coached Patrick Chan to Olympic Gold (Team)
  • 2-time Skate Canada Coach of the Year
  • ISU Level Technical Specialist
  • National Medalist & International Competitor
  • Chartered Professional Coach
  • Bachelor of Administration Degree
  • 25 years coaching experience

Ekaterina Gordeeva
  • NCCP Provincial Coach Certification
  • 2-time Olympic Champion & 4-time World Champion
  • Honoured Master of Sport of the USSR
  • Professional Skater in Pairs and Singles
  • New York Times Best Selling Author
  • Physical Culture Education Degree
  • 17 years coaching experience

Jessica Gosse
  • 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
  • 27 years coaching experience

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

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

Christina Penkov
  • NCCP Provincial Coach Trained
  • 5-time National Ice Dance Competitor
  • Training in Personal Fitness, Acrobatics, Mime, and Theatre
  • Competitive Ballroom Dancer
  • 9 years coaching experience

Shirley Solkowski, BEd
  • NCCP National Coach Certification
  • Competitive Dance & Edge Specialist
  • Senior Competitive Dance, Gold Dance
  • National Competitor
  • Coach of National Medallists
  • Bachelor of Education Degree
  • 36 years coaching experience

Sylvie Wandzura, BPhEd
  • 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
  • 32 years coaching experience