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 Coaches’ 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, ChPC
rwalia@telus.net
  • World & Olympic Coach; NCCP Level 4 Certified
  • 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
  • 3-time National Medalist; National & International Team Member
  • Coach of multiple National and International Champions (Singles and Pairs)
  • 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 Level 3 Certified (partial Level 4)
  • Competitive Dance & Edge Specialist
  • Senior Competitive Dance, Gold Dance
  • National Competitor
  • Coach of National Medallists
  • Bachelor of Education Degree
  • 30 years coaching experience
Jessica Gosse
Jessiejsk8@gmail.com
  • NCCP Level 3 Certified
  • Coach of Provincial Champions and National Competitors in Singles
  • Coach of National Medalists in Pairs
  • 2014 Alberta/NWT-Nunavut Coach Achievement Award Recipient
  • 1998 & 2001 Newfoundland and Labrador Section Coach of the Year
  • 23 years coaching experience
Shauna Stewart, MA
shauna.stewart@ualberta.net
  • NCCP Level 3 Certified (partial Level 4)
  • Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance (partial Diamond), Gold Figure
  • Bachelor of Physical Education Degree – Sport Performance
  • Master of Arts – Sport Psychology
  • 26 years coaching experience
Antoinette Hempel-Bakker
hempelbakker@gmail.com
  • NCCP Level 3 Certified
  • 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
  • 5 years coaching experience
Sylvie Wandzura, BPhEd
sylvie.w@sasktel.net
  • NCCP Level 5 Certified
  • Coach of National Medalists in Singles and Pairs
  • Former Skate Canada Technical Specialist
  • 1996 Outaouais/Hull Region Coach of the Year
  • Bachelor of Physical Education Degree
  • 28 years coaching experience
Ben Ferreira
benbiarritz@gmail.com
  • NCCP Level 3 Certified
  • 3-time World Team Member; 5-time National Medalist
  • Coach of National Competitors
  • Dartfish Certified Technologist
  • Specializes in pole harness and Dartfish video lessons
  • 15 years coaching experience