- National Trained Coach, NCCP Level 3
- Certified Provincial Coach
- Junior Silver Freeskate, Gold Dances, Gold Skills, Bronze Rhythm Dance
- Coached Competitive skaters from Pre-Juvenile through Novice Levels and all levels of STARSkate from STAR 1 through Gold
- Coached skaters through Skate Canada Gold level tests in Freeskate, Dance, Skills and Interpretive, as well as Diamond Level Dances
- Selected to coach Team Alberta North at Arctic Winter Games in 2012 in Whitehorse, YK, 2014 in Fairbanks, Alaska and 2018 in Fort Smith, NWT.
- 14 years coaching experience
Rate: $13.00 / 15 minute private lesson, $9.00 / 10 minute private lesson
- Certified National Coach, NCCP Level 3, partial
Level 4 & 5
- currently the Skate Canada Alberta-NWT/NUN Coaching Representative for the Peace Region
- Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance, Gold Pairs
- Former 5 time Canadian national medalist, 4 time international medalist, provincial and western Canadian champion
- Coached National and International Champions, World and Olympic Skaters
- 30 years coaching experience
Rate: $17.00 / 15 minute private lesson, $12.00 / 10 minute private lesson
- Partial National Coach, NCCP Level 3
- Certified Provincial Coach, NCCP Level 2
- Partial Senior Silver Freeskate, 6th Figure, Gold Dance, Dance Variation, Novice Competitive Dance
- Coached Preliminary to Gold Freeskate, Dance, Skills, Interpretative
- 20 years coaching experience
Rate: $13.00 / 15 min private lesson, $9.00 / 10 minute private lesson
- Certified Regional Coach (NCCP Level 1)
- Bachelor of Education, Elementary
- Junior Bronze Freeskate, Junior Silver Gold Dance, Senior Bronze Skating Skills, Silver Intrepretive
- 6 years coaching experience
Rate: $7.00 / 15 min private lesson
- Certified Regional Coach (NCCP Level 1)
- CanPowerSkate ln-Training Coach
- Quad Gold Figureskater, Gold Freeskate, Gold Dance, Gold Skating Skills, Gold Interpretive
- Previous STARSkate Championships Medalist, Competitive Sectional Skater, 2014 Arctic Winter Games Competitor
- 3 years coaching experience
Rate: $8.00 / 15 min private lesson
Ashley McDiarmid – Canskate Certified Club Coach
Victoria Guenther – Canskate In-Training Club Coach
Off Ice Coaching
My name is Lisa Eldridge. I have been working with the Grande Prairie Figure Skating Club since 2016. I am a certified personal and athletic trainer, as well as provincial/national level gymnastics coach. I teach both the strength/conditioning and flexibility classes for the figure skating club. Each class entails specific focus on proper developmental steps of physical preparation for the athletes. Physical preparation is a very important aspect to sport in regard to injury prevention, longevity in the sport, and overall improved sport performance. Below is a breakdown of each class offered and what the athletes will be working on.
This class will focus on general athletic development. They will be building a proper foundation in movement, body/positional awareness, physical literacy skills, and aerobic development. Building a well rounded and strong foundation will allow these athletes to advance their training into more sport specific training as they grow and mature. They will learn the basics and develop strength in the fundamental movements. They will also work on coordination and agility that will help them adapt to better learn foot work leading into jumps, spins, dances, etc. They will be educated on proper nutrition, recovery, and goal setting.
This class will be focusing more on sport specific development. They will be building off of the
foundation they have achieved prior to this. They will be taking the foundation they have built in good movement quality, strength, aerobic development and will now be focusing on more specific preparation for skating. This would potentially include more power/speed oriented work, muscular endurance, more complex movements, and progressed agility/coordination drills. They will be educated on more specific nutrition choices for optimizing performance, recovery, and goal setting. These athletes will do physical testing during their first week of off ice and last week of off ice.
*Each athlete is individual and requires different training that best suits their needs. Their
needs are based on chronological age, biological age, current/passed injuries, and where they show strength and weaknesses. Regardless of the class they are enrolled in, the decision of how advanced or fundational focus their training is will ultimately be based on what is best suited for them at that time.
This class will be focusing on the flexibility required for positions on ice. This class will be teaching the athletes how to gain range in a specific manner. Ensuring the athletes are stretching with properly centrated joints is necessary to ensure they are not creating harm within the joint itself. They need to be able to control their range of motion, so it can be controlled on the ice. Flexibility needs to come from specific areas, so other joints are not compensating to create the range demanded for a position.
Flexibility is directly correlated to the amount of stability a joint has. If a joint is unstable, the brain will guard the joint from moving any further. If an athlete is hyper mobile/has very lax joints-they would require even further stability within the joint as to not create injury. The athlete will be guided in their stretching based on what is most needed for them. Due to stability and motor control having a direct influence on controlled flexibility, it is best paired with the athlete doing the strength classes provided outside of this class.
*The off ice programs are most beneficial when an athlete is consistent. Consistency will allow for an athlete to be progressed and challenged in order to gain adaptation in tissues and ligaments for better injury management, recovery, strength, power, and endurance.
Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any further questions.