Sport: Figure Skating
Current Coaching Position: Coach, Dartmouth Skating Club, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
Mentor: Michelle Menzies
“Jill is well respected by her skaters, their parents, her peers, and board members at her club. She is very excited about the Women in Coaching Program as she is interested in gaining valuable experience that will come from being an apprentice coach at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in her home province.” – Liz Pace, Sport Consultant, Department of Health Promotion and Protection
Jill began skating when she was 10 years old and competed for several years, reaching Novice competitive level. A former member of the New Brunswick skating team, she completed gold freeskate, gold skills, gold dances, and her fifth figure.
Jill has been coaching for 10 years and has spent the past five years with the Dartmouth Skating Club (DSC). She has coached skaters aged from three to 70, and from Learn to Skate to national competitors. For three years, she coached the Kaleidoscope Synchro Skating Team. She also sat on DSC’s board as a coaches’ representative for two years and has organized numerous national coach clinics and summer skating programs.
Junior and Senior High School Teacher: Part-time Figure Skating Coach
Middle Sackville, N.S.
• Science degree, majoring in physics, minors in biology and German, Mount Allison University
• Education degree, Mount St. Vincent University
• National Coaching Certification Program, Level 2 certification and Level 3 Technical in figure skating, Level 3 Theory completed; Level 4/5 training in progress, Level 1 certification in special Olympics
Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“I would like to gain friendships and knowledge from networking with fellow coaches, experiencing a national multi-sport competition, and having the opportunity to learn from national- and international-level coaches.”
Greatest achievement: Becoming a triple gold skater.
Source of motivation: The happiness of my skaters when they’ve learned something they’ve worked very hard for.
Greatest wish: To start my own competitive skating school and have it flourish.