Julie Walsh - Speed Skating
Name: Julie Walsh
Sport: Speed Skating (short track and long track)
NCCP Status: Introduction to Competition Trained
Mentor: Blake Morrison (short track) and Kristi Copeland (long track)
Fun fact: With her training as a Certified Athletic Therapist, Julie has her Canadian Red Cross First Responder certification. She can also do a variety of supportive taping and strapping techniques, both of which are skills that help her in coaching and other athletic endeavours.
Speed skating is a family affair for Julie Walsh. She first started speed skating at the age of 2 after following in the footsteps of her older twin brother and sister who joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Sertoma Speed Skating Club as a way of being able to do something together. Her mother went on to become the head coach at the club and her father is the official timer!
Both of Julie’s siblings now coach at the Kelowna Speed Skating Club in BC, and Julie herself has been coaching for over 10 years. She has coached at two Ontario Winter Games, as well as many regional and provincial competitions. This season, Julie will be one of the coaches attending the Canada East Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Fredericton, NB.
Besides being a part time coach, Julie also has had the opportunity to be a specialist coach at the Pathway for Champions camps put on by Special Olympics Ontario leading up to the 2015 Special Olympic Ontario Winter Games. When she is not on the ice, Julie enjoys keeping active by playing fastball, slo-pitch, doing Zumba, going hiking, road cycling, and gardening.