Patrick will be hosting three on-ice sessions, along with our head coaches.
Stroking: Edges, turns and transitions with a focus on body line and blade use and weight distribution.
Spins: Spin positions and how to get more speed and maintain it during spins.
Jumps: A focus on improving technique, power and flow.
As always, Skate with a Champion always includes high quality off-ice sessions too. Information on our other off-ice session and leaders is coming soon!
Sports Psychology & Mental Fitness with Dr. Lori Dithurbide
This session is about pushing through challenges, whether it be during a skate or a training session. You'll learn strategies to help stay productive and enjoy the process when faced with challenges. You'll learn how to use what you learn plus your own experiences to come up with a plan for future competitions and training.
Effective Warm-ups and Cool-downs with Lisa McNutt
Lisa will be emphasizing the importance and benefits of a proper off-ice, pre-skating/competition warm-up and a cool-down in a fun, interactive way. Specifically designed for figure skaters, participants will progress through a variety of exercises and stretches. Lisa will offer tips on how to do so properly to prevent injuries, and maximize effectiveness using breathing, reaching your edge, and making adjustments to suit specific needs. All will be done without any special equipment and skaters will receive a hand-out summarizing the session.
Dance and Performance with Olivia Shive
Olivia is extremely excited to be teaching these dance sessions and fine-tuning our skaters' dance and performance skills. The class will be filled with some sassy Jazz style and relaxing relaxing Lyrical. You'll work on fluidity of movement and stage presence. It is going to be such a fun experience working with this talented dancer!
Olivia has danced for 16 years, building her talent at Dance Zone Performing Arts Centre. Trained in various styles like Jazz, Contemporary, Hiphop, Ballet, and Tap, she has competed around the world. She placed second at nationals in Florida and Niagara Falls, has attended many dance conventions in Las Vegas, Toronto, and New York including The Pulse, NUVO dance, and VIP. She's danced on the television show “Mr.D”, auditioned for “The Next Step”, and has performed on cruise ships. She attends Acadia University and is part of its Dance Team.