Submitted Media Release
School is back in session off and on the ice, and like so many classrooms this September the Brant Skating Club is excited to welcome new teachers to its dynamic team. Three new faces will be on the ice this fall when skating classes get underway at the Wayne Gretzky Sport Centre.
The Brant Skating Club is excited to introduce coaches Courtney Mori, Kaylyn Pecaric and Teresa Hager.
Said president Brandi Schott, “Our leadership team is very excited for this growth opportunity. Our coaching team is a real strength for our club and with the addition of these exceptional leaders our programs and skaters will only get better.”
The opportunity to welcome three new coaches this fall is a result of a growing roster of Brant skaters as well as the opening created by the recent retirement of legacy coach Nancy Osborn. The summer skate program completed in August had one of the larger attendances in recent years and is followed by another busy 4-week fall program. With inbound requests for information about the coming Winter season, that will build to the 70th annual Flashing Blades carnival on ice at the end of March-2020, attendance for the 2019/2020 CanSkate and Star Level programs could be the highest in recent memory.
The trio of fresh faces will join a dynamic team of award-winning coaches and students – that already include Lee-Ann McMillan, Kevin Stefan, Alison Purkiss, Trennt Michaud and Brianne Searle. Fall skating begins September 3rd at the Wayne Gretzky Sport Centre. Winter skating is expected to open October 8th, with registration information coming soon to the club website, www.brantskatingclub.ca
Skating since the age of 3, Courtney Mori has refined her skills over time to become a Skate Canada Regional Certified Coach qualified to instruct any STAR Level skater. Courtney has skated in Barrie, Ontario where she was able to train alongside Olympic athletes under the instruction of elite professionals. She herself has achieved multiple Gold Level credentials as a competitive soloist, including Skills, Free Skate and Singles Junior Competitive.
Off-ice, Courtney teaches as a Registered Early Childhood Educator illustrating her skills of compassion, understanding and leadership. Her coaching philosophy makes use of her educator training, working to provide skaters with the tools for success on and off the ice. She us very passionate about child development, nutrition, mental health, and physical literacy.
“I am so excited to join the Brant Skating Club team to continue developing my coaching career, help our skater’s progress, and have fun!”
An experienced coach of 12 years, Kaylyn Pecaric has helped many skaters rise through their skill levels to successfully pass Gold tests and qualify for the Provincial Star Skate Championships.
A Certified Level 2 Provincial Coach, Kaylyn was first introduced to the ice by her parents at just 19 months old. Her youthful start led to a 10 year career of competitive skating, and successful completion of Junior Competitive Singles test and Gold Skills, Dance and Freeskate tests.
A graduate of Brock University with a Bachelor of Sport Management, Kaylyn skated on the Varsity team for 3 seasons and was a 2-time OUA All-Star.
“It is a privilege to work with skaters of all ages, to teach them to skate and watch them grow and excel within the sport. I love the relationships and sense of community unique to skating clubs. I am excited to be joining the BSC team and am looking forward to sharing my knowledge, passion and love for the sport of figure skating with skaters of all ages and levels.”
Since 1987, Teresa Hager has been teaching skaters of all ages, from as small as 2 years to mature students in their 50’s.
A seasoned coach with experience working in small and large communities, Teresa has been a leader in many recreational and competitive skating camps, with ability to instruct all disciplines. She shares a great passion for the sport and art of ice skating, and for seeing skaters develop as students, athletes and individuals. Her coaching philosophy is founded in the belief that whether young or adult, recreational or competitive, short or long term, there is always something to be gained from pursuing an activity that can challenge and change you.
“I appreciate being able to share my knowledge of what I love with those who would like to participate in our incredible sport. I love sharing my experience in assisting little ones to learn how to skate, whether for recreation or to prepare for a more challenging competitive career in skating.”