Brenda started skating at the age of 5 at the Williams Lake Figure Skating Club. She later moved/trained at the Kerrisdale Figure Skating Club in Vancouver under the watchful eye of Master Coach, Dr. Hellmut May. Brenda competed regionally and provincially, winning many competitions and Artistic awards.
Since turning professional in 1982, Brenda has had the opportunity to coach in many areas of our Province and the Yukon. She has coached in Whitehorse, Squamish, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Vancouver, Surrey, Port Coquitlam and the past 7 seasons with the Maple Ridge Skating Club. Brenda has coached both recreational and competitive skaters and has had skaters pass the Gold level in all disciplines. Brenda is also one of the coaches of our successful Synchro program!
Brenda’s philosophy to skating is to have fun and enjoy what you do! She motivates skaters to achieve their goals and looks forward to continuing her coaching career with the Maple Ridge Skating Club and their coaching staff!
NCCP: Level 2 certified
Director of Canskate
Director of Junior Academy
Coaching experience: 34 years
I was a competitive skater in Freeskate, Dance, and Synchro, successfully winning BC Champion multiple years in a row, qualifying for Sectionals, BC Winter Games, and Skate Canada Challenge. I was awarded the Karen Magnussen scholarship as the top BC skater of my category. I have completed my Gold level tests in Freeskate, Dance, Skills, and Interpretive and have extensive training in RAD ballet, jazz, and hip hop.
My purpose in coaching is to provide a positive & fun sport experience for athletes, provide the opportunity for athletes to achieve their full potential through skating, and to use skating as a holistic means of individual development that will be useful through adulthood – socially and emotionally.
I value the integrity and loyalty of the long term relationships I develop with families. I see my role as helping families raise children through sport. I also encourage long term friendships and camaraderie within our Club.
My leadership style is upbeat & positive, but at times directive & stern, as it is my job to detect errors and correct them; however the intention is always coming from a good place. Skating is difficult to learn, it often takes hours mastering subtleties. It takes a commitment to learn skating!
I honour the creativity & passion that skating evokes in me and enjoy seeing young skaters and families develop a similar love for the sport. I absolutely love to be on the ice!
Lastly, I have a BA from SFU with a double major in Psychology and Criminology and am actively pursuing my level 3 coaching status.
McKenna started skating when she was 5 years old at the Maple Ridge Skating Club. She started in our CanSkate program, and continued her skating career through StarSkate. She competed Synchro for 4 years, and has also completed her Gold Skills. She eventually took the next step, by becoming a coach at the age of 18.
McKenna considers the club like a second home. She has a natural love for kids. She loves to connect with the skaters on and off the ice, help them achieve their goals and of course have fun!
McKenna’s goal is to push the skaters to be the best they can be.
Breeann has been with the Maple Ridge Skating Club for a majority of her life. She has grown not only as a coach with the club but as a role model as well.
She decided she wanted to join the club as a coach when she was 16, it has always given her pleasure to see your children grow and improve as skaters. She loves to get to know the kids and make them feel comfortable and confident on and off the ice. Breeann has a positive attitude and can push the kids to get better, work hard, and have fun. Breeann believes skating should be a great way to keep active but it should also be a place for kids to have fun, and that is what she plans to bring to the club every time she steps on the ice.