Born and raised in Victoria, Deanna has been a member of the Juan de Fuca Skating Club for the past 40 years both as a competitive skater and as a part-time coach. She has worked with many skaters over the years in all disciplines, which includes synchronized skating.
Deanna has coached at the Juan de Fuca Skating Club for 21 years, with experience as a singles coach, choreographer, and synchronized skating coach, teaching at all levels and with all ages of skaters. She is currently Level II certified (NCCP/ISPC) in both singles and synchronized skating, and holds her Level III Theory. Deanna also has over 20 years experience in music editing and selection, along with over 16 years of dance training in various disciplines including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop. Deanna has completed training in Fitness Theory and Exercise Physiology and has completed ISU Judging System Coach Training Certification. Whenever possible, Deanna continues to update her training through various workshops, seminars and online training courses. In past years, Deanna has held the Synchronized Skating Rep position on the Region’s Coaching Committee, and has been as an assistant coach at several workshops and seminars on the island.
Deanna has achieved Gold Test levels in Dance, Figures and FreeSkate (Elements), as well as achieved her Bronze test level in Interpretive before beginning her coaching career. She holds test levels at Pre-Novice and Novice, competing locally and provincially at these levels. She was trained and coached by Dave MacDonald, Gayle Wallach, Patrick O’Brien, Stephanie Wallach-Carr and Greg Ladret. Over the years, Deanna has also had the pleasure to work one on one with coaches Ron Vincent, Frank Nowasad and Garth Powers, and through seminars with skating legends such as Toller Cranston, Gary Beacom, Steven Cousins, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Kathy Dalton, Benoît Venne, among other singles and synchronized skating coaches.
Since 1994, Deanna has coached various synchronized skating teams with the club at the Pre-Novice, Novice, Junior, Open and Adult levels, all which have achieved success competing locally, provincially and nationally. Currently, Deanna is restructuring the synchronized skating program at the club, and is passionate about introducing this exciting discipline to anyone who is interested in learning more about it.
“I am inspired by the skaters that I get to work with every day. I enjoy giving back to the club in which I grew up with, and love to share my passion for the sport with my skaters.”