About Our Club
Valleyview Skating Club is located at Valleyview Arena:
353 Highland Road
Valleyview Skating Club
Lead Coach Star 4 and up
As a duck is to water, I am to ice! Starting on skates before the age of two, it was love at first glide, and truly my passion for the sport just continues to grow everyday.
As an amateur skater, I enjoyed long hours at the rink, whether that be for my own training, coaching younger skaters, or volunteering as an Evaluator for Skate Canada at competitions and assessment days in Manitoba. While I enjoyed some success competing as a Singles skater, the highlight of all those events was being a part of a Synchronized Skating team that competed in the Canadian Championships.
I began coaching professionally in 1994, but after 5 years (including 4 in Clearwater), decided to pursue my lifelong dream of skating in a touring ice show. Appearing as Miss Lynch in Grease On Ice and skating alongside World and Olympic medalists was an incredible way to launch into 11 years of touring the world and performing for millions of people. And because I’m quite tall, in later years I also had the excitement of performing as several evil Disney characters, including Maleficent and Cinderella’s wicked stepmother.
In 2010, I left touring to work on the Vancouver Paralympic Ceremonies as the Cast Manager, and upon completion of that huge job, I returned to coaching. For 8 years, I drove up and down the Elk Valley, coaching at three clubs, before taking a sabbatical year and volunteering as a rink builder and skating coach high in the Himalayas of India.
It’s been an awesome, winding path that’s led me back to the Thompson Valley, which is a great thing because my love for this neck of the woods is akin to my love for skating. I consider every day to be a good day when I can go to the rink, throw on my skates, and motivate and lead young athletes to reach their potential and find all the amazing things figure skating has to offer!!
I am Lisa Nahorniak (formerly Henson), Team Coach and I have been coaching in some way, shape or form for over 35 years. I am now certified as a Skate Canada National level “Trained” coach and look forward to completing the National Training process soon.
I spent 10 years teaching group and private lessons for skaters of all ages with the City of Richmond. When I moved to Kamloops, I found a great group of Adult skaters that brought me back into the sport as a skater. I have enjoyed my time competing as an Adult Skater, but also really enjoy sharing my knowledge with our competing skaters.
As a younger skater, I completed my Gold tests in Figures, Free Skate, Dance and Interpretive, along with my Junior Competitive test. I felt it important as a skater to achieve all that I could at a young age. I also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Kinetics – Sport Management from the University of British Columbia.
I love helping skaters learn the fundamentals of skating. These fundamentals will ensure a lifetime appreciation of the sport, whether it be on a backyard rink or competing at any level. I also love exploring creative movement on the ice and creating fun and magical pieces for skaters and fans to remember. I am grateful to be part of the VVSC coaching team and family.
CanSkate Coordinator and Team Coach
Hi I am Tammy Cadwell. I have been coaching since September 1986 and with the Valleyview Skating Club since January 2010. I am certified Provincial Coach and working on my National Coaching level and the new CanPower coaching certificate.
I truly enjoy working with each and every skater at every level, from a brand new skater to a skater who has been working at our sport for awhile. It is so rewarding to watch as a skater, of any age, masters a skill! Working with children is a lot of fun and the reason I come to the rink every day.
I am married to a wonderful man and have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. I also work at the City of Kamloops in the Revenue Department.
I am originally from Vancouver but moved to Kamloops in 2014 to pursue a Master’s degree in Counselling at Thompson Rivers University. I joined Valleyview Skating Club when I moved in 2014 and have been coaching, on and off, with the club since then.
As soon as I enrolled in my first CanSkate class at 7 years old, skating became my absolute passion and I have been involved with the sport in some shape or form ever since! After graduating high school, I skated with the McGill Varsity Skating Team for 4 years, where I was introduced to the world of synchronized skating, partner work, and the joy of competing in a team environment. As an adult skater, I have found great enjoyment in joining adult synchronized skating teams, starting with the Open team and Adult 1 team with the Greater Vancouver Synchronized Skating Team in 2017. In 2021, I joined the Adult 2 synchronized skating team in Vernon (Skate of Mind) and have been skating with them ever since!
I absolutely love sharing my passion for this sport with skaters of all ages. Seeing skaters light up as they learn a new skill is what motivates me to help the skaters achieve their personal goals. My coaching philosophy is to create an environment where skaters can reach their full potential, both on and off the ice. I strive to build a strong and collaborative relationship with each skater that I coach.
In addition to coaching, I also work as a Clinical Counsellor at a private practice in town. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and Whoodle puppy, hiking, skiing, travelling, and reading. I can’t wait to see you at the rink!
Hi everyone! My name is Kayla and I am one if VVSC’s newest additions. I recently relocated from Saskatoon to Kamloops (with my husband and Bernedoodle daughter) to start my career as a paediatrician. Skating is my all time passion and true love. I have been on the ice for almost thirty years and I have been coaching for the last fifteen years. I teach all levels and disciplines of skating and am constantly furthering my training to best assist my athletes. My favourite part of being a coach is watching my skaters grow into the unique and strong individuals they are — all the while helping them achieve their goals. I am very excited to meet you all on the ice! Stay safe
Hi, I’m Coach Katie. I am on my second year of coaching and I am very excited to be back. Before I became a coach, I was a CanSkate PA, and before that I was in CanSkate myself. I have spent my whole skating life at Valleyview and it’s so wonderful to be part of the coaching team. I am also still skating, both solo and as part of a dance team. In addition to coaching, I am a first year student at TRU so I am looking forward to all the new experiences I will have this year.