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!!
Lead Coach Star 3
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.
Eva Mortensen Davies
Lead Coach Star 1 and 2
Hi! I am Eva Davies and have been coaching with Valleyview Skating Club for 10 years. I’ve seen the club grow in so many ways and it’s really exciting to see how far we have progressed since I have started.
From a young age of 2, I started skating in Sidney BC and by the time I was 5 years old I joined CanSkate and then competed in my first skating competition at 7. From there my love of skating continued to grow. As a teenager the long hours of practice at the rink paid off and I continued to compete up to Jr Ladies and then nationally in the Gold Triathlon. I had always loved performing and the artistic side of skating and decided to join Disney on Ice and tour around the world! I have also had the opportunity to be a part of other ice shows, be a part of a film for Canada 150, compete in Europe and Vancouver at the Adult Worlds, and meet many inspiring people along the way. Skating has opened up many thrilling doors in my life.
As a coach I particularly enjoy choreography: edges and turns as well as the technical aspects. It is really great to be able to work with all levels of skaters from CanSkate up and watch them grow into their own unique styles. I want to make sure every skater always loves what they are doing and be able to find that joy in skating that I have experienced during my skating career!
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.
Hi, my name is Kiara Lenart. I am 20 years old and currently attending Thompson Rivers University. I am from Dawson Creek, where I competitively skated with the Mile Zero Figure Skating Club for 16 years. Throughout my skating career I got to compete in many competitions, be a synchronized skating team captain and accomplished passing gold tests in all four disciplines of skating. I am so excited to continue my passion for skating by coaching at your club. I can’t wait to see you all around the rink 🙂
I am originally from Vancouver but moved to Kamloops in 2014 to pursue a Master of Education degree in Counselling at Thompson Rivers University. I joined Valleyview Skating Club when I moved in 2014 and have coached on and off with the Valleyview Skating Club since then. I also work as a counsellor and regional manager at Pivot Point Family Growth Centre and specialize in working with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other diverse abilities. In my free time, I am part of the adult synchronized skating team in Vernon; I also enjoy hiking, skiing, travelling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
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