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About Our Club

Valleyview Skating Club is located at Valleyview Arena:

353 Highland Road
Kamloops, BC
V2B 7K6

Valleyview Skating Club

The Valleyview Skating Club’s dynamic coaching team strives to ensure that the needs of our skaters of all levels are exceeded, in a progressive, challenging, and fun atmosphere. We will utilize our strengths in each category of skating: technical, choreography, dance, stroking, etc. So the skaters get the most out of each lesson. We are continually updating courses, going to seminars and learning to be able to provide the skaters with the up-most current knowledge in the sport.
Eva Mortensen Davies

Eva Mortensen Davies

Lead Coach

This is my 6th year coaching with Valleyview Skating Club. I love the people, energy and the atmosphere of the club and all of the opportunities this club provides for its skaters!

Originally from Victoria, BC, I started skating at the age of two years. I have skated up to Junior Ladies Competitive Singles and have represented BC in two National competitions in Gold triathlon, placing 2nd and 3rd in 2003/2004. I skated and toured with Disney On Ice 2004/2005, understudying ‘Belle’ in Beauty and the Beast and  have performed in various shows with the Canadian Ice Dance Theatre as well as shows with Olympian Gary Beacom. As an adult skater I have competed in international competitions in Germany 2013 and Vancouver 2016 in the Masters level in Interpretive and Freeskate. In Spring 2016 myself and one of my students got to be part of a film for Canada 150 and skate on a scenic outdoor lake in Whitehorse, which was an amazing and once in a life time experience!

As a coach, I enjoy working with skaters at all levels and ages including in our Canpower and Canskate programs. I particularly enjoy choreographing solos and making them fun and unique to the skater. I want to make sure every skater always loves what they are doing while learning new skills, quality of skills, discipline, and teamwork.

I hope to bring the joy and love of skating to all of my students as I have found it in myself in my own 32 years on the ice.

 

Lisa Skubovius

Lisa Skubovius

Lead Coach

Good day! My name is Lisa Skubovius, but the skaters call me Lis (rhymes with peace:). My love for skating started at the tender age of 2 1/2, and has grown exponentially ever since!! As a coach, inspiring others to discover skating’s endless possibilities is top of my list, in addition to providing a safe, supportive, and fun environment for people of all ages and abilities to reach their full skating potential.

I grew up in Manitoba, competing as a Singles skater and later, while attending college to study journalism, as a Synchronized skater. Winning our Section’s Senior title and attending the National Championships were highlights of 1990, in addition to completing my studies and volunteering as a Skate Canada judge at many competitions and assessment days throughout the province.

My first coaching job was in Gillam, MB, and from there I followed my dream to live in the mountains, and coached in Clearwater, BC, for 4 seasons, while writing for The North Thompson Times. In 1998, I joined Feld Entertainment in the role of Miss Lynch with the touring production of Grease On Ice, and later performed in Disney On Ice Jungle Adventures and Princess Classics, skating in a variety of roles including Maleficent and Cinderella’s evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine. It’s a height (not personality;) thing…on skates, I’m over 6 feet tall!!

After six years of touring as a professional skater, I became a Performance Director. Then, following 11 years ‘on the road’, I hopped off to work as Cast Manager for the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic Ceremonies. From there, I moved to the Elk Valley where I coached at three skating clubs for eight seasons before taking a sabbatical year and volunteering as a skating coach on an outdoor rink high up in the Himalayas. A few month later in Kathmandu, I completed my yoga teaching certification.

I truly enjoy teaching all levels and disciplines of skating, and have an affinity for editing music and creating choreography. I’ll always be a show person at heart, so particularly enjoy the performance and artistic aspect of our sport, but with that said, I’m also an admitted ‘skating geek’ and have a special interest in the physics of skating and slow-motion video analysis.

In short, I’m a skater who has always loved everything about skating, and in turn, skating has literally opened the world up for me. And opening up the wonderful world of skating to our students is a privilege and a joy I feel lucky to have every time I walk into the rink!!

Tammy Cadwell

Tammy Cadwell

CanSkate Coordinator and Team Coach

Hi I am Tammy Cadwell and have been with the Valleyview Skating Club since January 2010 – hard to believe I have been here for 6+ years – time seems to fly when you are having fun!! I started coaching in 1986 in Ashcroft BC with the Silver Blades FSC and coached there until 1998. I moved to Oliver at that time and taught with the South Okanagan FSC there for one year, and worked with a hockey team for two years. I am Certified with my Level 2, with the New CanSkate Program and with CanPowerskate.

I have enjoyed working with all the skaters we have here at Valleyview – PreCanskate, Canskate, Adult Canskate, Jr. Academy, Intermediate, Seniors and Masters. I love watching the skaters, at all levels, accomplish a skill they have been working very hard on – it is cool to watch their face light up when they get it! I am looking forward to the new season and seeing all the skaters and watching them achieve the goals they set for themselves!

I am married to a wonderful man and have 5 children. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, fishing and camping. I also work for the City of Kamloops in the Revenue Department.

 

Lisa Henson

Lisa Henson

Team Coach

I am Lisa Henson, the Director of Skating for the Valleyview Skating Club and I have been coaching in some way, shape or form for over 30 years. I am now certified as a Skate Canada National level “In-Training” 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.

You may see me out on the ice with my “black skates” on… teaching our CanPowerskate program to all ages. I enjoy breaking down the skating stride for hockey players to maximize their power and efficiency on the ice.

You will also see me around town with my alter egos as a mom of two busy kids, and the co-owner of the Booster Juice franchises in Kamloops.

Happy skating everyone!!!

Sarah Falk

Sarah Falk

Team Coach

Hi, I’m Sarah! I have been involved in skating in some way – both as a skater and, more recently, a coach – for the past 22 years. I started coaching with Valleyview Skating Club at the beginning of 2015 and I discovered that not only am I passionate about achieving my own goals on the ice but I am extremely passionate about helping others achieve their goals and discover their love of skating as well! Working with the wonderful group of skaters, parents, and coaches at Valleyview has been an absolute joy!

As a skater, I completed my Gold tests in dance and skills and my Senior Silver test in freeskate. I then went on to join the McGill Varsity Figure Skating team and was introduced to new disciplines in figure skating such as similar pairs and synchronized skating. In 2017, a few years after graduating from McGill, I decided that I really missed competing and being part of a team so I joined two adult synchronized skating teams (Adult 1 and Open). This was one of the best decisions I have made. It felt so incredible to be skating again after taking a few years off from competing and it really reminded me of the joy that skating brings to people’s lives.

Off the ice, I am the regional manager and clinical counsellor at Pivot Point Family Growth Centre. I work with individuals with diverse abilities and specialize in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In 2017, I got to combine my two professional passions when I was hired by the Canucks Autism Network to work with their learn to skate and hockey programs. This was an extremely rewarding experience!

At Valleyview, you will see me coaching CanSkate, CanPower, Jr. Star, Intermediate, Senior, and Master skaters. I look forward to what this season will bring!