Gateway Skating Coach BiographiesSee where our coaches have come from and what they’veaccomplished on their way to Gateway…
What do you know about… • Michelle? • Carrie? • Robin? •Jill? • Mark? •Cristan? • Lee? •Michael?
Michelle CurrieMichelle trained atthe Royal GlenoraClub, and wascoached by Cynthiaand Jan Ullmark, aswell as Lise Lott-Kinding, Cathy Casey,Catarina Lindgren,Anne Shelter, andDorianne Martyniuk
Michelle Currie Michelle has a long and successful competitive career, highlighted by her second place finish in Senior Ladies at Nationals in 2000. She was a Senior National Team Member from 1999-2004, as well as a Senior Grand Prix competitor from 1999-2003.
Michelle Currie Michelle is a Certified Level 3/Partial Level 4 SkateCanada coach, who has been a part of Gateway since 2004, and also spent two years working in Italy, where she coached the Pre Juv Italian National Bronze Medalist
Robin ForsythRobin is a triple Gold levelskater who was also the twotime Manitoba Ladieschampion and three timeNational competitor, and wasinvited to try out for JuniorWorlds. She is a Level 2Certified SkateCanada coach,who herself was coached byMarilyn Partrick, Jan andCynthia Ullmark, Lise-LotteKinding, Doug Leigh, BobEmmerson, and John Caughill.
Robin ForsythRobin spent eight yearstouring with Disney On Ice,including several years as aPrincipal Performer! She hasskated the roles of many ofDisney’s most famousprincesses, such as SleepingBeauty, Ariel, andCinderella…
Carrie CechCarrie startedskating here atGateway whenshe was just twoyears old, and sheis now a Level 3Certified coachworking with ouryoung skaters!She has hadseveral studentspass both theirPre Novice andNovicecompetitive tests
Carrie Cech Carrie also holds two undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), as well as a Bachelor of Education After Degree, and she has taught Grades 1,2,5, and 6 within the Edmonton Public School District.
Jill GainerIn addition to herskating background, Jillhas been a National levelcompetitor in fourdifferent sports! She hasexcelled in Track andField (ProvincialChampion in TripleJump and 60m indoortrack), Fastball, Rugby,and Bobsleigh. In fact,Jill still holds theCanadian flying 30mBobsleigh record!
Jill Gainer Jill represented Canada internationally in Bobsleigh, Rugby 7’s, and Rugby 15’s. She also holds Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Physical Education degrees from the University of Alberta.
Jill Gainer Jill was even featured as Global TV’s feature Amateur athlete of the week!
Mark TkaczMark, a triple Gold skater,also spent ten years touringwith Disney On Ice, with fiveof those years as a PrincipalPerformer. He has playedsuch characters as the Beast,Aladdin’s Genie, and Goofy!He is also a Level 1 CertifiedSkateCanada coach, and healso holds a Bachelor ofEducation Degree from theUniversity of Alberta. Hecurrently works as asubstitute teacher with theEdmonton Public SchoolDistrict.
Cristan Lockhart Cristan had a strong career as a synchronized skater, with her team placing second at Nationals, and even performing between periods at an Anaheim Ducks playoff game! She is also an accomplished flautist, winning awards and scholarships for her solos!
Michael Fowlie Michael had a successful competitive career, placing first at Sectionals at every level from Juvenile to Junior while skating with the Calalta club in Calgary. He also has been to Nationals as both a Senior Man and a Senior Pairs skater, and even completed his Bachelor of Science degree while training at the Royal Glenora Club. He currently works as a Structural Engineer and tireless dance partner with Gateway!
Lee BakkerLee had a longcompetitive career thatsaw him achievequadruple Gold status,compete at Nationalsseveral times, and wasalso 1991 CanadaGames champion! Healso spent several yearstouring with Disney OnIce (where he nevershied away from a role..)