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Coaches

2016-2017 Coaching Staff

The Tillsonburg Skating Club is able to offer an excellent skating program, due largely in part to our diverse and accomplished coaching staff.

The 2016-2017 Winter Season coaching staff includes:


Penny Jelsma

Penny is an NCCP Level 3 Certified coach specializing in free skate. She has been coaching for 20 years from the CanSkate to National levels.  Penny competed as an international skater and was a 2 time Canadian Junior Gold medalist.  Penny was chosen to coach in a 2013 Centre of Excellence pilot project which brought a select group of competitive skaters from across Western Ontario to train together. The sport of figure skating has been in her life from the age of 6 and continues with her career as a coach.  Penny has private lesson openings available this winter.  If you have any inquiries, please e-mail Penny at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Sarah Provenzano

Sarah is a Certified Primary STARSkate and CANSkate coach with 6 professional years of experience!  She currently coaches skaters at all levels and in all four STARSkate disciplines! She has had the love and passion for figure skating since the age of 6, which all began here at this club!  This year Sarah will be co-coaching the CANSkate program on Thursday evenings and will be available for private lessons as well! Sarah can be contacted by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Vanessa Rockefeller

Vanessa is NCCP Primary STARSkate Certified. She is in her 5th year coaching at the Tillsonburg Skating Club in the STARSkate and  CanSkate Programs. Vanessa started skating at the age of 5 right here at the Tillsonburg Skating Club. Her background includes Dance, Freeskate and Synchro. Vanessa is available for private lessons and can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 519-550-3103.

Angie Labadie

Angie joined the Tillsonburg Skating Club in the 2012-2013 season as a club choreographer and backup CanSkate coach.  A former national skater, Angie began her coaching career with the Orangeville and Shelburne Figure Skating Clubs in the Central Ontario section.  From 2008-2011, she had the fortune of participating in the new Skate Canada CanSkate pilot project.  Angie is nearing completion of her NCCP Level 2 qualifications and is certified in Level 2 Synchro.  Well-versed in skills and the elements of freeskate, she looks forward to coaching the CanSkate program.

Melissa Mabee-Franchetto

Melissa is a certified StarSkate Coach in her 16th season of teaching.  As a former member of the Tillsonburg Skating Club, she is excited to be coaching with the club and working with the skaters.  Please feel free to contact Melissa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mary Hartrick

Mrs. Mary Hartrick has been coaching skating for over 42 years from Beginner to World Team levels.  A triple gold medalist herself, Mary is NCCP Level 3 Certified with a BA in Psychology.  Her passion for skating continues.....

 
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