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Coaches

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 coaching staff includes:


Penny Jelsma

Penny is an NCCP Level 3 Certified coach specializing in free skate. She has been coaching for over 23 years from the CanSkate to National levels.  Penny competed as an international pairs 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 teaches private lessons as well as leads the coaches as the club's Head Coach and Coach's Representative.  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 .


Vanessa Rockefeller

Vanessa is NCCP Primary STARSkate Certified. She is in her 7th 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 has been coaching since 2008. Angie’s main focus in Tillsonburg is Artistry/Choreography (creating and perfecting solo’s throughout the year in preparation for competition) and freeskate (Jumps/spins/field movements technique and training).   Angie currently coach all levels.

Angie was a senior competitive skater with gold tests in freeskate and figures. She competed at the Canadian National Championships in Senior Ladies freeskate 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 and senior Pairs in 2006 and 2007.

Angie’s coaching philosophy is taking pride in coaching all students. She guides the skaters to achieve their goals and go further in this sport. Through a ´Coaching Team´ environment, she aims to bring out the best of the skaters she teaches.

Angie can be reached at 519-788-6789 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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