Posts Categorized: Coach

Colleen Laferriere

The head coach for the Aldergrove Skating Club is starting her 40th season of teaching skating. She has been with the Aldergrove Skating Club since 1980 and is now teaching second generation of skaters in Aldergrove. A level 3 Certified Coach, teaching all disciplines including skills, dance, freeskate and synchronized skating teams. Mrs Laferriere teaches… Read more »

Deb Huband

Deb Huband is the most successful women’s basketball coach and the longest serving female head coach at the University of British Columbia. She led theThunderbirds to three Canadian university national championships in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Marilyn Pomfret

Marilyn Pomfret worked tirelessly to advance opportunities for girls and women in competitive sports. At UBC, she coached the Thunderbirds volleyball team to two national titles and served as Women’s Athletic Director for over a decade. She also helped introduce national championships for women’s university sports and established the BC High School girls volleyball tournament.

Donalda Smith

Donalda Smith worked as a coach, judge and official for Synchronized Swimming for over 33 years. She was instrumental in promoting the inclusion of the sport in the 1984 Olympics.

Bev Smith

Bev Smith has contributed to women’s Basketball, both as an athlete and as a coach. She competed at the 1984 and 1996 Summer Olympics and is arguably the finest female basketball player Canada has ever produced.

Karen Magnussen

Karen Magnussen was Canada’s only medalist in the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, winning a silver medal in Figure Skating. In 1971 and 1972 she was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year.

Irene MacDonald

Irene MacDonald (d. 2002) advanced the sport of Diving as an athlete, coach, judge and commentator. She won a bronze medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and was the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in diving.

Lynne Beecroft

Lynne Beecroft is a former Field Hockey Olympian and was named 2002 Coach of the Year in Victoria and Field Hockey Canada 2000 Coach of the Year.

Kathy Shields

Kathy Shields played on the Canadian National Basketball team. She coached the University of Victoria Vikes to 8 CIS National Championships and 14 Canada West titles.

Roberta “Bobbie” Steen

Roberta Steen (d. 1995) was a dedicated teacher, coach, volunteer, administrator and advocate for women in sport. For the 1994 Commonwealth Games, she successfully lobbied for more sport events for women, resulted in the gender equity beakthroughs that characterized those games and its future policies.