Important TGCFSC Updates
Daniel Argueta – Intermediate Mens, Sasha Prudsky and Juvenile pairs partner Enoch Chen enjoying their trip to the 2016 National Figure Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota. Coached by Val and Elena Prudsky. They will be joined later in the week by Senior Pairs Team, Brianna de la Mora and Maxim Kurdukov.
TGCFSC members!!! Don’t miss out on the amazing opportunity to work with Grassroots 2 Champions coaches February 15 and 16!
Sheila Thelen, Doug Mattis and Nick Perna will be at Sugar Land Ice and Sports to help kick off 2016/2017 competitive season. The G2C summer 2015 seminar was jam packed with helpful info and training. Take advantage of this opportunity to train ONE ON ONE with these coaches. Click HERE for more info and to sign up for individual lessons.
Grassroots to Champions –
Olympic/World Level Skating Coaches
Nick Perna is a PSA Master Rated coach and jumping pole expert. A former pairs skater, Nick has carved out a niche in the sport with his unique training device, earning him the moniker, “The Fishing Pole Guy.”
Two-time National Champion Michael Weiss and Olympic Champion Sarah Hughes are among the many users of his harness.
“I used to grab the backs of kids’ sweatshirts and pull it over their heads when they’d do their axels—holding them by the scruff of their necks, so to speak,” says Nick. “But with that, they couldn’t really skate into jumps.”
Then, he stumbled on an ad in a skating magazine for the Pro Motion Hand-Held Harness, invented by a Canadian named Jan Glerup. “I was his first customer,” Nick says. “It fit exactly what I was trying to do.”
Nick coached Christine Lee at the World Championships in 2001.
National & International Level Skating Coaches
G2C Executive Director Sheila Thelen holds a PSA Master Rating. She is also the designer, owner, and president of PSA-endorsed Champion Cords for teaching skaters alignment, position, muscle memory, awareness, and technique. She is also president of Champion Skating Harness, an off-ice training harness that allows figure skaters to learn to rotate without falling or injury.
Sheila has presented at the PSA, CFSA, and ISI conferences and served as the on-ice Dartfish Specialist at several PSA conferences. She also has an ongoing article section in PSA Magazine and is a presenter for iCoachSkating.com.
After serving over 12 years as skating director of a large skating school, Sheila now consults with other skating directors and managers on improving the marketability and design of other skating schools. She currently coaches at Parade Ice Gardens and around the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Sheila holds two B.A.s from Hamline University.
As a competitor, Doug Mattis won the National Junior Men’s Championship and was a five-time member of the U.S. International Team, and a Olympic Festival Bronze Medalist.
As a professional, he was the U.S. Open Challenge Cup Champion, the U.S. Open Championship Silver Medalist, the American Open Champion, and appeared in skating shows and TV specials for over a decade.
He is PSA Master Rated in Choreography. In addition, Doug now works as a professional writer for entertainment productions as well. He has written material for Universal Studios and Disney.
He holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Business Administration and lives in Las Vegas.
GRASSROOTS TO CHAMPIONS – SAVE THE DATE
JUNE 13 & 14, 2016
SUGAR LAND ICE AND SPORTS CENTER
SHEILA THELEN, JOHN ZIMMERMAN AND DOUG MATTIS
Taylia McGhee – 3
Sabrina Vigilante – 3
Kaitlin Parisi – 5
Nicole Bouchez – 9
Rylee Wilson – 12
Cheyenne Hayes – 13
Samantha Gorny – 15
Kaya Hickman – 15
Cherie Qu – 15
Sophie Twyman – 15
Ashley Vu – 22
Julia Watson – 22
Natania Nguyen – 26
Sarah Hollister – 28
Nikita Prudsky – 28
CLUB ICE – COME SKATE WITH YOUR TEXAS GULF COAST FSC FRIENDS!!!!
FEBRUARY 12 – VALENTINE’S PARTY AND BRING A FRIEND
FEBRUARY 26 – CLUB ICE
MARCH 11 – CLUB ICE
MARCH 25 – CLUB ICE
APRIL 8 – CLUB ICE
APRIL 15 – SKATE DALLAS EXHIBITIONS
MAY 13 – GRADUATION CELEBRATION
MAY 20 – CLUB ICE
March 6, 2016 – Registration Deadline – January 31, 2016
May 22, 2016 – Registration Deadline – April 17, 2016
July 17, 2016 – Registration Deadline – June 12, 2106
LATE REGISTRATION IS ALLOWED ONLY IF TIME IS AVAILABLE. ADDITIONAL FEES WILL BE APPLIED.
Please visit the testing page to read more about our new testing policies.
U.S. Figure Skating, with support from the Professional Skaters Association (PSA), has launched the SafeSport Program, which strives to provide a safe environment for its members and protect the opportunity to participate in an atmosphere that is free of harassment and abusive practices.
“U.S. Figure Skating is committed to providing a safe and positive environment for our members’ physical, emotional and social development and ensuring it promotes an environment free from abuse and misconduct,” U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter said. “Through the U.S. Figure Skating SafeSport Program, U.S. Figure Skating is committed to providing the safest possible environment for all participants.”
The SafeSport Program applies to all U.S. Figure Skating clubs, programs, events and activities. It provides resources to help identify sexual, physical and emotional abuse and misconduct; bullying, threats and harassment; hazing and willfully tolerated misconduct. The SafeSport Program outlines steps that should be taken to reduce abuse and misconduct and offers procedures to respond to them.
Based on tenets of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s SafeSport program, U.S. Figure Skating has tailored the program to meet the specific needs of its membership. The organization will not tolerate or condone any form of harassment or abuse of any of its members, including athletes, coaches, officials, directors, employees, parents, volunteers or any other persons while they are participating in or preparing for a figure skating activity or event conducted under the auspices of U.S. Figure Skating.
“We applaud the efforts of U.S. Figure Skating in launching a targeted SafeSport program,” said Malia Arrington, USOC director of ethics and SafeSport. “Increasing efforts to prevent harassment and abuse at the grassroots level is critical to maintaining safe environments that foster healthy competition across all levels of sport. Addressing misconduct issues is a team effort – by working together with National Governing Bodies such as U.S. Figure Skating, we can ensure that sport continues to provide a multitude of benefits to athletes of all ages.”
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