Sue Loparco – Head Coach of “Learn to Skate”
Sue Ellis-Loparco has been coaching “Learn to Skate” with SJASSC since 1998. Hundreds of children can thank Coach Sue for making their first strides on the ice so enjoyable. Her enthusiasm and coaching expertise extend to many sports including Track and Field. As an educator, she specializes in students with special needs. She is currently the Director of Coaching for SJASSC,and is also active on other boards and groups within the community.
SJASSC Speed Skate Coaching
Ray Harris – Coaching Director SJASSC, Coach for Groups 1 & 2
Ray started in “Learn to Skate” as a 6 year old in Fredericton, and was quickly persuaded by the cool kids on the long blades to pursue speed skating. He has been to Nationals 6 times, winning two medals, and set a NB 100m Long track record at the 2007 CWG in very cold Whitehorse, Yukon. Ray has considerable coaching and skating experience from his years in Fredericton. Now that he lives in Saint John, he will be sharing his experience and enthusiasm with SJASSC skaters. Ray is also the volunteer Chair of Speed Skate New Brunswick and a Business Analyst with JDI.
Ray is most inspired by the story of Steven Bradbury, the first Australian to ever gold medal at the winter olympics. Bad luck, a broken neck and a leg injury kept Bradbury away from the podium. Finally, in his fourth Olympics, his perseverence paid off
Miriam Verschoor – Coach for Groups 1 & 2
Miriam is a Level 3 Certified Coach with SJASSC and also coaches with the Hampton Club. She is Long Track Coach for the 2014 Canada Winter Games Team and participated in two CWG as a young skater herself.
Sofia Lamprea – Coach for Group 3
Sofia is a Colombian born skater who started speed skating with the Saint John Amateur Speed Skating Club at the age of 10 after she and her family moved to Canada. She spent the past 2 years as a skater training with the Canada Games selection group and has now retired as an athlete and gone into coaching. She is an accredited Coach through Coaching NB, and has gained experience as an assistant coach for the last 5 years. She has a love for the sport and an eagerness to teach and share her knowledge. Now she is the Head Coach for Group 3 skaters and excited to see them enjoy the sport. Sofia is Currently a 3rd year student at UNB in Saint John Majoring in sports psychology.
Others: Many other coaches, parents and skaters contribute their time, expertise and experience to help the skaters, of all levels, be the best they can.