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Grassroots to Champions Seminar
June 8 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Olympic-, World-, and National-level coach, Audrey Weisiger is bringing her acclaimed Grassroots to Champions Seminar to the Club on Saturday, June 8, 2019! Well-known for her work with Michael Weiss and Timothy Goebel, Audrey is more recently known for the seminars she offers throughout the United States as part of her Grassroots to Champions program of group instruction. Audrey will be joined by Nick Perna and Jeremy Allen for on-ice and off-ice group instruction with emphasis on development from grassroots to championship levels.
In addition, private lessons with the coaches are available on Friday, June 7, 2019. For those who are interested in scheduling private lessons, please contact Simon Shnapir at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payments for private lessons should be made directly to the coaches.
For coaches who are interested in participating in the seminar, please contact the Club Office at (617) 782-5900. Staff coaches will be allowed to attend free of charge, while non-staff coaches will be required to pay a $50 participation fee.
Coaches’ Biographies (via grassrootstochampions.com)
Audrey K. Weisiger
A two-time U.S. Olympic Team coach, Audrey was given the highest award in the industry when she was named PSA and USFSA Coach of the Year in 1999. She has her PSA World Coach Ranking and is Master Rated in Figures and Freestyle.
Audrey specializes in elite training for singles competitors and choreography. She is currently mentor to a number of developing elite coaches.
Audrey was the keynote speaker for the 2000 & 2003 PSA Conferences and the 2005 & 2006 Canadian Coaches Conferences. She has served on the Board of Directors for the PSA and for various USFSA committees, as well as the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). As a member of USOC’s “Developing Young Champions” subcommittee, she has organized and directed numerous G2C seminars.
Audrey’s former students include three-time U.S. Men’s Champion and two-time Olympic Team member Michael Weiss; 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist Timothy Goebel; National Novice and Intermediate Ladies Champion Lisa Kwon; and Worlds competitor Christine Lee, Junior Grand Prix finalist and World Junior competitor Tommy Steenberg.
Audrey has coached at the Fairfax Ice Arena in Virginia since 1973. Prior to that, she was a USFSA Gold Medalist in Figures and Freestyle and a U.S. National Bronze Medalist at the Novice and Junior levels.
Nick Perna is a PSA Master Rated freestyle 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.
Jeremy Allen was an American Pairs Figure Skater, and competed as a member of the US International Figure Skating Team at both the Junior and Senior level. He won the US Junior National Pairs Championship in 2001 and placed top 5 at the Junior World Championships. Since retiring from competitive skating in 2005, he has focused his attention on bringing up the next generation of competitive skaters as a fulltime Coach. He has a total of 16-years of coaching experience and has coached numerous skaters to US National medals and International appointments. On the world stage, he has coached skaters to the ISU Championship level (Four Continents). While a resident of the greater Chicagoland area, he has helped skaters such as Jason Brown, Alexa Scimeca and Bradie Tennell on their rise to prominence in the sport. As a major career highlight, Jeremy accompanied 2018 U.S. National Champion Bradie Tennell at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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