Board of Directors

President:  Paul Girodo

Treasurer: Eva Bergersen

Director : Sarah Neilsen (member at large)

Coaches Representative: Dianne Diamond

Past President: Robert Risso

To contact any of the board members, please send an email.

Club Coaches

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Dianne Diamond

"I absolutely love instilling the joy of skating in children. I am continually rewarded when I see my students perfectly executing an important skill, and wearing a broad smile each time they attain a goal on which they have been working so hard."

  • Two-time Bronze Medalist at Canadian Jr Figure Skating Championships and International Canadian Team Member

  • Skate Canada, Triple Gold Test: Figures, Free Style and Competitive

  • Master’s Degree in Sport Sociology/Sport Administration, Queen’s University

  • 26 years of coaching recreational to international competitors

  • Can Skate, Star Skate Certified and Regional Coach Skate Canada certified


Katia Barton

“Skating has been a passion of mine my whole life. The rink, is my second home and the people I have met throughout my skating journey, are my second family. I am honoured to be able to pass on my passion and knowledge to young skaters. I love watching them grow in their journey of skating and as young individuals. I will continue to push, encourage, motivate, support and share laughter together as we will enjoy this beautiful and tough sport!”

  • Gold Free Skate, Gold Dance, Gold Skills, Gold Interpretive

  • Competed up to the Novice level

  • National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Certified status in both level 1 (Regional) and level 2 (Sectional) coaching in Figure Skating. Trained status in Level 3 (National).

  • Trained technical officials panel data input and video replay operator

  • Trained as a Technical Specialist and Assistant Technical Specialist with provisional official capacity

  • Ballet, Grade 8 Royal Academy of Dance and was in the advanced level

  • The University of Western Ontario Bachelor’s Degree of Business Management and Organizational Studies with a minor in French

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shelagh thiessen

“Skating has been apart of my life since I was a child and I find so much joy being on the ice and sharing my love of skating with participants of all ability levels.  I love being involved in the learning and development of new skills; holding a child's hand for their first steps at CanSkate, seeing their eyes light up when they complete a challenging skill or supporting a skater in their dedication to achieve a personal best.“

The Whistler Skating Club appreciates and relies upon the generous support of our community sponsors!