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All Innisfil Skating Club Coaches are certified through the National Coaching Certification Program. For more information on Innisfil Skating Club Coaches' Certification Level, please see below.



Brittany Astop-Ford

Head Coach

Brittany is a NCCP Certified Regional Coach and the Head Coach of the Innisfil Skating Club. She trained as a competitive skater with the Barrie Skating Club for over 15 years. She obtained her Gold Free Skate, Gold Dances, Gold Interpretive, and Gold Skill Tests. Brittany has been a Skate Canada professional coach since 2014.
Brittany's specialty is creating a yearly plan for athletes that facilitates growth and personal development while pursuing personal skating goals. As a base coach, Brittany encourages a team based approach to learning in a fun and positive atmosphere.


Nicolas Woodcock

Nicolas is a NCCP Level Certified Regional Coach and a registered coach with the Innisfil Skating Club. He trained as a competitive ice dance skater with the Mariposa School of Skating Club and competed at the 2020 Junior Worlds. He and his partner are Danish Junior Ice Dance Champions and record holders. Nicolas has been a Skate Canada professional coach since 2017.
Nicolas's specialty is teaching the foundations of skating, including edges, turns, and pattern dances. As a base coach, Nic also offers lessons for freeskate, which include jumps, spins, field moves, and more.


Rachel Miziolek

Rachel is a NCCP Level Trained CanSkate Coach and a registered coach with the Innisfil Skating Club. She skated with the Innisfil Skating Club for many years, starting in the CanSkate program, and working up to a Senior skater. Rachel has been a Skate Canada professional coach since the summer of 2022.
Rachel teaches our CanSkate Program and group lessons to our Junior and Senior Skaters.

National Coaching Certification Program

Launched in 1970, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a partnership between the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), and more than 60 national sport organizations. The NCCP is Canada’s recognized coach training and certification program and serves a wide range of coaches – from those who introduce beginners to sport to those working with podium pathway athletes.

Skate Canada’s NCCP model is in direct alignment with the Long-Term Development (LTD) tool which allows coach training and certification to be specific to the development of an athlete as they progress through the sport.

Aspiring coaches begin coach training and certification at the CanSkate Coach context and work their way through to National Coach. Each Context contains three steps to certification:

Coaches start on the left hand side of the model below, and can work their way through various levels (moving through the right of the model) depending on their coaching goals. Coaches who wish to coach learn to skate students would aim to be CanSkate Certified, while coaches looking to teach STAR Program Skaters will be Regional Certified. Competitive coaches at the provincial and national level shall be trained at the Provincial or National Coach level.