Our Mission

Our mission is to provide figure skaters, coaches and parents with leading information on everything you need to know about what it takes to train like a figure skater.
 
We are your number one source for figure skater fitness, nutrition, mental training, injury prevention, and glamour. We strive to motivate and educate figure skaters of all ages and levels to aim for excellence.
 
 
 
 

Our team/writers

Signe Ronka
Founder, BA, CSCS, NCCP 3
Signe is a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.  She is also a certified Personal Trainer Specialist.  Signe has an honours Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Toronto (Trinity College), where she specialized in psychology, political science and bioethics. Signe is a former National and International level competitor and certified NCCP level 3 National Competitive Coach.  

Signe is the founder of Figure Skater Bootcamp Inc. and Figure Skater Fitness Magazine. Signe has worked with Olympic/World level figure skaters, teaching them the importance of fitness training and sport specific training.  She also travels worldwide hosting Figure Skater Bootcamp workshops.

Dawn Drummond-Hill
Creative Director, BA, NCCP2

Drummond-Hill is the Creative Director at Figure Skater Fitness Magazine.  She is a former figure skater with a bachelor of arts degree from University of Toronto.   Dawn is a certified NCCP 2 figure skating coach based in Toronto, ON.  She has been coaching for 22 years and has held various coordinator positions at various skating clubs in the city.  One area of Dawn's expertise lies in creating skating programs to help promote skater development. Dawn is a devoted mother to a 13 year old, who is actively involved in speed skating and cycling.  Dawn's involvement in speed skating grew over the years and is currently coaching speed skating at the Toronto Speed Skating Club.  Dawn is also NCCP 2 certified speed skating coach.

 

Meghan Buttle
MSc.PT, BSc.KIN, FCAMPT, CGIMS, Sport Diploma (SPD)

Physiotherapist, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto – Department of Physical Therapy Meghan graduated from the University of Toronto in 2005 with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Meghan has been practicing at The Sports Medicine Specialists in Toronto, Ontario for over 10 years where she has numerous figure skaters on her caseload from the recreational level up to the World and Olympic level. Meghan is part of the Integrated Support Team with Skate Canada and has covered various National and International events in Figure Skating, Gymnastics, Tennis and Hockey. She has been involved with skating for over 25 years as a competitor, coach and now physiotherapist and thus has an extremely high knowledge about the sport as well as the injuries sustained by these athletes. Since graduation, Meghan has completed her Advanced Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT), her Sport Physiotherapy Diploma and also obtained certifications in Acupuncture and Intramuscular Stimulation (Gunn IMS).

Rebekah Dixon
MSc, CPC, Mind-Body Performance Specialist
Understands Figure Skating from a Competitive Athlete and Coach Perspective. Rebekah completed her Masters in Developmental Psychology at the University of London, in England in 2005. Rebekah is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time Line TherapyTM, and Hypnotherapy.  More recently she has created the Mind-Body Performance Coaching Program and Workshops, empowering individuals with the tools to achieve peak athletic and life performance.
 
Dr. Bryon Weinberg
BA, DC, CSCS, Acu., ART® Chiropractor, High Point Wellness Centre; Co-director of Athletic Movement Assessment Inc.; Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; Medical Acupuncture Provider; Active Release Techniques Provider
Dr. Bryon Weinberg is a graduate of the University of Hawaii where he attended on a tennis scholarship, and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  In addition, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and co-founder of Athletic Movement Assessment (AMA). 
As a chiropractor specializing in sports performance at High Point Wellness Centre, Dr. Weinberg has been able to help and work with numerous amateur and professional athletes from all different sports achieve their goals through treatment, rehabilitation, and pre-habilitation programs. 
Dr. Weinberg was a Lead Medical Practitioner at the 2015 Pan Am Games.  In addition, he also created the Injury Management Program for Boxing Ontario.  
Please go to highpointclinic.com and athleticmovementassessment.com for more information. 
Dr. Angelica Kada
ND
Angelica is a licensed naturopathic doctor (BDDT-N) and a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND).  She received her Naturopathic accreditation at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and her honours degree in Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. She maintains a family practice focused on diet and lifestyle to make long-term changes while using botanicals, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and nutritional supplements as a temporary aid to help the body rediscover health and balance.  
As a former competitive figure skater with an honours degree in kinesiology and health science, Angelica can appreciate the physical demands on athletes and the importance of diet and natural medicine to help individuals feel and perform their best.
 
Patty Cranston
With over 35 years of skating experience, PATTY CRANSTON is a figure skating champion, coach and choreographer and the author of bestselling children’s book Magic on Ice. Off the ice, she is a marathon runner, yogi and hiking enthusiast with a keen interest and expertise in all areas of health and wellness, including nutrition, fitness and stress management. She lives in Toronto, where she is a devoted wife, proud mother and grandmother. You will still find Cranston on the ice enthusiastically passing on the art of ‘beautiful skating’ to the next generation.
 
 
Ricky Boudreau

After retiring from competitive skating, Ricky enjoyed a very successful show skating career. In 2004, Ricky became a makeup artist, working with M.A.C cosmetics.  Ricky’s body of work includes the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and many Fashion runway shows including D2Squared, Oscar de la Renta, Greta Constantine and Marchesa. He has also worked abroad at New York Fashion Week doing shows for Badgley Mischka, Nanette Lepore, Tim Coppins, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela and Jeremy Scott. He has created competition makeup looks for both Joannie Rochette and Miki Ando. He has worked with multiple celebrities and public figures such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Deborah Cox, Chantal Kreviazuk, Shawn Mendes, Kreesha Turner, Kristine W., Platinum Blonde, Jacob Hoggard, Jessi Cruickshank and Dan Levy.

 
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