COACHES

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Notable Coaching:

  • Midwest Synchronized Skating Sectional Championship Gold Medalists (2015, 2016)
  • Midwest Synchronized Skating Sectional Championship Silver Medalists (2014, 2017)
  • Midwest Synchronized Skating Sectional Championship Bronze Medalists (2014)
  • U.S. Synchronized Skating National Championship Competitors (2016, 2017)
  • 16 Gold Medalist Tests Passed (Dance, Moves in the Field, Solo Free Dance)
  • Director & Synchronized Skating Coordinator of East Grand Forks Parks and Rec / Northern Lights Figure Skating Club program (2013-2020)
  • Power Hockey Camp (2018, 2019)
  • Guest power & edge coach at different facilities and team sessions (2018, 2019, 2020).

MALLORY OLSON

DIRECTOR & HEAD COACH

As a figure skating coach, hockey power & edge coach, and personal/group trainer, Mallory has over ten years of experience leading others to success. In addition to her coaching, she has vast experience as a program director and coordinator.

Originally from Devils Lake, ND, she now resides in Williston, ND. She has great knowledge on skating skills and power development for hockey athletes, dance, moves in the field, freeskate, power & edge for figure skating athletes, and also very experience in synchronized skating.

Mallory has worked with students at all levels (beginner skaters through collegiate athletes), taking numerous figure skating athletes through their Gold Tests (one of the highest honors in U.S. Figure Skating). In addition to her own experience she draws from the many training seminars she attends, including the National Coaches College and U.S. Synchronized Skating Summit where she learns from Team USA coaches and U.S. Figure Skating head staff.

Mallory is extremely passionate about educating others on and off the ice. She believes in pushing past your limit and challenging yourself. She also believes in breaking barriers. A testament to this is Team North Dakota, the collegiate synchronized skating team she started in 2013 (non-profit organization). At the time, there were no opportunities for figure skaters to continue their skating careers with a team after high school. Team North Dakota was born under her direction and went from a non-competitive team, to two-time Midwestern Synchronized Skating Sectional Medalists (open-collegiate), to two-time National Synchronized Skating competitors (collegiate).

In addition to her on ice training, she works with athletes off the ice through personal and team training. Mallory is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer with CrossFit Vokse (Williston, ND) and uses her knowledge of on ice sports combined with her knowledge of off ice training to create programs to enhance the athletic abilities of ice athletes.

Credentials / Certifications:

  • U.S. Figure Skating Certified Coach
  • Professional Skaters Association (PSA) member
  • USA Hockey Member
  • PSA Hockey Skating 1 Certificate
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CrossFit Kids Certificate

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Contact Mallory today:

Cell: 701.351.6946

Email: okaskatingacademy@gmail.com

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BRENNA FREED

FIGURE SKATING COACH

Brenna, originally from Canada, joins the academy for figure skating and Learn to Skate coaching. She was a member of Skate Canada throughout her amateur career which she advanced in skills, Freeskate and Junior Silver Dance.

Brenna competed regularly and attended the Jean Norman competition, an elite competition in Canada, placing among top 3 several years. She also skated for 'Stars on Ice', the Canadian version of 'Disney on Ice'.

In her off seasons, she traveled to many Skate Schools to continue her training. She was coached by Patricia Hole and skated with Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers, who were Olympic Pairs skaters in 2014 (Sochi).

Brenna coached CanSkate (Canada's version of Learn to Skate) and is looking forward to coaching again and helping young boys and girls love the sport like she does!

Outside of the rink, Brenna is a Registered Nurse in Williston, ND.

Credentials / Certifications:

  • Learn to Skate Certified Instructor & Member

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Kaitlyn Barbarick

Junior Figure Skating Coach

Kaitlyn is one of our Junior Coaches; she primary helps coach our young skaters just starting in the sport! Kaitlyn started skating at the age of 3. She was first a member of the Figure Skating Club in Casper, Wyoming. She took a small break from figure skating at the age of 9 due to not having a proper ice rink or skating club in the city her family moved to. Once her family moved to Williston, they missed the ice and eventually crossed paths with Oka Skating Academy. Kendra was ecstatic when she found out she could take lessons again, and is so glad to be able to keep progressing and learning lots of new tricks from her coach!

Her favorite part of figure skating is jumping, "it feels like I’m flying and is so rewarding when finally landing a new jump!"

Fun fact: "My favorite sports to play/do are figure skating and track. My favorite sports to watch are basketball, hockey, and baseball!"

Credentials / Certifications:

  • Learn to Skate Certified Instructor & Member
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Kendra Barbarick

Junior Figure Skating Coach

Kendra is one of our Junior Coaches; she primarily helps coach our young skaters just starting in the sport! Kendra started skating at the age of 3. She was first a member with the Figure Skating Club in Wyoming before moving to a town with no rinks at the age of 9. Unfortunately, the closest rink to where they lived was about two and a half hours away so was unable to skate for a few years. After moving to Williston, she missed the ice and eventually crossed paths with Oka Skating Academy. Now that she has a coach again she is relearning old skills and looking forward to progressing more and more!

Kendra's favorite thing about skating is learning/trying new skills and tricks.

Fun fact: "My favorite color is purple."

Credentials / Certifications:

  • Learn to Skate Certified Instructor & Member

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