Donalda is a Certified Competition Development Coach registered with Coaches of Canada residing in Tracadie, Nova Scotia. Donalda has over 20 years of coaching experience from the club to international level and is one of the few women to have ever coached at the Tim Horton’s Brier. She led the Canadian Junior Women to a silver medal at the 2004 World Championships and has fourteen coaching appearances at national and international events. She is currently Head Coach of the St. FX University Womens team and led them to their first CIS appearance. Through her collective experiences working with athletes, coaches, technical experts and sport scientists, Donalda has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and takes great pride in helping individuals and teams reach their peak performance in the sport of curling.
Earle Morris is one of the most recognizable and respected coaches in the game of curling. An accomplished player, Earle competed in three Briers representing three different provinces (Manitoba 1980, Quebec 1982, and Ontario 1985). He has been instrumental in developing some of the greatest athletes to hit the ice. Earle began his illustrious coaching career by leading his son John to a gold medal at the 1998 Junior Men’s Canadian and World Championships and bronze medal at the 2005 Olympic Trials. As coach of the Rachel Homan team, he helped the girls win Canada Winter Games Gold (2007), Canadian Junior Gold and World Junior Silver (2010), two Scotties Tournament of Heart Championships and subsequent World Bronze and Silver Medals (2013, 2014), and Olympic Trials Bronze (2013). In 2015, Earle rounded out his career accomplishments by coaching Pat Simmons (with Earle’s son, John) to a Brier Championship and World Bronze Medal. Earle is a highly sought-after public speaker and trainer for various coaching clinics around the world, and created the Curling Canada “Getting Started in Curling and Coaching” programs. Earle’s proudest moment was watching his son John Morris win the Gold Medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
MENTAL PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT
Paige is a previous Canadian Junior Curling Champion and won a silver medal at the World Junior Curling Championship in 2004. Her understanding of the importance of psychological skills in competitive curling lead to a Masters degree in Sport Psychology and academic research focused on psychological skills training, imagery, and mental toughness in athletes. Paige has worked in a mental training capacity with amateur and collegiate athletes of 19 team and individual sports. In her consulting, she coaches athletes on psychological skills training and mental preparation for peak performance, empowering performers with cognitive techniques that help them excel in training and competition. She is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, and has consulted independently and in affiliation with private and non-profit high performance institutes. Paige is also an NCCP Competition-Intro Certified coach.
Mary is a certified competition coach, residing in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Over her more than 35 years curling career, she has amassed an impressive championship record: two time Canadian, 10 time Provincial Champion, and three time Olympic Trials Participant. She is no stranger to the commitment, hard work and experience it takes to win championships. She brings a wealth of experience to her coaching style and has particular interest in the areas of team dynamics, player performance, and technical improvements. After an impressive curling career, Mary has turned her focus now to imparting that experience to younger curlers who share the same passion for the game. Recently, she has coached elite junior teams to National and Atlantic championships.
Christie Gamble is a nationally certified competitions coach and competitive curler. Christie has conducted learn-to-curl clinics for over 1,500 first-time curlers and has helped approximately 200 young athletes develop elite skills. Her coaching highlights include the 2010 McGill Men's CIS Varsity Curling Team and the 2007-2010 Selwyn House Boys High School Team. Christie has competed in multiple World Curling Tour events and provincial championships. She strives to represent Nova Scotia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in the near future! She has been a Turning Point Curling Coach for five years and loves seeing TP students at the rink. Outside of curling, Christie has completed an MBA and is the Director of Sustainability for CarbonCure Technologies. She and her husband Tyler welcomed a baby girl on the opening day of the 2015 Scotties and she can't wait to start training her future world champion!
Gilda is from Antigonish, NS. Gilda is currently in training for her Competitive Coach Certificate. She has been curling for about 20 years and has had success through her junior career, representing NS at two Junior Nationals. More recently, Gilda has represented NS at three National Club Championships. Through working with Turning Point Curling School for the past five years, Gilda has a passion in giving back to the sport of curling through helping youth curlers develop their optimal potential. With her professional background as a physiotherapist, she enjoys educating our athletes on injury prevention and instruction of proper technique to reduce the risk of overuse injuries.
Lynn Kreviazuk is two time World Silver Medalist from the 2010 World Juniors and 2015 World Universiade Games. Lynn is a recent Political Science graduate from Ottawa, Ontario and is actively involved in the sport of curling. She has attended eight National Championships as an athlete and three as coach of the Nunavut Junior Women’s team. Lynn has been a Turning Point Coach for two years and aspires to represent Canada on the Olympic stage.
Tyler first got his feet wet in the sport of curling at age eight at his local two sheet rink in Ormstown, Quebec. He took his first NCCP coaching course at 19 and then became a Competitions trained coach in his early twenties. Tyler has competed in nine provincial championships, in two different provinces, most recently finishing runner up at the 2015 Men’s Provincial Nova Scotia Tankard. Tyler made it on the national scene in 2008 with McGill and 2013 with Dalhousie at the CIS/CCA University Curling Championships with a playoff finish in 2008. Tyler has continued his coaching pedigree by being a part of the Turning Point School of Curling over the past five years and has contributed to the science of sweeping by partaking in studies with Dalhousie University. Outside of the rink, Tyler is a Master of Applied Science student at Dalhousie University in the Environmental Engineering department.
Jim Nix is a nationally certified coach who has worked with junior teams at various levels for the past 25 years. His junior teams have had many accomplishments, including representing Nova Scotia at the Canadian Junior Women's Championship and at the Men's Canada Games Championship. Jim loves teaching the roaring game to novice and intermediate curlers at clinics that he leads in his home rink, the Bluenose Curling Club, in New Glasgow. Jim regularly volunteers his time to curling beyond coaching. He chaired the Sobey's Curling Classic for 13 years and the highly-touted Sobey's Slam in all three years that it ran. Jim is currently the Director of Competitions with the Nova Scotia Curling Association. As a returning Turning Point coach, Jim is dedicated to improving the skills of all curlers as well as ensuring the future of curling at whichever level they choose to participate.
Wade Scoffin is a Certified Competition Development Coach, Master Coach Developer and Learning Facilitator for Curling Canada, living in Whitehorse Yukon. He has over 30 years of National Coaching experience including being awarded the Canadian Curling Association’s National Coaching Award in 2009. He has participated in 5 Briers and 5 Canadian Mixed National Championships. He has coached developmental and high performance athletes of all ages. He has coached at 3 Canada Winter Games, 4 Arctic Winter Games and 10 Canadian Junior Nationals. He has facilitated developmental and high performance programming nationally and internationally.
Bruce is an NCCP certified Competition Coach, residing in Lower Vaughan, Nova Scotia. He is presently finishing the evaluation portion of his Competition Development (former Level III) coaching certification.
Bruce is a seven time NS Provincial Tankard Champion (NS record), six times as Third and once as Skip; a Canadian Brier Champion and three time medalist, 2003 (Silver), 2004 (Gold) and 2006 (Bronze); and a World Championship Bronze medalist in 2004 with a 10-1 record.
Bruce has coached the NS Men’s Tankard Champions at the 2016 and 2017 Brier; the 2017 NS Scotties and 2017 NS Senior Ladies representative at their respective Canadian Championships; and he has coached a Junior Ladies team for two seasons. In 2017, Bruce was awarded “Coach of the Year”, by the Nova Scotia Curling Association.
Bruce’s coaching strengths are his: planning and organizational skills; team communication methods; game tactics, strategy and end management approach; stone matching proficiency; and weight control techniques.
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