World-class figure skater Ben Ferreira will be leading seminar this weekend in Osoyoos

By on October 23, 2013

One of Canada’s finest male figure skaters of the past decade will be in Osoyoos on Sunday to lead an eight-hour seminar designed to help skaters and coaches from across the South Okanagan.

Ben Ferreira, a seven-time member of Canada’s national team and 2004 senior men’s silver medalist, and his wife Jadene, a veteran figure skating choreographer, will be leading a unique seminar starting early Sunday morning at the Sun Bowl Arena.

The couple will be leading an eight-hour seminar they call the Axel Master Class, which is designed to teach skaters and coaches all about the sport’s most difficult technical jump.

“The whole day will be dedicated to studying the axel jump … the jump everyone in the skating community would agree is the most difficult jump to master and land in competitive figure skating,” said Jadene, during a phone interview from Edmonton last week. “Ben and I have created a system using video and proven techniques to help skaters and coaches understand all of the elements involved in learning to land the axel jump.”

The Ferreira’s created a travelling figure skating seminar company called Skating Success and they have travelled across Canada over the past 18 months to lead these seminars to young skaters and coaches.

Sun Bowl Skating Club head coach Andrea Umstaetter read about Skating Success online and contacted her about four months ago about the possibility of bringing this particular seminar to Osoyoos, said Ferreira.

She and her husband will lead participants through the entire seminar, which is set to start for coaches at around 8 a.m. and for skaters around 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Ben Ferreira was a member of Canada’s world team on three occasions whose best finish at the world championships was 13th back in 2004.

He has spent the past 10 years presenting and leading seminars across North America and helped design all of the material presented in the Master Class seminars.

Since retiring from competition in 2006, Ben was hired as the head skating professional at the Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton. He also consults with the St.Albert Skating Center and the Ice Palace Figure Skating Club in Edmonton where he provides consulting services for skaters such as the 2013 Canadian ladies champion Kaetlyn Osmond.

He has also been a demonstrator/facilitator at the Mariposa School of Skating in Barrie Ontario since 2002 and a demonstrator/facilitator of seminars in Canada and the United States.

Using his expertise and technology enhanced approach, Ben provides an in depth learning experience to every lesson and seminar he instructs.

With excellence in mind, Ben brings together the athlete management, yearly planning, daily training, and detailed skill analysis together in a synthesized approach to his athlete centered coaching style and delivery of Skating Success seminars.

The cost of the seminar on Sunday is $150, plus tax, and includes eight hours of instruction.

Jadene said she and her husband are excited about the visit to Osoyoos.

“We’re looking forward with sharing all of the information we have gathered with local skaters and coaches,” she said. Anyone interested in more information can visit the website at www.skatingsuccess.com or send an email to Jadene Ferreira at skatingmasterclass@gmail.com.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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