Our coaching team is ready and excited to work with all of our skaters both returning and new.
Cayley Bianco (Head Coach – Open, Novice/PreNovice)
Kim Boorman (Head Coach – Juvenile) [CSSC Coaching Advisor]
Telena Oussoren (Head Coach – Adult 2)
Danielle Hagel (Head Coach – Adult 1)
Kristen Jeffs (Head Coach – Elementary)
Saara Pulkkinen (Choreography)
Cayley Bianco is an Intermediate StarSkate Certified Coach currently working towards her Level 3 status in Synchronized Skating. She coaches all disciplines and levels of figure skating and has been coaching with the CSSC since 2011. She skated with Black Gold for 10 seasons and transitioned to coaching to continue to share her passion for the sport.
Along with developing an Adult team within the club she has implemented synchro within a figure skating program here in Calgary that has led to the development of our Beginner and Elementary level teams. Her goal is to have synchro exposed to every skating program from the grassroots to the Adult levels to allow all skaters the opportunity to participate.
– 2009 National Gold Medalists in the Open category
– Several Provincial and Western Canadian Medals in Novice, Junior and Open categories
– Coached and Choreographed Black Gold teams to Skate Canada Mountain Regionals titles each season
– Coached Adult 2 team to earn a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Canadian Adult Synchronized Skating Championships
– Cayley was selected to attend the first National Coach Apprenticeship Program held at the World Synchronized Skating Championships in Hamilton (April 2015). She was one of 16 coaches in the country chosen to work alongside Cathy Dalton, ISU level judges, and several other facilitators to observe how teams prepare for international competitions.
Outside of the arena, Cayley works as a Land Analyst at an Oil & Gas company and is also studying to receive her certificate in Holistic Nutrition. She remains active in yoga, running and hopes to complete her first triathlon this summer.
Kim Boorman has been in synchronized skating for over 35 years. She has over 25 years coaching experience in synchronized skating and also another 12 years skating for novice, junior and senior competitive teams starting at the age of 10. She has a competitive ice dance background along with many years of ballet training. Kim also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta and has practiced nursing in the medical and cardiac intensive care areas. Her accomplishment also includes being NCCP Level 3 certified for over 15 years and has been a NCCP course conductor for synchronized skating.
Her coaching career started in Edmonton, Alberta with the Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club where she was head coach for 9 years. During this time she coached 5 to 6 teams per year in the juvenile, pre-novice, novice, junior, senior and adult categories. Highlights include numerous and consistent provincial and western divisional titles for all teams, along with over 20 national championship appearances in Novice, Junior, Senior, Open and Adult 1. She has coached at the international level where her senior team represented Canada at competitions in France and Italy placing 3rd at the French Cup. Kim’s senior team was selected to perform at both the World Figure skating Gala in Edmonton and the Canadian figure skating Championships. Kim simultaneously coached with the Camrose Skating club which included juvenile, pre-novice or novice teams.
Kim has also coached Juvenile, Novice, Junior and Adult teams for 2 years in Seattle, Washington. The novice and junior teams qualified for nationals the 1st time in their history. Her adult team took home the bronze medal at the US National Championships two consecutive years. Previous to joining CSSC, Kim had coached Synchronized Skating with the Calalta Figure Skating Club.
She has coached our Adult 1 team to two consecutive bronze medals in the Adult 1 category at the Canadian Adult Figure Skating Championships during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Other personal highlights include:
– Choreographing and coordinating opening and closing ceremonies for World Figure skating Championships in Edmonton, AB
– Choreographing and coordinating opening and closing ceremonies for the Canadian Figure skating Championships in Edmonton
– Assistant choreographer to Kevin Cottam for several large scale ice productions and shows in Vancouver and Edmonton
– Winning Gold medal at Canadian Synchronized Skating Championships on Senior Competitive team as a skater
– Performing as a skater in the Calgary Olympic Closing ceremonies
Telena Oussoren is thrilled to be working with the Adult 2 team this year! She is NCCP Level 2 Certified, Level 3 General and Technical/Theory coach and has many years of experience both teaching figure skating and in the synchro arena. Coaching and choreographing as many as 7 teams in a season in and around Regina SK – of varying ages and levels – including Beginner, Novice, Junior, Senior and Adult . She also has many years of formal music training and experience which supports her coaching.
Telena recently attended the Nexxice camp in Burlington in July so will be sure to bring lots of resulting knowledge and challenging exercises to CSSC. She has a BA in psychology and is a Certified HR Professional. In addition to synchronized skating, she has a passion for Corporate Health and Wellness programs and sits on a number of national advisory boards.
Telena and her family moved from Mississauga ON to Calgary three years ago – along with their 3 rescue dogs ( another passion for the family)
Danielle Hagel has been involved in synchronized skating for over 25 years working her way up from Juvenile to Senior Competitive teams. She has spent her life as a synchronized skater and has skated for several synchronized skating clubs and numerous coaches who have all helped fuel her passion for the sport. She represented Canada for several years as part of the Edmonton Ice Elite Senior
Synchronized Skating team traveling to France, Czech Republic and Croatia. She has won 6 National medals over the years… 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze in both Open and Adult 1 categories. In addition to being a skater, Danielle has taken on various roles in her skating clubs including volunteering on the executive (Fundraising Coordinator & Vice President at the Edmonton Synchronized Skating Club), team manager, and also as an Assistant with Novice and Adult teams. Danielle is Primary STARSKate Certified (Level 1).
Danielle has been involved with CSSC in a variety of capacities including skater, manager and Assistant Coach over the last eight years with the club. Passionate about the sport of synchronized skating and the skaters themselves, Danielle is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and expertise with the teams at CSSC.
Kristen Jeffs is ecstatic to be the head coach of our Elementary Team this year. Kristin grew up skating on synchronized skating teams in Western Ontario, has participated in over 30 competitions across Canada, including Synchronized Skating Nationals multiple times, and assisted with our Beginner Team in 2016-2017.
Off the ice Kristin works in Business-Marketing, and is hoping to pursue her Masters of Business Administration over the next few years. Outside of skating Kristin loves to travel, go snowboarding, and go camping. Kristin is excited to share her synchro knowledge and creativity with the CSSC!
Saara Pulkkinen has been involved in figure skating for 30+ years. She started her career as a single skater and then moved on to ice dance and synchronized skating. Saara skated synchro with Finland’s Team Unique for 9 years and achieved many great placements nationally and internationally over that time.
After her own competitive career she has been working with single & synchronized skaters mostly in Finland, Canada and Australia. She coached/choreographed the National Junior Team of Canada 2005-2009. Her skaters have always showed a lot of ambition and determination and with that have been able to succeed in national and international competitions. Since 2002 her junior and senior teams have brought home 15 medals from international ISU competitions, including the Silver medal from the Junior World Challenge Cup 2008.
Traveling the World as a synchronized skating consultant has given her great opportunities to work with many teams and coaches. She has also done a number of ice shows and skills camps over the years with some of the most memorable ones being a fashion show on the ice and a corporate dinner gala in a convention center downtown Toronto.
Outside the rink She has been studying nutrition, teaching dance classes and working as a Synchronized Skating Project Manager for the Finnish Figure Skating Association. Also has been working on several different projects including Nordics 2012, Worlds 2011, Olympic Committee funding, Sports Academies and National Team development.