Delta Skating Club has welcomed a key, new edition to its instructional staff.
Leeza Shehkhter is taking over as the organization’s Director of Skating for what will be the club's 62nd season. She has been skating since she was six and knew early on she wanted a career in the sport she loved.
Shehkhter has worked with young skaters since she was 16 and is now a Skate Canada national certified coach. She is always proactively seeking out opportunities to improve her coaching acumen. In order to bring her best to the ice she currently is studying Sport Science and working on a bachelor’s in physical education and coaching with a specialization in kinesiology.
“As a young figure skater on the ice I always looked up to the director of the club I was skating at. As I got older and moved from one club to the next, each director had an important piece to play,” explained Shehkhter. “The director was someone to admire, who brings the club together, gives us all motivation and strength. As I started to coach and gain more experience it became something that I wanted to be one day.
“I am beyond thankful and grateful that Delta Skating Club is giving me the opportunity to grow the club and live out one of my career goals so early on in life. The love and support I've already received from the club and its skaters is absolutely amazing. I can't wait to show the skating world and especially Delta what I can do for them and their skaters.”
Shekhter worked her way up the ranks of figure skating and competed at the senior level. She has trained at Champs International Skating Centre of BC for most of her career before moving to Vancouver Skating Club. She has been mentored and coached by some of the great luminaries.
“Leeza is an amazing rising star in the BC figure skating community. Her prodigious coaching talent is the greatest gift we can give all our skaters,” added Alex Clarke, Vice President of the Delta Skating Club and BC Coast Region board member.
The Delta Skating Club is sanctioned by Skate Canada and is registered as a non-profit society. It is run by volunteers, from board of directors, to participating on several committees and performing various roles.
The club’s COVID-19 safe summer session opens shortly for enrolment offering classes in Power skating, Learn to Skate and figure skating.
To learn more visit the club’s website.