Coaching Staff and Volunteers

Our Coaches

Vicki comes to the Hillsburgh Erin Skating Club with over 25 years of coaching experience!

-NCCP National Trained Coach

-Trained in STAR 1-Gold Skills, Freeskate, Artistic and Dance

-Skate Canada Coach of Excellence Award winner

-CANSkate Coach of Excellence 

-Adult Competitor 

Vicki Newman          (Saturday) 

 Emily Aplin            (Saturday and Wednesday)

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Emily started skating at the age of 8 years old at HESC, gradually fulfilling the role of Program Assistant and then training to become a Coach.  Emily is in her fourth year as a CanSkate Coach.  She has her Gold Interpretive, working on her Junior Silver Skills and finishing her Junior Silver Dances.  Emily skated on the GoldIce Pre-Novice Synchronised Skating Team in Brampton for two years and now is a member of the Mississauga Ice Precise Adult Synchronised skating team. 


- 10+ years skating experience

- Registered Skate Canada CanSkate Certified Coach

- Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED certified

- Passed BackCheck Screening

- Completed Respect in Sport Activity Training

- Completed Making Ethical Decisions course



Sophia Thomas  will be joining our Team as a CanSkate Coach In Training for Saturday’s in Hillsburgh. Sophia is a member of the Dufferin Peel skating club . She is currently competing in the Junior Competitive level , and has passed her Gold freeskate , skills and elements . She is currently working on completing her gold dances . She is also a CanSkate coach at DPSC and the Fergus Skating Club. Sophia is currently attending Guelph University.

  Sophia Thomas     (Saturday)

John MacMullen              (Wednesday)

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John comes to HESC with over 26 years of Coaching experience! He has achieved Gold Dance and Senior silver FreeSkate and is also NCCP trained in Baseball and Basketball.

  • CanSkate Certified 

  • StarSkate Level 1 Certified 

  • CanPower Certified 

  • StarSkate support Coach

  • Dance Coach/Partner


Role Models, Leaders, Supporters

Our volunteers and program assistants are invaluable members of our club. They are responsible for assisting the coaches in teaching and in many aspects of the CanSkate program. Having their help on the ice ensures that we can maintain a 1:10 or lower coach/program assistant-to-skater ratio. This ratio guarantees the best and safest delivery of our CanSkate program by allowing more personalized support leading to greater skater success and quicker progression. All of our volunteers and program assistants have been trained by a member of our professional coaching staff.

Benedict Ball                         (Wednesday)


Benedict has played hockey for both Rep and House League in the EHMH for 8 years and had been a PA for the Hillsburgh-Erin Skate Club for the past 2 years.  You can say he can do anything in a pair of skates! He loves to help kids learn how to skate in a fun way and has a very caring and confident nature.  He is currently in grade 10 at St.James Catholic High School.