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Kurt Browning and Douglas Haw coming to Kentville Arena!

Posted on September 10, 2016

4-time world champion Kurt Browning and Level 5 Master Coach Douglas Haw will be presenting a seminar to skaters from local clubs and beyond this coming October.  Kurt and Doug will be on the ice from 9 in the morning through to 5 in the afternoon on Friday, October 21st and Doug will return to the ice with the skater on Saturday, October 22nd.  In addition to offering their expertise to skaters from the age of 8 to 15, several local coaches will be in attendance to learn as much as they can.

Kentville Club Coach, Cheryle Gaston, was instrumental in arranging for the duo to come to the Valley. 60 skaters from as far away as New Brunswick scooped up the limited spots in less than 3 weeks. More than 30 of them are from local valley clubs.  Several of the local skaters are age eligible for the Canada Winter Games in 2019 and this seminar will serve as a kick-off to their goal of perhaps making the Nova Scotia Team for those games.

Kurt Browning won his second of 4 world titles in Halifax in 1990, the same year he won the coveted Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete. He made history as the first skater to land a quad in world competition. He is a favorite performer in Stars On Ice.

Mr. Haw is a former national competitor and national level judge in all disciplines of figure skating.  With over thirty years of coaching experience in Canada and the USA, Mr. Haw has produced national, international, world and Olympic competitors and trained many professional skaters such as Brian Orser and currently Kurt Browning. He is the highest certified coach in North America attaining his Master Rating in Figures, Free Skating and Moves in the Field with the Professional Skaters Association in the USA and his NCCP Level 5 in Canada (of only 10 in the country)!  As a presenter at National and International skaters and coaches seminars in Canada and the USA, Mr. Haw is a proud advocate of coach’s education and is a natural teacher.  In his lessons he is positive, productive and always adds a bit of humour!

The seminar is open for viewing to the public.   For more info contact Cheryle at