Winchester Figure Skating Club

February 24, 2017
Photo from the 2015 WFSC

All of our instructors are available as private skating coaches

Competitions are held at every level. Your child will need a coach and private instruction to prepare. For more information contact an instructor below.
Phone numbers are provided for this purpose only.

Christina Welch
(781) 933-7442

Dawn Iovanna-Pierce

Elise McNamara
(781) 626-1131

Kristen Ward
(978) 423-7001

Christina is a United States Figure Skating Association 7th tester. As an amateur, she skated with the Winchester Figure Skating Club and trained under Donna Mancini. She won medals in Interclub, Open and New England competitions in figure and freestyle events. Christina turned professional in 1988. She is the Head Coach of the Burlington Hockey and Skating Association. She gives professional instruction to many private students at the Winchester Figure Skating Club, Colonial FSC, and the Hayden Rec. Center. Christina is also the Director of the Billerica School Department Tot's Skating Program. Christina is an active member of the Professional Skating Association and currently holds a rating with them. She attended the World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001 and in San Diego, California in 2004, where she got to meet her favorite skater of all time - Scott Hamilton! She also attended the World Conference in Chicago in May 2008. She attends Professional Skaters Association (PSA) seminars to keep her informed of the many changes that occur in figure skating on a yearly basis. In 2009, Christina passed all 4 courses for PSA continuing education credits in the following areas: Ethics, US Figure Skating Rules, Sports Safety, and International Judging System (IJS) making her a compliant coach in category A for the 2011 qualifying season. In 2010 she also passed Sports Safety/Science and "coaching the young skater." Christina has coached New England Regional champions and medalists and has had skaters compete in final rounds at the US Junior National Championships. She has also coached Adult National medalists in freestyle and showcase events. Christina enjoys coaching all levels of skating.

Dawn is a graduate of the Billerica Hockey Association’s figure skating program and Burlington Hockey and Skating Association. Dawn volunteers her time teaching for both the Billerica and Burlington programs. Dawn is also on staff at the Chelmsford Forum and Billerica programs and teaches group lessons. Dawn’s full time job is as a Web Developer/IS Support Analyst for Progress Software.

Kristen is a 2003 Eastern sectional championship competitor, 2003 North Atlantic Regional Championship pewter medalist, and Colorado Championship pewter medalist. Kristen is a USFSA gold medalist in Freestyle and Moves in the Field. She had a very extensive competitive career and retired from competitive skating in 2006. She trained under master-rated coach Debi Leeming for 12 years. Kristen has her apprentice program teaching certificate and basic written exam through the Professional Skaters Association, where she is also a member.

Elise is a junior at Suffolk University. She has been skating with Burlington Hockey and Figure Skating Association for eleven years. She represented the Winchester Figure Skating Club where she was coached by skating professional Christina Welch. Elise has competed throughout New England in various competitions including the Bay State Games where she received a gold medal. She was also part of the University of New Hampshire’s synchronized skating team for two years where they competed at regional and national competitions where they received gold and silver medals. This is Elise’s first year coaching and she is excited to be back with BHSA working with professional coach Christina Welch. She has also coached at the Billerica tots program and is a newly added staff member for the Winchester Figure Skating Club

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