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Tim Silvester

Tim Silvester will be continuing with the team this year, taking our Saturday morning off-ice class.  Tim has a BSc Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and is a UKSCA accredited strength and conditioning coach. He works with Scottish and GB athletes, some of whom are currently preparing for the Paralympic and Commonwealth Games and will be taking time out to work with you.  How cool is that!!!  We are hugely honoured to have Tim as part of our team and without doubt he is a key factor in “Gain the Edge” students success

Lynsey Murray

Those of you who know Lynsey will be aware of how her never ending enthusiasm and fun filled personality brings inspiration to every situation.  With her skating knowledge and extensive dance and choreography background, she is a huge asset to the team!!

Lynsey is First Aid qualified


Suzanne Otterson

SUZANNE OTTERSON – NISA Level 3 Performance Coach and former Olympian

Suzanne is a National Ice Skating Association Level 3 Performance Coach achieved through having proved over many years of coaching to have achieved a high level of coaching and results.  Suzanne took up coaching approximately nineteen years ago after having achieved NISA Gold Medal standard as a skater.  Suzanne is a former British Primary Champion, a British Junior and Scottish Junior Champion and a Bronze medallist in the British Senior Championships.  Suzanne represented GB on eight occasions including the World Junior Championships in Colorado Springs and Skate America in New York.  Suzanne over her skating career has trained with Robin Cousins, John Curry and Frank Carroll in California.  Suzanne represented Great Britain in the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France.  Due to her many achievements and her representation of GB in the 1992 Olympics Suzanne was selected as one of the Olympic torchbearers for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games held in London.

Suzanne, along with her sister Gillian, is the driving force behind the “Gain the Edge” elite skating classes, of which they are both very proud.  These elite skating classes ensure that skaters have the expert assistance required to achieve their specific goals. 

Suzanne currently has three skaters who are part of the British squad who have, during the last year, represented Great Britain in international competitions throughout Europe.  Suzanne is very proud of the fact that these skaters all started at grass roots level with her and have continued to their present standards.

Suzanne has a wealth of knowledge and experience in ice figure skating and an in-depth knowledge of the new IJS judging system, a knowledge she hopes she can pass on to her skaters. 

Suzanne is First Aid qualified


Gillian Otterson

GILLIAN OTTERSON—NISA Level 4 Performance Coach and BA Degree in Sport

Following a highly successful skating career in which Gillian was British Primary Champion, Scottish Intermediate Champion and runner upper in the British Junior Championships, Gillian has been coaching for over 20 years.  As a skater she also represented Scotland and Great Britain.

Currently, Gillian is a Level 4 Performance Coach, making her the highest qualified coach within the club.  With a B.A. Degree in Sport, Gillian has coached British Champions and currently has a number of skaters on the British squad—skaters she has coached from beginner level. 

“Teaching the team GB skaters from beginner level has helped ensure the girls have good quality basics, a good work ethic and thorough understanding of the scoring system (IJS) thus ensuring the building blocks is there for future success”.

Gillian is a National Ice Skating Association “performance” coach—an accolade achieved through consistently nurturing skaters talents to a high level through committed quality coaching.  “I love skating and love teaching kids at all levels.  I take great pride in my work and take care to give every child I teach the best possible chance of reaching their goals and dreams.  I am continually updating my knowledge through coaching at, and taking part in, skating schools and conferences”.

Gillian works closely with her sister, Suzanne—former Olympic skater.  They are both the driving force behind “Gain the Edge” - elite skating seminars and classes”.  We are both very proud of “Gain the Edge” - it has helped skaters in the area to take things to another level through elite seminars and classes and also ensures that our skaters have a team of highly qualified people behind them to help them achieve their goals”.

With a wealth of knowledge, experience and real passion for the sport, Gillian is proud to be part of the Kyle Figure Skating Club and always keen to nurture new skaters at all levels. 

Gillian is First Aid qualified



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