New figure skating club coach comes full circle

  • Nov. 14, 2014 11:00 a.m.

By Steve Hubrecht

Pioneer Staff

The Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club is delighted with its newest coach Marni Kreutzer.

Its great for us. It can be tricky to get high-level coaches in a small town, said club president Leanne Beddie. We are so pleased to have Marni come coach at our club. It has been a smooth transition.

Mrs. Kreutzer is a valley local and was a member of the club as a kid it was at the club that she first began figure skating.

Marni started her skating right here in Invermere at our club so it is a full circle experience for her. Marni has an extensive background in skating and coaching, said Ms. Beddie. All of our programs benefit from Marnis arrival. It has given us a full roster of coaches, allowing all of our programs to run. Skate Canada has launched a new Learn to Canskate skate program and with Marni, Denise Reid and Skyanne Rowe, it is off to an excellent start.

Mrs. Kruetzer had been living in the Elk Valley for the past 12 years, and coached the skating club there, but this past summer she moved back to Invermere to join her father, mother and brother (Lyle, Diane and Steve Wilson) in running Nipika Mountain Resort.

When the (Columbia Valley skating) club came and asked me to coach, I couldnt say no. Thats how I ended up as coach, said Mrs. Kruetzer. I love it. As soon as I started skating I felt I was home again.

The figure skating club has been busy lately and recently hosted a Kootenay Learn to Ice Dance seminar at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena, which brought to town 2006 Olympian Megan Wing and the current ice dance partners she is coaching Madeline Edwards and Zhaokai Pang.

Madeline and Zhaokai recently won gold in ice dance at the Junior Grand Prix held in Aichi, Japan.

Joining them was another former Columbia Valley skater Regan Taylor (Geiger), who is a Level Three coach.

It was an amazing experience for our skaters, said Ms. Beddie.

They worked so hard and were rewarded with extensive knowledge and the opportunity to meet kids who started out just like them in small towns in B.C. who are now on their way to becoming olympic caliber athletes.

To find out more about the figure skating club, visit or call 250-342-6607.

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