Medibank Icehouse Coach Profiles

All figure skating private lessons must be booked through the individual coaches.  Please find their contact details and biographies below. 

If you need an assessment prior to enrolling in the Skate School program, please contact Skate School and Figure Skating Academy Manager Hu Hu Chen on (03) 8631 3997 or email

Amber Briant -


Amber has been involved with ice skating for most of her life and has been coaching for the past 8 years.  Her personal achievements include representing Australia and Germany at the world championships for synchronized skating and Australian Champion in pairs skating. 

Amber is trained in classical ballet, tap and jazz and enjoys choreography.   Having spent much time traveling the globe training with some of the worlds best coaches and teams, Amber looks forward to developing synchronized skating for Victoria.  Her students in figure skating and synchro have medaled at numerous competitions including state and national level. 

Amber is qualified with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and is available to train skaters off the ice for strength, flexibility, fitness and dance.   Amber has experience working with children of all ages in schools and always aims to challenge children and provide them with a fun and safe environment to learn. 

Amber is keen to share her skills, knowledge and love of the sport with up and coming skaters.

Adele Morrison - 0439 331 119,

Adele has been skating since the age of 3 and is a multiple state representative to Nationals in both singles and ice dance and an international ice dance representative. She is a national gold medalist in ice dance, a multiple Hollins Trophy placegetter and a highly experienced competitive skater in National level singles, Senior ice dance and Artistic skating.  She has trained in Italy, France, Russia and Hungary under world renowned Russian, European and Australian coaches, and also has a strong background in Ballet and Dance.  Adele has performed in Andre Rieu's Australian Tour and has been seen in many exhibitions, ice shows and on television comercials for the 2010 Olympic Winter games. 

Adele's strengths lie in singles and ice dance, edgework and breaking down skating technique so that the beginner and the most advanced skater can easily understand the methods behind the movement. Adele understands and emphasises the importance of off-ice training, strength and conditioning, and overall fitness to enhance a skater's abilities and techniques.  She is still competing, training, coaching and also studying for a degree in Graphic Design. She believes that hard work gets results and that if you can dream it you can do it!

Brian Duckworth - 0427 687 277,


Brian is a well known and internationally respected professional skater, one of the stars of the recent Disney on Ice production “Worlds of Fantasy”, portraying the role of Simba from Lion King. Whether it be Singles or Adagio Brian has been skating solos all over the world for Disney for the last 16 years, which includes roles such as Simba, Woody, Mr. Incredible, Snow white Prince and Hades just to mention a few.

He has been a principal skater for the largest employer of professional figure skaters in the world for the last 12 years. Before his career with Disney on Ice, Brian had achieved ISU gold medal free style (Highest ISU level). Whilst he was concentrating on freestyle he was also intensely training in ice dancing, in which he became a successful competitor, earning 2 Australian titles as Junior Dance Champion and Senior Ice Dance Champion. 

Whilst juggling singles and Dance at the same time, Brian competed for Australia internationally for 5 years along with extensive training in Czechoslovakia, England and the AIS (Australian Institute of sport).

Cameron Medhurst - 0404 168 560,


Cameron is an eight-time Australian Mens Figure Skating Champion who represented Australia at 9 World Championships and 3 Winter Olympic Games (84, 88 and 92). He placed 10th in the World Championships and won medals at international competitions. 

He has been coaching for almost 20 years in Canada and Australia, with skaters from beginner level to National Competitors. He also specializes in figure skating choreography and travels interstate to develop skaters competitive programs. In recent years he has worked with Winter Olympian Cheltzie Lee and currently choreographs the programs for Senior Mens Champion Mark Webster. Cameron has extensive Ice Show experience having worked with all 3 Major International touring ice show companies over the past 17 years (Ice capades, Disney on Ice, Holiday on Ice). He performed as a principal soloist during this time and more recently in a character/comedy role as principal clown in "Energia" (Holiday on Ice 2008-2011).

Cameron is very happy to be back in his hometown and aims to share his knowledge and performance experience with the young talent here in Melbourne to help them realise their full potential.

Dorothy Bisset -

Dorothy Bisset (Smith) is one of Australia’s highest credentialed and most experienced ice skating professionals, both in terms of her personal achievements as a skater, and as a professional ice skating coach and senior national judge.  Dorothy’s achievements as a skater include being two times bronze medalist at the World Professional ice dancing championships (the only Australian to do so), and Australian Professional ice dancing champion. Along the pathway to these successes, Dorothy has been crowned the Australian and Victorian senior and junior ice dancing champion, and as a singles skater the Victorian junior ladies champion and Victorian senior ladies bronze medalist. Dorothy has also attained the somewhat rare distinction of reaching gold medal status in all 3 disciplines of figures, free skating and ice dancing.  At the conclusion of Dorothy’s competitive career she joined the world renowned ice show ‘Holiday on Ice’ and traveled extensively overseas with this famous show. She has also performed in a multitude of professional ice shows here in Australia.  As a professional coach of young skaters, Dorothy’s pupils have won an array of Australian and Victorian titles, from primary level through to novice, junior and senior, in both singles and ice dancing. She has also taken skaters to compete in international competitions. Many of these skaters have continued on to professional careers as ice skating coaches or principle skaters in ice shows around the world.

Karolina Korfanty - 0413 741 672,


Karolina has been involved in figure skating since she was very young, and trained under Russian, Canadian and American coaches. She has won many medals, including gold, competing in Ladies Singles, Ice Dance and Artistic divisions both in local and national competitions. Karolina is a Novice Pair skater, a Senior Level Ice Dancer and is currently working towards competition in Senior Ladies Singles representing Australia.

She went on to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport Coaching) at Deakin University which helped broaden her knowledge in biomechanics, sport psychology, motor learning and development, exercise programming & prescription as well as coaching techniques. This all is incorporated into her coaching to make her a developmental and technique specialist coach.  She specialises in on ice technique, off ice development and choreography.

Karolina has a great passion for the sport which is clear when she teaches and she is comfortable working with grass root, national skaters as well as people of all ages. Karolina is a Level 1 Coach (pending Level 2), has Senior First Aid and Working with Children card. She also has been featured in Channel 9 Winter Olympics 2010, ABC “Can We Help?” with Peter Rawsthorn and has done promotional ice shows in Melbourne.

Katherine Firkin 0425 774 743

Katherine is a multiple Australian international representative, and is the only female Victorian to have represented Australia internationally in senior ice dance during the past decade. She is currently ranked second in Australia, and is three times Victorian Senior Dance Champion.

Among her achievements, she received the silver medal at the 2012 & 2011 Australian Figure Skating Championships, and was the Australian Novice Dance Champion in 2009.

In 2011 Katherine represented Australia at the prestigious Cup of Nice - in France, among other senior international events.

She has performed in many shows and exhibitions, including the Andre Rieu World Stadium Tour in 2009.  She was also requested to skate with Jules Lund in a Getaway Special for Channel 9.

Katherine is also a nationally ranked technical specialist, and is the author of the ‘My Ice Skating Journal’ series.

Since starting coaching in 2009, her students have won both local and interstate events and her choreography has been commended nationally and internationally. She has a degree in Exercise Physiology, is trained in classical music, and specialises in ice dance and choreography.

Lana Vazhenin 0418 552 292

Lana Vazhenin has 27 years of coaching experience, 10 yeas in Odessa Olympic Reserve Figure Skating  School in Ukraine. In 1981 she achieved a Masters of Sport in Figure Skating in the USSR. She also graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Human Development specializing in ballet and figure skating.

Lana is a Level 2 Accredited Coach through the Australian Sports Commission and has extensive experience working with figure skaters coaching students from Beginners through to elite level skaters.

Her students have represented Victoria at National level and Australia at International competitions. She enjoys tutoring children and adults and specializes in program choreography, jump and spin technique and skating skills.

Lee Chaplin - 0458 364 717,


Lee is a Level 3 Accredited Coach with the Australian Coaching Council, and is Vice President Victorian Coaching Association. She has 30 Years of experience in figure skating, and has been a professional Show Skater in International and National Shows.

Lee has coached and trained at the Mariposa School in Canada. She coaches beginner to elite levels in all ages, and offers private lessons in On Ice, Off Ice, and Choreography.

She believes in having a positive and caring attitude towards her students, and her philosophy is to "Create an Environment to Achieve Your Goals!"

Mark Hochmann - 0418 591 300, 

Mark commenced his ice addiction at the age of 10. His first skate with friends at Ringwood Iceland quickly led to more sessions, lessons, joining the figure skating club and, finally, owning his very own skates! This consigned his mum to many cold early mornings, evenings after school and weekends at the ice rink. No such thing as a climate controlled ice rink back then!  At 16, Mark took up pair skating winning the Victorian Novice Pair Championship and the bronze medal in the National Championship. A swap to ice dance followed and he had found his niche. Over a 10 year competitive career Mark and his partners won 3 championship medals, 4 state championships and 3 National Ice Dance Championships including the 1982 Australian Senior Ice Dance Championship. In 1985 he spent 3 months training with the Canadian National Junior Ice Dance training squad in Toronto returning to win the Victorian Senior Ice Dance Championship in 1986. Mark has the Gold Medal (Test 6) in Compulsory Dance and the Silver Medal (Test 5) in Free Dance.  Mark has performed in all types of amateur and professional ice shows. Amongst these were performances on the Don Lane show, television commercials, touring pantomimes on ice in Melbourne and Sydney, performances on tiny “tank” rinks in shopping centres, Melbourne City Square and the Exhibition Buildings. The highlight of Mark’s performance career was touring Australia as a segment soloist with Torville and Dean in 1984.  Since turning professional in 1987 Mark has coached ice dance and skating technique and still partners his students in ice dance skating tests up to test 6. He has a Level 1 Australian Sports Commission Coaching Accreditation and is an Australian Professional Skating Association approved mentor coach in Ice Dance.  Mark has a degree in applied science majoring in biophysics and instrumental science and master of applied science in research.  When not skating, Mark spends time with his wife and 2 children, working at the Royal Children’s Hospital and indulging in his other winter addiction of skiing.

 Melanie Carrington – 0434 797 207

Melanie, originally from the Netherlands, has been skating since the age of 4. Being taught by her dad Paul Carrington, a professional figure skater himself, she achieved 2 National Championship titles and represented her country internationally.  Melanie went on to have a very successful 15 year professional career in which she skated for the 3 main and biggest Ice show productions in the world; Holiday on Ice, Disney on Ice and the Willy Bietak Productions on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Even though Melanie was a successful single skater in her competitive years, in her professional career she branched out and acquired a new skill. Teaming up with Melbourne born husband Brian Duckworth, they became successful pair skaters showcased in the main roles for Disney on Ice and Willy Bietak productions. In Disney on Ice they portrayed characters like “Ariel and Prince Eric” from the Little Mermaid and “Simba and Nala” from the Lion King just to name a few. Melanie has also been a performance director for one of the Disney on Ice show productions. Melanie skated in a well known TV program “Dancing on Ice” in the Netherlands, in which she partnered up with Dutch celebrity John Williams. She also skated in several Christmas specials in America on the famous TV show Regis & Kelly. After traveling the world Melanie is happy to call Melbourne her new home and share her knowledge with the up and coming Australian talent.

Michael Kho -  0490 179 271,

Born and raised in Canada, Michael was a principal skater with Disney On Ice and performed all over the world on international tours for 13 years.  He performed a variety of different lead roles, including Mowgli, Young Simba and Peter Pan. 

As a competitive skater, Michael competed at the Canadian national championships several times.  He trained at the Mariposa School of Skating under Olympic and World coaches Doug Leigh, Neil Carpenter and Michelle Leigh. Michael has taught skating extensively in Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand since 1999 and has worked with skaters of all ages and levels:  from 2 year old to Senior citizen; from beginner to Senior competitive.  In Thailand, Michael devised and implemented a skating curriculum for a chain of skating rinks called “The Rink Ice Arena”, and was also responsible for training their coaches.

Michael is an NCCP Level 2 Certified Skating Instructor in Canada.  His experience and qualifications fast tracked him to attain the required credentials with the Australian Sports Commission.  
In addition to skating, Michael is a fully qualified Yoga Teacher.  He did
his teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City and has taught
Yoga in Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia.  He is currently
working with the Victorian Figure Skating Development Squad.
Michael’s message to students:  A wise teacher once said, “Practice, and all is

Mikhail Vazhenin 0407 689 130,

Mikhail Vazhenin has 35 years of coaching experience, 17 years of International coaching experience in Russia and Ukraine. He was a figure skating Junior Champion of USSR in 1977 and 1978, and graduated with a Masters of Sport in Figure Skating in 1978 and a Bachelor of Human Development in 1981.  He also graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Human Development specializing in ballet and figure skating.

Mikhail is a Level 2 Accredited Coach through the Australian Sports Commission and has extensive experience working with children and adults.  His students have competed at National Championships and Australian and International competitions, and are performing around the world in international ice shows. 

Owen Matthews - 0468 783 701,

My name is Owen Matthews and I have been an Ice-skating coach for over two years, with level 1 Accreditation from the Australian Sports Commission.

I want to share my love of skating with all my students, whether they are recreational (hobby) or competitive skaters.

A particular passion of mine is working with skaters who are starting out on their journey, whether they be tots to adults. I work on detailed techniques with skaters to give them solid fundamentals to help them build confidence and progress to their goals.

I am sensitive to the different methods and teaching approaches required by students of varying ages and skill levels. Prior to finding my love of skating, I was teaching classical music. I come from a family of professional teachers.

For Competitive-Level Singles Skaters, I coach from Aussie Skate (beginners) to a Pre-Primary level. I also coach in beginner's Dance, Pairs and Synchronised skating.

A currently competitive figure skater, I excelled in my development and was able to obtain a Primary Ice-Skating test level in under four years, and have represented Victoria at the Australian Figure Skating Championships in 2013 (2nd Place, Intermediate Men).

I look forward to helping you, or your child, achieve your skating aspirations.

Svetlana Maskevich - 0400 263 330,

Svetlana Maskevich has been in love with skating for nearly 30 years. Since she was 6 years old, the best coaches in Russia, including Alexei Mishin (coach of three Olympic Gold Medalists) and Tatyana Mishina, helped her to reach gold, silver and bronze medals in a wide variety of International and Russia-wide competitions.   At the age of 17 she found the other love of her career - live theatre - and decided to combine the two.  Her extensive performing career took her around the Globe to countries like Australia, Korea, Japan, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong Israel, France, Spain, Germany, England and many others.  Before settling in Australia Svetlana skated as a principal for the Imperial Ice Stars in their productions of Sleeping Beauty on Ice and Swan Lake on Ice. Many people around Australia and around the world enjoyed her performances and the many master classes she gave on behalf of the company. Svetlana studied coaching at the Saint-Petersburg Academy of Physical Culture and Sport under professor Alexei Mishin. She graduated in 1999 as a Bachelor of Physical Culture and Sport, specializing in Figure Skating and has worked for a number of skating schools in Saint-Petersburg as a coach and choreographer.  Svetlana is excited now to bring her vast skating experience and her academic training as a coach to the Ice House and looks forward to passing on her knowledge to Australian skaters.

Hockey Academy Coaches:

Matt Armstrong - Canada (Ottawa) - Ice Hockey Development Manager - Matt Armstrong has been playing ice hockey for most of his life.  Hailing from Canada, he moved to Melbourne in 2010 to play for the Melbourne Ice, helping them win the National in 2010, 2011 & 2012.  Matt has traveled all over the world playing both amateur and professional competitive ice hockey.

Lliam Webster - Australia (Melbourne) - Current Captain of the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Australian National Champions, Melbourne Ice. Australian Men's team Captain 2013 World Championshios.

Tommy Powell - Australia (Melbourne) - Melbourne Ice player, National champions 2010, 2011 & 2012. Australian Men's team player, Division II World Champions 2011.

Shona Green - Australia (Melbourne) - Melbourne Ice Women's team captian, National champions 2010/11/13. Austrailan Women's team player 2011-present.

To contact please email 


Schools Programs coaches:

Lachlan Hay - Schools Program Supervisor / Ice Racing Coach - Lachlan has 15 years of short track speed skating experience behind him at both a competitive level and coaching level. He was a member of the 2006 and 2010 Australian Winter Olympic team competing, in the men's 5000m relay placing 6th and the men's individual 1000m placing 24th. Lachlan holds several Australian records in the men's individual 1500m and 1000m and 5000m relay. He has assisted the National short-track coach in training some of the finest athletes in Australia.  Lachlan now manages the Schools Program at Medibank Icehouse, teaching ice skating and curling to roughly 600 kids a week. 

To contact please email 


Curling Coaches:

Michelle "Zinny" Zintschenko – Curling Coach - Zinny had never heard of curling until a colleague invited her to Bendigo where a bonspiel (curling competition) was being held. It sounded amusing enough so she went along for a laugh and became hooked on this unique, social sport.  Zinny curls whenever she can - both here and overseas. She is often heard out on the ice excitedly calling out instructions to her team mates in a loud Canadian accent - even though she grew up in Frankston! She is always keen for a game and adaptable at playing and coaching any position on a curling team.  Zinny is a member of the Victorian Curling Association and has held various committee positions over the years. She has instructed adult beginning curlers at various Melbourne ice rinks and taught curling to school groups both here and in Vancouver, Canada.  So far the highlight of Zinny's curling career has been working with the Australian Junior Men's and Women's Curling Teams. She enjoys the challenge of preparing teenagers from sunny Australia for competition against nations where curling has greater prominence in the sporting community.  She has taken teams to Canada, Denmark, China and Japan to compete at an international level. Zinny has even been presented with an Australian Government Sport Achievement Award for her contribution to curling.  With the opening of Medibank Icehouse, Zinny is thrilled at the prospect of introducing more people to the exciting sport of curling!

To contact please email 

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