There's nothing better than affecting people through sport.

Daniel Worthington, Coach
Soccer Nova Scotia

Ann Young

Sometimes you just need to skate outside the lines

Ann Young can skate circles around the best of them. In fact, she’s been doing it for more than 30 years as a coach. Saying Ann is passionate about being a synchronized skating coach is an understatement – she lives for the sport and loves sharing her wealth of knowledge with young, aspiring skaters.
“I love to get up and go skating,” she muses. “It’s what I’m meant to do and I’m good at it. I enjoy working with kids and the challenges that they bring to the table. When they succeed, I succeed. Nothing is as great as the crayon picture on your fridge that says ‘you’re my favourite coach’.”
Synchronized skating is a large and fast-growing sport that consists of eight to 20 (the number of skaters on a team often depends on the level) athletes skating at one time, moving as one unit. In order for the team to flow in unison, individual skaters must be competent at a variety of skating skills, including speed, footwork and ice presence.
Not only is synchronized skating fun, healthy and a competitive activity, it also teaches the athletes valuable life lessons. Ann believes in the importance of applying what you’ve learned on the ice, to life off the ice.
“The kids learn that what they’re willing to put into the sport is what they get back. They also learn that sometimes unpredictable things happen and you have to learn to deal with them. I also like that skating teaches young people how to set goals for themselves and find the means to achieve these goals.”
Ann recently achieved a goal of her own that has taken her coaching abilities to a whole new and exciting level. This past spring, Ann was able to travel to Ontario to attain her Level 3 course, which she would not have been able to do without the funding from Support4Sport. This course is a stepping stone for synchronized skating in Nova Scotia.
Ann is confident that figure skating is one of the best sports around in the Annapolis Valley. Thanks to synchronized skating opportunities and some great networking, Ann has traveled the world skating and coaching. She is currently coaching in beautiful New Zealand. 
This world traveler has a real thirst for learning and says that coaching and kids keep her young and smiling. Even though Ann has been coaching for over 30 years, don’t expect to see this enthusiastic lady hanging up her skates anytime soon. She still has a lot of zest and passion to share with kids who keep her fridge covered in vibrant crayon colours.


Annapolis Valley, NS
45° 5' 54.9636" N, 64° 40' 35.4504" W


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