Skate Canada Hall of Fame inductee
Doug has been a 7 time recipient of the
Longines Coaching Award, the Government of Ontario World Achievement
Award, the Ontario Coach of the Year and the Rotary Club Paul Harris
After winning the junior silver medal at Canadians in 1966, Doug Leigh
hung up his skates "momentarily" and then returned to the ice as a coach.
His coaching success is driven with the motto,
"It CAN be done". His positive outlook, no-nonsense goal setting approach
and analytical ability are legendary.
A great motivator, Doug demands 100 per cent
effort from his skaters every minute on the ice. For 17 years Doug coached
Brian Orser during which time he was Canadian Champion from 1981 - 1988;
1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist, and 1987 World Champion.
He presently coaches Elvis Stojko, three time
Canadian and World Champion and 1994 Olympic silver medalist.
Doug has also coached 26 other Canadian
Champions, including Jennifer Robinson and 14 International Champions,
including Britain's Steven Cousins.
Founder, owner and head coach of the Mariposa
School of Skating, a CFSA designated national training centre which
emphasizes a team approach in coaching and a co-op education program,
Doug's legacy includes establishing Barrie as one of the major skating
centres in the country and the world.
Figure Skating in
Training with Doug Leigh
Doug Leigh, International Figure Skating
Coach, gave classes at the Sudbury Skating Club recently. The
classes were kept small, only 2-5 students at a time. He used practical
demonstrations and video tapes to help explain and show what he was
trying to instill in the children.
His attention to the very smallest detail
attests to his skill and well earned reputation as one of the world's
best coaches. Be it discussing a jump one video frame at a time, placing a
child's chin just so, insisting they use more
positive, dynamic and ultimately more empowering words to explain an
event (and thereby change their thinking about that event), or asking question after question to make sure they understand
everything well enough to explain it themselves...he misses nothing. Everything
he does is with seeming complete conviction that each child has
everything it takes inside of themselves to do what needs doing. As a result he was firm and demanding
of them but in a refreshingly kind and positive way. I was impressed
with this man on a lot of levels.
Watching Doug made me wish he was a life
coach as well as a figure skating coach! As parents, managers
and supervisors, bosses or community leaders, we could all learn a great
deal from his methods.
Doug Leigh and Rachel
Doug Leigh and Erika
Brittany and Rachel in rapt attention
Private time with Challen and Krissy
Doug Leigh - No detail is too small
Erika, Krissy, Brittany, Rachel and Challen
landing those jumps!