Figure Skating in
Training with Jeffery Buttle
The north's own Jeffery Buttle who
finished second at the 2003 Canadian Nationals is one of the few active
skaters who is coaching and also working as a skating judge.
He say's of judging, "It's a hard job but
very interesting. ...It's really helped me in my skating because we meet
to analyze all of the deductions. I realize what's more or less
important in the marks and I understand my marks more when I'm being
Of coaching he's changed his mind
dramatically from a year ago when he stated that he didn't think he'd
"have the patience for it." Today it's become something he finds
rewarding and a lot of fun.
Jeffery is coached by Lee Barkell, Wendy
Philion, and Doug Leigh and because of his links to Sudbury and Wendy
coaches here periodically.
We spoke to some of his students
afterwards and without exception one of the two things they like best
about working with Jeffery is the fact that since he is currently
competing himself he can show the jumps exactly as they should be
jumped. He understands and remembers, from just yesterday, the pressures
and problems they face. It brings it all alive for them and builds their
own excitement and enthusiasm.
The second thing that was equally
important to the young ladies, is that he's "sooo cute!"
Wendy Philion, Brittany, and Jeffery Buttle
Challen and Jeffery having some quality guy
Demonstration to a spellbound audience
Jeffery Buttle and Rachel
Jeffery Buttle Looking Good!