The National Ice Centre has underlined its commitment to developing its skaters and coaches, by appointing Gurgen Vardanjan as Director of Skating.
Gurgen has been an accomplished skater in his own right, winning four USSR Championship titles, before going on to a successful coaching career that has taken him around the world. He has conducted camps for the International Skating Union and various Skating Federations and achieved international success with his skaters.
Geoff Huckstep, Chief Executive of the National Ice Centre said: “We are delighted to welcome Gurgen to our world class facilities at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham, where he will focus his attention on driving the performance of the Academy forward.
“Gurgen will be supported by our first class coaching team headed by Joy Sutcliffe (Figure) and Elizabeth Coates (Ice Dance). The National Ice Centre has recently enjoyed international success with dance team, Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland representing Nottingham and GB at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. We are confident that we can build on our accomplishments to date and progress to achieve greater things in the future.
“Gurgen plans to host a number of international camps throughout the year, attracting international skaters and coaches to work with our fantastic team, to help increase the profile of our Academy.”
Gurgen’s appointment will commence on 1st June 2010.
•As a skater he did not start skating until he was 13 years old, but was soon selected for the USSR squad and received coaching from a number of world class coaches including; Elena Slepova, Elena Tchaikovskaya and Eduard Pliner.
•He was awarded a Master of Sport - International Class - for his achievements in skating.
•He was four times Champion (both Senior and Junior) of the Cup of Russia in 1979, 1983, 1986 and 1987 and competed internationally at both levels.
•He was educated at the University of Physical Culture in Moscow and has a Degree in Sport, specialising in Figure Skating with Sports Science and Bio Mechanics.
•He continued with his studies and achieved a PhD in Pedagogic and Philosophy.
•Gurgen has achieved great success as a coach with skaters achieving top 10 placing at World and European Championships, including Gold at the 2004 European Championships with Julia Sebestyen whom he taught from 8 years old.
•He has coached skaters to success at 12 European Championships, seven Junior World Championships, nine World Championships and two Olympic Games.
•He has established skating schools in both the USSR and Hungary and is well known as a visiting coach both in the UK and abroad.
Last Updated: 8th April 2010 11:32am