Staff

 

LESLIE KERR | Camp Director

As the Executive Director of the Northern Ontario Curling Association since 2007, Kerr has proven herself to be a leader in the world of Curling and is excited to play a part in transforming the Amethyst Junior Curling Camp for the next generation of young curlers.

FUN FACT! Leslie taught piano for 12 years before joining the NOCA.

 



BOBBY RAY | Assistant Camp Director & Phys. Ed. Specialist

If you thought you lived and breathed Curling, think again. Bobby is recent graduate of Physical and Health Education, the full-time General Manager of the North Bay Granite Club, a trained Level 3 Curling and Tennis Coach, Pro Shop Owner, and Curler (2017 Northern Ontario Travelers Club Champion). Ray is also behind the NOCA's Facebook and Twitter pages; follow along @curlnoca.

FUN FACT! Bobby is expecting a baby in July so don't be offended if he just disappears one day, it wasn't anything you said.



BRUNO BIN | Ice Technician

The Head Ice Technician at the North Bay Granite Club is building an extensive Championship resume as of late, contributing to teams that have prepared and maintained quality playing conditions for the 2015 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, 2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, and 2018 Ford World Women's Curling Championship.

FUN FACT! Before moving to North Bay Bruno cultivated his mastery of Ice Making in Hornepayne; a small Northern Ontario community.



AMANDA GATES | Instructor

We are excited to have the 2018 Northern Ontario Scotties and Mixed Doubles Champion from Sudbury, ON joining us at this year's Amethyst Camp. In addition to her success this past season, Amanda has represented her province at the 2012 and 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts; plus the 2015 and 2016 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships.

FUN FACT! Amanda has played every position at a national level.



ANDREA RONNEBECK | Instructor

What do Sherry Middaugh, Rachel Homan and Tracy Fleury have in common? At one point in each of their careers, these accomplished athletes and teams leaned on this Kenora based Level 4 certified coach to help them reach their goals.

FUN FACT! When Andrea was a little girl she used to sleepwalk and wake up her parents breaking things. Not just crashing into things, but picking them up and throwing them. She doesn't do that anymore...



SEAN TURRIFF | Instructor

It's because of instructors like Sean that we can say that we have an "all-star" camp staff at Amethyst. Turriff is a certified coach, evaluator and learning facilitator who works for Humber College as the Men's Varsity Curling Coach. Sean has also coached a Manitoba women's team at the Canadian University Championships and the Nunavut junior men's team to their first win at the 2016 Canadian Juniors.

FUN FACT! Sean hates peanut butter.



HAYLEY SMITH | Instructor

This coach means business as in addition to mentoring youth and high school Curling teams, Smith is a certified Official, has participated in the development and delivery of the current Adult Learn to Curl curriculum, and has chaired competitions such as the Northern Ontario Men's Curling Championship. In the summer Hayley plays baseball and fishes every chance she gets.

FUN FACT! Hayley's son attended Camp for 4 years and loved it so much he returned as a coaching assistant for 2 seasons.



MAURICE WILSON | Instructor

30 years of know-how is what you get with this Provincial High Performance Coach, Learning Facilitator and Evaluator. Wilson brings experience from various sports including fast-pitch softball, baksetball, soccer, track & field, cricket, and ice hockey while he has honed his craft in the Curling community leading teams to 5 national championships.

FUN FACT! Maurice spent 1995 teaching in Western Australia and learned to be a good lobster fisherman during that time.



LEE TONER | Instructor

Lee Toner of Sudbury, ON has represented Northern Ontario at the Brier in 2005, 2007 and 2009. In 2016 and 2017, he accompanied Team Jacobs to the Brier as an alternate. During his time in New Brunswick he coached a junior team that won Canada Games bronze, three provincial titles and the 1998 Canadian and World junior titles.

FUN FACT! Lee has a daughter attending Amethyst Camp this year!


MARK MANNISTO | Instructor

Mannisto is a lifelong curler having competed in Pepsi Juniors, men's regional playdowns, with Confederation College's varsity program, and now an active firefighter curler (since 1997). Mark has been a junior curling coach since 1995 and is currently training to become a certified Competition Coach. This and Mark is also a Karate Sensei with Longlac Martial Arts.

FUN FACT! Mark is a past member of the Gibson's BC Curling Club, but he says "No I don't know Relic".



KIRA BRUNTON | Assistant

Best known as the Skip of Curling Canada's inaugural U18 National Curling Championship, Brunton is also a Canada Winter Games gold medalist and For the Love of Curling scholarship recipient. Most recently, Kira's rink was recognized by the Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame as the Sheridan Family Team of the Year. This up-and-comer is supported by the Ontario Curling Council's Next Gen program.

FUN FACT! Kira taught her dog how to play hide and seek, and he's way too good at it.


SARA GUY | Assistant

Who better to take cues from than someone who has been there and done that before. This 3-time Northern Ontario junior champion, Canadian Junior bronze medalist, Canadian USport gold medalist, and 2017 For the Love of Curling scholarship recipient from Sudbury, ON will be assisting the Gold group in reaching their podium potential!

FUN FACT! Sara is a duck mom...



CHRIS SILVER | Assistant

Fresh off an OFSAA gold medal performance in front of a hometown crowd in Fort Frances, this 4-time provincial finalist is one of Northern Ontario's most promising future stars. Chris looks forward to working with the bronze group at this year's camp.

FUN FACT! After losing his first three provincial finals, his friends started calling him "Chris Gold", and it worked! This is the only name he goes by now (just kidding).