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 a 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, and player (2017 Northern Ontario Travelers Club Champion). Ray is also behind the NOCA's social media pages; follow along @curlnoca.

FUN FACT! As his new year's resolution for 2019, Bobby pledged to have coffee with someone new every week of the year.



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, the Nunavut junior men's team to their first win at the 2016 Canadian Juniors, and Ontario's Scott McDonald Team to the 2019 Brier.

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, 2017, and 2019 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

Google this if you don't believe it to be true - Kira participated in three national Curling championships during the most recent season (U21, Mixed Doubles and U SPORTS)... and if that isn't enough Brunton has won three national Curling titles, is a former For the Love of Curling scholar, and a Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame award winner.

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


KATE SHERRY | Assistant

This North Bay native has been Curling for 11 years during which she has participated in numerous provincial, national, and international championships with her highlight achievement coming with a first place finish at the inaugural U18 Canadian Curling Championship. Sherry, a former For the Love of Curling scholar and Amethyst Camp student, is also a Sports Hall of Fame award winner in two different cities.

FUN FACT! Kate has travelled to Costa Rica twice for volunteer work.


BRENDAN ACORN | Assistant

This 3-time Amethyst student has now become the teacher. Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Acorn curled competitively at the bantam and junior level before moving to Ottawa in 2015 to study Civil Engineering with assistance from a Spirit of Sandra scholarship. This past season Brendan's University foursome became the first Carleton Ravens team to win the OUA and U-Sport Curling Championships.

FUN FACT! Brendan's bantam team nicknamed him Bambi because of the way he would constantly fall on the ice. To this day he still falls at least once per competition.