(1957 - )

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SPORT | Ice Skating

POSITION | Coach

YEAR OF INDUCTION | 2022

Builders

Simonton, Shelley

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Shelley was born and raised in Chatham, attended Queen Elizabeth Public School from 1963-1971, John McGregor Secondary School from 1971-1976 and University of Windsor from 1976-1980.
Shelley was a nationally ranked competitive skater as a youth and teen with the Chatham Figure Skating Club where she earned Gold Dance, Gold Free Skate and Gold Figure standard and studied dance with the Florence Abel School of Dance

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1976 – Shelley coached while in university and after a short career with Disney on Ice and Stars on Ice, she became a full-time coach. A NCCP Level 3 Certified Coach, Shelley has coached numerous skaters at the National and International level in singles and synchronized skating.


2000 - The greatest accomplishments of Shelley’s 46-year coaching career have come with the NEXXICE Synchronized Skating Team, which was created in 2000 with the amalgamation of the Kitchener and Burlington teams. Shelley is the head coach of the senior team and director for the entire NEXXICE synchronized skating program which has grown to eight divisions since its formation. Skaters come to Burlington not only from Ontario and Canada but also from the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia to skate in the NEXXICE program.


2000-2001 – With the motto of 'NEXXICE Builds Champions,' Shelley led the senior team to a third-place finish in their Canadian national synchronized skating debut, followed by top-four finishes each of the next five season.


2006-2007 – The NEXXICE team finally broke through to win their first Canadian gold medal in – a title they held for the next nine years.


2016 – After a second-place finish in the Canadian Championship, NEXXICE won another two in a row, giving them 11 Canadian championships in 12 years and silver medals again in 2019, 2020 and 2022
NEXXICE qualified for 14 consecutive World Championships, finishing ninth in their debut in 2005-2006 in the Czech Republic followed by Bronze medal performances in London, Ont. and Budapest, Hungary the following two years.
NEXXICE made history by becoming Canada's first World Synchronized Skating Championship team in 2008-09 in Zagreb, Croatia – a feat they duplicated in 2014-15 in Hamilton. In total, Shelley's NEXXICE Synchronized Skating Team have won 11 golds, four silvers and four bronze medals at Canadian championships, numerous medals in international competitions and two golds, three silvers and four bronzes at World championships.


2013 – Shelley was inducted into the Skate Canada Western Ontario Hall of Fame in the Professional Category in March.


2017 – Shelley was inducted along with her 2009 World Champion NEXXICE team into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.
Shelley has received the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award for outstanding achievements in Skating in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017, an award recognizing coaches whose athletes have won medals at World Championships or Olympic Games.
Shelley has also received Ontario Coaching Association awards, Western Ontario coach of the year and Burlington coach of the year awards and in 2015 she was awarded the Skate Canada Competitive Coach of Excellence Award.
Shelley has brought the NEXXICE team to perform in Chatham on several occasions and exhibitions across Ontario and internationally to promote synchronized skating.
Shelley also works individually with teams and synchronized skaters locally and internationally, including staging their annual international NEXXICE camp in Burlington, ON.

"1976 – Shelley coached while in university and after a short career with Disney on Ice and Stars on Ice, she became a full-time coach. A NCCP Level 3 Certified Coach, Shelley has coached numerous skaters at the National and International level in singles and synchronized skating.


2000 - The greatest accomplishments of Shelley’s 46-year coaching career have come with the NEXXICE Synchronized Skating Team, which was created in 2000 with the amalgamation of the Kitchener and Burlington teams. Shelley is the head coach of the senior team and director for the entire NEXXICE synchronized skating program which has grown to eight divisions since its formation. Skaters come to Burlington not only from Ontario and Canada but also from the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia to skate in the NEXXICE program.


2000-2001 – With the motto of 'NEXXICE Builds Champions,' Shelley led the senior team to a third-place finish in their Canadian national synchronized skating debut, followed by top-four finishes each of the next five season.


2006-2007 – The NEXXICE team finally broke through to win their first Canadian gold medal in – a title they held for the next nine years.


2016 – After a second-place finish in the Canadian Championship, NEXXICE won another two in a row, giving them 11 Canadian championships in 12 years and silver medals again in 2019, 2020 and 2022
NEXXICE qualified for 14 consecutive World Championships, finishing ninth in their debut in 2005-2006 in the Czech Republic followed by Bronze medal performances in London, Ont. and Budapest, Hungary the following two years.
NEXXICE made history by becoming Canada's first World Synchronized Skating Championship team in 2008-09 in Zagreb, Croatia – a feat they duplicated in 2014-15 in Hamilton. In total, Shelley's NEXXICE Synchronized Skating Team have won 11 golds, four silvers and four bronze medals at Canadian championships, numerous medals in international competitions and two golds, three silvers and four bronzes at World championships.


2013 – Shelley was inducted into the Skate Canada Western Ontario Hall of Fame in the Professional Category in March.


2017 – Shelley was inducted along with her 2009 World Champion NEXXICE team into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame.
Shelley has received the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award for outstanding achievements in Skating in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017, an award recognizing coaches whose athletes have won medals at World Championships or Olympic Games.
Shelley has also received Ontario Coaching Association awards, Western Ontario coach of the year and Burlington coach of the year awards and in 2015 she was awarded the Skate Canada Competitive Coach of Excellence Award.
Shelley has brought the NEXXICE team to perform in Chatham on several occasions and exhibitions across Ontario and internationally to promote synchronized skating.
Shelley also works individually with teams and synchronized skaters locally and internationally, including staging their annual international NEXXICE camp in Burlington, ON.


Shelley currently resides in Kingsville and Burlington Ontario, with her husband Kevin. They have an adult son, Jordan.