Nita Patel: Embracing the Skate for Life Philosophy

Nita Patel has worn several hats in the Canadian figure skating community – high performance athlete, synchronized skating coach, mentor, and dedicated volunteer. Throughout all these roles, she has showcased her strong ability to connect with people – igniting inspiration, motivating, and supporting others to reach their highest potential.  

Patel truly lives the Skate for Life philosophy which encourages lifelong participation in skating. She has coached at all levels of synchronized skating and understands the unique progressions and developmental differences of each stage.  

Since 2003, Patel has been the driving force behind the Ice Precise Synchronized Skating teams in Mississauga, Ontario. These teams, dedicated to skaters over the age of eighteen, have thrived under Patel’s leadership. Her commitment to adult skating is evident in the longevity and success of the organization, which has been a staple in the community for over 28 years. 

Patel’s coaching philosophy emphasizes camaraderie, teamwork, and personal growth. “Being on a team allows skaters to stay engaged in the sport they love, build confidence, and form meaningful connections,” Patel explains. Her dedication has propelled her teams to achieve success on regional, national, and international stages, competing in countries like France, Italy, Germany, and the USA. 

Beyond her direct coaching responsibilities, Patel plays a crucial role as a coach-consultant, sharing her expertise in synchronized skating techniques and choreography with clubs and teams across Canada. Her guidance is highly valued, with coaches often seeking her advice and insights to enhance their own programs. Patel’s ability to mentor and support other coaches underscores her broader impact on the sport. 

Representation and visibility have also been important aspects of Patel’s journey. Reflecting on her early experiences, she notes: “When I began figure skating, there were no officials, coaches, or people in positions of authority who looked like me. Now, I understand that representation and visibility are crucial. I’m dedicated to being part of that change, and I hope to inspire others as I have been inspired.” 

As a mentor coach in Skate Canada’s mentorship program and a member of the EDIA Mentor Team, Patel actively engages in initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the sport. Her contributions to these efforts are vital in fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment for all participants. 

Patel’s lifelong dedication to figure skating, particularly her commitment to adult skating, has left an indelible mark on the sport. Her influence and leadership continue to inspire growth, resilience, and achievement within the skating community. Skate Canada is proud to celebrate Nita Patel’s remarkable journey and her enduring contributions to the sport we all love. 

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  1. Marion Dyke
    Marion Dyke says:

    Congratulations Nita. So happy to see this recognition for you. You have set the bar high for Adult skating for decades and your commitment to life long skating, staying active for life and inclusiveness has helped define this stage of athlete involvement. I also love that you embrace the competitive nature of adults and challenge them to be the best they can be. It’s a different stage of life and the reasons are different but skaters are no less committed. You have also shared your experience, knowledge and expertise with other teams of all levels and have helped develop Synchronized Skating across the country. Great work! Recognition well deserved!


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