Coaches Profiles

Coaches Profiles

 Ski Coaches – Introductions necessary!

Here is the team of ski coaches that will look after you and work with you, to help achieve your goals during your time with us.

If you want to ask any of the trainers specific questions about the training, our locations etc please get in touch and they will respond to you directly.


ski coaches

Federico Sollini – Head Coach

Nationality: Italian
Favourite Slopes:
Condor, Bariloche, Argentina.
Tre3, Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
Favourite Quotes:
If A equals success, then the formula is A=X+Y+Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut – Albert Einstein
Languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish

Ski Qualifications:

IASI Educator + Examiner
IASI Lecturer Coaching Theory
Irish Interski Demo Team member and co-coach
Swiss Snowsports BBT (Brevet Federal)
CSIA L3 ISIA
BASI L1+2

Coaching Qualifications FIF:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Postural Instructor
  • Specialisations in:
    – Nutrition
    – Alpine Skiing Strength and Conditioning
    – Postural One to One
  • FIF Fitness Instructor specialized in Body Building, Circuit Training, Cardio Fitness
  • DIABASI Sport Masseur + Swedish and Relax Masseur

Experience:

Federico started sport coaching and ski instructing at the age of 20.
During the winters he is based in Switzerland, where he’s been lucky enough to ski with great trainers that have helped develop his experiences and ideas.

During the summer, he was selected to work with one of the best known Sports Coaches in Italy; Professor Romano Franchi.
This experience gave him the opportunity to train professional athletes from a variety of different sports and backgrounds, as well as participating and collaborating in the work of the entourage that comes with this level of organisation, including physiotherapists, doctors, masseurs, dieticians etc.
Some athletes were well known on the international scene, such as Alberto Tomba after his retirement (5 Olympic medals, 88 World Cup Medals), Marco Apicella (24Hrs Le Mans Driver) and others.
During the following years he worked as independent coach and personal trainer for both athletes and fitness clients.
He also cultivates a close collaboration with physiotherapists in Bologna in rehabilitation programmes for athletes.

Combining Sports Coaching and Ski Training, he has been helping the development of ski instructors across different educational systems for over a decade.
He has been ski school’s technical director for 4 seasons before becoming the Head Coach of the Diamonds Training Centre a few years ago.
Thanks to collaborations with examiners from other education systems and thanks to a great team of coaches within Diamonds, trainees have been able to pass exams in multiple systems: OSSV (Austria), SSSA (Swiss Snowsport), BASI, IASI, CSIA, NZSI, APSI amongst others.
He is directly involved in all the courses the Centre runs, as coach or coordinator of our excellent coaching team.

Beside coaching Fede is a ski tester and field developer for Carpani, handcraft producer from Italy. He also works as Postural Educator and Strength and Conditioning Coach year round, in Switzerland during the winters and Italy and the UK during the summer.

You can follow him through the Diamonds Training Centre Facebook Page!


Roberto Bonavita
Race Coach

Nationality: Italian roberto bonavita ski coaches profiles
Favorite Slopes: La Gran Risa at La Villa (Val Badia ITA), Grande Finale at Reiterhalm (AUT). In Cervinia: Cielo Alto n°21
Favorite Quotes: “To become a great athlete training every day is not essential… But it helps!”
Languages: English, French, Italian
Degree: Economy and Business

Ski Qualifications:

AMSI Maestro di sci (Italian Ski Instructor Association)
AMSI Federal Coach 3° level
CONI 3° level Coach (National Olympic Commitee Italy)
European Union Expert Outdoor Sport 8th Level S.
Technical Director A.S.I.A.

Experience

Roby started ski instructing in 1987, after a few years of competitions on the national and international circuit. During the first few seasons he alternated his winter life with the university committments, taking a degree in Economics and business as well as working as Uni researcher for a few years after that.

From 1991 his ski career changed as he was one of the founders of the Liguria region ski instructor commitee as well as becoming a ski instructor examiner for the italian association. He was also member of the board for the regional committee of Liguria.
Across the 90s he worked as developer and promoter for Nordica, Head and Tyrolia. He has been the Turnalpe ski school Director in France for a good part of the decade.

In the middle of the early 2000, after a long experience as examiner and director within the Italian education system he started a new adventure with ASIA and the national albanian team. In the decade that followed, despite the lack of funding, the team was able to qualify athletes towards Four Olympic Games (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018). As well as towards Three World Championships (2013, 2015, 2017). They also took part to a number of races in the World Cup circuit.

Today

Roby still works with his athletes on such international level. Race coaching is his main job, as he also trains master and junior athletes for their regional and national circuits. Roby also still trains italian ski instructors towards the AMSI entry tests and Euro test.
Setting up gates pretty much everyday for the last 20 years, today we work together preparing instructors for the Euro Test and ISIA test. Training runs through us and with the support of at least another of our coaches each year in dedicated weeks. All instructors can participate, with priority to those who are already booked onto one of our ski instructor courses.

Passionate musician, you can find Roby at the Red Dragon Bar in Cervinia every wednesday playing jazz and fusion music with his trio band.


Rowena Trainers profileRowena Phillips
Ski Coach – Language Teacher

Nationality: British
Favourite Slopes:
The Ventina (Cervinia) KT-22, Squaw Valley
Favourite Quotes:
Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good – Malcolm Gladwell
Languages: English, German, French

Ski Qualifications:

BASI ISTD,
Swiss Snowsports BBT (Federal Graduate)

Experience:

Rowena started skiing at the age of three on the slopes of Lech, Austria, and continued skiing through university. Racing both for the team and individually at a National Level in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Moguls.

She started working in Zermatt as a ski instructor 12 years ago, and as a ski school director 5 years ago. She is fully dual qualified in the British and Swiss systems; one of the first British females to do so, and most recently has been training instructors to achieve their goals in skiing within the BASI system. She has also written a paper comparing the Swiss and British Ski Instruction systems, which has been published.

Rowena has been on the Ski Test team for the Ski Club of Great Britain for the last 7 years. The ski test details over 800 skis for the following season and the test  is published every autumn; you can read more here: Ski Club – Testers. Always a great opportunitiy to meet with other ski coaches!

During the summer she regularly bikes and runs in and around the Zermatt mountains and has completed numerous triathlons. She is also a keen (although by her own admission, pretty poor) windsurfer!

She says: “I love training the ISIA team alongside Federico, it’s a great resort for training due to the altitude and the variation of slopes available.  Bring on the winter!”


Sami hodel ski coaches profile

Samuel Hodel
Telemark Coach

Nationality: Swiss
Favourite Slopes: Ventina, Gobba di Rollin Cervinia. National, Zermatt.
Favourite Quotes: Well done is better than well said – Benjamin Franklin
Languages: English, German

Ski Qualifications:

Swiss Snowsports Telemark Expert (examiner)
Member of Swiss Snowsport Telemark Education Pool
Jugend and Sport Alpine Ski Expert (examiner)

Experience:

Samuel is one of the founders of Matterhorn Diamonds, which was established in Zermatt in 2011. Before that he was the Technical Director of one of the major schools in resort and has a long history in sport. He started skiing very young, joining the local ski club and practicing every day after school. In his childhood he was also a successful gymnast, becoming part of the Swiss junior squad. During his time off his passion were watersports: windsurfing, wake-boarding and sailing on the lakes of Switzerland.

In 2006 he became J+S Ski Expert. His job is to train and assess ski coaches and ski camp leaders that want to qualify with Jeunesse and Sport, the Swiss national organisation for sport promotion and education. In 2008 he became Telemark Expert for Swiss Snowsports and entered the Education Pool in 2009. The main role of the Education Pool is to set the training path for people that want to become ski instructors, taking them from the very first steps all the way to the final exams of fully certified ski instructor. The Education Pool covers all the aspects of education, from technique to teaching methodology as well as Pedagogy. During the winter Sami runs courses in Switzerland to train and examine instructors looking to pass their Telemark exams.

2009 was an important year for him also for his water-based activities, as it was his first regatta on large racing yachts.

Today

Sami sails and competes in the Maxi 72 category and also works for several other boats. His main role is Bow/Mid-bow/Mast, but as he says, “it’s a team sport and everyone tries to learn all the sections of the yacht!”
Regarding the competitions and travels he is involved in:
“We are part of a class and we do the events which the yacht owners agree. These are mainly in the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, France) during the summer, and in the winter there are some races in the Caribbean. Inshore racing is the main type of regatta we participate in but we also go offshore; for example every second year we do the Newport Bermuda race. It’s a great chance you get, when you can be on one of this awesome high performance race yachts…I love it!”

Since 2009 Sami has also been poster boy for Stoeckli, the famous Swiss ski brand. You can spot him on pictures in resort and in international ski press!

Our ski coaches look forward to share some snow-miles with you!


Caroline George
Coach – Gap Course Coordinator

caroline george blogger

Nationality: British/Irish
Favorite Slopes:
Favorite Quotes:
Languages:
English, French
Degree
: BSc(Hons) Sports Coaching and Sports Education
Diploma: Sports Nutrition, Swedish massage
Qualifications:
NUCO First Aid Trainer and Examiner
Irish Interski Team Researcher for Interski 2019
IASI Level 3 ISIA
Irish Interski Team Researcher for Interski Congress 2019 – Pamporovo, Bulgaria
BASI Level 3 ISIA

Coaching Qualifications in other sports:

Hockey
Gymnastics
Trampolining
Bellboating
Ultimate Frisbee

Sports Development

Caroline comes from a background in sport; playing, coaching, umpiring and mentoring. From an early age she became qualified in various sports and as she progressed through the ranks of the clubs became a mentor for young coaches and sports leaders starting out on their coaching pathways.
After studying BSc(Hons) Sports Coaching and Sports Education at the University of Gloucestershire she worked in sports development in South West England providing sports services, teacher training and nationally-recognised sports leaders schemes as part of the work from Plymouth School Sports Partnership.

Ski Coaching

Unusually for an instructor, Caroline first put on skis at 18yrs old on a chance family holiday. From that moment she was hooked on! During the years working in sports development she spent holidays and a winter season working for luxury family travel company Powder Byrne; gaining experience in the ski industry. Since then she has spent the majority of her time in Zermatt.
She was the first female trainee to go through the Diamonds Training Centre ISIA Level 3 Course. Through the years, beside obtaining her Level 3 with BASI, she also became part of IASI. For which she will be attending the Interski Congress 2019 in Pamporovo as researcher member for the Irish Interski Team.

In the summer she still keeps up the sports coaching in the UK.
In the winter she supports Federico with the Strength and Conditioning services in Diamonds Training Centre.
Caroline also contributes to the ski coaching of the Autumn and Winter Gap courses, as well as being the point of reference for the trainees as course coordinator.

Caroline recently launched Diamonds First Aid offering courses suitable for instructors, sports coaches and businesses.
She also attends the SIGB Ski Test every year, reviewing skis for Snow Magazine (a rival to the team which Rowena Phillips reviews for!).

 

 

Are you ski coaches as well? Or want to become one? Well, get in touch with us!

Ski Coaches Profiles – Diamonds Training Centre

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