From the time he was seven, Bryce Davison represented the Hamilton Skating Club on the world stage as a competitive figure skater. Now retired from competing, he's representing the club in a new way: as a coach to some of Canada's best new talent.
"It's about giving back," Davison said in a phone interview from the 2013 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga.
"We're all in it to help young skaters — and this sounds corny, but it's the truth — to help young skaters become the best that they can be."
A three-time Canadian pairs champion, two-time Olympian and 2008 Worlds brozen medalist, Davison has a resume that impresses.Hamilton's Maysie Poliziani won Silver yesterday in Novice Women at the 2013 Canadian Tire Canadian Figure Skating Championships. (Skate Canada/Stephan Potopnyk)
He's putting that experience to work to help some of the country's top young skaters, and so far his efforts have met with great success. Earlier this week, Hamilton's own Maysie Poliziani — one of Davison's students — won silver in the novice women competition at the championships, her first national competition.
"I'm very, very happy. It's not completely unprecedented, but it is kind of unheard of for a novice to get silver at her first nationals."
Another pair of skaters Davison coaches from Eastern Ontario, Judith Murtha-Anderson and Trennt Michaud, picked up silver in the novice pairs competition.
Born in California and raised in Ancaster, Ont., Davison has been skating at the club for most of his life. He made a name for himself and Canada on the world stage with former skating partner Jessica Dubé. Now as a coach, he's hoping to help the Hamilton Skating Club become a world-class training facility for young skating talent.
"We're looking at improving and adding more high level skaters over the next year or two," Davison said, adding he already has some highly skilled pairs interested in joining the club.
Though Davison's competitive days are now behind him — he announced his retirement in 2011 — as a coach and the director of skater development at the club, the 26-year-old uses his role to represent Hamilton and continue showcasing the talent the city has to offer.
"Our kids are looking forward to continued success and we're looking forward to more success in the near future."
The 99th Canadian Figure Skating Championships are taking place this week at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont., where the marquee senior events run from Friday, Jan. 18 to Sunday, Jan. 20.