Julie Zhu


Professional Qualifications:
Skate Canada Regional Level 1 Certified Provincial Level 2 In-Training

Grandview has always been my home. I first learned to skate at my local community centre. Then, in 4th grade, my family and I joined Grandview Skating Club and started training competitively. After six years, I moved to Champs International, one of Canada’s prominent figure skating training centres, to grow further as a competitive skater. After a year, I seamlessly transitioned into a Canskate and competitive coach. For the first nine years of my career, I was privileged to work with and under the high-performance coaches at Champs. Returning to Grandview and giving some of my time back at Grandview feels great, and I am happy to share everything I have learned so far through my experiences. 

I love working with kids. My favourite part is finding the skating strengths and best personality traits in every one of the skaters with whom I get to work. I am also pursuing a Bachelor’s & Masters in Education to continue my journey as an educator.

“I aim to have skaters grow their joy of skating, see value in a hardworking attitude, and develop good habits they can carry into adulthood.”

More about Julie

  • Coaching since September 2013 (competitive coach since 2014)
  • Skate Canada Regional Level 1 Certified, Provincial Level 2 In-Training
  • Mentored under Olympic World Coach Joanne McLeod, Megumu Seki, and Neil Wilson at Champs International SC of BC
  • Novice Women Competitive Figure Skater
  • 2012 Super Series Senior Bronze Women Champion
  • Gold FreeSkate, Gold Skills, Partial Gold Ice Dance Tests Passed
  • STAR 1-5 Coach Assessor Trained
  • 2016 CanSkate University Graduate
  • Fitness, Stretch, and Dryland Off-Ice Instructor
  • Choreographed many programs from STAR 2 to Star 6/Pre-Juvenile
  • 2022 Director of “Christmas in Killarney” Ice Show (Killarney Skating Club)
  • UBC Bachelor of Science Graduate, Combined Major in Science (in Biology, Chemistry, and Earth & Ocean Sciences)
  • 2022 BCPA Summer Open Classic Women’s 63kg Powerlifting Champion, Qualified for 2023 Provincials
  • Languages spoken: English & Mandarin Chinese