Lee Barkell

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Lee Barkell
2011 Rostelecom Cup - Jones&Gaskell coach.jpg
Barkell at the 2011 Rostelecom Cup
Personal information
Country representedCanada
Home townKirkland Lake, Ontario
PartnerMelanie Gaylor
Retiredc. 1989

Lee Barkell originally from Kirkland Lake, Ontario is a Canadian figure skating coach, working with both singles and pairs, and a former competitive pair skater. With Melanie Gaylor, he won gold at the 1986 Fujifilm Trophy, 1986 Nebelhorn Trophy, and 1986 Grand Prix International St. Gervais.


Barkell competed in pair skating during the 1980s, in partnership with Melanie Gaylor. The pair won three international competitions — the 1986 Fujifilm Trophy, 1986 Nebelhorn Trophy and 1986 Grand Prix International St. Gervais. The duo received two Canadian national medals in the fours discipline — bronze in 1987 with Cynthia Coull / Mark Rowsom and silver in 1988 with Michelle Menzies / Kevin Wheeler.

After retiring from competition, Barkell began a coaching career in Barrie, Ontario, at the Mariposa School of Skating, where he was the director of pair skating. His former students include:

In the summer of 2014, Barkell moved to Toronto and started coaching at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club. His students at the Cricket Club included:

In the summer of 2019, Barkell moved to the Granite Club with Daleman. He also continued as a coach for Gogolev, who relocated to California with Rafael Arutyunyan as his primary coach.[10] In September of 2019, it was announced that he would be coaching four-time Japanese national champion Satoko Miyahara.[11] In January of 2020, he began coaching World bronze medalist Vincent Zhou.[12]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Pairs with Gaylor[edit]

Event 85–86 86–87 87–88 88–89 89–90
Fujifilm Trophy / Nations Cup 1st 5th
International St. Gervais 1st
Skate Canada 5th
NHK Trophy 4th
Nebelhorn Trophy 1st
Canadian Championships 1st J 6th 6th 5th
J = Junior level

Fours with Gaylor and others[edit]

Event 1987 1988
Canadian Championships 3rd1 2nd2
Partners in addition to Melanie Gaylor:
1 Cynthia Coull / Mark Rowsom
2 Michelle Menzies / Kevin Wheeler


  1. ^ "Jeffrey BUTTLE". International Skating Union.
  2. ^ http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00014082.htm
  3. ^ "Patrick MYZYK". International Skating Union. Retrieved October 16, 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00103095.htm
  5. ^ "Gabrielle DALEMAN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2014-05-22.
  6. ^ Hersh, Philip [@olyphil] (April 29, 2015). "Gabrielle Daleman- Coaching Change" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ https://www.facebook.com/TorontoCricketClub/videos/895534253842304/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2015-01-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Reinhold Kany, Klaus (August 22, 2014). "Skaters Flock to Toronto, Montreal for Summer Training". Ice Skating International: Online.
  10. ^ "Stephen Gogolev full biography". Skate Canada. Archived from the original on July 2, 2019.
  11. ^ IFS Magazine [@ifsmagazine] (18 September 2019). "Satoko Miyahara is relocating to Toronto to train with Lee Barkell at the Granite Club. Me Hamada will remain her main coach. Miyahara wants to master the triple Axel" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Vincent Zhou changes coaches, to return at U.S. Figure Skating Championships". NBC Sports. January 2, 2020.

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