Head Coach

Coaching Bio - Wilma Boomstra

Coach Boomstra was born in the Netherlands, a Mecca for speed skaters.  Wilma grew up racing and winning many Dutch and European speed skating championships.  In 1989, Wilma graduated from CIOS Sports Academy in Herrenveen with a degree in coaching speed skating.  In 1991-2 she was hired to be the assistant to the Dutch Olympic coach Henk Gemser.

Wilma working with young skaters.
Coach Boomstra had great success with junior elite and elite speed skaters in the Netherlands.  She quickly came to the attention of US Speedskating and was hired to be the US National Team Coach in 1993.  As the resident speed skating coach at the Olympic Educational Center in Marquette, Michigan, Wilma trained and coached many of the speed skaters who earned spots on our World and Olympic Teams.

In 1995 Wilma married musician Emil Borde.  They gave birth to daughter Zoe and in 1996 moved to Southern California.  Wilma is now the coach for the Southern California Speed Skating Association, Ice Club DeMorra and the HealthSouth Speed Skating Club. Wilma and five year old Zoe can be found on the ice at HealthSouth Speed Skating Club sessions on Sundays.

You can email Wilma at: skaterboomboom@yahoo.com.


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