Doug Leigh

Coaching since 1969 — Level 5

Owner Of Mariposa School of Skating

Owner/Director Singles Program at Mariposa School Of Skating


  • Coached World Champions and Olympic Medalists Brian Orser and Elvis Stojko
  • Brian Orser 2-time Olympic Silver Medalist 1983,1987
  • Brian Orser 8-time Canadian Champion: 1981, 1982,1983,1984,1985,1986,1987,1988
  • Brian Orser World Champion 1986 , 4 Time world silver medalist 1983,1984,1985,1987
  • Elvis Stojko 3-time World Figure skating champion: 1994, 1995, 1997
  • Elvis Stokjo 2-time Olympic Silver medalist: 1994, 1998
  • Elvis Stokjo 7-time Canadian Figure skating champion: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
  • Coach of 3-time World Bronze Medalist Takeshi Honda
  • Coached at 34 Consecutive Canadian Championships
  • Coached at 26 World Championships
  • Coached at 6 Winter Olympic Games
  • Coached over 50 Canadian National Medalists including  6 time Canadian Ladies Champion Jennifer Robinson and 8 time Canadian Mens Champion Brian Orser
  • Coached skaters to over 150 National and International Medals
  • Mariposa has 20 World & Olympic Medals
  • Canada’s First  Skate Canada Level 5 Certified Coach

Doug Leigh is clearly recognized as Canada’s premier skating coach, and is Internationally acclaimed as a leader in the field. As a skating authority, he operates numerous coach/skater seminars throughout the world as well as the renowned coach/skater one week seminar at Mariposa. Doug is a frequent speaker at schools, clubs and charities, and is involved in local fundraising events for hospitals, cancer research and recreational facilities.

  • Paul Harris Fellowship Award ( Rotary Club)
  • Nine CAC Awards (Coaching Association of Canada)
  • 1996 Ontario Coach of the Year
  • 1996 Canadian Coach of the Year
  • 1998 Inducted into The Sports Hall of Fame for Figure Skating
  • 2002/2003 Excellence in Education Award (Simcoe County District School Board)
  • 2003 Named as one of Top 10 Coaches in Canadian Sport (Coaches Report Magazine)
  • 2008 Recipient of the prestigious Geoff Gowan Award.  Recognizing lifetime contribution to coaching development
  • 2013 Recipient of Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal

Coach of

  • First man to land a quadruple jump in combination (quadruple toe-loop, double toe-loop): 1991 World Championships
  • First man to land a quadruple/triple jump combination (quadruple toe-loop, triple toe-loop): 1997 Grand Prix Final