My name is Ali Zoller, I grew up playing youth soccer in Saskatoon and later went on to play at the collegiate level for Medicine Hat.
I couldn’t be happier to share my enjoyment and knowledge with the HappyFeet program. The excitement and contagious energy the kids bring to each session makes it a fantastic learning environment and a great introduction to leading an active healthy lifestyle. I am currently working as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant at the Saskatoon Early Childhood Speech & Language Clinic at Royal University Hospital, my experiences working with children in HappyFeet has prepared me well for a role working with young children and I am thrilled to be able to apply my knowledge as a Speech Language Assistant to the HappyFeet program. I work closely with all our coaches, you may see me from time to time coaching or attending other coaches sessions. Please feel free to say hello and direct any questions to me.
I hope you enjoy our program!
Astrid Baecker, Regina Coach
Certification Details: CSA ‘National B’ License, currently enrolled in Canadian Sport Institute Advanced Coaching Diploma
I was incredibly fortunate to have a long playing career and while playing had amazing coaches at the Club, High School, Provincial and University level that inspired me to give back to the game as a coach. I am proud of the soccer community that I am a part of in Regina and beyond thrilled to help bring HappyFeet to Regina!
I received my first NCCP coaching certification in 1995 and have been very fortunate to gain coaching experience with the following programs: QC United Soccer Club, Ginga Academy, FutureStars!, City of Regina, SSA Soccer Camps, SoccerJam, U of R Soccer Camps, ICANPLAYS Sports, Girls in The Game, Sask Summer Games (Head Coach 2000), Coerver Camp Instructor (2004 NSW Soccer Australia), SSA Provincial Program (assistant Coach 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, Head Coach 2002 & 2007), U of R Assistant Coach 2007, Woman in Coaching Canada Games Apprentice Coach (2009), SaskToba Assistant Coach (2010), RSA Sask Summer Games Technical Coordinator (2012).
My name is Kitty Lankhorst and I am super excited about working with the HappyFeet Program.\! I love working with kids this young. Watching them play, explore and learn is such an inspiration. Life is an adventure and they are a great reminder of that.
I grew up in a small town in The Netherlands. When I wasn’t climbing trees or searching for frogs and tadpoles, I was either doing gymnastics or playing soccer with my friends. I was fortunate to grow up in a safe place where we could be outside and active all day long.
I have a degree in Physical Education and specialised in teaching kids with behaviour disorders. In Kelowna I worked at the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre as the team leader for the recreational program.
Kids have a natural desire to move and learn. I want to inspire them to choose an active lifestyle for the rest of their life.
Hannah Gannitsos Clark, Saskatoon Coach
Hi my name is Hannah Gannitsos Clark. I'm taking my first year of arts and science at the University of Saskatchewan.I grew up playing soccer, and this year I made the Huskies women's soccer team at the U of S.
A physically active lifestyle is an important factor in my life, and I love helping the HappyFeet classes stay active. HappyFeet is a great way to get children moving and in our case practicing the basics of soccer in a fun learning environment. I am so excited to be a part of the HappyFeet team.
Kelsey Konihowski, Saskatoon Coach
Hello! My name is Kelsey Konihowski and I am so thrilled that you stumbled upon our HappyFeet Sask page. I grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and have played a variety of sports throughout my life. I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with my Kinesiology degree in 2015 and am currently working as an Exercise Therapist within a physiotherapy clinic in Saskatoon. For me, coaching is such a rewarding job and I look forward to watching the kids develop and implement their skills throughout the sessions. Our HappyFeet classes are an excellent way to introduce basic soccer skills, as well as the development of fundamental movement patterns and other sport skills within an energized learning environment. I can’t wait to share my excitement with you!
Lauren Shyluk, Saskatoon Coach
Hello HappyFeet Community!
My name is Lauren Shyluk, I have been coaching with HappyFeet for almost 3 years now. I am currently an Engineering Student at the U of S. Coaching with HappyFeet has been a wonderful experience for me as well as the perfect stress reliever from student life. I love seeing the children learn and gain confidence each class, being a HappyFeet coach is a wonderful way to give back to the community and help spread my love of soccer and being a part of a team. I look forward to having you in my class, see you then!
Teagan Belitski, Saskatoon Coach
Hello, my name is Teagan Belitski! I am twenty-seven years old and one year away from obtaining my Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. I was born in the Kindersley, Saskatchewan area my most of my family still lives. I am the oldest of four brothers and sisters. I have visited twenty countries in my life, my favourite being Mexico where I lived for eight months last year and learned to speak Spanish. In my spare time I like to play volleyball and slo-pitch, read, try out new recipes, go for walks by the river and go to spin class. I haves spent most of my life working with children in one form or another. I have been a babysitter, educational assistant, and autism behaviour therapist. I love working at Happy Feet because I think it is great to combine fun and exercise in a social atmosphere!
Tyler Hillstead, Weyburn HappyFeet Coach and District Dir...
Hello, my name is Tyler Hillstead. I am beyond ecstatic to be part of the Happyfeet team. I think it is rewarding to be able to give back what was so freely given to me. I love this program because I believe strongly in child development and letting them have fun while being active. The Happyfeet program achieves all of this.
I have been on the soccer field since the age of 2 watching my older brother play and my dad being president of Weyburn Soccer Association.I have played soccer up to the age of 18, with one of my greatest achievements was playing in the Saskatchewan Summer Games. I have coached rep teams and house teams in Weyburn.Currently I sit on the board of Weyburn Soccer Association as Referee in Chief, and last year I was awarded the Don Hillstead Volunteer of the Year award with WSA.
I have grown up In Weyburn my whole life and I am currently raising my own family in Weyburn. I am married to my wife Melissa and have a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. I own and operate an oilfield consulting company working in facility and pipeline construction.I am also taking University classes to be an Addiction Care worker.
-We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.Winston Churchill -
Kristen Volstad, Saskatoon Coach
Hello! My name is Kristen Volstad and I am excited to join the HappyFeet Program and get to know many more wonderful kids. I have worked in a variety of childcare roles for the past eight years, from being a nanny to a camp counselor. I appreciate the opportunity to share my energy, encourage growth through physical activity and, of course, have fun as a coach! Besides childcare, I am also a first year pharmacy student and in my free time I enjoy reading, cooking and horseback riding. I look forward to meeting you!