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Staff

Corona Gymnastics students know our coaches and staff for their big hearts and infectious enthusiasm. But behind the scenes, our staff are also deeply dedicated to studying and learning the leading-edge techniques of gymnastics instruction. All of our staff are Nationally Trained or Certified, and are committed to providing engaging, energetic and safe gymnastics classes for our members.

At Corona Gymnastics, our staff strive to create an environment where children of all ages and abilities can create lifetime memories and develop a love of gymnastics in Ottawa. So far, we’re happy to say that we’re on the right track because many of our coaches today began their training here as preschool gymnastics students many years ago.

Agnes Laing

Executive Director   

As founder and Executive Director, Agnes brings a wealth of gymnastics experience both from a business and pedagogical approach. A former gymnast and dancer, she turned to coaching while still a student. Upon graduation from McGill University with a degree in Physical Education, she began her coaching career as Women’s Intercollegiate Coach at the University of Ottawa. Since founding the club in 1972, Agnes has been directly involved in producing many of the club’s provincial and national gymnastics champions. She is an NCCP level 3 coach and a former level 2 NCCP course conductor. Agnes now splits her duties between coaching and the administration of the school.

Penny Fyfe

Assistant Executive Director   

Once one of the club’s first students and a former provincial level gymnast, Penny has evolved to become the club’s Assistant Executive Director. A graduate of the University of Ottawa Phys. Ed. Honors program, Penny coached competitive at Corona Gymnastics for 25 years. She holds her NCCP level 3 and is a former Level 1 NCCP course coordinator and judge. After many years in the gym, Penny now focuses most of her energy on the administration of the competitive, recreation, and summer gymnastics programs.

Tammy Cromwell

General Manager/Invitational Head Coach   

Tammy comes to us with a wealth of knowledge specializing in gymnastics administration, Preschool Coaching and Movement Education. Tammy began her coaching career in 1987 in Lahr, Germany.  After moving back to Canada, she continued to coach in Kingston, Calgary, Edmonton and in St. Albert as the Executive Director of Dynamyx Gymnastics Club.  Tammy joined Corona's team in 2009 and is now our General Manager, Recreational Co-ordinator and Invitational Head Coach.  Tammy continues to coach Pre-school and Invitational.  She has her Level 2 Gymnastics and Trampoline and Level 3 Theory.

Gilma Valiente

Executive Administrator   

Gilma has been in Canada since 1993 and is originally from El Salvador. She has been at Corona Gymnastics since 2003, and formerly worked for Menariny Diagnostics as an Assistant Director. Gilma is an invaluable person at Corona and often the first face you see when entering the gym.

Lee Ann Simon

Women’s Head Coach   

Lee Ann is the Head Coach of Corona’s Women’s Competitive gymnastics program and has been with Corona since 2006. She is Level 3 Certified and has been coaching gymnastics since 1994. Formerly from Oshawa as a competitive gymnast and then coach, Lee Ann attended Brock University graduating in Physical Education. In addition to her coaching experience, Lee Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of child pedagogy as a Certified Teacher.

Saif Yaacoubi

Men’s Head Coach   

A former National gymnastics team member in Morocco, Saif has been with us since his arrival in Canada in 1990. Saif holds a Physical Education degree from his native country and is a NCCP level 4 coach. He runs our Men’s competitive gymnastics program and remains active in our preschool, recreational, adult, and summer programs.

Jessica Brutzki

Program Coordinator & HR Assistant   

Jessica holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree with a specialization in Marketing from the University of Ottawa as well as a post-secondary diploma in Sports & Entertainment Sales and Marketing from Loyalist College.  She started with Corona in 2018. Jess manages our social media and website, assists in the delivery of recreational and camp programs and supports in our HR department. 

 

Wajdi Bouallegue

Technical Director   

Wajdi comes to Corona Gymnastics with a wealth of knowledge and experience as a two-time Olympian representing Tunisia in the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. He is a graduate from the University of Manouba in 2006 with a National Diploma in Physical Education and Sport. Since his retirement as an athlete Wajdi, has been training athletes at the elite and high performance level in Great Britain, Ireland and Tunisia.  Wajdi joined our Coaching Team in 2018, coaching in both our Women's and Men's Competitive Teams.  Wajdi’s knowledgeable, expertise and energy is a great asset.

Competitive Gymnastics Coaches

The competitive gymnastics coaching staff has been selected to train our elite gymnasts on account of their technical expertise, education, work experience and sound understanding of childrens’ psychological and physical development. Our competitive coaches are a positive force in their gymnasts’ lives. They employ methodologies that build strong and successful athletes who can take on new challenges, both physically and mentally.

Anna Dovzhuk

Competitive Women’s Coach

Originally from Ukraine, Anna has been with us since 2011. She holds a Masters in Physical Culture from the National University of Ukraine. Anna has coached athletes on the National Ukrainian Junior Team and is currently working with Corona’s Provincial and National girls. Anna is certified NCCP Level 3 and has been coaching gymnastics since 2002.

Leanne Hiltz

Team Coach

Leanne started gymnastics in 2003, at Corona, and joined the Invitational team and coaching staff a few years later. She graduated from Western University in 2013 with an honours specialization in clinical biochemistry, then completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. Currently, Leanne is completing a Masters of Mathematics through the University of Waterloo. During university years, Leanne has been actively involved in coaching, dance, cheerleading and her own gymnastics, still competing at the Masters level. Leanne is a certified Level 2 coach and is working with our Provincial Team program. She is also a Provincial level gymnastics judge. Leanne is an asset to our team!

Andrew Kwok

Team Coach

Andrew Kwok is a former competitive gymnast from Corona. He began coaching when at Carleton University, studying Aerospace Engineering. Andrew’s love of the sport took him to London, Ontario where he coached competitive for World Class Gymnastics Academy and London Gymnastics Academy for 6 years.  Andrew is coaching the women’s Team program and our very popular Adult Drop-in.. He is a certified NCCP Level 3 Women’s, Level 2 Men’s and Level 2 Trampoline coach. Andrew is also a former Gold Champion at the World Championships for the Team Canada Cheerleading 2009-10 team. Andrew is a valued member of our coaching team!

Sasha Sorokatty

Elite and Team Coach

Sasha is from Russia and graduated from the Institute of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow. He has coached many gymnasts at the National and International level in Kazakhstan, and Canada. Early on in his career he worked with the Soviet Union Olympic Team. Sasha is now a Canadian citizen and is a fully certified NCCP Level 4 coach. He is working with Corona’s Competitive gymnasts and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching team.

Madeleine LeScouarnec

Team & Invitational Coach

Madeleine is a former elite level gymnast from New Mexico, who competed for 11 years, finishing her career at Level 10. She currently attends the University of Ottawa in the Bachelor of Science Psychology program, and has been coaching at Corona since 2016. She is a National Coaching Certification Program Level 2 coach, and is working with our Team athletes and Invitational groups this year. Madeleine has a busy schedule but she is passionate about gymnastics and coaching. We are happy to have her part of the Corona team!

Nadya Sorokataya

Elite, Team and Pre-Invitational Coach

Nadya is a graduate from the University of Kazakhstan in Physical Culture and Sport. She has coached with husband Sasha, having many gymnasts compete at the National and International level in Canada and Kazakhstan. She is currently coaching Corona’s Team and Elite gymnasts. Nadya is a certified NCCP level 3 coach and formerly a Brevet (National level) judge. We are pleased to have Nadya as part of our coaching team.

Sooyeon Seo

Invitational Coach

Sooyeon is a former National level gymnast and competed for 11 years for South Korea. She graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education from the Korean National Sport University and has over 6 years coaching experience at the competitive gymnastics level in South Korea. After coaching in South Korea, Soo travelled to Canada to coach, and arrived in Ottawa to coach at Corona in 2017.  She is Level 2 trained and is coaching Invitational and pre-invitational gymnastics at Corona.

Lindsay Shoobert

Invitational Coach

Lindsay started at Corona School of Gymnastics when she was 8 years old. After 2 years in the recreational program she competed in the provincial stream for 4 years. When she stopped competing, she started to coach at the gym and has continued ever since. Lindsay graduated from Carleton University, Sprott School of Business with a Management Degree in 2014. She is now an Invitational Coach and plans to continue to be at the gym a few nights a week for as long as she can. Lindsay is Level 2 certified in women’s artistic gymnastics and Level 1 in trampoline.

Katie McDonald

Invitational Coach

Katie is a long-standing member at Corona Gymnastics. Formerly an Invitational Competitive gymnast with us for 10 years, Katie started coaching in 2009 in Corona’s preschool and recreational programs. Since 2010, she has been coaching in our Invitational Competitive program and is a certified Level 2 coach. Katie is a graduate from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Katie is a knowledgeable, positive gymnastics coach who brings great energy to the gym.

Barbara Hummel

Developmental Coach

Barbara is a former provincial gymnast and trampolinist who then coached for Markham Gymnastics Club. She has degrees in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University, and Nursing from Ryerson. Barbara is a Nationally Certified Level 2 coach in gymnastics, Level 1 in trampoline, and Level 1-5 Women’s Judge. She has coached at various clubs including Pickering Aerials, Steels West, and managed Ryerson’s Trampoline Club. Barb is currently working in Corona’s Developmental Program.

Justine Ouellet

Developmental Coach

Justine is a former Provincial level competitive gymnast at Corona. She has now been coaching at Corona for 4 years, and exclusively in the Developmental Program for 2 years. Justine is a Nationally Certified Level 2 gymnastics coach and is currently attending Ottawa University. She is a dedicated, competent coach and is looking forward to continued growth and development in the program.

Anna Marie Miller-Niven

Invitational Coach

Anna Marie started gymnastics at age 3! She was a long-standing provincial competitive gymnast at LGC Saulto’s near Windsor. Anna Marie has been coaching at Corona since 2005, primarily in our Invitational competitive program. She is a certified Level 2 coach and a new Judge in the province. Anna Marie attended the University of Ottawa where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion, and now works full time in the Government. Anna Marie has a passion for gymnastics and brings her love of the sport to the gym!

Ellen McKibbon

Invitational Coach

Ellen is a former Provincial level gymnast at Corona Gymnastics and has been coaching with us since 2007. She has worked with all ages and levels and is now an Invitational Coach. She is a dedicated and excellent gymnastics coach, and a welcome addition to this program. Ellen graduated with an Honours degree in Sociology from the Bachelor of Education program at the University of Ottawa. She is also a certified teacher.

Vanessa Mattucci

Invitational Coach

Vanessa has grown up at Corona Gymnastics! Starting at age 6, she was soon selected for the Development program and later competed at the Provincial level for over 8 years. Vanessa has been coaching with us since 2012, and is currently working in the Invitational competitive program. She graduated from Carleton University in Business.  Vanessa is a certified Level 2 NCCP gymnastics coach.

Abigail Stewart

Invitational Coach

Abigail is a long-standing member at Corona Gymnastics. She started with us at age 4 and went through all of our programs from preschool, recreational, pre-competitive, and ended her career on our Provincial team. Abigail is now attending Carleton University in the Psychology program. Abigail is a Certified Level 2 gymnastics coach that has been coaching since 2012, she currently coaches in the Invitational Competitive program. She brings experience, knowledge and energy to our program.

Jennifer Vo

Developmental Coach

Jennifer has been part of the Corona Gymnastics family for a long time. She was a competitive gymnast in our elite program for 9 years and has been coaching since she retired from training. Jen is working with the Developmental groups, and is an asset to our coaching team. She is a trained Level 2 gymnastics coach and is currently studying Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa.

Program Supervisors

Luwam Kidane
Luwam started as a recreational gymnastics here at Corona. She was mentored and trained as a coach during a high school co-op placement and has been here ever since! In 2006, Luwam starting coaching and now for many years a Program Supervisor. Luwam graduated from the Child & Youth Program in 2011 from Algonquin College and since has been highly involved in the community working with Ottawa's most at-risk children and youth and providing in home  supports to families as a Case Worker.  In Luwam's spare time you'll find her training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing and if not working or training she is often busy traveling around the world.  We value Luwam’s positive energy and contribution to our team.

Kelly Anderson

Kelly is a graduate from Ottawa University from the Physical Education Honours program. She spent her career teaching physical education primarily at Gloucester High School and in her retirement Kelly joined our Supervisor team in 2017.  She brings a wealth of knowledge in child pedagogy and physical literacy to our programs. Her approachable personality and vast experience working with children is an asset on our team.

Abigail Duke

Abi is studying at Carleton University in Social Work and is a former competitive gymnast and coach from Oshawa.  Abi is a certified Level 2 coach whose primary role is that of Program Supervisor and is also our Coach in Training Coordinator.  Abi’s outgoing personality and strong leadership qualities are well suited to these two demanding positions. 

Catherine Giroux

Catherine joined the Corona coaching team in 2015. She is a former recreational gymnast and competitive diver. She holds coaching certifications in artistic gymnastics, trampoline, and diving. Catherine has previous experience coaching gymnastics in elementary school settings and coaching both learn-to-dive and Junior Olympic diving programs. When not involved with sports, Catherine is actively pursuing her PhD in health professions education and working as a teacher with one of the local school boards.

Cristobal D’Alessio

Cris has been involved in the sport of gymnastics from age 6 and has made fitness and sports a fundamental part of his daily life.  He is a currently attending Algonquin College in Pubic Relations and also holds a degree in mobile and app design. Cris started with us in 2012 and when he is not coaching or Supervising at Corona, Cristobal works for the Government in the IT division.

Diana Dominquez

Diana started gymnastics at age 3!  She also competed in our Invitational program for 3 years.  Diana is a graduate from Ottawa University in Linguistics and more recently graduated from Western University with a Bachelor in Education.  Diana has been coaching since 2009 and is a Level 2 trained coach.

Recreational Coaches

Alyssa Bailey Analisa Mariani Lili-Rose Caron          
Anna Foerstel Annika Ceppettelli Mark Kravchenko
Audrey Gilmour Ayman Yaaquobi Natasha Sandhu
Bill Chong Chenae Kamann Rachel Hemish
Christina Collier Courtney Hill Sophia Aiello
Daphne Hinoporos Emily Murray Teagan Dubé
Evelyne Sellars Madeline Moore Yanette Yonas
Hannah Lusk Jenna Leavy Taylor Ellis
Julie Bertrim Kenna Stephenson Sarah Peters
Kirsten Delay Laura Liu Melanie Georges
Lilah Krause Paola Sosa