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 LaingExecutive 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 FyfeAssistant 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 CromwellGeneral 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 ValienteExecutive 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 SimonWomen’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 YaacoubiMen’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 BrutzkiProgram 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 BouallegueTechnical 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 DovzhukCompetitive 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 HiltzTeam 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 KwokTeam 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 SorokattyElite 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 LeScouarnecTeam & 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 SorokatayaElite, 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 SeoInvitational 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 ShoobertInvitational 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 McDonaldInvitational 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 HummelDevelopmental 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 OuelletDevelopmental 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-NivenInvitational 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 McKibbonInvitational 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 MattucciInvitational 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 StewartInvitational 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 VoDevelopmental 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.