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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.

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