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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

Founder

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

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 facilitator 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.

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. She has become an essential part of our management team.

 

Shannon Cozzette

Compeititve Coach & Private Lessons Coordinator   

Shannon is a former competitive gymnast from Corona Gym. She started with us at age 3 in the pre-school program.  After 10 years as a successful provincial level competitive gymnast she turned her talents to coaching and dance.   Shannon coached in our competitive programs while studying at Carleton University, then transferred to the University of Winnipeg, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film. While in Winnipeg, she ran a community hip-hop studio. Shannon has returned to Ottawa and is coaching in our Developmental and Invitational programs.  She is also an amazing choreographer! Shannon is a certified Level 2 coach and we are delighted to have her back and part of the Corona family.

 

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 Degree 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 Elite girls. Anna is certified NCCP Level 3 and has been coaching gymnastics since 2002.

Christian Gomez

Elite and Team Coach

Christian is an experienced multi-talented coach from Columbia.  He is a former National level competitor in Artistic gymnastics, Trampoline and Acrobatic gymnastics. He became a Circus Artist performer and toured for many years.  After retiring from performing he was the Assistant Head Coach of the National Women’s gymnastics team in Panama and Trampoline coach at the International School of Panama.  He is FIG certified in Gymnastics and Trampoline and has his Level 2 in both.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Corona.  We look forward to his contribution to our competitive team.

Lizeth Ruiz

Team and Developmental  Coach

Originally from Columbia, Lizeth has been with Corona since 2023. In Columbia she coached on the National team with the developmental age group. As an athlete Lizeth also competed on the Colombian National team. Lizeth is a certified level 2 FIG academic coach. She has experience judging in both the Junior Olympic USAG Compulsory program and the International FIG, cycle XV category 4 program. Additionally, Lizeth holds a bachelor’s degree in Sport Sciences and Physical Education. She brings valuable knowledge, and we are so happy to have her as part of the Corona team!

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.

Hannah Lusk

Developmental Coach

Hannah is a former Corona Gymnast! She started at the age of 9 and soon became a member of our Invitational competitive program. Hannah began coaching in 2018, joining our developmental coaching team in 2021. She is a competition 1 trained coach and is currently attending Carleton University for an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience. Her positive energy is inspiring!

Shannon Cozzette

Developmental and Invitational Coach

Shannon is a former competitive gymnast from Corona Gym. She started with us at age 3 in the pre-school program.  After 10 years as a successful provincial level competitive gymnast she turned her talents to coaching and dance.   Shannon coached in our competitive programs while studying at Carleton University, then transferred to the University of Winnipeg, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film. While in Winnipeg, she ran a community hip-hop studio. Shannon has returned to Ottawa and is coaching in our Developmental and Invitational programs.  She is also an amazing choreographer! Shannon is a certified Level 2 coach and we are delighted to have her back and part of the Corona family.

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!

Alyssa Dinelle
Invitational Coach

Alyssa has been at Corona since the age of 3! At the age of 7 she joined our developmental program and progressed in the invitational competitive stream. She was mentored in our CIT program and began coaching in 2010. Throughout her years at Corona Alyssa has coached everything from our youngest preschool program to highest recreational, including classes and camps. She is a level 2 certified coach and has been coaching in our invitational program since 2020. Alyssa works full time as a paramedic and brings great knowledge to our coaching team!

Teagan Dube

Invitational Coach

Teagan started gymnastics at the age of 2! She came to Corona as a recreational athlete in 2010 and later a competitor in our invitational program. She was mentored in our CIT program and began coaching in 2017 working with all levels from preschool to advanced. In 2021 she joined our invitational coaching team and now works as an Xcel Coach and is a Program Supervisor. Teagan is currently attending Carleton University for an honours Commerce degree with a specialization in Marketing. Fun fact Teagan has been a part of the Corona family for over half of her life!

Kylee Rude

Invitational Coach

Kylee is a former level 10 competitive gymnast from Calgary! She has been coaching since 2013. She has a bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. Most recently Kylee completed her Master of Human Kinetics with a concentration in consultation and intervention from the University of Ottawa. While working on her master’s degree in 2021 Kylee joined Corona as an Invitational coach and Supervisor. She is a Competitive 1 and Tramp 2 certified coach. Kylee is a great asset to our team!

Maddie McEwen
Invitational Coach

Bio coming soon! 

Kenzie Mess

Invitational Coach

Kenzie is a former competitive gymnast from Petawawa Gymnastics Club. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Laurier University. While in University she coached in the women’s and men’s competitive program at Revolution Gymnastics Centre. She also has a Grad Certificate in User Experience Design from Humber college. Kenzie began coaching at Corona in 2022, while working full time for the Government. She now is working in our Invitational program.

Maddie McEwen
Invitational Coach

Bio coming soon! 

Kenzie Mess

Invitational Coach

Kenzie is a former competitive gymnast from Petawawa Gymnastics Club. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Laurier University. While in University she coached in the women’s and men’s competitive program at Revolution Gymnastics Centre. She also has a Grad Certificate in User Experience Design from Humber college. Kenzie began coaching at Corona in 2022, while working full time for the Government. She now is working in our Invitational program.