Meet Our Coaching Team

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Kristy
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Head Coach

She started as a gymnast with this club under Barb Bishop in the 80s and went on to be a National level gymnast. She coached with the club from 2000-2006 and after a break for school,  travel, and work, returned to the club in 2015. Today she is the head coach working with all the coaches on planning and delivering programs and helping the board with projects such as our new facility. She is a Level 3 trained and certified coach by BC Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation. 

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Anais
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Competitive
Coach

She competed as a National level gymnast for 8 years. She had many awards in provincial, national, and international competitions. She has been coaching for 10 years and judging for 6 years. She is a trained and certified coach in Level 2 and a Provincial Level judge certified by Turkish Gymnastics Federation. She is a Level 3 trained and Level 2 certified coach by BC Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation. She is a board member in BCRSGF representing Vancouver Island. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

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Jinayah Nelson
Competitive and Gymnaestrada Coach

She has been a part of the club for 14 years. She started as a gymnast and competed for 6 years. She began coaching 2 years ago. Thanks to her background not only in rhythmics, but also in dance she has put in lots of effort in choreographing routines for our recreational and competitive gymnasts. She is a Level 2 trained coach by BC Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation.


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Rachel Fetherstonhaugh
Pre-Competitive Coach

She started rhythmic gymnastics as soon as she could walk, around age 2-3. She trained and competed for 11 years. After ceasing her training, she started helping as an assistant coach, moving up to teach her own classes. She has had the privilege of teaching all ages groups during her nearly 10 years as a coach. She strives to create a fun yet challenging learning environment for her gymnasts. 



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Mindy Phipps
Recreational Coach

Mindy is a Foundations trained coach working with our Sparkles and Mini-Stars gymnasts for several years now. She has a passion for working with and fell in love with Rhythmic Gymnastics when her daughter Charlotte began training with the club. Mindy is also the President of the Board.
















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Julia
Kipshidze

Ballet Instructor

She has a background in the performance arts and elite level coaching in classical Russian ballet and rhythmic gymnastics. She took part in many performances at the Georgia Ballet Theater such as  Swan Lake, Don Quixoteâ, Nutcracker and many others. She received her diploma in 1992 as a Coach of Rhythmic Gymnastics and Teacher of Physical Culture. She had been the ballet coach of  Georgia, Czech Republic, and Canada’s national teams.



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Ada Sungar
Pre-Competitive Coach

I am currently studying Computer Science at the University of Victoria. I was a rhythmic gymnast for 5 years. I competed until 2011 in provincials and nationals in Turkey.  I really enjoy being around young ones and assisting them as they develop into the confident and motivated athletes they are. I hope to keep our gymnasts' enthusiasm for the sport while improving their skills. I am very excited to share my love for Rhythmic Gymnastics !



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Leanne Dawn
Gymnaestrada Team Lead

 Leanne has travelled to TWO World Gymnaestradas and was a our team lead to WG Austria in 2019! We are very excited to have back on the team and leading our group to National Gymnaestrada in Alberta 2022 and to World Gymnaestrada 2023. 

















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