||Xinhong J., NCCP III
Xinhong was formally a competitive rhythmic gymnast with a modern dance background. She was coached by her mother, a well known physical education university professor. Xinhong was a member of the gold-medal winning group team, at the university games.Xinhong came to Canada in 1992 to study at Carleton University and earned an Masters of Arts in Psychology, to add to her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. Prior to coming to Canada, Xinhong taught physical education at the university level in China for 6 years. She was a head coach for the university rhythmic gymnastics team and was a national judge.Currently, Xinhong has over 25 years of rhythmic gymnastics coaching experience. She is a certified NCCP Level III coach and a National judge. She has also been a NCCP course conductor for Gymnastics Ontario for many years. She has guided her gymnasts to many championship wins at the regional, provincial and national levels. In 2006, Xinhong won the National Wild Rose Domestic Development Coaching Award. This award is given annually to one exceptional coach in Canada who works directly with gymnasts and also develops programming and initiatives that build the sport from the grass-roots.In 2014, Xinhong received the title of 2014 Female Volunteer of the year for Special Olympics Ontario-Ottawa. She has assisted many Special Olympic athletes achieve their best and amazingly, has coached five athletes attending the Special Olympics World Game.
||Olga C., NCCP II
Olga was born in the town of Omsk, Western Siberia in Russia. She started her rhythmic gymnastics training at the age of 6. Her training was very intensive with a weekly program of 30+ hours in the gym with some of the top coaches in Russia. Her school has produced national and world champion rhythmic gymnasts. By the age of 12, Olga was competing nationally in the former USSR. Olga reached the level of master sport in Rhythmic Gymnastics and helped coach the younger gymnasts while attending university and graduating with a degree in Sports Administration.Olga immigrated to Canada in 2002 with her husband Chris to start their family. She is currently a NCCP II coach and has been working at the ORGC for 11 years. Olga’s two daughters are currently in provincial level and they enjoy RG as much as she does.
||Keiko M., NCCP II
Keiko moved to Canada from Japan in 2002. She was part of the coaching team at the MEG RG club while in Japan. She joined ORGC as a coach in 2003. As a child, Keiko had ballet training for 7 years since the age of 6. She then joined a junior high school rhythmic gymnastics club at the age of 14.In addition to dance and RG, Keiko studied Japanese calligraphy for several years. She also studied piano throughout her childhood.
||Brihana M., NCCP I
Brihana was on the Canadian National Team for 7 consecutive years before representing Canada at the Pan-American Games where she was a bronze medalist in 2007. Later that year, she represented Canada at the World Championships, Olympic Trials.Brihana graduated from Carleton University in April 2014 with a B.A Honors in Communications Study and a Minor in Psychology.She is currently working for Gymnastics Canada as the Rhythmic Gymnastics Program Coordinator.Brihana is a Level 1 NCCP coach and hopes to encourage gymnasts to achieve personal success in a dedicated and positive environment.
Anastasiya started rhythmic gymnastics training at the age of 4 in Ukraine and continued her training in Toronto. Her training was very intensive with weekly program of 20+ hours. At the age of 12, she became a member of the national team of Canada at the junior level and later at the senior level. At the age of 14, she started to compete internationally. Her first international competition was “LA Lights” where she participated in Level 10 and was 4th all around. She was ranked 2nd at the Canadian Individual Championships and 2nd at Elite Canada in 2009. In 2010, Anastasiya competed at the Canadian Individual Championships in the Senior High Performance category and placed 5th AA with a bronze in the ribbon final. She represented Canada at the Pan American Championships individually (10 AA) in 2010. In 2011, Anastasiya was selected to join the Canadian National Group. Together, they competed in 11 World Cups and the Pan American Games in 2011 where the team won 2 silver medals and a bronze. That was also the qualifying year, where the team earned a spot to the Olympic Games in 2012. This was the first time that Canada secured a group spot in the sport. Competing in London 2012, the Canadian team placed 11th AA. Anastasiya completed three years of Life Sciences Program at the University of Toronto and currently she studies medicine at the University of Ottawa.
||Nancy C., NCCP I
Nancy’s background is in ballet. At the age of four is when her dancing began. She is a full member of the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association (CDTA) in ballet. She has been instructing ballet and jazz for over 20 years. She runs the Nancy Cowan School of Dance and teaches at Les Petits Ballets in Ottawa.Nancy is a certified ballroom and latin dance instructor and a professional member of the Canadian Dancesport Federation (CDF).Since 2003 she has competed both professionally and in Pro-Am in ballroom and latin dancesport competitions in Canada and the United States. In 2006 she won the Canadian 10-Dance Pro-Am Championship in Montreal.She has been with ORGC for the past 17 years. Nancy is a CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers’ Association) member, a CDDDSC (Canadian Dance & Dance Sport Council.
||Sarah C., NCCP I
Sarah likes to bend herself in improbable ways. Still ridiculously flexible, she participates in most of her classes and definitely believes learning should be fun. (Since she coaches in her spare time, we’re pretty sure she thinks coaching is fun too!)A dancer and a gymnast from the age of 4 or 5, Sarah competed in rhythmic gymnastics for about 11 years and is a former Provincial Champion. She was also part of ORGC’s first National Duo and is a graduate of Canterbury High School’s Dance Program.She started coaching young and is going to hit the 10 years mark very shortly!Sarah continues to love dance and is now part of a performance Salsa and Charleston group.
||Elena D., Ballet teacher
Elena was born in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. She started dancing ballet at age of 5 and in 2001 she graduated at the National Dance Arts School.2001 – 2006 she was a dancer in the “National Art” ensemble led by one of the most famous Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics coach Neshka Robeva.2006 – 2009 worked in Sofia`s Capital Children Centre as a rhythmic gymnastics coach and ballet choreographer.2010 – 2011, Elena moved to Canada and had the opportunity to work as a ballet choreographer at the National Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Toronto2012 – 2014 worked at “Academic” Club in Sofia, Bulgaria as coach and ballet choreographer with the gold medalist Simona Peycheva
||Kristin P., Coach NCCP 1
Kristin has been doing rhythmic gymnastics since the age of 4 and has been in love with the sport ever since. She first starting competing at the age of 7 and Xinhong has been her coach from the beginning.Competing provincially for 9 years Kristin has won 3 provincial titles (2 groups and 1 individual).
||Katherine P., NCCP I
Katherine has been competing in rhythmic gymnastics since she was 8. She won an Ontario provincial group title in 2012. She is passionate about the sport and loves to share that enthusiasm with young gymnasts. Katherine is currently a student in the Canterbury High School dance program.
||Iana Kim NCCP level 1
Iana began competitive training in sports at the age of five. She first started in artistic gymnastics but quickly transitioned into figure skating. She competed for 6 years in figure skating before switching to rhythmic gymnastics. She officially started training at ORGC when she was 11 and has competed at the provincial level, in both individual and group categories. Iana graduated from Canterbury high schools Dance Program and now attends Carleton university.
||Kateleen Jia, NCCP I|
Kateleen’s rhythmic gymnastics career started when she was 7 years old. She has been competing in the provincial level for 8 years, winning numerous medals. Currently, Kateleen has advanced to the national level of competition. Throughout her many years of rhythmic gymnastics, Kateleen has also participated in ballet, jazz, and Chinese dances.