Coach

Coaching Staff

Don Holmes

Director/Head Coach

Power Tumbling & Acrobatic Gymnastics Programs

Don joined the Oakville Gymnastics Club in 2005 and along with Niki Lavoie has been working to build up a strong Power Tumbling Team. In 2006 Don introduced the discipline of Acrobatic Gymnastics to the Oakville Gymnastics Club.

Don began his coaching career in Listowel, Ontario at a small club and then went on to coach in London and Burlington. Don was a National level tumbler for three years competing for the Burlington BG’s then went on to compete as a National level springboard diver for four years with various clubs in the GTA.

Don and Niki together have produced numerous national team athletes and Canadian Champions in Power Tumbling. The Oakville Tumbling Program is now the largest tumbling program in Canada and with Don and Niki, who both have experience as Canadian National Team Coaches, the OGC tumblers have great prospects for the future.

Don has twice been the National Team coach for the Canadian Age Group Acrobatic Gymnastics Team. He currently volunteers on the Gymnastics Canada Acrobatics Working Committee and is a member of the Acrobatic Gymnastics Technical Committee for Gymnastics Ontario.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 2 Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Partial Level 4 Trampoline
  • Level 2 Springboard Diving Instructor
  • FIG Level 3 Acrobatic Gymnastics Coach
  • H.B.Sc. Biology and Psychology

Experience

  • Tumbling Coach at Burlington BG’s 1999 to 2005
  • National Level Power Tumbler 1996 – 1999
  • National Level Springboard Diver 1999-2003
  • National Team Coach Power Tumbling World Championships 2003, 2011, 2014 & 2015
  • National Team Coach Power Tumbling World Age Group Championships 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009-2015
  • National Team Coach Power Tumbling World Games 2005
  • National Team Coach Acrobatic Gymnastics 2010, 2012
  • Assistant Head Coach Springboard Diving KW Diving Club 2005-2006

Niki Lavoie

Head Coach

Power Tumbling Program

Niki began her career in gymnastics as a Provincial Level Artistic gymnast at the Quinte Bay Gymnastics Club in Belleville. Niki went on to compete for McMaster University while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has been coaching gymnastics and tumbling for over 15 years.

Niki was the Canadian National Team Coach and appointed the Tumbling Advisor to the High Performance Director for Gymnastics Canada in 2005 and 2007. She has traveled extensively with the National Team and is a respected leader in the sport of Tumbling.

Niki is fully Level 4 Trampoline certified as well she has a diploma in Sports Injury Therapy. Niki is also a licensed Massage Therapist and Acupuncture Therapist. Niki manages the Gleb Abbey Sports Therapy Clinic located within the Oakville Gymnastics Club.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 4 Trampoline
  • Level 3 Women’s Artistic – partial

Experience

  • Tumbling Coach Burlington BG’s 2000 to 2005
  • Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach/Choreographer Quinte Bay Gymnastics Club 1996 to 2000
  • National Team Coach for Power Tumbling 2005 and 2007 World Championships

Amanda McKenzie

Tumbling Coach

Developmental Pre-Competitive Tumbling Coach

Amanda has been a coach at the OGC for the past 8 years. Her focus has always been on the tumbling and acrobatic skills as in the past she was an Inter Club Artistic Gymnast and a Provincial Level Power Tumbler at the OGC.

Amanda has been working for the OGC Tumbling Program for a year as an Inter Club Tumbling coach. Her energy and expertise provide her young tumblers with the opportunity to learn in a safe environment and develop the skills needed to move on to higher levels of tumbling. Amanda has also been a coach for the Cobra’s Cheerleading Team and is still an All Star Cheerleader herself.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 1 Artistic Gymnastics
  • Level 2 Trampoline

Experience

  • Recreational Coach Oakville Gymnastics Club 2001 to date
  • Tumbling/Cheerleading Coach Oakville Cobras 2007 to date
  • Pre-Competitive Tumbling Coach OGC 2008 to date

Alyssa Belford

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Greg Boosey

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Kelsey Horn

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Scott Middleton

Acrobatic Gymnastics

Lorne Bobkin

Head Coach

Women’s Artistic Program

Lorne has rejoined the Oakville Women’s artistic gymnastic program and will bring 35+ years of gymnastics experience to the gym. His strong drive for excellence and technical understanding of gymnastics allows him to produce athletes with excellent gymnastics and a strong understanding of work habits.

As a previous Olympic, World Championships and Common Wealth Games team member Lorne continues to inspire great gymnastics in the athletes he coaches. Lorne’s coaching philosophy matches that of OGC and fits well with the Women’s gymnastics program.

Amanda has been working for the OGC Tumbling Program for 8 years as an Inter Club Tumbling coach. Her energy and expertise provide her young tumblers with the opportunity to learn in a safe environment and develop the skills needed to move on to higher levels of tumbling.

Coaching Certification

  • Women’s and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics – Level 4

Coaching Responsibilities

  • Designing programs for individual athletes to fit their specific levels
  • Developing athletes through the novice level to the world/Olympic level
  • Presenting various athletes at regional, provincial, national, and international competitions

Experience

  • Canadian National Women’s Team Coach (2008-present)
  • Canadian National Men’s Team Coach (1990-1998)
  • Canadian National Men’s Team Gymnast (1984-1990)
  • Commonwealth Games, Auckland, New Zealand (1990)
  • World Championships, Stuttgart, Germany (1989)
  • American Cup, Mixed Pairs Championships (1989)
  • Olympic Games, Seoul, Korea (1988)
  • 1986 Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, Scotland (1986)
  • World Championships, Montreal, Canada (1985)
  • Has conducted seminars and clinics for coaches and athletes in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Alberta

Awards

  • Olympic Life time Membership Award with Ontario Gymnastics Federation
  • International Gold Coaching award from Gymnastics Canada
  • Member – Canadian Gymnastics Federation
  • Member – Ontario Gymnastics Federation
  • Inducted into Gymnastics Canada Athletes Hall of Fame
  • Awarded “Certificates of Excellence” in Gymnastics from the Government of Canada and Ontario

Candice Feinrip

Women’s Artistic Program

Candice has been coaching gymnastics in Ontario for 18 years. Candice’s passion for the technical details of the sport, coupled with her commitment to solid basics and physical conditioning, ensures all athletes have the foundation in place to attain their goals. She encourages, supports and guides the athletes both in and out of the gym.

She is very well respected in the gymnastics community and we are very fortunate to have her as a member of our coaching staff. In addition to her commitment to coaching gymnastics, Candice is also a teacher with the Halton District School Board.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 2 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Certification
  • Level 2 Trampoline Certification
  • Level 3 Women’s Technical and Theory
  • ODP Assessor

Coaching  Highlights

  • One of only 3 coaches in Canada selected for an internship with the Coaching Association of Canada for up and coming coaches in 2009
  • Coach of all-around Ontario Provincial Champions
  • Coach of multiple Ontario Provincial apparatus champions and medalists
  • Coach of multiple Ontario Cup champions
  • Coach of multiple all-around and apparatus champions and medalists at Gymnix International Invitational

Monica Covacci

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Annika Janssen

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program

Annika joined Oakville Gymnastics Club in January 2016 and coaches OGC’s Compulsory WAG Program.

Her involvement with gymnastics began when she was 5 years old. She competed as a provincial level gymnast and power tumbler up until the age of 16.

Her coaching career started when she turned 13. She has coached many levels and disciplines including power tumbling, pre-comp and provincial level athletes. She continued to coach gymnastics while completing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto.

Annika is pleased to be part of the OGC team and will continue to work with the Compulsory level groups on conditioning, flexibility and level 3, 4 and 5 skills with the goal of reaching Provincial Championships and continuing on to higher gymnastic levels.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 1 Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Level 2 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Level 2 Trampoline
  • ODP Assessor
  • B.A. Child and Youth Care
  • B.A. Education

Experience

  • Provincial Level Gymnast and Power Tumbler – Scarborough Gym-Elites
  • 12 years coaching experience
  • Interclub Power Tumbling and WAG coach – Scarborough Gym-Elites
  • Pre-comp and Provincial Team coach – University of Toronto
  • Weekend/Summer Recreational Coordinator- University of Toronto
  • Provincial Compulsory Program – OGC

April Chappell

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

April joined Oakville Gymnastics Club in 2015 and coaches our younger WAG athletes. She works with the girls, teaching them correct form and technique so that they will be able to perform when the time comes to move to a higher level.

April is a former competitive provincial gymnast and cheerleader. In 2012, while studying Math at Wilfrid Laurier University, April helped their competitive cheerleading squad win the 2012 National Title.

April is a Women’s Artistic NCCP Level 2 coach and continues to add to her coaching resume having recently completed the ODP Assessor’s Course. She is very well liked by the girls she trains and is able to get the most out of her athletes by being supportive and encouraging.

Coaching Certification

  • Women’s Artistic NCCP Level 2
  • Level 2 Trampoline
  • First Aid Certified

Experience

  • 9 Years Coaching for Milton Springers and Revolution Gymnastics – Invitational, Pre-Competitive and Competitive Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Member of Wilfrid Laurier’s 2012 National Champion Cheerleading Team
  • Competitive Provincial Gymnast for 7 Years
  • 6 Years of Competitive Cheerleading
  • ODP Assessor’s Course – 2016

Jordyn Lynch

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

Jordyn is a long time, 14 year member of Oakville Gymnastics Club. She was selected to OGC’s Competitive Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program and was a highly valued competitive team member. She had a very successful 10 year competitive career. OGC is extremely pleased to have her as a coach in our WAG program.

Jordyn is also very charitably active and successfully raised funds to build a well in Kenya and travel there to work with community members, building schools, gardens and working on water projects. She is a great role model for the young girls she coaches. In 2014, Jordyn became an OGC rec. coach and has since earned her Level 1 (foundations) Artistic and Trampoline and her Level 2 Women’s Artistic Certifications.

Jordyn shares her love of gymnastics and leads by example, while coaching OGC’s Pre-Comp 1 and Mini WAG Groups.

Coaching Certification

  • Women’s Artistic NCCP Level 2
  • Level1 (Foundations) Artistic and Trampoline
  • Risk Management, Ethics in Sport
  • First Aid Certified

Experience

  • Oakville Gymnastics Club Recreational Coach since 2014
  • 10 Year member of Oakville Gymnastics Club’s WAG Competitive Program

Irena Nechaevski

Women’s Artistic Program – Choreographer

Professional Background :
National athlete (rhythmic gymnastics), Principal and Lead dancer for various Russian Dance Theatres, one of the leading choreographers for stage performances, festivals and shows in Europe and Canada.

Education : Masters Degree in Coaching and Choreography for rhythmic, artistic gymnastics and sports acrobatics, University of Physical Cultures and Sports, Russia, National School of Ballet Bolshoi Theatre.

Achievements : Russian Champion in freestyle routine and hoop routine, multiple special awards for artistry and choreography in rhythmic gymnastics, numerous Awards for Best Choreography in Artistic Gymnastics in Canada. Choreographer and co-coach for Canadian National Champions, Champions of Ontario and International competition medalists on floor and beam. Recipient of a various Awards for the Best Choreography at Dancing Festivals (Russia and Europe), acclaimed choreographer for TV and fashion shows in Europe, Russia and Canada.

In the last 12 years closely worked with the leading coaches and athletes in Canada. Composed floor and beam routines for famous Canadian athletes and Canadian Team members such as: Kelsey Hope, Brittney Habib, Kristina Vaculik, Mikaela Gerber, Sabrina Gill, Christine (Peng-Peng) Lee, Silvia Collussi-Pelaez, Jessica Dowling, Sasha Yermolchuk, Megan Roberts and many other national athletes.

Provided services as a clinician for Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics Ontario for floor and beam choreography, along with seminars on ballet training for gymnastics and general artistic preparation.

Greg Jackson

Head Coach

Men’s Artistic Program

Greg is a graduate of Seneca College’s Advanced Coaching Techniques – Gymnastics Diploma Program and has been an NCCP coach since 1982.

Greg started judging in 1987 and has held a FIG Brevet since 2001. He has judged at Pan-American Games, Commonwealth Games, Japan Cup and many other National and International assignments.

Greg has been the Chairman of the Gymnastic Canada’s Men’s Program Assembly and a member of its Men’s Program Committee since 2004.

Greg is the Chairman of Gymnastics Ontario’s Men’s Technical Committee (MTC) and has been an MTC member since 2002.

Greg has been coaching at the Oakville Gymnastics Club since March 2001 and, with the help of his assistant coaches, has developed a strong developmental and competitive Men’s Artistic program that has included Provincial, Eastern and National Champions as well as NCAA student athletes and a Cirque du Soleil artist.

Coaching Certification

  • Men’s gymnastics – Level 4
  • Women’s Gymnastics – Level 2
  • Trampoline – Level 2
  • NCCP Level 2 Men’s Course Conductor

Experience

  • Head Coach OGC Men’s Competitive Program 2001-Present
  • Head Coach Sport Seneca Gym Men’s Competitive Program 1996-2000
  • Asst Head Coach Ottawa Gym Club Men’s Comp Program 1995-1996
  • Head Coach Gymelites de Hull Men’s Competitive Program 1993-1995
  • Asst. Coach Sport Seneca Gym Men’s Competitive Program 1990-1992
  • Asst. Coach Ottawa Gym Club Men’s Competitive Program 1985-1990
  • Recreation coach Ottawa Gym Club (1982-1985)
  • Director/Head Coach Town of Aylmer Recreation Program 1982-1987

Awards

  • Gymnastics Ontario Diamond (25 year) Service Pin (2012)
  • Gymnastic Canada Gold (15 year) Service Pin (2011)
  • Oakville Sport Oakville Awards (2008)
  • Government of Ontario 20 Year Volunteer Service Award (2007)
  • Gymnastics Ontario Program Service Award (2006)

Dave Harris

Men’s Artistic Program

Dave brings over three decades of coaching experience to the Oakville Gymnastics Club. Dave judged internationally for Canada for 8 years attending over a dozen World Cup competitions as well as 2 World Championships (St. Petersburg, Russia and Birmingham, England) and 2 World Games (Germany and Taiwan).

Dave has a keen understanding of what is expected of athletes at the high-performance level and is able to transfer his knowledge to the gymnasts that he coaches. He works to develop the whole person as well as their self-confidence, personal responsibility and assist each gymnast to work hard to achieve their personal goals. Dave’s organizational skills and club management background make him an excellent addition to the OGC staff.

Coaching Certification

  • Men’s Artistic Level 3 NCCP
  • Level 2 Trampoline NCCP
  • Women’s Artistic Level 2 NCCP
  • Former FIG Level 3 Power Tumbling Judge
  • Provincial level Men’s Artistic judge

Experience

  • Club Manager & Head Coach North Bay Apollo Gymnastics Club 1996 to 2007
  • Thunder Bay Gymnastics, Men’s Artistic Head Coach 1991-1996
  • Guelph Saltos, Men’s Artistic Head Coach 1988-1991
  • Woodstock Gymnastics Club, Men’s Program Head Coach 1987-1988
  • Forest City Gymnastics Coach, Rec Program Coordinator, Men’s Program Head Coach
  • Cambridge Kips Gymnastics, Women’s and Men’s Competitive Program Coach
  • Former National Level Tumbling Judging Course Conductor

Jason Haid

Men’s Artistic Program

Jason joined the Oakville Gymnastics Club in 2009 and has more than 10 years of coaching experience. He is currently a national level men’s judge and the provincial coaching chairperson on the men’s technical committee.

Jason is proud to be part of the team at OGC and strives to develop strong, confident, and technically sound gymnasts at every level.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 2 Women’s Artistic
  • Level 3 Technical Men’s Artistic and Trampoline

Experience

  • Men’s Competitive Coach at Oakville Gymnastics (2009-Present)
  • Men’s Program Director at Kitchener-Waterloo Gymnastics (2006-2009)
  • Men’s Artistic Judge (2006-Present)
  • Men’s Technical Committee (2007-Present)

Ricardo Smith

Men’s Artistic Program

Ricardo has been a permanent fixture at the OGC for the past 7 years. He started junior coaching early and has been a recreational gymnastics coach for the past three years. Ricardo has coached for both the competitive Tumbling and Men’s Artistic Programs. Currently he works specifically with the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics program coaching Inter Club boys.

Ricardo’s love for gymnastics and desire to share his enthusiasm allows him to motivate and inspire his young gymnasts.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 2 Certified Men’s Artiistic
  • Level 2 Trampoline

Experience

  • Provincial and National Level tumbler for 3 years
  • Men’s Artistic Gymnast for 1 year

Allison Fraser

Men’s Artistic Program

Having been a competitive springboard diver and a recreational gymnast in Oakville, Allison knows the benefits of sport. She passed on those benefits to her children when she enrolled them in the Parent and Tot programs at OGC. Her son has since become a member of the MAG program and Allison has gone on to pursue coaching endeavours. Allison has been coaching OGC’s recreational program since 2009 and continues to add to her coaching certifications.

She has completed the technical courses for WAG, MAG and Trampoline. She also has numerous practical hours of volunteer work with inter-club level groups and of coaching OGC’s pre-competitive boys.

Allison enjoys the enthusiasm of the recreational kids and feels she is guiding them towards becoming better athletes. Allison loves seeing her competitive athletes go through the progression and mastering of new skills with a sense of pride and achievement.

Being both a coach and parent of an athlete at OGC helps Allison see the “big picture”. This allows her to identify with the parents of her athletes and pass her knowledge of the sport on to the athletes and parents alike.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 2 (Technical) Trampoline
  • Level 2 Technical WAG / MAG
  • Level 2 Practical MAG
  • Foundations level Artistic / Trampolin

Heidi Rampersad

Men’s Artistic Program

Heidi joined the Men’s Competitive staff in 2014, and has been a coach at OGC since 2011. Heidi was an Artistic Gymnast for 11 years, and a Provincial Fastball Player for 13 years giving her an excellent understanding of what it means to be a competitive athlete. She is well versed in the parenting of competitive gymnasts; both her children train here at OGC. She embraces her natural ability for teaching and motivating young children.

Coaching Certification

  • Level 2 (Technical) Trampoline
  • Level 1 (Foundations) Artistic and Trampoline
  • Level 2 Women’s and Men’s Artistic
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Risk Management, Ethics in sport
  • Career Concepts – Resolving Team Conflict
  • Leadership in Physical Education – focused on Leadership, Coaching, Communications, First Aid and Basic Kinesiology

Additional Skills and Education

  • BA University of Guelph –English/Computer Science
  • Professional Work Experience in Project Management, Reporting, Training, Copy Editing, Creative and Technical Writing
  • Innovation Award (2000-2001) for outstanding performance in repeatedly responding to problems with innovative solutions
  • Volunteer Reading Coach in local Elementary School
  • Level 1 Fastball Coach