Coaching Congress Clinicians
See below for more information about the amazing clinicians attending this year's Congress!
National Coaching Certification Program Master Coach (Level 4)
Coach of 5 NCAA Division 1 Athletic Scholarship Athletes Coach of Commonwealth Games Finalist - Glasgow 2014
Coach of 2 World Championship athletes (2014, 2015)
Coach of 2 Olympic Trials invitees (2012, 2016)
Coach of Youth Olympic Games - Finalist - Nanjing, China (2014)
Founder, Revolution Gymnastics and Sports
Centre Certified Coach Practitioner (NLP)
Ali Stoffels is the founder of Rec Gym Pros, which aims to bring together the recreational gymnastics community to share ideas and best practices (look us up on social media @recgympros). She is currently the Rec Director at Milton Springers and holds degrees from Lakehead University in Education and Outdoor Recreation (Leadership). Ali is passionate about rec coach development, the power of play and she has spent the better part of her coaching career filling her back pocket with games and kid-approved activities.
Asifa was first introduced to working with children with alternative needs over 20 years ago when a young athlete with autism joined a recreational class she was coaching. This sparked a passion for helping children with developmental delays, mental health concerns, and behaviour difficulties achieve success.
Asifa studied Child Psychology, Social Work, Child and Family Counselling, and Play Therapy and has done work regarding the impact of adverse childhood experiences on neurodevelopment.
With over fifteen year of experience in hospitals, schools and, residential facilities supporting children with special needs and behaviour difficulties she is excited to combine and share her knowledge and passion with the gymnastics community.
Asifa is the Adaptive Gymnastics Coordinator at KW Gymnastics as well as a coach in the women’s competitive program and a judge in Ontario.
Carol Morley is a licensed practising Naturopathic Doctor with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for educating patients about preventative medicine and nutrition. As owner and director of Zawada Health, Carol provides families with a professional healthcare environment that offers natural health care solutions that are safe, effective and reliable.
Carol's enthusiasm for nutrition and education helps many patients and businesses, large and small, achieve their health and wellness goals. Carol regularly contributes to print media and television, and can also be seen periodically on Global Television's "Family Health" news segment. She has also published a cookbook - Delicious Detox, to guide patients in healthy cooking that doesn't sacrifice taste and has 2 more cookbooks coming out in 2016 and 2017. Carol's clinical and business experience is put to good use by sitting on the Board of Governors of the CCNM. She is also an advisory board member of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, where she evaluates innovative natural health product opportunities and assists in defining treatment trends and gaps in naturopathic medicine.
Carol is a graduate of McMaster University with a Kinesiology degree and the CCNM. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors (APND) and is registered with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Naturopathy.
Danielle is the Education Program Manager at Gymnastics Ontario. She has been working closely alongside Gymnastics Canada to help roll out and deliver the updated NCCP training/certification program across Ontario.
Danielle was a nationally ranked gymnast, as well as a 3x World Cheerleading Champion with Team Canada Coed.
She has spent the past 9 years coaching competitive cheerleading and clinics. In turn, Danielle has developed a passion for coach education, development and quality programing.
Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS is a Physical Therapist who graduated in 2013 from Springfield College. Dave comes from an extensive gymnastics background, being a former athlete and currently still coaching optional level gymnastics in Boston. Dave was a competitive gymnast for 18 years, 4 of them collegiately as part of the Springfield College Men’s Team. Dave has also been coaching gymnastics for 12 years, being involved in beginner, national, and elite levels. His unique background as a former athlete and current coach gives him a one of a kind approach for the performance and rehabilitation of gymnasts. He has successfully treated some of the most talented high school, collegiate, and junior elite level gymnasts in the country. Along with gymnastics, Dave enjoys treating athletes of all sports as well as the specialized treatment of Olympic Weightlifters and CrossFit athletes. He has worked with regional and national level Olympic Weightlifters, as well as Regional and Games level CrossFit Athletes. Dave graduated from Springfield College with his Bachelors in Science, a Minor in Psychology, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He became Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy in February of 2016, and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2017. His current interests include prevention and rehabilitation of extension based spine injuries, shoulder and hip instability, periodization and strength and conditioning models, as well as the science involved in long-term athletic development, mobility training, and motor control. He participates in ongoing continuing education by attending various courses, collaborating with other professionals, and staying up to date with the most current medical research.
• NCCP Level 4 coaching certification.
• Involved in Gymnastics for 35 years. 20 as a coach and 15 as a gymnast.
• Consultant in gymnastics and acrobatics activities.
• Head coach at Gymrep summer camp between 2011-2015
Recreation Manager/ODP Meet Director at Burlington Gymnastics Club. Recently celebrated 25 years with BGC! My passion is grassroots gymnastics. Member of various G.O. committees and working groups. Love learning and sharing Gymnastics knowledge.
Erin Oswald, I have been an acrobatic gymnast for 10 years and have grown both mentally and physically through the sport. As a part of a trio, I have competed internationally for over 5 years and have representing Canada at Pan-American and at two World Championships, this year finishing in 9th place out of over 36 entries in my category. In Canada, my trio has been the National Acro Cup winners for the past four years. I have coached recreational gymnastics including recreational acro for over 4 years and am now coaching the compulsory USJO competitive acro levels at Oakville Gymnastics Club.
Karyn Kibsey is the Manager of Training and Education for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The Canadian Centre’s goal is to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children by providing programs and services to Canadians. It operates Cybertip.ca – Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children. Karyn works with professionals in sport, education, child serving-organizations and child protection to provide insights into issues of child sexual abuse and exploitation, misconduct, policies and procedures to protect children, emerging issues and trends impacting youth, and the online safety of children.
Karyn’s work with youth, formerly in international education, has taken her across the globe – with assignments in China, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and Brazil.
I have been involved in Gymnastics for close to 20 years, both Recreational and Competitive, but have a passion for the Foundations of Gymnastics. After retiring in December from Pickering Athletic Centre and Taylar Gymnastics as their Recreational Coordinator and Foundations Director to focus on a big move to our lake house, I have recently launched “4-C-ing The Coaching Experience”, providing consulting and training for Coaches and Coordinators. I believe in empowering coaches to be their best and to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and confidence to those involved in the sport. Through Critical Thinking, Creativity, Compassion and Culture (the 4 C’s), we can provide a greater experience for all.
- Foundations Facilitator (Artistic and Trampoline)
- Level 2 Women’s Artistic Certified. Level 2 Trampoline Technical
- Served on Ontario Development Program Committee for several years
Gymnastics Ontario Gym For All Program Manager
Lisa Mitzel is the author-illustrator of Focused and On Fire: The Athlete’s Guide to Mental Training & Kicking Butt. Her second book is written for coaches and parents, Focused and Inspired, and teaches safety in sport, ‘power balance,’ and emotional intelligence (due out in August 2018). A former Head Coach at Stanford University, Lisa took her team to their first ever top-10 finish at the NCAA National Championships. As a gymnast at the University of Utah, Lisa became an NCAA National Champion, 6-Time All-American, member of 4 NCAA National Championship Teams, and later, inducted into the University of Utah Hall of Fame. She was a national Elite gymnast and 2-Time Jr Olympic National Champion. Lisa is a dynamic speaker and educator touring internationally. She speaks at universities, conferences, and sports programs and teaches methods to manage thoughts and feelings, overcome struggles, and develop emotional intelligence for confidence and safety. Published in Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology, she has a BA in Psychology and MFA in Writing. She has three grown children and lives in California.
Dr. Mahmoud Zaerian is a practicing chiropractor and is a national team therapist for the Men’s and Women’s Canadian Gymnastics team and has worked with athletes over the course of his 18 year career including our women’s Olympic hockey team and more recently working with Athletics Canada.
He has working closely with gymnastics over the last 6 years along with putting together a manual to support coaches in developing gymnasts for injury mitigation and enhanced performance.
Member of the national team for over a decade.
Competed at multiple world cup and world championship competitions.
Coaching at Skyriders for 20 years.
Head Coach at Junior Pan Am and World Age Group Championships
Michelle Seanor is currently the head trampoline coach with GymZone Gymnastics/Sudbury Laurels. She is a level 3 technically certified trampoline coach, a level 2 certified Men's and women's artistic coach and an LF for foundations introduction, artistic, and trampoline courses. She has coached the gamete, from 18 month olds trying gymnastics for the first time up to senior level competitors in trampoline.
Outside of the gym, Michelle completed an undergraduate degree in sports psychology. Recently, she completed her MHK and is pursuing her doctorate in Human Studies. Her research interests pertain to elite athlete talent development specifically in Canadian trampoline. She is also currently working with a team in Sudbury to help assess the education and accreditation process for coaches and sport officials in Northeastern Ontario. The team hopes to help facilitate access to educational opportunities for sport organizations in remote areas throughout the Northeastern region.
As a trained ballerina, gymnast and coach; for over 22 years, Sara has gained knowledge and expertise through working with Canada’s most influential gymnastics leaders. For the last 7 years, Sara has been WAG coach and is currently the dance coach and choreographer at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre. Sara’s philosophy has always been building strong daily work habits with her colleagues and athletes to ensure the greatest quality of leadership, as well as aiding in the creation of routines that leave a lasting impression. Sara has represented Team Ontario, coached two Eastern Canadian Champions and multiple Provincial Champions. Sara has a great passion for the sport, and she continues to further her education through courses, clinics and mentorship programs. Sara is an NCCP Level 3 WAG coach, NCCP Level 3 trampoline coach, NCCP Level 2 fully certified WAG/MAG coach and clinician.
- - current Brevet Judge
- -WAG judge in Ontario since 1984
- - former member of the Judging Committee until 2017
- - Chair of the OCP Working Group, responsible for Technical Clarifications
- - Member of the GCG WPC
- - Chair of the CJO Working Group for GCG
“All that glitters is gold for Stella Umeh, Canada’s foremost female Gymnast…”
- People Who Make a Difference
Stella Umeh, the founder and creator of The Ivory Elephant Group, is the most prolific gymnast in Canadian history. Stella Umeh championed the stage of gymnastics with several stints at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and a trip to Barcelona, Spain for the 1992 Olympic Games. Stella Umeh wrapped up her international career with an all-time honoured college career at UCLA as a ten time All-American and NCAA Champion leading her to her 2012, UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame induction.
Stella has graced the stage, television and silver screen with her high-flying personality and dramatic expertise, Stella has made several coast-to-coast appearances showing her range as a gymnastics analyst with CBC to a fitness and wellness expert on the Fine Living Network out of Los Angeles, California.
Stella recently wrapped up a 13-year love affair with Cirque Du Soleil where she became the only female artist to master virtually every single female role in the touring show Varekai; taking her from being a key participant in the creation of the show to mastering the role as the lead female clown understudy.
Stella's knowledge was not limited to onstage performance. She held the positions of choreography assistant and artist integration supervisor.
Having been a committed yoga practitioner for the last 15 years, Stella achieved two teaching certificates in yoga. Enabling her to share her love for the practice and teach classes and workshops all over the world to anyone who has a thirst to live a life of breath and elevated fluidity.
Stella is truly a consummate “Jack of all Trades,” and it is precisely this label that prompted her to start her own company and wellness brand: The Ivory Elephant Group.
Suzie fell in love with the sport of gymnastics, in 1972, as a young gymnast.
After a career ending injury, and a lot of encouragement from her Father, she began coaching a group of special needs athletes.
Over the years Suzie’s involvement grew to include coaching at the recreational and competitive level, working as a floor supervisor, mentor coach, clinician, judge, meet director and programs coordinator at the club level.
She has been instrumental in developing the sport of Acrobatic Gymnastics in Ontario.
She is the co-creator and co-meet director of the National Acro Cup, and Vice Chair of the Acrobatic Technical Committee for G.O, and the Team Ontario manager.
Suzie coordinated Gymnastics demonstrations for the Pan Am Games at the CNE Sportszone, and was a Press Operations Supervisor for Gymnastics, during the Games.
Most recently, Suzie has been a guest speaker at the CAO conference, and attended the 1st Vegas Acro Cup as the Team Manager for the Oakanagan Gymnastics Club.
Suzie is a NCCP Level 3 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics coach and NCCP Level 2 Trampoline coach.
Toni came to Ontario in 1999 from Winnipeg, Manitoba where she was a National track and field athlete, and as a young adult she also coached track and field. After moving to Ontario she began coaching gymnastics at Futures gymnastics, her love of the sport flourished and the joy of coaching this sport grew. For most of those 20 years she has been with Futures Gymnastics, teaching at the Pre-Competitive, Provincial and National levels. Toni Norman is the Head Coach at Futures and continues the tradition of competitive excellence that Futures has enjoyed. Toni has also participated as a clinician at GCG Aspire camps and GO congress. Toni is known for her strong developmental programs and technical knowledge, she has developed Provincial and Eastern Champions and National event Champions. As well as having a current National Team member she has also produced National Vault and Beam Champions and Provincial and Eastern Champions.
Wendy oversees the Coaching Education and Professional Development Program at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. She is responsible for the delivery of the two-year Advanced Coaching Diploma and ongoing professional development opportunities and events for high performance pathway coaches.
Wendy joined the team at CSIO in the Fall of 2008 after 4 years on the staff of the National Softball program leading up to and including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Wendy has been involved in sport as an athlete, coach, volunteer and administrator from grassroots to high performance. Her volunteer experience includes working at Canada House during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, and as a sport volunteer for TO2015 Pan Am Games.
As one of the facilitators of the CAAWS Women in Leadership Program since 2014, Wendy has worked with organizations around the province supporting women participating in sport and physical activity at all levels.
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