Staff

Mens Competitive Coaches

Richard Ikeda

Mens Head Coach

Richard Ikeda has graduated from the UFV with a Computer Information Systems degree. He has been a strong presence in gymnastics for 33 years and has competed as a Senior National Athlete for 13 of those years. Richard has competed in many International Meets including the 1996 Olympics and has been coaching for nearly 10 years. Richard is a certified level 4 coach and attends many international meets and national training camps as team coach.

Ken Ikeda

Ken Ikeda has been a strong presence in gymnastics for 19 years and has competed as a Senior National Athlete for 16 of those years. Ken has competed in many International Meets including the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Ken has coached competitive athletes for eight years and he is a level 4 certified coach.

Jonathan Osers

Jonathan Osers has been a competitive athlete for 16 year. He has competed nationally for 11 years and has coached for over nine years. Jonathan has completed his level 3 coaching certification.

Mitsugu Ikeda

Mitsugu Ikeda graduated from Chukyo University in Japan with a degree in Physical Education. He attended 10 World championships as one of Team Canada’s coaches. Mits was the head coach for the 1999 Pan American Games team and was the head coach for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.


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Katrina Penner-Loat

Womens Competitive Coaches

Steve Iliesu

Head Coach

Steve Iliesu is a level 4 NCCP certified gymnastics coach. Steve, along with his brother Tony, was a provincial champion in tennis doubles and ranked in the top 8 in Canada. His experience from a variety of sports makes him a versatile coach. Steve became an uneven bars specialist and has produced provincial and national level gymnasts and prepared an Olympian for 2004. His experience ranges from working with gymnasts from pre-competitive to national levels.

Shallon Iliesu

Shallon Iliesu has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for over 20 years. First as a competitive athlete and now as a certified level 4 coach. Shallon specializes in choreography, artistry and physical preparation. She is experienced on beam and Floor. Shallon has worked with many Provincial Champions along with Western Canadian Champion s and medalists at Canadian Championships! Shallon is looking forward to build the program to new heights.

Horia Iliesu

Horia Iliesu holds a Masters Degree in Physical Education from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Horia was the Romanian Olympic Coach for the Romanian National Bobsled team, participating in both the Sarajevo and Calgary Olympic Games. Horia produced Olympic athletes for both the 1984 &1988 Winter Games and the 2004 Summer Games. His extensive experience in sport and sport administration at an International level has enriched the gymnastics program.

Julie

Julie is a former National level gymnast with 9 years of experience as a competitive gymnast. She brings 9+ years of experience to Twisters and has coached with Twisters since 2015. Julie is certified level 2 NCCP in artistic gymnastics and level 1 trampoline. Julie competitively danced for 2 additional years after gymnastics in hip hop and contemporary. Julie actively teaches recreational and competitive groups and enjoys teaching parent and tot and 3 year old classes.


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Henry Condor


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Emily Schmidt

Emily Schmidt was a competitive dancer and gymnast starting at the age of 4, she trained at Kona Aerials Gymnastics on the big island of Hawaii where she was born and raised. After moving to BC she continued some training at various gyms and then began coaching competitive gymnastics, while training just for fun. Through training she was introduced to the circus arts and not long after taking to the aerial silks , aerial hoop and hand to hand was she performing professionally as an acrobat. She has been coaching competitive gymnastics for the last 15 years and is certified in level 2 WAG and level 2 trampoline. Loves working with children.


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Emily Moorthy