Our Team

World class coaching from recreational toddlers up to world champions & Olympic medalist. We take your training to the next level.

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THE TEAM

The team at Twisters Gymnastics is comprised of one full time office staff, 26 coaches, 3 of which have participated in the Olympics as an athlete or coach, 7 Board of Director members and multiple local sponsors and businesses. As a team we work together to keep our facility operational, with safety being our top priority. This team effort allows us to better serve our athletes at the highest standard of cleanliness, experience and professionalism. 

Richard Ikeda

Club Director

Richard

Club Director & Men's Head Coach / WAG Head Coach (Interim). 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.
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Tracy Butterfield

Office Manager

Tracy

With more than 25 years of experience in the role of administration and office management, Tracy brings a vast arena of qualifications to Twisters. Consistently developing her skills in office management; as well as web design, non-profit practices and marketing Tracy considers herself a bit of a computer nerd and enjoys exploring the forefront of today’s technology and standard operating procedures. Tracy has shared a life long passion for gymnastics going back to her days competing as a young girl in Ontario.
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Kara Kiers

Recreational Director

Kara

I have been a part of the Twisters family since I was 5 years old. I started as a gymnast, training as a rec athlete, moving forward to Performance Plus Interclub, and being on the World Gymnaestrada team in 2019. I started coaching at age 15, and over the years have enjoyed coaching Preschool, Gymnastics, Tramp & Tumble, Parkour, Interclub, and Adult classes and Drop Ins. Over the years, I have grown as a coach, eventually becoming a supervisor, and then the Recreational Director. I am NCCP Comp 1 trained, Trampoline Level 2 certified, Parkour Level 2 certified, and a trained Gymnastics and Trampoline Foundations Coach Evaluator. I have loved my time at Twisters and I look forward to the years to come!
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Shallon Illiesu

Women's WAG Head Coach

Shallon

Women's Competitive Head Coach. 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.
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Mits Ikeda

Men's MAG Coach

Mits

Men's Competitive Coach. 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.

Jonathan Osers

Men's MAG Coach

Jonathan

I started competitive gymnastics at Twisters when I was 9 years old. At age 13 I began competing at a national level and finally retired from competition at age 27. At age 17, I started coaching at Twisters and began to coach full time for the Men’s Competitive Program at age 19. Now in 2021, I have been coaching for more than 14 years. I have coached EVERY age group from 2 years old to 65 years old and have enjoyed them all. I am NCCP Level 3 certified in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics and have competed theory and technical portions of NCCP Level 3 in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. I enjoying teaching gymnastics: breaking down something complex into parts that are easily understood and less intimidating. I aspire to be kind and fair to those that I coach and I place a large emphasis on learning about the tricks and how to be an athlete. I love the fine arts. I love the constant learning about the human mind and body and most of all I love the positive interactions that I get to have with those in and around Twisters every day.

Ken Ikeda

Men's MAG Coach

Ken

Men's Competitive Coach. 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.

Katrina Penner Loat

Men's MAG Coach & Recreational Coach

Katrina

I have been at Twisters for a total of 20 years including both coaching and training. I have been coaching for 13 years. I have my level 2 trampoline and my level 2 artistic gymnastics certification. I have coached for both the men's and women's competitive and the recreational program. I was an athlete myself for 18 years and in that time, I was a member of the women's competitive, interclub and gymnaestrada teams. In 2019 I competed in Dornbirn Austria in the World Gymnaestarda competition. Some of my hobbies outside of gymnastics include photography and painting.

Stephania Illiesu

Women's WAG Coach

Stephania

With over 40 years in the international field of gymnastics as coach, choreographer, national and international presenter and course conductor. Stephania holds her Masters Degree in Physical Education, specialized in Gymnastics and brings years of excellence in Gymnastics to Twisters. As the winner of the National Coach of the year 2001, Stephania's International coaching experience in Canada, Australia, Romania and Singapore to name a few, Stephania has brought gymnasts to National and Olympic level success including but not limited to: NATIONAL CANADIAN TEAM COACH: - Pacific Alliance/Rim- Honolulu/Hawaii and Vancouver/Canada -2004-2002 - Pan American Games- Santo Domingo/Dominican Republic 2003 - World Championship- Anaheim/USA-2003 - Pre- Olympics - Athens/Greece-2004 - Olympics- Athens/ Greece-2004 - American Challenge- USA-2004 - Five Countries Event-Holland-2004

Horia Illiesu

Women's Coach - WAG

Horia

Women's WAG Coach. 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 Isfeld

Women's Coach - WAG

Julie

Julie is a former national level gymnast, representing Team BC at competitions including Western Canadian Championships and Canadian National Championships. She has 9 years of experience as a competitive gymnast and has 12 years of experience coaching gymnastics in our recreational, KIP, competitive Junior Olympics and provincial level programs. Julie is level 2 certified in gymnastics and trampoline. She also has 6 1/2 years of competitive dance experience, and continues to compete in the contemporary, hip hop/street jazz, and stage categories. Julie finds her dance experience augments her abilities as an artistic gymnastics coach. She enjoys teaching in the WAG program.
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Chantel Vander Zwan

Women's Coach - WAG & Recreational Coach

Chantel

Women's WAG Coach, Performance Interclub and Recreational Coach

Kaitlin Melger-Iida

Women's Coach- WAG & Recreational Coach

Kaitlin

Kaitlin has been a part of the Twisters community since she was 4 years old! She grew up in the club’s Women’s Competitive Program, alongside her sister Paula. With the guidance and coaching of Steve, Shallon, Stephania and Horia. She considers her past coaches as a second family to her and sees Twisters as her second home. As an athlete, Kaitlin was always hardworking and focussed whenever she stepped foot in the gym and continues to do so as a coach. Kaitlin has a passion for dance which attributes to her love for floor, as well as having a love for vault. She hopes to continue to encourage and inspire current and future athletes by following in her coaches’ footsteps!

Emily Moorthy

Women's WAG Coach

Emily

Women's WAG Coach

Jessica Krygsveld

Interclub & Gymnaestrada Coordinator

Jessica

Gymnaestrada & Interclub Coordinator, Recreational Coach & Girls Performance Plus Interclub
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Sarah McKenzie

Gymnaestrada Coach

Sarah

Gymnaestrada Coach

Chiyoko Ikeda

Recreational Coach

Chiyoko

Chiyoko is one of our recreational coaches and mother to Richard and Ken Ikeda and Julie Isfeld; as well as wife to Mits Ikeda. As a National level gymnast in Japan she brings years of experience to our recreational gymnasts. Coach Chiyoko is very popular with our Pre-school and kinder classes.

Elijah Horner

Boys Interclub

Elijah

Recreational Coach & Boys Interclub coach

Taya Williams

Recreational Coach

Taya

I have been a coach for 3 years, I am trained in trampoline 1&2, foundations, and comp 1. I never trained as a gymnast but I was a competitive dancer for 14 years and I learned what I know about gymnastics through coaching courses and watching my sister compete in gymnastics. My favourite things about coaching is seeing a athlete get a skill that they have been working really hard on. It’s amazing to see the excitement on their face after they did the skill. A goal that I have accomplished is dancing at Disneyland.

Tristan Fast

Recreational Coach

Tristan

Recreational Coach - Tristan is also one of our Men's competitive athletes. Tristan has been a coach for almost four years. He has trained at Twisters since he was two years old. He now trains 19 hours a week and won provincials on pommel horse in 2017. What Tristan loves most about coaching is teaching kids skills he learned when he was younger. He is foundations trained and his goal is to make team BC.

Paula Melger-Iida

Recreational Coach

Paula

Paula has been a part of the gymnastics community since she was 4 years old. She competed with Twisters Gymnastics Club, earning provincial awards several times and placed in the medals at every competition. She has also been awarded choreography and artistry awards during her time as an athlete for floor. Paula has completed her NCCP courses for Foundations of Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline Level 1, with a trained status in both courses. Paula hopes to share her knowledge in the sport to the future generations of athletes!

Rita De Micheli

Recreational Coach

Rita

Recreational Coach

Diane Horner

Recreational Coach

Diane

Recreational Coach

Tara Clarke

Recreational Coach

Tara

Recreational Coach

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Twisters would love to receive your resume if you are interested in coaching opportunities. Email to info@twistersgymbc.com or fax it to us at 604-850-1504
cOMPETITIVE cOACHING

WAG - Head Coach

We are currently recruiting for the position of Women’s Competitive Head Coach. 

rECREATIONAL COACHING

Recreation Coaches

Twisters Gymnastics has a long history of promoting growth and development with their coaches. If you are interested in becoming a coach please contact our Recreational Director Kara Keirs at recdirector@twistersgymbc.com

  • Must be age 15+
  • NCCP Level 1 certified or willing to get certified