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THE TEAM

The team at Twisters Gymnastics is comprised of 4 office staff, 29 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. 

Katrina Penner Loat

Recreational Director

Katrina

Katrina is our Recreational Director. She has been coaching for 14 years and has been a part of our Women’s Competitive, Girls Interclub, and Gymnaestrada Programs. Her favorite event to coach is beam, and her favorite part of coaching is watching her athletes succeed in their goals! Katrina was part of our Gymnaestrada team that participated in the 2019 World Gymnaestrada in Austria, and a fun fact about her is that she has a large camera collection!
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Ken Ikeda

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.

Kara Kiers

Interclub, Xcel, Gymnaestrada Coordinator

Kara

Kara is our Gymnaestrada & Interclub Coordinator. She has been a coach for 9 years and was an Interclub and Gymnaestrada athlete here at Twisters as well. Her favorite event to coach is floor, and she loves to see the excitement when her athletes get new skills. Kara was a part of our Gymnaestrada team that participated in the 2019 World Gymnaestrada in Austria, and a fun fact about her is that she has been to 26 countries!
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Mits Ikeda

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

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.

Stephania Illiesu

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

Paula Melger-Iida

WAG 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 hopes to share her knowledge in the sport to the future generations of athletes!

Chantel Vander Zwan

WAG Coach

Chantel

Chantel is one of our WAG coaches. She has been a coach for 6 years and was an athlete in our Girls Interclub and Gymnaestrada programs, and was a part of our Gymnaestrada team that participated in the 2019 World Gymnaestrada in Austria! Her favorite event to coach is bars, and she loves the challenge of helping each athlete with their own strengths, weaknesses and fears and watching them overcome difficulties and develop confidence! A fun fact about Chantel is that she has two dogs and loves to spend time with them!

Tara Clarke

Recreational & Xcel Coach

Tara

Tara coaches a variety of classes here and is also one of our Recreational supervisors. She has been coaching for 4 years and was previously an Interclub athlete. Her favorite event to coach is floor, and her favorite thing about coaching is helping and watching her athletes get a new skill after working so hard on it. Tara was part of a team that went to the 2018 Canadian Gymnaestrada, and a fun fact about her is that she is currently working towards a degree in Kinesiology, followed by education in hopes of becoming a Kindergarten teacher!

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.

Yosuke Nitta

Recreational, Interclub, & MAG coach

Yosuke

Recreational and MAG coach

Tristan Fast

Recreational & Interclub Coach

Tristan

Tristan is one of our Recreational and Interclub coaches and has been coaching for 5 years. He is also currently part of our Men's Competitive program and competed on Team BC in 2021! His favorite event to coach is floor and his favorite thing about being a coach is teaching his athletes skills that he learned when he was younger. A fun fact about Tristan is that he enjoys baking when he is not at the gym!

Kennedy Fast

Recreational Coach

Kennedy Fast

Recreational Coach -Kennedy has been apart of twisters gymnastics since she was very young. She is still to this day a dedicated athlete in our competitive program. Kennedy hopes to share all her knowledge with the future generations to come!

Emily Payne

Recreational coach

Emily

Emily is one of our Recreational coaches. She has been coaching for 1 year, and has been a gymnast for many years here at Twisters. She is currently training in our Xcel program as one of our Xcel Gold athletes! Her favorite event to coach is floor, and what she loves about being a coach is seeing the excitement in her athletes when they get the skill they’ve been working so hard on. Emily has learned French as her second language and a fun fact about her is that she went to Trapeze school when she was 12 years old!

Raven Weighell

Recreational coach

Raven

Recreational Coach

Makaila Gatt

Recreational Coach

Makaila

Makaila is one of our Recreational coaches. She has been coaching for 1 year and has been a gymnast for 10 years. She is currently training in our Xcel program as one of our Xcel Gold athletes and placed 2nd on bars in a recent competition! Her favorite event to coach is floor, and she loves to see her athletes improve and watch them as they accomplish new skills. A fun fact about Makaila is that she enjoys reading in her spare time!

Marissa Engh

coach in training

Marissa

Recreational Coach- Marissa has done gymnastics since she was 5 years old! she has been so passionate about the sport and continues to do it to this day. she is a level 10 athlete at our gym and hopes to continue her journey.

Carissa Vander Zwan

Recreational Coach

Carissa

Carissa is new to our Recreational coaching team, but is not new to gymnastics. She was a gymnast for 10 years and competed as a part of both our Girls Interclub and Women’s Competitive teams! Her favorite event to coach is floor, and she loves being able to help her athletes share in the experience of them achieving new skills. Carissa placed in the top 8 at BC High School Track and Field in the Junior Girls 100 meter, and she loves going hiking and watching the sunset!

Emily Butte

Recreational coach

Emily

Emily is one of our Recreational coaches. She is currently training in our Women’s Competitive Program, and has competed in the BC Winter Games! She has been a coach for two years, and loves being able to share her gymnastics knowledge with her athletes - especially on floor. While Emily loves gymnastics, she also loves to play lots of other sports!

Tamas Juk

Recreational Coach

Tamas

Tamas is new to our Recreational coaching team, but he is not new to gymnastics. He is currently part of our Men’s Competitive team and has competed at Nationals on Team BC! His favorite event to coach is floor, and he loves being able to take his gymnastics experience and teach it to his athletes. A fun fact about Tamas is that he is a big fan of trading card games!

Prayerna Sohal

Recreational Coach

Prayerna

Prayerna is one of our Recreational coaches and has been coaching for one year! She has been a gymnast in our Recreational program for 9 years and is currently an athlete in our Tramp & Tumble class. Her favorite event to coach is floor and she enjoys helping her athletes learn new skills and seeing their smiles when they are successful. Prayerna is in all the honors classes at her high school and her name means "Inspiration"!

AJ Clark

Recreational & Men's Pre-Competitive Coach

AJ

AJ is one of our Recreational and Men’s Pre-Competitive coaches. Though he is new to coaching, he is not new to gymnastics; AJ was a gymnast for 10 years, competing in both our Men’s Competitive and Boys Interclub programs. His favorite event to coach is floor and he loves having the chance to pass on old knowledge from his time as an athlete. A fun fact about AJ is that he got straight A’s all through school!

Naya Thomas

Recreational Coach

Naya

Naya is one of our Recreational coaches. She is new to our coaching team, but is not new to coaching or gymnastics. She has been coaching for 3 years and was a Competitive gymnast for 11 years! She loves coaching beam and seeing her athletes have fun and learn new skills. Naya was awarded All Around Gold and the Beam Award at the 2019 Ogopogo Competition and she holds the record for the longest time training at her old gym!

Maya MacDonald Garcia

Recreational Coach

Maya

Erin Devlin

Recreational Coach

Erin

Gabi Spring

Recreational Coach

Gabi

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
rECREATIONAL COACHING

Recreational Gymnastic 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 Katrina Penner-Loat at recdirector@twistersgymbc.com

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