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Active Start/Daytime Program Coordinator

As a coach and mentor, it is my commitment and privilege to help others meet their goals by providing a supportive atmosphere that caters to all. By honouring individuality, and accepting people for who they are, I hope to positively contribute to all areas of personal growth, especially focusing on physical development as a foundation for healthy living. I believe that by encouraging both guided and free play in young children, and the continued development of physical literacy in athletes of all ages, they will be equipped for success in all aspects of their lives.

I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the development of participants here at KGTC!

Email: Sophia


Fundmamental Gymnastics Program Coordinator

Philosophy: Keeping active is a livelong pursuit, but a lasting love of moving starts with passion fostered as a child! And what creates passion except purpose and enjoyment? I believe that it is a coach’s job to ensure every child, regardless of skill, background, or interests, finds a way to enjoy movement. For some people, enjoyment comes from a drive to succeed to a high level, and for others it’s a desire to play and explore their body’s capabilities. And both options are great!

Background: I started gymnastics in my small Saskatchewan hometown’s school gym over 20 years ago. After spending 8+ years as a recreational athlete, I began coaching at age 15 and continued through high school. After high school, I moved to the ‘big city’, Saskatoon, where I coached recreational athletes aged 18 months to 18 years while obtaining my Bachelor of Education. Then I moved to a truly big city – Wuhan, China – where I lived and taught high school science and English for 3 years. I recently moved to Kamloops and am so glad to get back onto the coaching floor!

Email: Whitney

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Kristyne Makortoff-Jones

High School XCEL Program Coordinator


Philosophy: I believe gymnastics is one of the most valuable sports someone can do. It is a fundamental stepping stone for all other sports. I love watching athletes grow and progress, and it is most rewarding when I can share in their accomplishments in and outside of the sport. Gymnastics is not only a great way to develop as an athlete, but also to develop as a person. This sport teaches self-discipline, empathy, confidence and so much more that we as a society value. I believe in celebrating all victories, be it skills or personal growth, and to provide a positive, safe space for athletes to train.

Background: I was a provincial level competitive gymnast for seven years. After I retired from competing, my coach introduced me to my first competitive group, and I have been coaching ever since! Gymnastics has always been my passion, and my love for the sport only grew as I grew as a competitive coach. In y final year as an artistic gymnast, I also began judging. Being able to understand the sport from the viewpoint of an athlete, judge and coach has been incredibly valuable to me, and has made me a stronger coach. I have recently returned to the competitive stream in Trampoline, with the goal to become a national level athlete.

Email: Kristyne


Team Support – Competitive Coordinator


Philosophy: My main motivation in coaching is to help athletes reach goals they never imagined possible. Often the lesser talented athletes can be the most rewarding as they receive the biggest change for the positive in their personal perspective. Witnessing athletes succeed is something special. Creating an environment that is relaxed and conducive to learning is important. The athlete needs to be aware of the standards and behaviours to create the most optimal learning environment. All athletes need to be given then opportunity to develop his/her skill level in a structured learning environment that constantly challenges and provides encouragement and support. Each athlete needs to develop core skills constantly to provide them with a solid base as they progress in their sport. A coach needs to demonstrate effective leadership by maintaining the desired standards of behaviour within the group that will instill confidence in all athletes knowing that their welfare and development is most critical.

Background: Mikayla grew up in Smithers, BC and trained as a competitive gymnast for ten years and Smithers Salto Gymnastics Club. At 16 years of age she started coaching Recreational and Active Start classes. Upon graduation from Smithers Secondary School, she moved to Kamloops, BC for post secondary education at Thompson Rivers University. Alongside being a full time student, Mikayla was also a member of the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack Cheerleading Team; she later progressed to the role of Assistant Coach for two years, and Head Coach for three years. Mikayla obtained the highest level of certification in the BC Cheerleading Association in tumbling, building skills and tosses. In the past six years, Mikayla has worn many hats at KGTC – coaching active start, recreational, school groups, competitive and high school groups. Mikayla recently acquired her Trampoline Level 2 in Revelstoke, BC. Currently, Mikayla is coaching Junior Olympic Level 1-5 and has goals of completing her NCCP Level 3 Women’s Artistic course in the near future.

Email: Mikayla


Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program Coordinator (WAG Competitive)


Philosophy: I believe sports is a great experience for all ages and especially it is excellent your young ages. My life has been affected a lot by gymnastics when it is good days and bad days, but as a total because I did gymnastics, my life became more interesting and fun. I became more outgoing, healthy, positive, patient and caring for others. I would like to help young people to have a great experience by coaching gymnastics.

Background: I did competitive gymnastics from the age of 12 to 17 years old and won the Japan Eastern Junior High School Championships and placed 22nd at the first All Japan Junior High School Championships. After graduating from Tokyo University in Japan, I worked as a junior high school teacher and coached Artistic Gymnastics under the school system in Japan for 11 years. In 1993 I moved to Canada and owned and operated a gym for 18 years. In 2011, I joined the coaching team at KGTC.

Email: Kiko


Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Program Coordinator (MAG Competitive)


Philosophy: I heard a long time ago in Japan, a world class swimmer went to a world swimming competition but she could not train well and the result was not good because her coach did not attend with her. The reason why she could not get good result is her coach had controlled too much for her. This story says athletes need to establish their own goals and need to have a plan for their own training. Therefore, I am continuously asking athletes “what is your goal”? Because of this, I would not teach only skills but also their skills required in their own life and goals for their future. An athlete term is so short in comparison to their life.

Background: I was raised in the countryside of north Japan. My family was so poor that I cold not pay training fees when I was a high school student but my gymnastics coach (PE teacher, too) paid the training fees for me. I have never forgotten about his great kindness and this helped me to decide to be a PE teacher and gymnastics coach.

One of my gymnasts in Japan, Takashi Kobayashi learned gymnastics coaching ways in the United States and Canada for eleven years before returning back to Japan. Takashi coached Kohei Uchimura when he was a Junior. Koehi was almost bottom in Junior High level but after three years training under Takashi’s coaching, he became Junior champion in Japan. After one year Kohei became AA 2nd in Beijing Olympics and became AA champion six years in a row at Worlds and became AA champion in Olympics two times in a row. World two time champion is best record in the past and you can understand how much his coaching and Kohei’s talent was great.

Following this the Japanese Association selected Takashi as a Women’s Artistic Gymnastics National coach and he produced in Rio Olympics AA athlete (Mai Murakami) and team 4th.

I have never seen such a great coach in the world. I have been proud of his enthusiasm, talent and knowledge. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2018 at the 51 years of age. He appeared like a comet and disappeared like a comet.

Email: Hisayoshi


Assistant Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Program Coordinator (MAG Competitive) & Specialty Program Coordinator


Philosophy: I aspire to enhance my coaching style that can adapt and vary according to athletes’ unique needs by way of offering examples, adjusting athletes’ body and using various spotting techniques to show physical corrections. A well though out training plan is implemented for each athlete. I am dedicated to a training strategy that focuses on the improvement of physical strength and flexibility and the gradual learning of acrobatic elements. Respecting the human body, effective stretching and warm up techniques ensure a fun and safe training environment.

Background: Growing up in Siberia, Russia I trained and competed in the disciplines of gymnastics and boxing. In the Sport of Boxing I won various championships for light-weight categories The Sport of Gymnastics was focused on artistic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics and acrobatics. As a member of the Novosibirsk city team I attended various competitions.

Email: Daniil


Trampoline Gymnastics Program Coordinator (TG Gymnastics) & Specialty Program Coordinator

When I was a child, gymnastics was an escape from a turbulent home. The amount of discipline and focus required easily took my mind away from my troubles. What started out as a method of escape, soon became a passion for life. Coaching is my method for sharing my passion.

I have had a wonderful opportunity to travel Australia, sharing knowledge, supporting other coaches and working with Australia’s up and coming athletes within the national pathway program Team Future. I am grateful I have able to represent the State of New South Wales as a team coach, and Australia as a double mini coach.

I am excited to now be here in Canada, to work and grow with KGTC!

Email: Kirsty


Diving Program Coordinator


Philosophy: Neil believes that the participation in sport can greatly enhance the development of children. While we are all hoping to have outstanding performances in front of judges, friends and family, athletic development is a journey. Learning to set goals and developing the commitment required to potentially achieve them offers athletes an amazing experience and growth opportunity. Goals drive daily activities and lead each athlete towards the development of the skills, grit and resilience needed to be successful.

Background: Neil is a Competitive Development trained diving coach and has enjoyed over 25 years as a coach and athlete in springboard and platform diving.

His true passion as an athlete was for setting goals and trying his best to achieve them which made the transition to coaching quite natural. Leveraging experiences as an athlete and learning from excellent mentors enabled him to help many divers achieve their personal goals. Together, athletes met their national standards, obtained podiums, received NCAA scholarships and even opportunities to represent Canada.

Email: Neil



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