Our Staff

PROGRAM COORDINATORS

SOPHIA EWANYSHYN

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


PENNY ERICKSON

Fundmamental Gymnastics Program Coordinator

Email: Penny


ALISON HUDSON

XCEL Program Coordinator

COACHING SINCE 2011

I believe gymnastics creates a space for children to develop cognitive, social-emotional, and physical skills they need to take them into a successful path. The gym space is where they are able to find their inner voice and learn self-confidence, cooperation and persistence. Gymnastics has left a huge impression on my life and I am eager to make a difference in all stages of child and adolescent development throughout the sport.

When I was six years old, I can recall a time when I was visiting my older cousin Alisha. She stood up on a picnic table and out of nowhere shouted “hey Alison watch this”, and hucked a back flip! I was amazed by how effortlessly she flipped her body upside down and then gracefully landed on her feet. After this moment, I remember begging my parents to sign me up for gymnastics. I have being doing gymnastics ever since.

I grew up in Smithers, BC where I trained for ten years. During my early years of training, I competed across northern BC and progressed to attending provincial level competitions. Eventually, I was invited to a national level tryout and unfortunately broke my ankle one week prior. Initially devastated by the injury, this lead me to my coaching career.

I graduated from Thompson Rivers University with my Early Childhood Education Diploma and took two years off of coaching to better understand early childhood development. I have now made my way back to coaching and am loving every minute of it (from parent and tot, to Xcel and competitive women’s artistic gymnastics). Coaching is my passion and I hope to make an impact on those who come across this wonderful sport.

Email: Alison


Kristyne Makortoff-Jones

High School XCEL Program Coordinator

Email: Kristyne


MIKAYLA LEVY

Competitive Program & Coach Support Coordinator

Email: Mikayla


KIKO TAKAHASHI

Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Program Coordinator (WAG Competitive)

COACHING SINCE 1993 IN CANADA AND FROM 1982 TO 1993 IN JAPAN

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.

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 Toyo 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


HISAYOSHI TAKAHASHI

Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Program Coordinator (MAG Competitive)

Email: Hisayoshi


DANIIL MOSEEV

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

COACHING SINCE 2014

Email: Daniil


KIRSTY PORTER

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 passions 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


NEIL BARRETT

Diving Program Coordinator

Neil has been coaching since 1995.

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.

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


COACHES AT KGTC
  • Coach Grace
  • Coach Reid
  • Coach Linnea
  • Coach Brian
  • Coach Ashley
  • Coach Sarah
  • Coach Christine
  • Coach Liam
  • Coach Brooke T.
  • Coach Christina
  • Coach Brooke M.
  • Coach Emma
  • Coach Anna
  • Coach Genna
  • Coach Whitney
  • Coach Hermoine
  • Coach Eryn (Assistant Diving Coach)
  • Coach Madeleine (Diving)
  • Coach Tyra (Diving)
  • Coach Seth (Diving)

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

General Manager: JENNIFER LYSTER

Email: Jennifer


Registrar: ROSEANNA NIEDZIEJKO

Email: Roseanna


MEMBER SERVICES: TAMMY MAKORTOFF and SHELBY JOHNSON

Email: Member Services