All of the coaches at Nepean Corona are Nationally Certified. In our pursuit of excellence, we provide ongoing education through professional developmental sessions for our coaches. We are dedicated and passionate about providing a creative, high energy, technically sound and SAFE class to all of our members. We take responsibility to ensure that every child develops good physical skills through a fun experience. We strive to create a family oriented school, where our members will develop a lifetime of memories
Agnes Laing – Executive Director
As founder and Executive Director Agnes brings a wealth of experience both from a business and pedagogical approach. A former gymnast and dancer, she turned to coaching while still a student. Upon graduation from McGill University with a degree in Physical Education she began her coaching career as Women’s Intercollegiate coach at the University of Ottawa. Since founding the club in 1972, Agnes has been directly involved in producing many of the club’s provincial and national champions. She is an NCCP level 3 coach and a former level 2 NCCP course conductor. She now splits her duties between coaching and the administration of the school. [email protected]
Penny Fyfe – Assistant Executive Director
Once one of the club’s first students and former provincial level gymnasts, Penny has evolved to become the club’s Assistant Executive Director. A graduate of the University of Ottawa Phys. Ed.honors program, Penny has been coaching competitive at Corona for 25 years. She holds her NCCP level 3 and is a Level 1 NCCP course coordinator and judge. After many years in the gym, Penny now focuses most of her energy in the administration of the competitive, recreation, and summer programs. [email protected]
Gilma Valiente – Executive Secretary
Gilma has been in Canada since 1993 and is originally from El Salvador. She has been at Corona since 2003 and formerly worked for Menariny Diagnostics as an assistant director. She enjoys working at Corona and looks forward to helping all the students and parents who attend Corona. [email protected]
Tammy Cromwell -General Manager / Invitational Coach
Tammy comes to us with a wealth of knowledge specializing in gymnastics administration, Pre-school Coaching and Movement Education. Tammy began her coaching career in 1987 in Lahr, Germany. She then moved back to Canada and continued coaching in Kingston, Ontario and before moving to Alberta and coaching in Calgary and St. Albert. Prior to joining our club, Tammy spent five years in St. Albert as the Executive Director of the Dynamyx Gymnastics Club. Tammy’s certifications are Level 2 gymnastics coach, Level 2 Tramp, Level 3 Theory,and Preschool Coaching. [email protected]
Lee Ann Simon-Women’s Head Coach
Lee Ann is the Head Coach of Corona’s Women’s Competitive program. Lee Ann is Level 3 Certified and has been coaching gymnastics for over 15 years. Formerly from Oshawa as a competitive gymnast and then coach, Lee Ann attended Brock University graduating in Physical Education and she is also a Certified Teacher. In addition to her coaching experience, Lee Ann’s brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of child pedagogy. We look forward to Lee Ann’s contribution and continued success this year in the competitive program. [email protected]
Saif Yaacoubi – Men’s Head Coach
A former National team member in Morocco,Saif has been with us since his arrival in Canada in 1990. Saif hold a Physical Education degree from his native country and is a NCCP level 4 coach. Saif runs our Men’s competitive program and remains active in our preschool, recreational, adult, and summer programs. [email protected]
Wajdi Bouallegue – Technical Director
Wajdi comes to Corona with a wealth of knowledge and experience as a two time Olympian representing Tunisia in the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. He is a graduate from the University of Manouba in 2006 with a National Diploma in Physical Education and Sport. Since retirement as an athlete Wajdi has been training athletes at the elite, high performance level in Great Britain, Ireland and Tunisia. Now with us at Corona, Wajdi’s knowledgeable, expertise and energy will be a great asset as he works with our athletes and joins our coaching team. Welcome Wajdi! [email protected]
The competitive coaching staff has been chosen to work in this program because of their technical expertise, education, work experience and sound understanding of childrens’ psychological and physical development. Their positive teaching methodologies help ensure success at each level of the gymnasts development.
Anna Dovzhuk: Competitive Women’s Coach Originally from Ukraine, Anna has been with us since 2011. She holds a Masters in Physical Culture from the National University of Ukraine. Anna has coached athletes on the National Ukrainian Junior Team and currently is working with Corona’s Provincial and National girls. Anna is certified NCCP Level 3 and has been coaching for 13 years.
“Dean started his coaching career in Alberta at Sherwood Park Salto Club, 37 years ago. He has been Head Coach at many clubs throughout his travel working with all levels of competitive from pre-comp to National. He has a Masters in Physical Education and is a Certified Level 3 NCCP coach, he recently retired from his full time career as a High School principal. During this time he has never stopped coaching and although Dean has retired, he remains apart of Corona’s coaching team as a substitute coach. Dean is Gymnastics Foundations Course Facilitator and instructs many coaching courses at Corona.
Leanne started gymnastics in 2003 at Corona and joined the Invitational team and coaching staff a few years later. Leanne graduated from Western University in 2013 with an honours specialization in clinical biochemistry, then competed a Bachelor of Education at Toronto University. Currently she is completing a Master of Mathematics through University of Waterloo. During university years Leanne was actively involved in coaching, dance, cheerleading and her own gymnastics still competing at the Master level. Leanne is a certified Level 2 coach and is working with our Provincial Team program. She is also a Provincial level judge. Leanne is an asset to our team!
Justine is a former Provincial level competitive gymnast at Corona. She has been coaching at Corona for 4 years, and exclusively in the Developmental Program for 2 years. This season, Justine began coaching in the Team program. Justine is a Nationally Certified Level 2 coach and is currently attending Ottawa University. Justine is a dedicated, competent coach and is looking forward to continued growth and development in the program.
Andrew Kwok: Team Coach
Andrew Kwok is a former competitive gymnast from Corona! He began coaching when at Carleton University studying Aerospace Engineering. Andrew’s love of the sport took him to London, Ontario where he coached competitive for World Class Gymnastic Academy and London Gymnastic Academy for 6 years. Recently married and now back in Ottawa, Andrew is coaching in Corona’s Team program and boys developmental. He is a certified NCCP Level 3 Women’s, Level 2 Men’s and Level 2 Trampoline coach. Also a former Gold Champion at the World Championships for Team Canada Cheerleading 2009-10 team. We welcome Andrew to Corona’s coaching team.
Sasha is from Russia and graduated from the Institute of Physical Culture and Sport in Moscow. He has coached many gymnasts at the National and International level in Kazakhstan and Canada and early on in his career he worked with the Soviet Union Olympic Team. Sasha is now a Canadian citizen and is a fully certified NCCP Level 4 coach. He is working with Corona’s Competitive gymnasts and Pre-Inviational groups. Sasha brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching team.
Madeleine is a former elite level gymnast from New Mexico, who competed for 11 years finishing her career in at Level 10. She currently attends the University of Ottawa in the Bachelor of Science Psychology program and has been coaching at Corona for 3 years. She is a National Coaching Certification Program Level 2 coach and is working with our Team athletes and Invitational groups this year. Madeleine has a busy schedule but she is passionate about gymnastics and coaching! We are happy to have her part of the Corona team!
Nadya is a graduate from the University of Kazakhstan in Physical Culture and Sport. She has team coached with husband Sasha, having many gymnasts compete at the National and International level in Canada and Kazakhstan. She is currently coaching Corona’s Team gymnasts and also coaches in the Developmental program. Nadya is a certified NCCP level 3 coach and formerly a Brevet (National level) judge. We are pleased to have Nadya part of our coaching team.
Sooyeon is a former National level Gymnast and competed for 11 for South Korea. She graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education from the Korean National Sport University and has over 6 years coaching experience at the competitive levels in South Korea. Since then Soo travelled to Canada to coach and arrived in Ottawa. This is Soo’s second year with us. She is Level 2 trained and is coaching Invitational and pre-invitational at Corona. Welcome Soo!
Lindsay Shoobert: Invitational Coach
Lindsay started at Nepean Corona school of Gymnastics when she was 8 years old. After 2 years in the recreational program she competed in the provincial stream for 4 years. When she stopped competing she started to coach at the gym and has continued ever since. Lindsay graduated from Carleton university in 2014 from the Sprott School of Business with a Management Degree. She is now an invitational coach 3 days a week and plans to continue to be at the gym a few nights a week for as long as she can. Lindsay is Level 2 certified in women’s artistic and Level 1 in trampoline.
Katie is a long standing member at Corona. Formerly an Invitational Competitive gymnast for 10 years with us, Katie started coaching 8 years ago in Corona’s pre-school and recreational programs. Since 2010 she has been coaching in our Invitational Competitive program and is a certified Level 2 coach. Katie is a graduate from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Katie is a knowledgeable, positive coach who brings a great energy to the gym.
Barbara is a former provincial gymnast, trampolinist and then coach for Markham Gymnastics Club. She has degrees in Kinesiology and Health Sciences from York University, and Nursing from Ryerson. Barbara is a Nationally Certified Level 2 coach in gymnastics, Level 1 in trampoline, and Level 1-5 Women’s Judge. She has coached at various clubs including Pickering Aerials, Steels West, and managed Ryerson’s Trampoline Club. Barb is currently working in Corona’s Developmental Program.
Anna Marie started gymnastics at age 3! She was a long standing provincial competitive gymnast at LGC Saulto’s near Windsor. Anna Marie has been coaching at Corona since 2005 primarily in our Invitational competitive program. She is a certified Level 2 coach and a new Judge in the province. Anna Maire attended the University of Ottawa and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion and works full time in the Government. Anna Marie has a passion for gymnastics and brings her love of the sport to the gym!
Ellen is a former Provincial level gymnast at Corona and has been coaching with us for 11 years. Ellen has worked with all ages and levels during those years and has joined the Invitational Team of Competitive coaches this year. She is a dedicated and excellent coach and a welcome addition to this program. Ellen recently graduated with as Honours degree in Sociology and Bachelor of Education program from the University of Ottawa. Ellen is also a certified teacher.
Vanessa has grown up at Corona! Starting at age 6 she was soon selected for the Development program and later competed at the Provincial level for 8 over years. Vanessa has been coaching with us for 6 years and is currently working in the Invitational competitive program. She is in 4th year at Carleton University in Business and is not sure what her plans are for next year but know she will be coaching! Vanessa is a certified Level 2 NCCP coach.
Abigail is a long standing member at Corona. She started with us at age 4 and went through all of our programs from pre-school, recreational, pre competitive and ended her career on our Provincial team. Abigail is now attending Carleton University in the Psychology program. This is Abigail’s 6th year coaching and is a Certified Level 2 coach working in the Invitational Competitive program Abigail bring experience, knowledge and energy to the program.
Jennifer has been part of the Corona family for a long time. She was a competitive gymnast in our elite program for 9 years and has been coaching since she retired from training. Jen is working with the Developmental groups and an asset to the coaching team. Jen is a trained Level 2 coach and is currently studying Human Kinetics the University of Ottawa.
Nicki Amirault (Parker)