Isabela Onyshko in Rio

One of Bela’s coaches Joe Stouffer posted a heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported her 4 year quest to represent Canada in the Olympics. I’d forgotten that Bela came out of the National Stream (Level 10), not the high performance stream.

It was hard work and “unflagging effort to improve” that got Bela to the biggest stage.

Click PLAY or watch one of the world’s most beautiful gymnasts on Vimeo.

Tomorrow’s Team Canada – Virginie Chénier

I’m loving these Canadian Olympic ads.

Every year, Petro-Canada’s FACE™ Program supports fifty Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and their coaches with a $10,000 FACE™ grant. Hear from Virginie Chénier, who hopes to one day represent Canada in Archery at the Olympic Games.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch Alexandre Corriveau on YouTube.

looking forward to College Gymnastics

LSU will again be one of the most exciting teams.

Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.

So my time as an Elite Gymnast has come to an end. I will never forget all the experiences I've had since i first started competing for Great Britain in 2010. I've grown more as a person than I ever thought I would and have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Traveling the world has been something I've loved but being able to share these experiences with my team mates has been unforgettable. Every single person who has impacted my elite career has been influential to me in some way because of their sheer determination and love for the sport. I'm looking forward to starting a new chapter of my life in college gymnastics but leaving what I know behind will be hard. Special thank you to all the girls in GB squad. You've helped make the tough times manageable and the great times unforgettable

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D-D Breaux, the school’s longtime gymnastics coach, is getting a 23 percent bump in pay to $240,000 and a two-year contract extension

Breaux is receiving a $45,000 raise from her previous salary of $195,000 — a boost that follows the program’s best finish at the national championships in April when it took second behind Oklahoma.

Breaux, a Donaldsonville native, is entering her 40th season leading the gymnastics program. …


(via College Gymnastics Board)

welcome Wynand Pretorius

My home club has hired a new coach, Wynand Pretorius from South Africa. He and his family recently arrived in the Great White North. The paperwork took about 18 months!

Myself and another alumni coach, Andrew Vetter, stopped by to welcome Wynand.

So far, so good. Altadore is an excellent training facility. Wynand will be very busy soon.

They are still looking for a new Men’s Head Coach, however. I recommend the position.


Altadore is celebrating its 50th Anniversary February 10-13, 2017 at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino in Calgary. I should be there. Though I didn’t start 50 years ago myself, I was one of the first boys in the Club.🙂