A chance of fate was a lucky break for KW Gymnastics, bringing Kellie Hinnells to the KWGC family. As the executive director, it is Kellie’s duty to oversee the plans for a successful present and future for KW Gymnastics. With her many connections and experiences, Kellie’s addition to the KWGC family has helped the club progress forward.
A fan of all things Disney, Kellie brings a happy disposition to the club, offering positive contributions to the daily operations. Previously the Executive Director of the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre, Kellie made the move to KW after the discovery of a sister she never knew she had. Commuting every day from Burlington to Kitchener, Kellie has committed to offering her best to KWGC.
Graduating from McMaster University with a degree in sociology, Kellie has also received diplomas in marketing and recreation leadership from Sheridan and Mohawk, respectively. Kellie’s range of experiences are nothing but beneficial to the club, having served as a chair and senior member of the organizing committee at the Pan American Gymnastics Championships held in Toronto in the summer of 2015, as well as the 2009, 2013 and 2014 Canadian championships. She is an Olympic Academy graduate, and has been part of the mission staff of two Canada Games 2005 and 2007. Kellie was awarded the Dr. Gene Sutton Special Achievement Award by Gymnastics Ontario in 2015 and the GCG - Dr. Gene Sutton Award in 2016.
Have one conversation with our leader and you will understand why we love working under her.
Sue is a staple member of the KW Gymnastics community. She is a recognized figure in the club and KWGC is thankful and proud to have such an incredible member as part of the team. Sue has been with KWGC for many years, and her experience with gymnastics ranges from competitive gymnast and recreational, developmental and competitive coach, to operations manager, with everything in between.
Sue is level 3 WAG certified, a level 3 provincial judge, and a level 2 certified trampoline instructor. She has also graduated from Conestoga College in Business Administration and Recreation Leadership. Known for her uncanny cleanliness and tidiness, Sue keeps track of the operations of KW Gymnastics. There is no one else we could trust more!
Suzanne joined KWGC in the fall of 2018. She is a graduate with high distinction from Conestoga College's marketing program. She can remember watching gymnastics back in the 80's and wanting flip around on the uneven bars. Suzanne has a background in stand up comedy and improv theatre, which keeps things fun in the office.
Jennifer joined the KWGC team in February 2019. She has a background in Early Childhood Education and spent 17 years working with families in non-profit childcare as an Educator and Supervisor. KWGC provides her with the opportunity to use her skills in a different setting while still working where her heart belongs, with children and families. Stop in and say hello, she'd love to meet your little
WAG Program Director and Head Coach
Gymnastics has always been a part of Sarah’s life. Sarah rose through the ranks quickly as a young national gymnast and was a member of the Canadian National team from 1991-1994 and was the youngest gymnast to represent Canada at World Championships in 1991. Sarah has previously coached at both Cambridge Kips and then Dynamo Gymnastics. During her 8 years at Dynamo Gymnastics, she coached many athletes to provincial and national titles. In 2018 Sarah was presented with the opportunity to be the Head Coach of East York Gymnastics in Toronto. In her time at East York, Sarah was able to make positive changes in their program and helped athletes rekindle their passion for gymnastics. Sarah is known for her calm and positive demeanor and ability to develop excellent gymnasts at all levels. Sarah is very eager to share her knowledge and passion for our sport and create one of the best programs in Ontario.
MAG Program Director and Head Coach
Josh began his competitive years at KW Gymnastics, spending seven years with KWGC and five in a high-level Provincial stream. When the time came to represent KW Gymnastics as a coach, he couldn’t say no.
Josh has 11 years of coaching experience, 9 of which have been spent coaching competitively, and six of which have been spent running the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics program. He is NCCP MAG level 3 certified, and level 2 certified in WAG and trampoline.
Josh was named Ontario Team Coach for the University of Calgary International Classic 2015 and has trained five Eastern Canadian Championship team members over the past 5 seasons.
Josh respects each athlete for the skills they bring to gymnastics and hopes to give back to the sport that has had such a huge and positive impact on his life.
Recreational Program Director
Alicia started her gymnastics career by becoming a Milton Springer at the age of 6. She trained as a recreational athlete for 8 years until she made her debut as a coach. Her greatest achievement before leaving Milton Springers was starting the "Stepping Stones" program: a program which gave children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a gymnastics program, with personalized goals and coaching.
Alicia's coaching style is patient, warm-hearted, fun, and encouraging. She was inspired by one of her own coaches as a young athlete to follow the path to becoming a coach. Alicia's heart comes first and foremost for the children in our recreational programs. She acknowledges the incredible feats achieved by provincial and national level athletes but is more touched by athletes conquering the smaller skills. She is a recreational coach inside and out, and enjoys teaching at the basic and intermediate levels of gymnastics.
Having joined KW Gymnastics in 2015, we hope that KW Gymnastics offers Alicia the opportunity to grow and expand her gymnastics horizons, allowing her to pass her experience along to more communities.
WAG Developmental Coordinator
Rebecca Lichti is a master's graduate from the University of Waterloo. Having specialized in recreation and leisure, Rebecca knows exactly what a program needs to be successful for both its athletes and coaches.
Rebecca has had a long and successful gymnastics career. She qualified several times for provincial championships and once represented Southwestern Ontario at the Ontario Winter Games, finishing 1st overall. She completed her 10-year competitive gymnastics career at level 9 with over 80 medals. Rebecca has been a familiar face in the gymnasium: She has been coaching since 2004.
Rebecca is currently certified as a level 2 coach and is completing her level 3 artistic coaching. She is also certified as a level 2 trampoline coach.
Along with gymnastics, Rebecca has used her skills in other sports including volleyball and cheerleading, making it to national and world-level competitions.
Adaptive Program Coordinator
Asifa began gymnastics at the age of three in a Kindergym program in Edmonton, Alberta. She began competing at the age of 5 and continued at provincial and national levels until she was 17. She began her coaching career in Alberta in 1995 and came to KW Gymnastics in 1998. She is a Level 2 coach in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline.
Asifa attended Wilfred Laurier University and has received a BA in Psychology, BSc in Biology, BFA General Performing Arts, and Master of Social Work.
Her athletic background also includes fencing, triathlon, and long-distance running, proving that, “Though she is little, she is fierce.” Asifa believes that every athlete can be successful, and takes joy in seeing individual strengths in each athlete, and helping them build on those strengths.
Asifa is connected to the community created by the athletes and families in the KW area, and we are happy to have her as a long-time staple of the KWGC family.