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Craig Smith:  Women’s Competitive Head Coach

Coach Craig has been named the 2015 Competitive Women's Artistic Coach of the Year by Gymnastics Ontario!

Craig is a Level 4 gymnastics coach, bringing almost 30 years of gymnastics coaching experience, including 11 years working as a Competitive Head Coach.  Craig also attended Seneca College’s Coaching Techniques for Gymnastics program.  He has experienced many successes in the Provincial program; most recently coaching athletes to all around Provincial Champion status at level 8 with several athletes performing medal winning bar routines at the prestigious Ontario Championships. 

Craig has experience building a National High Performance program from the ground up and  has coached several athletes who have attended prestigious events such as Elite Ontario, Canada Winter Games (2003 Coach of Team Champions), and National Championships, with athletes achieving All Around Champion status in the Novice HP, Junior HP, Senior HP and Open categories.  He has traveled with athletes to international events and also helped many athletes pursue scholarships to American Universities.  Craig was the coach of participants at the prestigious World Championships in 2001 and 2002. In addition to his coaching accreditation's, Craig is also certified in High Five principles of healthy child development. 

We are very excited to have Craig join our competitive coaching staff and welcome his experience and gymnastics knowledge to guides our club to the next level in the evolution of our programs!

  • Level 4 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Certified Level 3 Trampoline
  • First Aid, CPR and Risk Management
  • 30+ years of coaching experience
  • "High Five" Principles of Healthy child development
  • 2015 Gymnastics Ontario Coach of the Year

Susan Manjak: Women's Competitive Coach

We are extremely pleased to announce that Susan Manjak, a Level 4 NCCP certified coach, has joined the Milton Springers Competitive Team Coaching staff!  Susan has coached for over 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and international experience to our club.  She was part of the coaching staff for the Canadian Olympic Gymnastics Team at the 2012  She has attended numerous Canadian national championships and accompanied athletes to other international events such as Pan Am Games and World Cups.  She has worked with and mentored a dozen+ athletes that have earned NCAA scholarships in the USA.   While working with high level athletes is a very satisfying experience, Susan also enjoys the process-- identifying talent and nurturing gymnasts of all ages and levels to find their full potential! 

Outside gymnastics, Susan has 2 sons ages 9 and 13.  Her favourite thing to do is travel but when that isn’t possible, a nice quiet night at home watching movies can be just as satisfying!

Tenishia Tomlinson: Provincial/Compulsory Provincial Coach

Tenishia was a national level athlete for 8 years and has been in the sport of gymnastics for 18 years. She recently retired last June 2014. She is a former athlete of Craig Smith and was coached by him for 9 years. She attended Canadian National Championships in 2011 and 2014 and Eastern Canadian Championships in 2008 and 2010.

She attended Mayfield Secondary School of Arts where she participated in the dance program. In 2011 she received a full ride NCAA Gymnastics Scholarship to Central Michigan. In her first year there her team won their 4th consecutive Mid- American Conference title.

Tenishia is currently working on finishing up her level 2 coaching certification, which will be completed by late August.

 

 

 

   Justine Russell-Rowe: Compulsory Coach

Justine is an avid member of the gymnastics community; involved as a Women’s Artistic level 2 certified coach with level 1 trampoline, a Women’s Artistic Judge.

She was a competitive gymnast for 12 years coached by Craig Smith. and most recently the level 9 eastern Canadian Champion in 2014. She retired from competing in June 2014 to focus on educational goals.


Justine graduated from Mayfield Secondary School in the Regional Arts Program with a diploma in dance in the Spring of 2015. She attends York University in the Social Work Program.


Justine began coaching at the age of 13 as a CIT with recreational and pre-competitive level athletes. She hopes to coach for many years to come, teaching and inspiring athletes to be their best and to love what they do.

 

 

 

Christine Sternloff: Invitational Coach

Chris came to Milton Springers in 2014 after coaching competitive gymnastics in Georgia for the past 10 years. Chris got involved in gymnastics because all 3 of her children are competitive gymnasts. Her daughter Jillian is a former Provincial Gymnast and is now a competitive cheerleader, and her sons competed level 10 in the USA and are now both competitive cheer participants in the US. Chris has an athletic background as a national level competitive swimmer. This allows her to understand the need for hard work and dedication required to coach competitive gymnastics.


Chris is currently taking her Level 3 NCCP certification, and has completed her Gymnastics Ontario risk management and is a certified personal trainer. She has her USA Coaching Certification, USA Safety and Risk Management, USA Fundamentals of Gymnastics, and USA Gymnastics 101.
 

 

Krista Johnsen: Women's Competitive Program Administrator

Women’s Pre-Competitive Coach

Krista has been a Springer Competitive Coach since 2008 and is now coaching our Springette and SpringElite Athletes.  A former gymnast from the Sudbury area, Krista has an encouraging, positive approach to teaching gymnastics and a true desire to keep athletes involved and enjoying the sport.  This dedication has helped to develop and expand our competitive program to include multiple levels with a “Sky is the Limit” approach. 

Krista’s vision is to develop young athletes to become the most successful gymnast they can be in a “Firm but Fair” atmosphere and then encourage them to become an even greater role model.  Krista’s experience and certifications include:

  • Level 3 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Level 1 Certified Trampoline Coach
  • First Aid, CPR and Risk Management
  • 20+ years of coaching experience
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • "High Five" Train the Trainer Certificate
                                                              

Stephanie Head: Compulsory/Development Team Coach

  • Level 2 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Level 1 NCCP Certified Trampoline
  • First Aid and Risk Management
  • Assistant Recreation Program Director
  • Springers Summer Camp Kindergym Director
  • "High Five" coaching seminar                                                  
  • Former Rhythmic Gymnast

 

 

Dayna Simbeya: Provincial Team Coach

Coach Dayna started her career in gymnastics when she was 5 years old after watching my older sister become involved in it. ICoach Dayna was a competitive gymnast until part way through high school. After high school she joined competitive cheerleading for two years.
 
She started as a "Coach in Training" at thirteen, and then began recreational coaching at 15 yrs old. At 17yrs old she began coaching competitive gymnastics and has loved it ever since! Coach Dayna currently has her level 2 certification in WAG and Trampoline. She is working towards attaining her level 3 coaching certification.
 
Currently she is coaching a variety of groups and I am enjoying them all. My goals as a coach is to continue to learn about the sport she loves, so that I can be the best coach I can be for all of the athletes I coach. 
 
Outside of coaching, Dayna loves hiking, spending time with family and close friends, and going to concerts.
 
 
 

Heather Coffen: Competitive Coach

Heather started gymnastics as a Springer in 1983, and now has been doing gymnastics for 35 years. Competitive gymnast for 6 years. Highest level B stream

Heather started coaching at Springers in October 2017. She completed her Foundations Training, and is now going to complete her Introduction to Competition Training in June 2018.
 
Heather is assisting with coaching elite opt prov 1, prov 2, prov 3 & 4, pre-elite, compulsory 1, compulsory 5 groups.
 
Heather's coaching goals- to continue growing and learn as a coach and to provide a positive environment where gymnasts can reach their goals, and be the best they can be. 
 
Heather's interests include spending time with her four daughters, working out and gymnastics.
 
 
 

Madison Lunshof: Petite Coach 

Madison Lunshof started gymnastics at a recreational level when she was 3 years old. She later joined the pre comp team allowing her to move into the provincial stream and continue on to end her career at level 9. Some accomplishments include placing 2nd at provincials and qualifying to be on team Ontario to compete in New Brunswick placing 4th overall.  Madison is currently a Springers National Level trampolinist and has qualified to go to nationals in Alberta this July. 

Madison began coaching recreational classes at age 13 and is currently a level 2 artistic and level 1 trampoline certified coach. In the summer of 2017 Madison and Shannon became the youngest competitive coaches to have their own group.

Outside the gym, Madison participates in track and field, and swimming at school and loves going for hikes and being outdoors.

 

 

Shannon Sadler: Petite Coach

Shannon started gymnastics at Springers when she was 2 years old. She competed Provincial level 7 in artistic women's gymnastics, and after retiring from artistic gymnastics, she competed provincial 2 trampoline with Springers competitive Trampoline Team.

Shannon began coaching in 2014 with the recreational program, and currently am level 2 artistic and level 1 trampoline certified coach. Shannon loves coaching the petite elites, and her goal is to help kids get a positive start to gymnastics. In the summer of 2017 Shannon and Madison became the youngest competitive coaches to have their own team.

Outside of the gym Shannon is an accomplished cook and baker, and she enjoys staying active and fit.

 

Alex Robson: Competitive Coach

Alex began her gymnastics career at Springers at the age of 3 years old. She started in our recreation program and joined the competitive program.  She worked her way up to Provincial Level 7. At 9 years old Alex came 2nd at Provincial championships, and was an alternate for Team Ontario when she was 14.

Alex starting coaching with the recreation program at age 13, and has now began assisting with the competitive program. Alex is taking her Introduction to Competitive coaching certification in the next couple of months.

Alex participates in track and field at school as well as cross fit at school and outside of school.

Keiara Jones-Tyrell: Competitive Coach

 

 

 

 

Curtis Droge: Competitive Coach

Curtis first started gymnastics at Springers when he was only 4 years old.  After a year he took a break and started back into gymnastics when he was 9, and was immediately placed on the Interclub boy's team. He then worked his way up to the Provincial team and retired last year.

Curtis began coaching at Springers in January 2017, and is now a Foundations Trained coach.  He is now assisting Coach Stephanie with her Compulsory teams.

Curtis is now using his experience as a gymnast and his love for gymnastics to pass on his knowledge, as well as motivate and empower the young gymnasts.