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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
                                                                          

 

Jessica LeBlanc: Women's Provincial/National Coach

Jessica is a level 3 certified gymnastics coach and brings over 15 years of coaching experience, as well as the personal experience of being a national level gymnast at one of the top clubs in Canada at the time. She plans to take her level 4 certification during the next available cycle. Jessica also holds an Honors Degree in Kinesiology, and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certificate through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Jessica's love and enthusiasm for gymnastics has helped her become a very successful young coach, producing several Provincial, Eastern Canadian and National Champions including many first-place finishes on beam and floor. She has also been recognized for her choreography on beam and floor at Ontario Championships. Several Gymnastics Ontario Teams have had Jessica serve as the team coach, including Tour Selection teams, and teams traveling to National Championships. She was appointed the team coach position for the 2013 National Open Ontario Team, where they finished first all-around at the Canadian National Championships.

 Jessica's philosophy of building self-confidence as a key component of success in the sport of gymnastics not only helps her athletes in training and at competitions, but also prepares them to be successful in all areas of life. Jessica's goals include producing high performance athletes and well as National Team members, but her true accomplishments are realized everyday in the gym, while coaching ALL of her athletes to reach their own individual potential. Watching athletes persevere through hard times and fears, and come out on the other side feeling proud and successful, are what Jessica is truly passionate about.

 

 

Sandra Yip: Women's Provincial Coach

Sandra Yip began her gymnastic journey at the age of 5 where she quickly rose in ranks within the national high performance stream until the age of 17.  Sandra finished her competitive years as a Junior high performance athlete representing Ontario at several national championships.

Sandra continues her passion for the sport and has been coaching for 19 yrs, most recently with East York Gymnastics Club.  Sandra has worked at all levels of experience from the grass roots recreation classes up to the intense national stream programs.  If you ask her though, her enthusiasm lies in the preparatory pre-competitive programs where she prepares young athletes for provincial and national competitive gymnastic careers.  Sandra will coach athletes at all levels at Springers, making her skill set and expertise a perfect fit for our club!

Along with her NCCP level 3 gymnastics coaching certification, Sandra also has a personal training degree, F.L.M.P., from George Brown College.  This allows Sandra to be at the top of her league in physical preparation and motivation by creating an environment that encourages a healthy long-term lifestyle in gymnastics and sport.

 

Aleksandra Ninkovic: Provincial/Compulsory Women's Coach

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: 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

 

 

 

Jasmine Patterson: Provincial/Compulsory Coach

Jasmine Patterson is a retired Artistic Gymnast who began gymnastics at the age of 3 at the pre-competitive level and then competed at the provincial level for over 6 years. Jasmine's solid gymnastics background and skills assisted her in landing a full Track and Field scholarship to a College in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the spring of 2014 Jasmine graduated from American International College, with a degree in Liberal Arts and a minor in Psychology.

Jasmine loves to teach gymnastics to enhance the physical well being of each athlete. She believes that many lessons children learn in the gym will carry through to the rest of their lives. Some of these are: discipline, problem solving skills, strength, overcoming fear, and the pride that comes with mastering a new skill. Jasmine enjoys teaching all children because she sees wonderful qualities in each one, in their own way. She desires to make a positive impact on each of her athletes and to know that perseverance is essential in obtaining the goals that the girls set out to accomplish. Jasmine is an NCCP certified Level 2 Artistic Coach and will soon be obtaining her Level 3 coaching certification.

 

 

 

Tenishia Tomlinson: 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: Invitational Coach

Justine is 19 years old and already 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, and an ODP assessor.

She was a competitive gymnast for 12 years 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 will attend York University in the fall for 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 currently on our Provincial team, and her sons competed level 10 in the USA. 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.

 

 Leah Rubenstein: Development Team Coach

  • Level 2 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Level 1 NCCP Certified Trampoline Coach
  • Risk Management
  • Former Springer Provincial Team Member

 

 

 

 

Rachell Manfini: Provincial/Invitational Trampoline Coach

Stephanie Stuart: Provincial/Invitational Trampoline Coach