Coach Craig Smith has been the Head Coach at Milton Springers for 5 seasons. He was named the 2015 Competitive Women's Artistic Coach of the Year by Gymnastics Ontario!
Craig is a Level 4 gymnastics coach, with over 30 years of gymnastics coaching experience, including 15 years working as a Competitive Head Coach. Craig attended Seneca College’s Coaching Techniques for Gymnastics program. He has experienced many successes in the Provincial program with several athletes performing medal winning 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 travelled 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.
- 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 is a level 4 certified coach, 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 of identifying talent and nurturing gymnasts of all ages and levels to find their full potential!
Outside gymnastics, Susan has 2 sons. 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!
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.
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 has been recently certified as a Sports Phychology Coach.
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
- Certified Sports Psychology 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
Heather started gymnastics as a Springer in 1983 and competed provincially for 6 yrs. She has continued doing gymnastics as an adult and now has been doing gymnastics for 35 years!
It was only natural for her to move into a coaching career. Heather started coaching at Springers in October 2017. She is Foundations Trained, and has completed her Introduction to Competition Training. Heather coaches compulsory and invitational groups and assists with the optional teams.
Austin was a former National Level Trampoline athlete for 4 years and has been training for over 14 years. He started coaching at the age of 14 in his hometown gym in Caledonia. Since then, he has worked in different gyms across Ontario to focus on his educational goals of being a firefighter.
Austin Has also been involved in Tumbling for 3 years in the Cheerleading world and went to Worlds back in 2017. With his hands-on approach in both tumbling and trampoline as well as his many years of experience Austin strives to help kids attain basic to advance level skills through progressions, drills, and spotting.
Outside the gym, Austin enjoys Snowboarding, Rock climbing and Producing Music
- Level 3 NCCP Certified Trampoline
- Level 2 NCCP Certified Artistic Gymnastics
- EMR Certified
- First Aid Certified
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 finish her gymnastics career as a level 9. Some accomplishments include placing 2nd at provincial championships and qualifying to be on team Ontario to compete in New Brunswick, placing 4th overall. Madison was also a Springers National Level trampolinist and qualified to go to nationals in Alberta July 2018.
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.
Keiara began her gymnastics here at Springers at the age of 4, joined the competitive team at the age of 5, and continued from there to Provincial Level 9. In 2015, Keiara won Provincial championships for level 8 age 14+, then went on to win Eastern Canadian championships for the same level. In 2017 she came 3rd at Provincials for level 9 15+, and went on to compete at Eastern Championships again coming 2nd AA. Keiara has traveled with as a team Ontario athlete and competed in Vegas (2015) where her level 8 team came 1st, and competed in Cancun (2014) where she placed 1st AA as well as her level 8 team.
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. 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.