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WAG Women’s Artistic Gymnastics

WAG is the most popular and well-known gymnastics discipline.  It is an incredibly challenging sport, demanding strength, power, flexibility, agility, courage  and a combination of technical precision and artistic creativity.  When these elements are mastered, the performances appear almost effortless and are riveting to watch.

The competition program of women’s artistic gymnastics includes vault, uneven bars, bean and floor.

Vault

Vaulting requires speed, quickness and explosive power.  There are 4 phases of vault: the pre-flight, support, after flight and landing.  The vault table is 120 c.m. in height with a runway of 24 metres in length.  Faults in execution, height, length, form, landing and technique are deducted from the difficulty rating of the vault.  The overall vault should be dynamic, explosive and precise.

Uneven Bars

The most spectacular of the women’s events, the uneven bars demand strength as well as concentration, courage, co-ordination, precision and split-second timing. A minimum number of skills, bar changes, flight elements and direction changes must be shown in a routine. The overall effect should be one of smoothness with no stops or starts, extra swings or additional supports between skills. A superior bar routine will be performed vigorously and will exhibit unrestricted swing, continuous movement and precise execution of tricks, all accomplished in a seemingly effortless manner, despite the considerable strength required.

Balance Beam

The overall execution on the balance beam should give the impression that the gymnast is performing on the floor.  The routine on the Beam requires excellent balance, flexibility, co-ordination and extreme concentration.  Routines on Beam consist of dance elements, turns, pirouettes, jumps and leaps and acrobatic elements such as cartwheels, handsprings and somersaults.  The gymnast must demonstrate control in all movements, from the most graceful to the most dynamic. A well created, executed and performed routine should give the spectator the impression that the routine was easily done, but in all reality, it is the most difficult of all the women’s events.

Floor Exercise

The floor routine is a combination of dance, tumbling and acrobatics choreographed to music. The music should complement the gymnast’s routine in every way, showing a variety in tempo and original moves, while allowing expression of one’s individual personality. Dance and tumbling ability combined with the creativity and personality of the individual performer make this event one of the most beautiful, daring and exciting athletic events.

Pre-Comp

Our women’s artistic gymnasts train for 6, 9, 12 and 16 hours in the Pre-Competitive Program.

Our Pre-Competitive Programs are designed and geared towards girls aged 5-9. The athletes’ fitness level and ability to compete is measured through their strength, flexibility, coordination and skill development. The development of the athlete’s skills and abilities is accomplished in an environment where athlete safety, health and wellness are our first priority. Athletes may compete 3-5 times a year between the Levels 1 and 4 in the Ontario Competitive Program (OCP), which is part of the Gymnastics Ontario mandate.

The athletes’ age and ability will determine the level and the amount of competitions. Athletes will train 3 days a week for 2 hours, 3 days a week for 4 hours, 4 days a week for 3 hours or 4 days a week for 4 hours.  Our Pre-Competitive Program is also designed and based on the Ontario Development Program (ODP). This Program focuses on Strength flexibility and overall body positioning. There has been a new component added to the ODP program which incorporates skill development.

MOBILITY – can be to the Provincial stream.

WAG Interclub

Our Invitational Competitive Program is designed and geared towards girls aged 9 and up.  The athlete’s fitness level and ability to compete is measured through their strength, flexibility, coordination and skill development.  The development of the athlete’s skills and abilities is accomplished in an environment where athlete safety, health and wellness are our first priority. Athletes will compete 3-4 times a year between Levels 1and 5, which are part of the Gymnastics Ontario mandate. Athletes will train 3 days per week for a duration of 4 hours per session.

MOBILITY – can be to the Provincial stream.

Provincial/National

Our women’s artistic gymnasts train between 20-30 hours in the Provincial/National Level Program.

Our Provincial and National Competitive Programs are designed and geared towards girls ages 9 and over.  The athletes’ fitness level and ability to compete is measured through their strength, flexibility, coordination and skill development.  The development of the athlete’s skills and abilities is accomplished in an environment where athlete safety, health and wellness are our first priority.  Athletes will compete at 3 qualifiers, provincial Championship (once qualified) and other selected competitions such as Eastern Championship, Tour selection and National Championship based on age, level and team selection.  Provincial athletes will train 4-5 days per week for a duration of 4-5 hours per session and may compete between the levels 5-8.  National athletes will train 4-6 days a week, 5 hours per session at the Level 9 & up.

MOBILITY – can be from the Provincial to the National stream

MAG Men’s Artistic Gymnastics

The competition program of men’s artistic gymnastics consists of 6 routines: floor exercises, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and the horizontal bar.

Floor

Floor exercises are performed on a 12×12-meter mat without musical accompaniment. Men’s routines are characterized by a sequence of linked elements that demonstrate simultaneously strength, flexibility, and balance. Each exercise consists of movements which combine a number of elements, such as somersaults, handstands, and rotations.

Pommel Horse

Is 1.15 meters high and has two handles (12-centimetre pommels) attached to the apparatus body, set 40 to 45 cm apart. The routines make use of the full surface of the apparatus and present a succession of circular and pendulum-type swings, leg circles, scissors movements, and handstands.

Rings

Hang from a structure at 2.75 meters above the ground. Ring routines should include swings and handstands to emphasize muscle strength. The program must end with an acrobatic dismount.

Vault

Requires clean and powerful movements that combine height and length with one or more rotations, ending with a well-controlled landing. The level of difficulty determines the value of a vault. Marks are also awarded for the body control and the landing position.

Parallel Bars

Are 1.95 meters in height and 3.50 meters in length and require a combination of swinging movements, swings, and handstands demanding strength. The gymnast must travel the full length of the apparatus and work on the top of the bars as well as below them.

Horizontal Bar

Is 2.40 m. wide and 2.75 meters high. In this routine, the gymnast performs continuous and clean swinging movements and must not touch the bar with his body. He is required to demonstrate changes of grip, swinging movements both forward and backward, with releases and re-grasps of the bar. Dismounts are an important part of the total routine and are usually acrobatic and spectacular.

MAG Pre-Comp

Our Pre-Competitive Program is designed and geared towards boys aged 5-8 training at 6 hours per week.  The development of the athlete’s skills and abilities is accomplished in an environment where athlete safety, health and wellness are our first priority.  The emphasis is to further develop the child’s strength, flexibility, agility and overall body coordination.  This program is an excellent building block for the young gymnast.MOBILITY – can be to the Inter-club or Provincial stream.

MAG Interclub

Our Inter-club Competitive Program is designed and geared towards boys aged 8 and up training from 9-12 hours per week.  The development of the athlete’s skills and abilities is accomplished in an environment where athlete safety, health and wellness are our first priority.  The athlete’s fitness level and ability to compete is measured through their strength, flexibility, coordination and skill development.   Athletes will compete 3 times a year between Levels 1-4 (Inter-club) which are part of the Gymnastics Ontario mandate.  Athletes will train 3 days a week for 3 hours or 3 days a week from 4 hours.MOBILITY – can be to the Provincial stream.

Provincial/National

Our men’s artistic gymnasts train between 20-30 hours a week in the Provincial/National Level Program.  Our Provincial and National Competitive Programs are designed and geared towards boys aged 9 and up. The development of the athlete’s skills and abilities is accomplished in an environment where athlete safety, health and wellness are our first priority.  The athletes’ fitness level and ability to compete is measured through their strength, flexibility, coordination and skill development.   Athletes will compete at 3 qualifiers, Provincial Championship (a minimum of two qualifiers must be attended) and other selected competitions such as Eastern Championship, Tour Selection and National Championship based on age, level and team selection.  Provincial athletes will train 4-5 days per week for a duration of 4-5 hours per session, and may compete between the levels 1-4, GCG level 5 or Elite 3/4.  National athletes will train 4-6 days a week 5 hours per session at National Open. Novice High performance, Junior High performance or Senior High performance.

MOBILITY – can be from the Provincial to the National stream.

 

Acrobatics Boys & Girls

Acrobatic Gymnastics officially joined the FIG in 1999.  Practiced by men and women alike, dynamic Sports Acrobatics are among the oldest known disciplines.  The discipline requires courage and stamina, while demanding flexibility and skill.  Exercises are accompanied by music, harmoniously in keeping with gymnasts’ choreography, body movements and musical culture.

Acrobatic Gymnastics (ACRO) favours body control in various positions, both on the ground and in the air.  Acrobatic gymnastics is a competitive partner sport combining the strength, flexibility and technical precision of gymnastics with the grace and musicality of dance.Acrobatics is practiced as Men’s, Women’s or Mixed Pairs, as Women’s Groups (3 gymnasts) or as Men’s Groups (4 gymnasts).  The exercises must include a harmonious combination of choreography, collective acrobatic elements (holds, throws, catches) and individual acrobatic elements (floor acrobatic series), all in perfect synchronization. The development of the athlete’s skills and abilities is accomplished in an environment where athlete safety, health and wellness are our first priority.

Common Terms

Balance

The term applied to a competition routine in which competitors must demonstrate strength, flexibility, agility, static holds, mounts, and motions.

Dynamic

The term applied to a competition routine in which competitors must demonstrate the ability to initiate, assist, interrupt, and stop flight.

Combined

The term applied to a competition routine in which competitors must demonstrate the characteristics of both balanced and dynamic routines.

Top

Usually the smaller partner of a pair, and the smallest of a group, that balances on their partner(s) or is the main flier in a dynamic exercise.

Base

The supporting partner in a pair or group.

WAG & MAG Coaching Staff

Chris Foo

  • Position: Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Head Coach Level: Level 4 NCCP Coach
  • Background: Chris has been the MAG Head Coach at
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Gymnastics Mississauga for over 18 years and most recently has taken on the position of Head Coach for both the MAG and WAG programs. Chris has been coaching for over 30 years with a wealth of knowledge and experience in both Men's and Women's Gymnastics. At Gymnastics Ontario's 2015 Annual Gymnastics Award Banquet, held in October, Chris received a National/High-Performance Coach of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to the sport. Chris has been awarded the Men's International Coach of the Year (2010) while coaching athletes to championship games at the Junior and two Senior Pan American Championships, two Pacific Rim Championships, the 2010 World Games Championships (Rotterdam), The Commonwealth Games, and The Chinese National Championships. In 2012, Chris was the coach of a London Olympic Games test event team member, followed by taking an athlete to the 27th Summer Universiade Games in Kazan, Russia in 2013. Chris’ attention to the development of the athlete from beginner level 1 Provincial to Senior High Performance is evident in a snapshot of successes in the 2006 season producing six Provincial and three National Champions. His philosophy integrates and supports all facets of the developing athlete in and out of the gym.

Chris Laszlo

  • Position:Assistant to the Head Coach
  • Coach Level: Level 4 NCCP coach
  • Background: Chris is a graduate of Advanced Coaching Techniques
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Program from Seneca College. He was granted a Chartered Professional Coach by the Coaching Association of Canada. He has coached many Provincial and Eastern Canadian champions and was the Team Coach of the 1st place Ontario National Open at the 2014 Canadian Championships. Chris has developed a strong technical knowledge through working as a judge and through coaching high-performance athletes in both women's and men's artistic programs throughout Canada, Australia, and the United States. Chris has been involved in gymnastics as a coach and competitor for more than 30 years.

Tammie Gray

  • Position: Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Head Coach Level: Level 3 NCCP Coach
  • Background: Tammie has been coaching competitive gymnastics for over 26 years.
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She has been a dedicated coach and Head Coach and has received her 25-year Gold Diamond Pin Award from Gymnastics Ontario. Tammie is a graduate in Physical Education Elite Gymnastics Program from Seneca College. Tammie has coached athletes on the third-place team, as well as vault finalists in the International Maccabiah Games in Israel. Over the past 29 years, Tammie has had many athletes receive NCCA scholarships. She has also choreographed and coached many medalists on beam and floor at National Championships in Canada and the United States, 30 Provincial Champions, and over 40 medalists on the floor at Provincial Championships. Tammie has received many specialty awards on bars, beam, and floor at National and Provincial Championships, and is a sought-after choreographer working at clubs in North America. Tammie is a dedicated coach with a solid commitment to the development of gymnastics and life skills of athletes to help them reach their full potential. She hopes to shape her athletes into confident, respectful, poised, and successful gymnasts in a nurturing, motivating environment.

Martin Broadhurst

  • Position: MAG Coach
  • Level: Level 3 NCCP coach
  • Background: Martin began coaching in Manchester, England,
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and has over 30 years of coaching experience. As a National Judge, he had the honor of officiating at numerous English Championships, the Special Olympics, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Since he came to Canada in 2002, he has judged at the Jurassic Classic, and the Western Canada Summer Games. As a coach, Martin accompanied the Ontario team to the Eastern Championships in 2010.

Kim Roby

  • Position: WAG Coach
  • Head Coach Level: Level 4 NCCP Coach
  • Background: With 25 years of coaching experience,
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Kim has worked across Ontario and Australia as both a Competitive Coach and Assistant Head Coach. She has received her coaching diploma in artistic gymnastics from Seneca College. With her immense level of experience, she is a wonderful asset to the club!

Pilar Maldonado

  • Position: WAG Coach
  • Head Coach Level: Level 4 NCCP Coach
  • Background: Born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. 18 years of coaching
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experience at all levels from rec to Elite. Has coached many State, Regional and National medalists. She has 12 years of Head Coaching experience and she is also a choreographer and a National Judge. Certified as Junior Olympic and National Coach in the US where she has attended many Congresses, clinics, and camps for the past 10 years Holds a master´s degree in Sports Psychology and an Advanced degree in Physical Activities and Sport.  She believes in bringing out the best of every athlete through encouragement and positive coaching. 

Cassandra Martino

  • Position: WAG Coach
  • Level: Level NCCP Coach
  • Background: Cassandra is NCCP certified in Women's
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artistic and has been coaching for approximately 5 years.  She started training at Gymnastics Mississauga at the age of 5 and continued as a competitive athlete for 10 years.  

Sara Arriola

  • Position: WAG Coach
  • Level: Level NCCP Coach
  • Background: Sara is NCCP Level 2 certified and has
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been working in the Women's artistic program and trampoline.  She was an athlete from the age of 5 until 15 with over 10 years’ experience coaching both Invitational and Provincial Athletes.  She is a Massage Therapy Graduate and is currently completing a bachelor’s degree Program in Paralegal Studies.  

Jouy Khail

  • Position: WAG Coach
  • Level: Level NCCP Coach
  • Background: Jouy is NCCP certified and has been
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working in the Women's artistic program for over 4 years.  She was an athlete from the age of 4 until 17.  At the age of 11, she joined the Egyptian National Team as a junior athlete after representing team Egypt in Germany the year before helping the Team finish in third place.   She has been coaching for over 4 years and will be attending Ryerson University in the fall for film production. 

John Hummel

  • Position: WAG Coach
  • Level: Level NCCP Coach
  • Background: John signed up for gymnastics after seeing
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it on TV as a kid.  He has been active in the sport ever since, for more than forty years.  He is a certified Level 2 coach, with Level 3 Theory and Technical, experienced in both Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Power Tumbling.  He has been an active volunteer, including serving as a Director of Gymnastics Ontario.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer and brings an understanding of physics to his coaching. John believes that success comes from hard work coupled with a willingness to make positive changes, and that life lessons are an important part of gymnastics training.

Max Loginov

  • Position:MAG Coach
  • Level: Level NCCP Coach
  • Background: Max is NCCP certified in Men’s
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artistic and has been coaching for approximately 5 years.  He started training at Gymnastics Mississauga at the age of 7 and continued as a competitive athlete for 8 years.  

ACRO Coaching Staff

Souren (Ren) Torosyants

  • Position: Acrobatic Gymnastics Head Coach
  • Head Coach Level: NCCP Level 4
  • Background: Souren has been the head coach
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of Mississauga's Acrobatic Program since its inception. Acrobatic has a long history and is well loved in Europe. It is comparatively new in Canada. With his wealth of international experience, Souren was an instrumental figure in bringing Acrobatic Gymnastics to Ontario. A graduate of Moscow Circus College and Moscow Russia Academy of Performing Arts (Gitis), Souren has performed and coached in 40+ countries and Canada for over 30 years. He has taken his athletes twice to the World Championships in Florida and Paris as well all the national and provincial championships. Under his leadership, our Acrobatic program has grown tripled in size. Souren Torosyants is an NCCP Level 3 Women's Artistic Gymnastics Coach and an NCCP level 3 trampoline coach. Souren is known in the gymnastics circle for his uncanny ability to offer high-level training while making it fun for all involved.

Anastasiya Torosyants

  • Position: Assistant to the Head Coach and Competitive Coach
  • Head Coach Level: NCCP Level 2
  • Background: Anastasiya grew up in a gymnastics family
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and has devoted 18 years to the sport. A former competitive gymnast with international experience, she knows the hard work and dedication required for elite athletes but also understands the passion and care needed to nurture young gymnasts. As a fully certified NCCP level 2 Artistic and Trampoline coach, she has repeatedly guided many of our Mississauga gymnasts to the podium at provincial competitions. With her Business Administration HR major background, she also plays a major role in the smooth running of our Competitive Acrobatic program. Anastasiya has recently been awarded for the Developmental/Competitive Coach of the Year Award by Gymnastics Ontario on October 2015. She was recognized for her ability to help athletes who are developing competitive skills, as well as preparing athletes for present and future competitions.

Ekaterina Kornienkova (Katia)

  • Position: Acrobatics Choreographer
  • Level: Level NCCP Coach
  • Background: Ekaterina is a professional dancer, ballet teacher, and
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choreographer. She has been working with students of all ages in professional, competitive and recreational levels for over 20 years.  Ekaterina completed her professional training at the Russian Ballet Academy (Vaganova Style). She graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School as a ballet teacher and is highly experienced.  Her rich teaching experience combined with her deep knowledge of dance theory, while studying and teaching throughout the years allows her to share and prepare students for a long and successful journey in the field. She believes teaching is a gift and loves to share her knowledge and passion with each student she has the opportunity to work with.  Her goal is to inspire students and challenge them, so they can achieve far beyond their personal expectations.  A combination of dance and acrobatics is the core foundation of a strong and successful program.