Natasha is responsible for re-starting FVRG in 2014, and is one of the club owners. Always a good friend to rhythmic gymnastics in BC, Natasha took on roles with BC Games and Special Olympics to support the growth of the sport, and always jumped into help coach when she could. She has completed a Bachelor Degree of Tourism Management, with Entrepreneurial Honors. Natasha is an NCCP Certified RG coach, and a Provincial Level Special Olympics Judge. With an extensive background in recreation and business management, Natasha brings to FVRG a passion and belief that all children deserve the chance to enjoy and learn movement. With two young kids usually by her side, Natasha leads FVRG in strategic planning, organizational growth, community strategies, partnership management, and club administration. She may be helping families find the best program for their needs, and sometimes jumps in on the fun to coach a class.
Kate is the other owner of FVRG and was the first competitive rhythmic gymnast in the Fraser Valley. Since the 90's, she has been dedicated to growing RG in Chilliwack, and across BC and Canada. Kate is currently completing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Coaching Education) with the University of New Brunswick. She has a Master's of Human Kinetics (Coaching Sciences) from UBC and a Bachelor's of Kinesiology from UFV. A Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) Kate is one of the only certified Master Coach Developers in Canada, and is also certified Level 3 in RG and Level 2 in Artistic Gymnastics (women's). She has additional NCCP training in Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Special Olympics and with Aboriginal athletes. Kate has been an RG judge, and still volunteers as a judge for Special Olympics. As a former lifeguard and First Aid Instructor, Kate's focus is on safety, with a special passion towards ensuring developmentally appropriate training for all athletes. Kate uses her 20+ years of coaching experience in rhythmic and artistic gymnastics to help develop coaches from all sports by facilitating NCCP courses, and training NCCP Coach Developers (those who teach coaching courses and evaluate coaches). Also the Project Coordinator with viaSport BC, Kate is always keen to learn from and help other other sport organizations, coaches and athletes.
Mimi competed as a National Level rhythmic gymnast for eight years, and has been coaching for over 10 years, most recently with young high performance gymnasts competing in the Western Canada or National levels. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UBC, and is currently completing her NCCP Level 3. Mimi is also a trained NCCP Learning Facilitator for Gymnastics Foundations. Mimi has also coached Ultimate Frisbee at both the local and national level, and has coached her U18 BC Girls team to winning two national titles, all while growing her Vancouver Ultimate club to over 400 players. Her favorite part about RG is that it is both an art and a sport, and that it gets kids active and moving while being able to express their personalities. She loves coaching because she loves helping kids realize they can accomplish far more than they ever imagined. As our Head Coach, Mimi is responsible for all competitive programs, and will also deliver and manage many recreational and educational programs.
Our coaches are held to the highest standards, when it comes to education and training. Coaches for ALL FVRG programs have:
- A background in gymnastics, dance or a related
- Training through the National Coaching
- First Aid certification
- Completed a cleared criminal record check
- Completed Respect in Sport, a program which
trains leaders to leaders to recognize, understand and respond to issues
of bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination
- Completed an FVRG Emergency Action Plan
workshop, to prepare them to act effectively in case of emergencies
- Been registered as coaches with BC Rhythmic
Gymnastics, and Gymnastics Canada
- Completed a mentorship with FVRG
All FVRG team members participate in ongoing professional development opportunities, hosted by FVRG or other organizations. Coaches working with advanced or specialty programs engage in additional training, specific to the needs of their athletes.
Tanya Van Papeveld - Coach
Tanya began with FVRG in early 2016, and has quite the background in gymnastics. She was a high performance artistic gymnast herself, and has experience in coaching both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. After a few years away from the gym, she's excited to come back! Though she has completed her NCCP certifications previously, she is keen to reignite her knowledge. Tanya mostly works our advanced and pre-competitive programs.
Vanessa Wood - Coach
Vanessa began coaching with FVRG in early 2016. She has a background in artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, dance, judo, track, field hockey and soccer, and currently works with FVRG's introductory programs. Vanessa loves working with kids, and enjoys helping them achieve their goals.