The OGC's Interim Executive Director is an accomplished MBA, MHK with more than 15 years of success in strategic planning, business development, and sports management. Mike has worked with the Canadian Paralympic Committee as the Manager of High Performance. In this role he managed a team that liaised with all Paralympic high-performance directors and head coaches, coordinating and developing high performance quadrennial plans. Mike has also worked for Nordiq Canada as the Manager of coaching development where he developed coaching and athlete resources and programs to progress athlete development across Canada. Mike also brings a wealth of entrepreneurship experience to OGC having worked with tech start ups and built his own small business. When not typing away at his desk you can find Mike riding his bike or skiing in Gatineau Park.
Amanda is a fully certified Level 2 coach in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline. Amanda is certified in First Aid and CPR as well as Respect in Sport and Risk Management. Amanda started gymnastics at age 6 and has been coaching since the age of 14. Her experience comes from many programs including Kindergym, Recreation, Developmental, Invitational and the Provincial Competitive Programs. Amanda’s success and experience in these programs has resulted in her being selected to supervise and co-ordinate the compeitive programs.
“I love coaching gymnastics because it gives me an opportunity to help children and youth develop self-confidence and healthy life style –all which are necessary to carry with them into adulthood.”
Amanda hopes that her passion for the sport will inspire others to participate, including her four children
Robin worked at Canada Post for 23 years. In the early 2000's, Robin left the post office for semi-retirement and later decided to do something she loves. Having been a competitive athlete with the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre until she was 18, Robin decided to pay it forward and help young kids get active and find a passion for sports.
Robin is a fully certified Level 2 WAG coach; as well as a Level 1 Trampoline coach. Robin has been primarily coaching with the Kindergym program, but has also coached with the Recreational, Developmental, and Competitive programs.
"I love interacting with all the kids that come through our program, and I strive to provide them with a fun and challenging experience."
Mélanie is a fully certified Level 3 coach in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline. Mélanie is certified in First Aid and CPR as well as Respect in Sport and Risk Management. Mélanie has coached in a variety of programs at the OGC and is currently coaching in the Women’s Competitive program.
"It is a privilege to have the opportunity to make a positive impact in a child's life through competitive sport. With communication and guidance, I want to help the athletes be ambitious young ladies who know how to think for themselves, set goals and persevere when things don't go as planned. The lesson learned on the journey to your long-term goal is just as important as the eventual destination. I want to hear them and help them if they feel overwhelmed. I want to teach them the importance of sportsmanship and finding inspiration from others that will motivate them. I want to help my athletes be kind to others and to themselves. I want to make sure my athlete's love and passion for gymnastics and fitness can help them step into the next chapter of their lives; with a stable sense of identity, an excitement for the future, pride for what they accomplished and happiness in their hearts for all the years we shared together."
Denise's Gymnastics certifications include:
Level 3 WAG certified; and Level 3 Technical Trampoline. Denise has been coaching for 30 years in gymnastics and 5 years in trampoline. After 22 years at the OGC within a wide range of programs: KinderGym – Coach and Supervisor, Recreational – Coach and Supervisor; Women’s Competitive Gymnastics – Invitational and subbed at the Provincial and National levels; Men’s Competitive Program – developmental coach; and of course, a transition and substitute coach in the Trampoline program. Denise has gained tremendous knowledge in all our programs and is a very valued member to our staff.
Denise feels that is a great privilege and honour to represent the Competitive Trampoline program as Trampoline Coordinator.