Elite Coaching Staff
A little bit about our coaching staff
Since it’s inception Okanagan Rhythmics has had the opportunity of working with an elite international coaching staff. Olympian Birgit Schielin of Austria provided exciting demonstrative example, Svetlana Rasseko from the Republic of Belarus shared extensive expertise in technique and program structure, Vlodya Makarov from the Ukraine provided the ballet and character base that is essential to good results, Linda Wei from China brought more international flare and specialized in classical ballet. Rachel Martens added dramatic flare breath work and correct posture and alignment. Tammy Andreotti completely raised the bar in our understaning of artistic gymnastics and acro/tumbling. Brie-Anne MacPherson has brought knowledge, organization, choreography and a fresh 'younger' perspective to our team. Gilian Kilgour has strengthened our ballet base and has helped us protect growing bodies thourgh her in-depth knowledge of our sport and both pilates and gyrotonics. New to our team this year is Tanya Wisse whose qualifications are many and her experiences extremely broad. Tanya's administration, organization and passion for recreational program development are sure to help us reach new heights. Head Coach/Club Owner Camille Martens has inspired, encouraged, coached, choreographed and directed aiming to light (and maintain) the fires of excellence, joy and movement in many.We have also been blessed to have had injury prevention and recovery work done by a variety of talented sports physiotherapists, doctors, masseurs, personal trainers and other health experts. This year we are excited to be working with Lori Moger (Breakaway Fitness).
Camille martens is the club founder (97) and owner. She is a level 3 coach and a certified RG judge. She is the National Team Coaches Chair and a member of the Gymnastics Canada Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee. Camille has coached for over 20 years producing many of the country’s best gymnasts and mentoring top coaches/clubs. This year she will be overseeing all Performance and RG program sand will be working with our competitive team.
Brie is a level 3 coach who has coached for 9 years and has been a full-time professional coach for 6 years. She is an integral part in the recent development of the club. This year she will be working with Performance Team, Interclub, Pre-Competitive and Competitive. As an athlete Brie Competed at a National level in RG and represented our team at many National and International events. Brie currently sits on the BC Gymnastics board of directors and is a member of the BC Competitive Development Committee.
Tammy used to be a high performance coache for artistic gymnastics. Her unique skill set, thirst for learning, and her passion for strong foundations and development set her apart. Tammy will be coaching Parent and Tot, Pre-school, Performance Team and Competitive. She is a level 3 coach with over 25 years of coaching experience.
Jessica Krushen trained at Okanagan Rhythmics as an athlete. She was the youngest ever Canadian Novice Champion, Junior Canadian Champion, and Pan Am Champion. She went on to earn international recognition through the achievement of multiple medals and finals appearances abroad. She is a certified coach and will also be pursing her Judging Certification. This year she will be coaching Performance Team and competitive.
*new to our coaching team this year