We’re Trusted by Some Amazing Families…Testimonials
We are so lucky to have such a great group of Athletes, Parents and Friends both past and present.
I want to express my overwhelming gratitude for the positive role modelling, the inclusive kindness and heartfelt compassion and support that I have seen from the athletes at the gym towards my daughter. It absolutely melts my heart.
My daughter had a tough time at her first competition. She is a very passionate and highly competitive person but also very sensitive and new to the competitive environment. She was upset after she completed her routine and when I found her she was surrounded by several of the more advanced girls on her team. These girls were more or less strangers and yet at that moment my heart overflowed with love and gratitude for them.
I realized that day and it has since been reconfirmed through observation on numerous other occasions, that the gym is not only developing tremendous athletes, it is raising beautiful individuals who will no doubt one day leave a positive imprint on society, independent of their athletic endeavours. Having my daughter surrounded by such individuals is the greatest gift and sense of relief a parent could hope for.
Thank you Brie-Anne! The difference in my daughter’s attitude and self confidence and just overall desire to learn since she has been at your gym has been absolutely amazing. You and your coaches have created the most positive atmosphere we have experienced at any of the gyms Emily has trained at. She went from a little girl who challenged and pushed back and created conflict, to a kid that wants to learn, and challenge herself to do her best. They say it takes a village, and you and your coaches are an amazing part of that village for so many families in the Okanagan.
Jessica, I just want to take a moment to let you know about some of the wonderful changes in my daughter since she started with Okanagan Rhythmic. Up to now we have struggled to find activities our daughter really likes to do; because she looks up to her older sister, who plays soccer and tennis, she did those activities. They did not suit her. She did ballet and jazz last year but it didn’t fit either. We worried about her because she has a spark inside her that could become fantastic fireworks or just a big explosion. Since she started with you in December, my husband and I have noticed that she seems a lot more settled and comfortable with herself. She is improving on her own merits in something she loves without comparison to or ‘instruction’ from her big sister. She is generally the happiest we have ever seen her. She is more focused at school and finally displaying the academic achievement we knew she was capable of; She is more helpful in the family and more engaged in general. I feel like she is truly getting to be her own person. Thank you for having such a supportive, challenging and fun program that seems to fit her like a glove. We are so happy for her and very grateful to have found your club.
Rachel and Mia, you gals are so good with my daughter. She has a better perspective now and has actually started practicing for Interclub. She was afraid of competing for some reason. She had this fear of it and I couldn’t get her to work on it. Now that she has done it, even though she made several mistakes the fear is gone and she loves it now. Thank you!”
“(To Tammy Andreotti)….. thank you again for such a fantastic experience for Shaun and myself in the Parent and Tot Program. It was hard realizing last night that there won’t be any further classes. Shaun has clearly grown since enrolling in your class and the benefits are real. We have also grown closer since we started attending your class. Thank you for being a wonderful instructor for those kids. It is clear to me how much their success matters to you. We’ll definitely look at the schedule to try and make the class you recommended for Shaun work in the upcoming season. Thank you Tammy and I hope we’ll see you this fall!!!
Camille changed my life forever. Many years ago I met Camille – a girl with a great passion and love for Rhythmic Gymnastics. Seeing her growing as a person and a coach, I always was surprising with her creativities and inspiration, which she is carrying on through your life. Her gymnasts achieved so many things in their lives, because of her motivation, discipline and determination to succeed. I am blessed to live in the Okanagan, where I can still be a small part of her great work she is doing for this community.
My daughter has been with Camille for 4 years now. The level of confidence and self esteem that my daughter now has is solely because of what she has learned from Camille. Camille runs an elite program and yet maintains closeness with the girls, which allows them to not lose sight of who they are.
Camille is a woman who exhibits unbelievable ambition, strength, leadership, passion, determination, and of course love and kindness to everyone she comes across. Camille is always offering amazing advice and friendship, as a coach, friend, and role model.
I have known Camille Martens for 20 years, and have watched her stellar career evolve as an athlete, coach and mentor to hundreds of gymnasts.
Camille is, without a doubt, one of the most dynamic, talented, empathic people I have ever encountered. I count her as a friend and inspiration to myself and many other athletes from all over the country. Her creative, positive, uplifting attitude is a unique gift which she shares with everyone she encounters.
The hallmark of a truly great coach is expressed by those they teach. Great coaches provide more than a set of skills in a sport. They provide some of the most valuable life skills. The measure of a coach is not just the win / loss column or the number of athletes to reach the top, it is found in the hearts of those they touch. A great coach leaves an indelible mark on the values of an athlete. Any athlete will gladly tell you the stories of that one coach that made them understand the true value of sport and the true dividends that they will reap in their lives, even if it is years after the fact. If you are an athlete or a former athlete, ask yourself to remember the greatest coach you ever experienced. It will undoubtedly be a very fond memory and you will feel it inside, deeply. A great athletic coach is really a great human coach. As a former athlete and a parent of a child touched by her coach, I think I know a great coach when I see one. Camille Martens has demonstrated over and over again the tremendous impact she has on the discipline, dedication, pride and perseverance of her athletes’. She is recognize around the world as an inspiration and is really one of Canada’s greatest ambassadors. Undoubtedly she will only get better and all the lives she has touched or ever will touch will be all the better for the experience.
My daughters and I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Camille for the last 5 years. She is an amazing coach and person. The skills the girls acquire in addition to the sport come through in their everyday lives. She is genuinely interested in helping each one of them grow into respectful, loving people, as well as teaching them to find their inner motivation to overcome every challenge placed before them. Everything she teaches, spills over into their regular daily lives, and is apparent to all who meet the children Camille has coached. We are very blessed to have someone of her caliber in our city, and we are extremely thankful to have her in our lives.