About us

Our philosophy



Active kids become active adults. Early introduction to physical fitness is very important to childrens health and general development. Our club's professionally trained coaches guide children through fitness fundamentals at a pace and level suitable for them.

Our coaches have been trained to channel children's natural energy into learning gymnastics basics and beyond. Our athletes follow a Level Program specially designed for each age group and ability.

We encourage you to come and visit our facility, where kids have fun and they learn a lot.


Our coaches

Celestina Popa-Toma -- Program Director and Owner

Celestina Popa - Toma (or, as everyone calls her, Celi) attended the Sport School in Bucharest from 1989 to 1991. She graduated from University with a degree in Physical Education in 1994. She received the Master of Sports in Gymnastics in 1987. A very important gymnastic move (jump straddle full turn) is named after her - The "Popa". She has obtained the National Romanian Coaching Certification Level III. Celi has been coaching since 1991 and her experience as a coach in Canada has been with Flicka since 1994. In 1984 she was placed second at the Romanian Nationals at Junior Level and then went on to make the National Team. From 1984 until 1989 Celi was a member of the National Women's Romanian Gymnastics Team. In 1985 Celi was a member of the team at the World Championships in Montreal where they won a silver medal. Also in 1985, she was the All Around Champion, Vault and Beam Gold Medallist at the International Chunichi Cup in Japan. In 1987, Celi was part of the team who won the gold medal at the World Championships in Rotterdam, Holland and in 1988 she was a member of a Romanian team who won the silver medal at the Olympics in Seoul, Korea.

Flaviu Toma

Flaviu Toma (or, as everyone calls him, Toma,) is Celestina's husband and was born in Romania. Toma is highly qualified and has been actively involved in gymnastics since 1966 either as a gymnast or as a coach. He attended the University of Physical Education in Bucharest and also received a diploma from a training institution which specializes in the coaching of gymnastics. He has completed Levels 1,2,3,4 N.C.C.P. certification here in Canada.

Toma was a member of the Romanian National Men's Gymnastics Team and the Junior Men's Champion in Gymnastics in Romania. He spent a year in Holland as a coach and after, in 1984 he came to Canada. In Canada, he has coached many top gymnasts in his career and was a coach at Flicka Gymnastics from 1984 to 2009, and from 2009 he started to coach at Celestina Popa Gymnastics and Flip City Gymnastics in Langley.

Andreea Szilaghi

Andreea is our club's Secretary, she works in our office since opening and helps you with registrations and answers to most of your questions.

She is also our Harassment Officer, she is qualified to deal with serious offences/complaints.

Andreea is NCCP 1 certified and she worked as a coach for Flicka Gym 2006-2007, she is also coaching at Celestina Popa Gymnastics Kindergym(Parent and Tt and 3.5y-5y) and Level 1(5-8y).

Jocelyn Lefteruk

Jocelyn is a very experienced coach, she is certified NCCP Level 3 Artistic Gymnastics, also NCCP Level 1 Trampoline, International All Star Federation Level 5 Tumbling, Tosses and Stunds Coach, certified judge with BC Cheerleading Association, plus certified with American Association Of Cheerleading Coaches. Besides her experience as a gymnast she worked as a coach for the last 15 years, training athletes at provincial and national level. She also was a cheeleadear coach and trained teams for the last 10 years. At Celestina Popa Gymnastics she is training our Pre-Competitive, Competitive and Interclub groups, besides those she is also coaching ACRO/FLEX and recreational classes(5-7y and 8-10, 11y+).

Stephanie Bedry

Stephanie is our coach since 2011, she is NCCP 1 certified and training Kindergym, Level 1 and 2/3 and Rec 8y+. She previous worked at Langley Gymnastics where she currently is still training, she is an accomplished gymnast, still competing at National level and has great results as a gymnast, this year competed January 25-27, 2013 as part of Team BC at the National Stream Cup in Edmonton.

Jenny Arnold

Jenny is our coach since 2011, she is NCCP 1 certified and training Level 1 and 2/3. Besides Gymnastics she also took on Spring Board Diving, Athletics, Sport Aerobics and Fitness. All at National and International Levels. She studied Four Years of Dramatic Arts & Movement with A.D.A.S.A. Academy of Dramatic and Social Arts and was registered with Sydney Modeling Agency – Buckingham Management. She traveled and worked in many different Gyms and Health & Fitness Centers around the World including, Australia, America and Canada. Jenny is very Positive and Highly Energized Person. You can find out more about her on her web-site.

Chiara Bertolini

Chiara is a NCCP 1 certified coach and working for Celestina Popa Gymnastics since Feb. 2013. She has 9 years experience as a gymnast and volunteered at Flip City Gymnastics Centre.


Daniel Toma

Daniel is Celestina's son, he is also CIT(coach in training) and start working for Celestina Popa Gymnastics since April 2013, he has 10 experience as a gymnast, he practically was born and grew in the gym.

Haylie Palichuk

Haylie is CIT(coach in training) and start working for Celestina Popa Gymnastics since Feb. 2013, she has 10 experience as a gymnast.

Airlie Palichuk

Haylie is CIT(coach in training) and start working for Celestina Popa Gymnastics since Feb. 2013, she has 10 experience as a gymnast, she is also Haylie's tween sister.

Profiles coming soon for our other coaches:

WANTED!

Celestina Popa Gymnastics club is currently seeking to hire coaches for the Recreational Program-boys and girls (MUST have NCCP Level 1) and for Competitive Girls (MUST have NCCP Level 2). Emergency first aid and CPR, Respect in Sport certification, equivalent teacher training or coaching background will be considered assets. Note: A criminal record check is required

Flexible days and hours (15 to 20 hr/week) are available starting September 2013. Hours and wages for these positions depend on experience, training, and education. Please send resume via email to Celestina Popa Toma at celestinapopa@hotmail.com




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Unit A, 20120 115A Ave, Maple Ridge, V2X 0Z4

604-459-4458