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 and Office Administrator/Manager, she works in our office 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 :Parent&Tot , Kinder and Level 1 since 2010.

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+).

Doina Cosariu

Doina Cosariu was born in Romania and she is a former gymnast herself. Doina received her training in Bucharest, Romania. She came to Canada in 1999 and besides her romanian qualifications she got certified NCCP Level 2 Artistic Gymnastics, also NCCP Level 1 Trampoline; Doina joined Flicka Gymnastics in 1999 where she coached Recreational classes and Competitive team until 2014. She is a well-loved recreational coach and experienced competitive coach. Doina joined our gym in 2015 coaching recreational classes and our Competitive team

Alycia Chan

Alycia is a NCCP 2 certified coach and working for Celestina Popa Gymnastics since 2010. She has 12 years experience as a gymnast and competed at national level. She was also part of BC TEAM so many years

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.

Malin Niklasson

Malin is an experienced gymnast (7 years), she is competing at provincial level for the last 4 years . She is also a CIT(coach in training) coaching with a senior and getting ready for Level 1 NCCP certification.

Emily Martins

Emily is an experienced gymnast and accomplished dancer, she was competing at provincial level for 2 years . She is also a CIT(coach in training) coaching with a senior and getting ready for Level 1 NCCP certification.

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