Olympic Coach coming to PEI

Kelly ManjakThe Island Gymnastics Academy will be welcoming one of Canada’s top coaches to PEI next week. Kelly Manjak, Head Coach and Owner of Manjak’s Gymnastics in Mississauga will be the guest coach for the Academy’s competitive training camp. The camp is athlete-focussed but coaches will also get to coach with Manjak as well as attend professional development clinics throughout the week.

 Manjak is best known as the coach of Canada’s first Olympic Medalist in gymnastics (2004) Kyle Shewfelt but he has coached many more gymnasts to Canadian National Team status. He has had athletes representing Canada at many major competitions including Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, six World Championships,  and the 2000, 2004, and 2012 Olympic Games for both men’s and woman’s artistic gymnastics.

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He has received many coaching accolades over his career including Gymnastics Canada’s  Coach of the Year,  the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award, and the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Jack Donahue Coach of the Year Award, which is selected from all sports. In 2013, Gymnastics Canada honoured him with a Life Member Award.

In demand across the world as a gymnastics expert, Manjak is a Course Conductor for the NCCP Level 4 Coaching Certification program and is Brevet Certified by the International Gymnastic Federation.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Kelly come to PEI to share his knowledge with us. It promises to be a productive week for both athletes and our coaching staff.”  says Women’s Program Director, Sharon Gareau.

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Week 9 Summer Camp with Kelly Thompson

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Academy gymnasts are having a great week with guest coach Kelly Thompson. Kelly is not only a fantastic gymnastics coach, he is one of Canada’s top judges. He recently judged at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and in 2004, at the Olympics! He is also a Professor of Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University and just completed a gymnastic-focused Masters of Education. We are all learning a lot from Kelly!

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Amateur Sport, Professional Career!

How often do Islanders move back from out West to work on PEI? This fall Island Gymnastics Academy is adding a second full-time coach who is returning back home.  The Academy employs eight full-time coaches who have made a career out of coaching.

Janet and Charlotte Thompson

Janet Duval starts this week at the Academy coaching in both the recreation and competitive programs.  After years of coaching in Ontario and BC, Duval decided it was time to come home.  In addition to her NCCP Level 3 certification, Duval is also a National level women’s judge and will assume the role of Judging Chairperson for Gymnastics PEI’s Women’s Technical Committee.

CJ and Leland Morgan

C.J. Keliher also moved back from coaching in Victoria, B.C. to work full-time for Island Gymnastics Academy a few years back.  Keliher is the Men’s Program Director at the Academy and recently received a grant from the 2009 Canada Games Legacy Trust fund to work as the Men’s Canada Games coach heading towards the 2019 Games.  This spring, Keliher completed the final module of the NCCP Level 4 coaching certification.  This prestigious course is offered to elite coaches in Canada by invitation only.  PEI has just a handful of Level 4 coaches, one of which is Academy founder Jim Rand.

“A big reason why coaches want to work for us and athletes want to train with us, is that we have a strong focus on coach education and professional development.  In the next two weeks alone, we are doing a session on positive teaching methodology with retired educator Lloyd Mallard, a First-Aid refresher course,  and most exciting:  a week long-time training camp with Olympic coach Kelly Manjak.”, says Club Administrator Lea Rand.

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Gold Cup and Saucer Parade 2015

Academy gymnasts and coach Shelley Ferguson had a great time in the sports-themed 2015 Gold Cup and Saucer Parade today on the Island Gymnastics Academy float. A special thank you to Lisa Bernard and Ann Morgan for all their help and also to Nick Haddad from Nick’s Towing for providing a truck and driving!

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The Island Gymnastics Academy Annual General Meeting will be held on September 30/2015.  The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. in room 125 of the House of Sport.


The agenda will include:

The Presidents Report, Financial Statement 2015, Budget 2015/2016, Election of Board Members

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact the Academy office (902 566-3935).

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Exciting News!!

IMG_2352Scott Chandler has retired from competition, but not from the sport!  We are pleased to announce that Scott will be joining the coaching staff of the Island Gymnastics Academy.  He will be working in a new area to our club and will be starting a morning training program in September.  Scott will also be helping out with PR and Marketing of our special events.


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33rd Annual Academy Awards

At the Island Gymnastics Academy’s recent Annual Awards Banquet, the club’s top gymnasts were honored for the 2014-2015 season.  Gymnasts were selected from each training group based on competitive results, work ethic and leadership, level of improvement over the year, and sportsmanship. Participation medals were also awarded to the Academy’s Mini Tumblers to recognize their hard works and accomplishments in the pre-competitive program.

It was an exceptional year for the Academy’s competitive teams, who travelled to numerous competitions in the Atlantic region as well as events in Tampa, Montreal, and Gatineau. Academy gymnasts also contributed eleven of the twelve 2015 Canada Games team members who represented PEI in Prince George, BC this past February. The club’s programs continue to grow with over 1000 registered gymnasts.

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In the women’s program, award winners included Paige Mills, Clare Murphy, Tanisha Tawil, Hannah Lawless, Sadie Lund, Charlotte Thompson, Lucy Kirby, and Karisa Quinn.

The men’s program winners included Isaac Bourque, Baylen Jupp, Leland Morgan and Matt Gallant.

The Academy also recognized long time members Scott Chandler and Kelly Gillis with special awards for their spirit, leadership and commitment.


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