Coaching Staff

Alina Florea - Head Coach

Alina Florea is a former Romanian gymnast and National level coach (1993-1999). She coached Andreea Raducan, former member of the Romanian National Olympic Team and Olympic Champion in 2000.

Alina has a Bachelor of Physical Education and Sport and a bachelor’s degree in teaching. Certified as a NCCP Level III WAG coach, she has coached both provincial and national level athletes in Ontario since 2003. Alina built and managed a strong High Performance Program in Ottawa and counts many Provincial, Eastern Canadian, and even a National Champion amongst her athletes. The program developed by Alina ensures continuous development and success for her athletes.

Paul ApSimon - Fencing Head Coach

The RA Fencing Club operates under the direction of Head Coach Paul ApSimon who is a certified level 4 coach (ACD – Advanced Coaching Diploma) and currently is the coach for the Canadian National Foil Team. Paul was the team leader and foil coach for the 2000, 2012 and 2016 Canadian Olympic Fencing teams.

He helped the women’s foil team to Canada’s first ever Gold medal in Women’s Fencing at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Most recently, Paul coached Eleanor Harvey to Canada's best ever result at the Olympic Games: a seventh place finish.

Mirela Bica - Assistant Head Coach

Born and raised in Romania, in the city of Galati, Mirela was a gymnast for more than 12 years, 9 of those years being a national level gymnast. She graduated from The Science and Letters University in Galati, with a specialty in Gymnastics and Track and Field. She started her coaching career in her birth city. In 1998, she got married to another national coach and went to Sweden for a short period of time, where she coached for a club in Gὂteborg.

In 1999, she moved to Manila (Phillipines) where she was coaching the National teams, juniors and seniors. Both her teams won prestigious competition titles. (SEAGCON). She returned to Romania after a year, worked at the local club in Focsani for a couple of years and then moved to Canada where she ran the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy programs for 5 years. In 2007, Mirela moved to Saskatoon at an Elite level club (Marian Gymnastics Club) and then at J & N Gymnastics Club until 2010.

She returned to Northwestern Ontario in 2010 at Thunder Bay Gymnastics Association, she worked for 4 years. After that, she used her vast gymnastics experience to help building a brand new club, Ultimate Gymnastics, where she was a Head coach until she was hired in 2016 by a Gymnastics Centre in Ottawa. In 2018 she joined the  the newly formed club, TRYumph Gymnastics Academy, to coach alongside the very talented, Alina Florea.

Emily - Recreational Director & Competitive Coach

Bio coming soon!

Gabrielle - Competitive Coach

I am a level 2 certified artistic gymnastics coach in both women's and men's gymnastics. I have been coaching for 10 years, working with gymnasts of all ages and levels. From pre-competitive to provincial level, I love seeing the smile on a gymnast's face when they get that one skill they have worked so hard on, may it be a cartwheel or their first kip on bars. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and in education, and I also work as a full time teacher for the French school board. Teaching kids is my passion and I am so glad to be part of the TRYumph family to help all of our gymnasts grow!

Élodie - Competitive Coach

Hi, I am Élodie! I started recreational gymnastics at six years old and shortly after moved to the competitive program where I competed in the provincial stream. I also have a background in circus arts, as I trained at the National Circus School in Montreal, with a specialty in contortion and aerial hoop. When injuries forced me out of training, I discovered that coaching was another way for me to live and share my passion for gymnastics with young gymnasts. I treasure the opportunity to have a positive impact on these athletes by helping them achieve their best potential! I am certified Level 2 in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and in Trampoline.

Julie-Anne - Pre-competitive & Competitive Coach

Gymnastics was introduced to me when I was 5 years old, and I quickly fell in love with the sport. Even at this very young age, I had a very strong work ethic and a competitive edge, and I was fearless. Under the influence of Alina Florea and a team of excellent coaches, I quickly climbed the competitive ranks. By the age of 11, I had represented Ontario at the Eastern Canadian Championships for 2 consecutive years (Québec City in 2012 and St. John’s in 2013), having competed as a pre-novice national elite athlete. In 2014, I competed at Elite Canada and qualified as an HP athlete for the Canadian National Championships that same year. My favorite event was, and remains, the BEAM!

A couple of years ago, I decided to share my passion for the sport by coaching young athletes. Since then, I have been coaching recreational and competitive gymnastics. I love helping and teaching young gymnasts learn new skills and achieve new challenges.

Sophie - Competitive & Recreational Coach

Bio coming soon!

Julie - Recreational Coach

Hello! My name is Julie. I am seventeen years old and a grade 12 student. I was a gymnast all my life and have been coaching for the last 2 years. I have received up to level 1 competitive in coaching qualifications and I reached the peak of my gymnastics career this summer, where I moved on to coaching after surpassing level 8 at the provincial championships. I enjoy being around children and I love this sport - it is one that has been with me for my whole life. I also create all ads and promotions for TRYumph Gymnastics Academy.

Mackenzie - Recreational Coach

My name is Mackenzie, I am 16 years old. I did gymnastics competitively for four years. Within those four years I was the 2017 level 4 provincial champion, then in 2018 I was part of team Ontario, where we competed in California and placed first all-around as a team. Now as a certified coach I enjoy sharing my passion for the sport with others and teaching them all that I have learned from my coaches.

Cassandra - Recreational Coach

Hi, I’m Cass! I’m originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, but I’m currently studying International Management (Gestion Internationale) at the University of Ottawa.

Gymnastics has been a part of my life for over ten years! I started as an invitational athlete, getting my first opportunity to compete at the provincial level when I was eleven. Within my career as a provincial athlete, I managed to come second at the provincial championships twice.

When I decided it was finally time to hang up my grips, I wasn’t set on leaving the sport just yet. I got my NCCP Gymnastics Foundations Certification in 2016, and I’ve been coaching recreational athletes ever since. It’s been a joy being able to share my love for the sport with young athletes who are just as passionate about it as I am. But being able to help them and watch their improvement, is the most rewarding part of being a coach.

Ashlea - Recreational Coach

Hi, I’m currently in my last year of high school and looking forward to university next year. I’ve been doing gymnastics since the age of 4. I was in a competitive gymnastics program for 5 years before retiring from the sport and focusing on coaching. For the last year and a half I have had the privilege of working with and teaching children of all ages.

Avery - Recreational Coach

Bio coming soon!

Amy Thiffault - Mental Performance Consultant

A professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, Amy aims to increase self-awareness and the development of mental skills in order to reach peak performance in competitive and recreational sport, at work and in daily living. An advocate for strong Integrated Sport Teams, she has worked with an array of athletes in individual and team sports across all levels. With an athlete-centered approach, she works with athletes and teams to develop and improve their mental and emotional skills for high quality training and competitions, on and off the field. Driven to enhance performance and development, Amy strives to educate all individuals on mental health while also helping them to unlock their inner potential and achieve success in all areas of life.

Areas of expertise: Goal setting/management; motivation; self-talk; performance planning; relaxation; visualization; focus; distraction control; team building; communication; emotion management; time management; building awareness; injury rehabilitation; dealing with change; building confidence; positive living, and much more.

Consulting Services: Individual and group sessions as well as workshops in English or French.