OUR COACHES

Our programs at KIN are delivered under the leadership of Alin Vermesan and Judy Howard-Holmes. We employ coaches who are all certified under the National Coaching Certification Program and are committed to the development of athletes of all ages and levels.

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ALIN VERMESAN

Head Coach
Competitive Gymnastics Program

  • Trained as a National level gymnast for 14 years.

  • Obtained his coaching education at the National Academy of Physical Training and Sport in Bucharest, Romania.

  • Coached in Romania for five years prior to coming to Canada.

  • Currently a Level III NCCP Certified Coach.

  • Coaches JO Levels 7-10 and High Performance athletes

  • He has had numerous athletes receive medals at the Provincial and National Levels.

  • Coached Team Alberta at Western Canadian Championships.

Calgary Gymnastics | KIN Gymnastics

JUDY HOWARD-HOLMES

Head Coach
Competitive Gymnastics Program

  • 40 Years of Artistic Gymnastics coaching experience.

  • 35 years of coaching experience at a high performance level.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Physical Education.

  • Graduated from the Seneca College Advanced Coaching Techniques Program with Honors.

  • Her coaching jobs have included the Toronto Parks & Recreation/YMCA, Etobicoke Olympium, and Winstonette Gymnastics in Toronto training National and International level athletes.

  • Attended the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with their athlete Jennifer Wood, and Altador Gymnastics Club.

  • Coaches with a Level IV NCPP certification.

  • Has received numerous awards and recognition of her excellence within the Gymnastics world, including many provincial and national champions, beam choreography awards and was named Alberta’s Coach of the Year.

  • Has been a National Level Judge for 35 years.

Cassandra Wong
Cassandra WongCoach

Hello everyone! My name is Cassandra Wong, and I am one of the NCCP level 1 pre-competitive coaches here at KIN.

As a former competitive gymnast myself, I am very passionate about coaching, because the sport of gymnastics is so close to my heart. I trained for ten years and made it to the National level with Judy Howard-Holmes as my coach, competing four times at Canadian Championships and medaling bronze on Vault twice. Unfortunately, I had to retire from competition after several repetitive ankle injuries, but I was excited to start coaching kids and sharing my knowledge with them instead. The flexibility, strength, power, dedication, and sheer willpower required to do gymnastics, makes it one of the toughest sports out there, which is why I really respect and love Gymnastics so much. I have worked with and specialized in young kids for the entire eight years I’ve been coaching. I enjoy laying down the foundation and building a love for flipping around the gym. Young kids have such a wonderfully positive, vibrant and excited energy and it is fantastic to be around!

Outside of the gym I enjoy reading, practicing yoga, and going hiking in the Rockies. I have spent the last couple of years at the University of Calgary, completing my Undergraduate in Psychology, and I’m now spending my last year in the Werkland Education program finishing my Education Degree.

Please feel free to come and say hi, if you see me at the gym! I’m always open to questions or even just chats and laughs. Cheers to the opening year of KIN!

Erica Hartman
Erica HartmanCoach

Hello everyone! My name is Erica Hartman and I am NCCP level 2 pre-competitive coach at KIN. I am also a student at the University of Calgary taking my undergraduate degree in pre-med.

I started in gymnastics at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love with the sport. Due to a broken back, I had to stop training when I was quite young. Luckily, I got to stay involved in the sport by becoming a coach. That means I still get to be connected with the sport by passing on my love and knowledge of gymnastics and everyday I am rewarded when I get to see young athletes grow into fantastic gymnasts. My favourite part of being a coach is watching young girls understand the importance of discipline, strength, determination and flexibility and learning how to apply it into the sport of gymnastics.

Halee Grimsdale
Halee GrimsdaleCoach

Hi everyone, my name is Halee Grimsdale! I am one of the competitive coaches here at KIN Gymnastics. I have been coaching gymnastics for the last 4 years, coaching levels anywhere from 1 to 7, however, my gymnastics journey started long before!

I started competitive gymnastics when I was 8 years old, eventually competing High Performance Novice under head coaches Judy and Dave Holmes. Unfortunately I had to retire from the sport due to injuries, but I knew my gymnastics journey was not over. To be a gymnast, you have to love the sport and have real passion for it, because, well, it’s not easy! As a coach, it is extremely rewarding helping these passionate athletes reach their goals, no matter how big or small. I love seeing the spark in their eyes, full of determination and excitement. Every athlete is different, with different strengths and different goals, but if they love the sport and are willing to put in the work, anything is truly possible.

As for my life outside of the gymnastics club, I am currently enrolled in my third year at the University of Calgary in International Business. I recently started latin ballroom dancing, which I will be competing in soon! I absolutely love it! That’s a little bit about me! If you want to know more – I am definitely available to talk to whenever you’d like and I am thrilled to be in this next phase of my gymnastics journey with KIN Gymnastics!

Victoria Tse
Victoria TseCoach

Hi there!
My name is Victoria and I am one of the NCCP level 1 pre- competitive coaches at KIN.

As a former gymnast, I am very excited to be able to pass on my knowledge onto the new generation of gymnasts at KIN. Gymnastics is a great foundation for all sports as it develops strength, flexibility, determination, discipline and a plethora of other attributes. It uniquely combines these fundamentals to create a well-rounded athlete who can apply these qualities into the real world.

I trained under Judy Howard-Holmes for 10 years, beginning from her pre-comp group and worked my up to the national level. Since retiring from gymnastics, I turned my focus to competitive golf and I am currently competing on the University of Calgary golf team. I am in my first year at U of C, studying at the Haskayne School of Business.