Sport: Artistic Gymnastics
Current Coaching Position: Assistant Head Coach, Gymnastics Adventure, Regina
CAC Program Involvement: Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
Mentor: Jessica Fritshaw
“We are extremely fortunate to have Nataliia coaching gymnastics in Saskatchewan. As a former member of the Ukrainian National Team, she knows what it takes to be successful in sport. She has a background in physical education and Olympic sport and is a skilled specialist who knows her job well. She will be a definite asset to our Canada Games program.” – Mark Bracken, Manager of Coaching, Sask Sport Inc.
A six-year member of the Ukrainian National Gymnastics Team , Nataliia was third at the 1998 European Championships, fifth at the 2001 University Games, and sixth at the 2001 world championships. Between 1992 and 2001, she won international competitions in Canada, Mexico, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Taiwan. She was coached by her mother, Oleksandra (Sasha).
From 2002 to 2006, Nataliia was a coach at the Specialized Children and Youth School of Olympic Reserve in Kiev, Ukraine. During that time, she coached three gymnasts to the Ukrainian National Junior Team. Since 2008, she has been assistant head coach at Gymnastics Adventure in Regina, where her mother is the head coach. She is a disciplined, skilled specialist who is able to work with gymnasts of all ages and understands their psychology and physiology. Nataliia has a strong knowledge of choreography and is an expert analyst. Three of her gymnasts have been named to the GymSask Western Team and she has also produced two provincial champions.
Coach, Gymnastics Adventure, Regina
• Ukrainian National University of Physical Education, specializing in Olympic and professional sports
• Master of Sports – International Level
• National Coaching Certification Program, Level 2 training in gymnastics
Expectations of the Women in Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program
“As a high-level gymnast who competed at many international competitions and experienced the emotions an athlete goes through, this apprenticeship is giving me the opportunity to share my international experience with my athletes.”
Greatest achievement: Third, 1998 European Championships; sixth, 2001 world championships.
Source of motivation: The freedom of Canada.
Greatest wish: To bring the sport of gymnastics to as many youngsters as possible.