Gymnastics Ontario Coach of the Year 2011

Gymnastics Ontario has announced that the winner of the competitive gymnastics Coach of the Year for 2011 is Kanata's Jessie Perry.

Perry, 24, has been a rhythmic gymnast for 20 years, and coaches recreational, interclub, provincial and national level gymnasts at Kanata Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, along side Head Coach Dasa Lelli, who nominated Jessie for the award. The club has produced 14 Provincial Champions in the past 5 years.

Jessie was recognized for her ability to pass along the fun of gymnastics in classes for all ages and levels so that her gymnasts keep coming back for more, as well as her choreography of exciting aesthetic group gymnastics routines and her high level of technical knowledge. Her dedication to the sport of rhythmic gymnastics was also noted; amongst the countless hours she has given to the sport, Jessie missed her convocation for her degree from the University of Ottawa in June to attend a competition with her aesthetic gymnastics groups.

Jessie was also recognized as a mentor for other young coaches in the Club, who look to her for support, ideas and inspiration for their classes.

In her own gymnastics career, Jessie has been an Ontario Champion in both individual and group competition, and a participant in 4 Canadian and 3 World Gymnaestradas.

Jessie will attend the 43rd Annual Gymnastics Ontario Award Banquet in October to pick up her award which will be proudly presented by KRSG Club President Barbara Bergeron, Treasurer of G.O.

Jessie's love of the sport of rhythmic gymnastics and dedication to young gymnasts in Kanata has helped the club grow to be the largest rhythmic club in Ontario.

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