Gemini Gymnastics programs are led by Head Coach and Owner, Elena Davydova, 1980 Olympic All Around Gold Medal Champion. Her achievements as a gymnast, and impact as a coach at Gemini Gymnastics, have been outstanding.
Head Coach & Owner
Born in Voronege, Russia, Elena’s contributions as an athlete changed the sport of gymnastics forever. She was the first woman to complete a backward giant and a Tkatchev on the uneven bars, a front salto and a side somersault on the balance beam as well as a round-off backhand spring. On vault Elena invented the full twist-on, tucked front somersault off and on floor she was the first to perform a 1 1/2 twist, punch front combination, an Arabian 1 3/4 somersault, and a piked Arabian 1 3/4 somersault. In addition to edging out Nadia Comaneci at the 1980 Olympics for the all around title, she scored a perfect 10 on vault during the Team Competition. She won another Gold Medal at the 1981 World Gymnastics Championships … more
Valery was born in Noginsk, Russia. Before joining Gemini Gymnastics, he was the Head Coach of the Lvov Russian Training Centre in Ukraine. In 1996, Valery immigrated to Canada and joined the Gemini Gymnastics’ coaching team. He is a fully certified level 3 NCCP coach and received the Gymnastics Canada Junior High Performance Coach of the Year award in 2005, 2006 and 2010. At Gemini, Valery coaches the provincial and national level gymnasts. His athletes have ranked among the top in the province and across Canada. Several have been part of Canada’s National Team and have earned scholarships in the United States where they compete for the NCAA. He was one of the coaches to Kristina Vaculik who was a member of the 2012 Canadian Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Olympic team.
Associate Coach & Competitive Administrator
Kathleen was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie and was a provincial level gymnast at the Sault Ste. Marie Gymnastics Club. She moved to Toronto in 1988 and graduated with honours from the Seneca College Elite Coaching Program. She has more than 25 years of Pre Competitive and Competitive coaching experience and an extensive background with recreational coaching from kindergym to advanced recreational to boys gymnastics. In 1999, she joined the Gemini Gymnastics coaching staff and is currently coaching Provincial and Invitational athletes, and assisting with the National athletes. She also handles the administration for the competitive program.
Kathleen is a fully certified level 3 NCCP coach, certified level 2 in Trampoline, a National Level Judge, and served on the Women’s Program Committee (WPC) of Gymnastics Ontario from 2002-2011. In addition, she is the creator of the Ontario Development Program for gymnasts age 5-9. Since 2003, Kathleen has been active in conducting coaching development clinics, and providing coaches with a further understanding of the provincial rules. In October 2007, Kathleen received a Gymnastics Ontario Recognition Award for her outstanding volunteer service to the sport of gymnastics in Ontario (in the areas of coaching, judging or administration). In 2009, she was the Women’s Technical Chair for the Canadian Championships and has been selected to be the Women’s Technical Chair for Pan Am Championships 2014 and Pam Am Games 2015. Kathleen is also the proud and busy mother of 3 girls.
Kathy was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario. She trained as a provincial level athlete at Gemini Gymnastics during her younger years. She graduated with honours from Durham College in the Early Childhood Education program. Kathy is a fully certified Level 2 NCCP gymnastics coach with Level 1 Trampoline, First Aid and CPR.
Kathy has been coaching at Gemini Gymnastics since 2000 and coaches our Invitational Competitive athletes.
Julie was born in Manchester, England and came to Canada when she was 4 years old. Julie did recreational gymnastics as a young child. She has been involved gymnastics for the past 13 years with her 2 daughters who both competed in the Provincial program. Julie began coaching as a CIT in 2005-2006 and certified Level 1 shortly after. She joined the Gemini staff in Jan 2011, became certified Level 2, and also certified in First Aid & CPR. Julie currently coaches recreational, including our Gems program and Invitational Competitive Levels 1-4. Julie was a hairstylist for over 25 years and was a stay at home mom for 8 years. She has been married to her husband Aveen for over 18 years, and lives in Bowmanville.
Melissa grew up in Whitby. She started gymnastics at 18 months and entered the competitive program at age 5. Melissa was a competitive gymnast for Gemini from ages 5-12 and trained in the national group from age 10. She is NCCP Level 2 Certified, has been an ODP Assessor for 3 years as well as a Chief Assessor. Melissa is very happy to return to Gemini as an Invitational Competitive Coach.
Hayley was born and raised in Beeton, Ontario. She started training at the age of 8 as a recreational and provincial artistic athlete, and her final two years in power tumbling with the Alliston Gymnastics Club. Hayley started coaching in 2012 in Alliston and now has her NCCP Level 2 Women’s Artistic and NCCP Level 2 Trampoline, and is certified CPR level HCP + AED. She moved to Oshawa in 2016 and is currently in post-secondary school at UOIT to become a Registered Nurse.
Kathy was born in Toronto, and raised in Pickering where she lives now with herfamily. She is a mother of 6 and has a daughter in Gemini’s competitive program. Kathy competed for Pickering as a provincial gymnast and has enjoyed coaching there for 30+ years in pre comp, invitational and provincial level. She is NCCP level 2 and trampoline level 1 certified.