coaches

Since 2004, the programs at Stampede City have been delivered under the leadership of David Holmes and Judy Howard-Holmes. We employ approximately 30 coaches who are all certified under the National Coaching Certification Program.

Judy Howard-Holmes

David Holmes

Judy has been coaching Women’s Artistic Gymnastics for 40 years, 35 of which were at the High Performance Level. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Physical Education. In addition, Judy graduated from the Seneca College Advanced Coaching Techniques Program with Honors.

 

Judy began her gymnastics career in Ontario as a Burnhamthorpe High School Open athlete. Her first coaching job was with the Toronto Parks & Recreation/YMCA and this is where her love of gymnastics began. She began coaching for the Etobicoke Olympium, followed by Winstonette Gymnastics in Toronto training National and International level athletes. During her time in Ontario, Judy expertly laid the groundwork for the development of that province’s Kindergym programs.

 

Then Calgary came calling, specifically Altadore Gymnastics where Judy and Dave coached for 10 years. During this tenure, they had the pleasure of attending the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with their athlete Jennifer Wood. Judy and Dave moved on to Stampede City in 2004 where they currently remain Head Coach and Executive Technical Director of our club.

 

Judy continues to coach with a Level IV NCCP certification. Judy and Dave have received numerous awards and recognition of their excellence within the Gymnastics world. Judy’s accomplishments include coaching many provincial and national champions over the years, beam choreography awards and being named Alberta’s Coach of the Year! Over the years Judy has served on multiple committees for Gymnastics Ontario, Gymnastics Canada and Alberta Gymnastics. In addition, Judy has been a National Level Judge for 35 years.

 

Judy has a great deal of experience and knowledge when it comes to the gymnastics world and her passion radiates when she comes into the gym every day!

 

David joined Stampede City Gymnastics Club in 2004 as the Executive Technical Director and full-time competitive coach. He is a Level IV certified coach in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Diploma in Gymnastics Coaching. Before joining Stampede City, David coached at both the York and Winstonette Gymnastics Clubs in Ontario, as well as Altadore and Gymtastics Gymnastics Clubs in Calgary; amounting to over 40 years of coaching experience.

 

In addition to coaching, he conducted Levels 1-3 NCCP courses for ten years as well as instructed at the University of Toronto and Seneca College School of Coaching.

 

David’s coaching achievements are numerous; they include Coach of Jennifer Wood who represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic games, Coach of 13 gymnasts accepting NCAA Gymnastic Scholarships, Head Coach of Ontario Tour Teams, Coach of 12 Athletes representing Canada at 17 International competitions, Team Lead at World Championships in 1996, Coach of athletes at 6 Canada Winter games, Coach of 6 All Around Gold medalists at Canadian National Championships, Coach of athletes receiving over 125 medals at Canadian Championships and 250 medals at Provincial Championships.

 

Aside from his technical experience, David has volunteered on various committees of the Ontario Gymnastic Federation, the Alberta Gymnastic Federation and Gymnastics Canada. His gymnastics awards include Life Membership Awards with both Gymnastics Canada and the Alberta Gymnastic Federation as well as the 2010 Alberta Gymnastic Federation Coach of the Year.

Judy Howard-Holmes


Judy has been coaching Women’s Artistic Gymnastics for 40 years, 35 of which were at the High Performance Level. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Physical Education. In addition, Judy graduated from the Seneca College Advanced Coaching Techniques Program with Honors.

 

Judy began her gymnastics career in Ontario as a Burnhamthorpe High School Open athlete. Her first coaching job was with the Toronto Parks & Recreation/YMCA and this is where her love of gymnastics began. She began coaching for the Etobicoke Olympium, followed by Winstonette Gymnastics in Toronto training National and International level athletes. During her time in Ontario, Judy expertly laid the groundwork for the development of that province’s Kindergym programs.

 

Then Calgary came calling, specifically Altadore Gymnastics where Judy and Dave coached for 10 years. During this tenure, they had the pleasure of attending the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with their athlete Jennifer Wood. Judy and Dave moved on to Stampede City in 2004 where they currently remain Head Coach and Executive Technical Director of our club.

 

Judy continues to coach with a Level IV NCCP certification. Judy and Dave have received numerous awards and recognition of their excellence within the Gymnastics world. Judy’s accomplishments include coaching many provincial and national champions over the years, beam choreography awards and being named Alberta’s Coach of the Year! Over the years Judy has served on multiple committees for Gymnastics Ontario, Gymnastics Canada and Alberta Gymnastics. In addition, Judy has been a National Level Judge for 35 years.

 

Judy has a great deal of experience and knowledge when it comes to the gymnastics world and her passion radiates when she comes into the gym every day!

 

David Holmes


David joined Stampede City Gymnastics Club in 2004 as the Executive Technical Director and full-time competitive coach. He is a Level IV certified coach in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Diploma in Gymnastics Coaching. Before joining Stampede City, David coached at both the York and Winstonette Gymnastics Clubs in Ontario, as well as Altadore and Gymtastics Gymnastics Clubs in Calgary; amounting to over 40 years of coaching experience.

 

In addition to coaching, he conducted Levels 1-3 NCCP courses for ten years as well as instructed at the University of Toronto and Seneca College School of Coaching.

 

David’s coaching achievements are numerous; they include Coach of Jennifer Wood who represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic games, Coach of 13 gymnasts accepting NCAA Gymnastic Scholarships, Head Coach of Ontario Tour Teams, Coach of 12 Athletes representing Canada at 17 International competitions, Team Lead at World Championships in 1996, Coach of athletes at 6 Canada Winter games, Coach of 6 All Around Gold medalists at Canadian National Championships, Coach of athletes receiving over 125 medals at Canadian Championships and 250 medals at Provincial Championships.

 

Aside from his technical experience, David has volunteered on various committees of the Ontario Gymnastic Federation, the Alberta Gymnastic Federation and Gymnastics Canada. His gymnastics awards include Life Membership Awards with both Gymnastics Canada and the Alberta Gymnastic Federation as well as the 2010 Alberta Gymnastic Federation Coach of the Year.

sarah porter


Sarah came to Stampede City in 2012 after coaching in British Columbia for 12 years and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria. She has her Level III Technical Certification in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and is Level I Certified in Trampoline and Tumbling.

 

Sarah currently coaches JO Level 7 athletes. A gymnast for many years herself, Sarah fell in love with the sport of gymnastics and felt coaching was a way to share her passion with the future generation of athletes.

 

Outside of the gym Sarah loves watching documentaries, baking and playing on her own set of acrobatic silks.

sarah porter


Sarah came to Stampede City in 2012 after coaching in British Columbia for 12 years and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria. She has her Level III Technical Certification in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and is Level I Certified in Trampoline and Tumbling.

 

Sarah currently coaches JO Level 7 athletes. A gymnast for many years herself, Sarah fell in love with the sport of gymnastics and felt coaching was a way to share her passion with the future generation of athletes.

 

Outside of the gym Sarah loves watching documentaries, baking and playing on her own set of acrobatic silks.

 

victoria toane


Coach Vicky’s gymnastics journey began as a self-taught gymnast where she achieved top ranking in Calgary making Team Alberta and qualifying for Canadian Trials. After hanging up her own gym suit, Vicky began coaching in 1977. She has coached at Mount Royal Gymnastic Club, Altadore Gymnastic Club and was co-founder of Stampede City Gymnastic Club.

 

She took a hiatus from coaching to work for the Calgary Board of Education but returned to Stampede City where she currently coaches pre-competitive athletes. She is Level IV NCCP certified and is passionate about helping young gymnasts reach their potential.

 

When she is not in the gym Vicky loves painting, crafts, gardening, cooking, reading mystery novels and spending time with her five grandsons!

victoria toane


Coach Vicky’s gymnastics journey began as a self-taught gymnast where she achieved top ranking in Calgary making Team Alberta and qualifying for Canadian Trials. After hanging up her own gym suit, Vicky began coaching in 1977. She has coached at Mount Royal Gymnastic Club, Altadore Gymnastic Club and was co-founder of Stampede City Gymnastic Club.

 

She took a hiatus from coaching to work for the Calgary Board of Education but returned to Stampede City where she currently coaches pre-competitive athletes. She is Level IV NCCP certified and is passionate about helping young gymnasts reach their potential.

 

When she is not in the gym Vicky loves painting, crafts, gardening, cooking, reading mystery novels and spending time with her five grandsons!

Alin Vermesan


After training as a National level gymnast for sixteen years Alin obtained his coaching education at the National Academy of Physical Training and Sport in Bucharest, Romania. He coached in Romania for thirteen years prior to coming to Canada.

 

Alin joined Stampede City in 2011 and currently coaches JO Levels 7-10 and High Performance athletes as a Level III NCCP Certified Coach. He has had numerous athletes receive medals provincially and nationally and has coached Team Alberta at Western Canadian Championships.

 

Outside of the gym Alin can be found hanging out with his family, mainly chasing his beautiful daughter.

Alin Vermesan


After training as a National level gymnast for sixteen years Alin obtained his coaching education at the National Academy of Physical Training and Sport in Bucharest, Romania. He coached in Romania for thirteen years prior to coming to Canada.

 

Alin joined Stampede City in 2011 and currently coaches JO Levels 7-10 and High Performance athletes. He has had numerous athletes receive medals provincially and nationally and has coached Team Alberta at Western Canadian Championships.

 

Outside of the gym Alin can be found hanging out with his family, mainly chasing his beautiful 2 year old daughter.

cassandra wong


At the age of 5, Cassandra began her own gymnastics journey at Stampede City. She trained with the club for ten years which ultimately saw her qualify for four Canadian National Championships where she medaled twice on Vault.

 

She hung up her gym suit at the age of 15 and began to coach as part of Stampede City’s coach in training program. She is now a Level I certified coach of pre-competitive gymnasts and loves to witness new skills being mastered and a love of gymnastics develop.

 

Cassandra is completing an undergrad degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary. Outside of school and the gym, she makes time for yoga, reading, hiking and traveling.

cassandra wong


At the age of 5, Cassandra began her own gymnastics journey at Stampede City. She trained with the club for ten years which ultimately saw her qualify for four Canadian National Championships where she medaled twice on Vault.

 

She hung up her gym suit at the age of 15 and began to coach as part of Stampede City’s coach in training program. She is now a Level I certified coach of pre-competitive gymnasts and loves to witness new skills being mastered and a love of gymnastics develop.

 

Cassandra is completing an undergrad degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary. Outside of school and the gym, she makes time for yoga, reading, hiking and traveling.

gordon lam


Gordon joined Stampede City in 2014 as a recreational coach and currently coaches one of our Girl’s JO Teams as well as a pre-competitive group in the Competitive Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is Level III NCCP Certified in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and trained in Trampoline. In addition, Gordon is a Learning Facilitator for the Alberta Gymnastics Federation, teaching courses for coaches in training. Known for his positive demeanor and smiles, Gordon’s classes at Stampede City are always high in demand! Outside the gym you can find Gordon hiking, climbing, paddling and camping.

gordon lam


Gordon joined Stampede City in 2014 as a recreational coach and currently coaches one of our Girl’s JO Teams as well as a pre-competitive group in the Competitive Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is Level III NCCP Certified in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and trained in Trampoline. In addition, Gordon is a Learning Facilitator for the Alberta Gymnastics Federation, teaching courses for coaches in training. Known for his positive demeanor and smiles, Gordon’s classes at Stampede City are always high in demand! Outside the gym you can find Gordon hiking, climbing, paddling and camping.

Julie England


Julie England was born in England, UK and has been in the performing arts industry for 24 years. Over the years Julie has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern Cunningham/Horton, Graham/Limon/National, Musical Theatre, Stage, Contemporary, Ballroom and Latin dance.

 

A graduate from the London College of Dance; Julie holds a B.A. (Honors) in Dance, (A.I.S.T.D) Associate Imperial Society Teaching of Dance Certification and a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design.

 

Some of her professional performances include Hans Christian Anderson, Annie, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, The Nutcracker, Babes in the Woods, Pajama Game, Show Boat and the Opera Countess Maritza.

 

Best known for her innovative and compelling choreography, Julie has won an abundance of awards all over the world. They include the George Lon Memorial Choreography Award, awards for American Dance Choreographic Achievement, Memorial Choreographic Award for “outstanding artistic performance” in memory of Julian Paul Masi, and the Cathy Wade Ensemble Award in Division II at the “Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival” in Palm Desert, California.

 

In addition to her immense experience, Julie has had the opportunity to be choreographing for the 55th Oilman’s show held in Banff, and recently stepping into a new role as Artistic director in Canada and Germany. Now a member of the Adjudicator Alliance as well as, the International Dance Council, hoping this will allow her to share her passion and love for dance to both dancers and audience members all over the Globe.

 

Julie has been choreographing gymnast routines at Stampede City for a number of years and joined the Stampede City coaching staff as our main choreographer in 2014.

Julie England


Julie England was born in England, UK and has been in the performing arts industry for 24 years. Over the years Julie has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern Cunningham/Horton, Graham/Limon/National, Musical Theatre, Stage, Contemporary, Ballroom and Latin dance.

 

A graduate from the London College of Dance; Julie holds a B.A. (Honors) in Dance, (A.I.S.T.D) Associate Imperial Society Teaching of Dance Certification and a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design.

 

Some of her professional performances include Hans Christian Anderson, Annie, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, The Nutcracker, Babes in the Woods, Pajama Game, Show Boat and the Opera Countess Maritza.

 

Best known for her innovative and compelling choreography, Julie has won an abundance of awards all over the world. They include the George Lon Memorial Choreography Award, awards for American Dance Choreographic Achievement, Memorial Choreographic Award for “outstanding artistic performance” in memory of Julian Paul Masi, and the Cathy Wade Ensemble Award in Division II at the “Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival” in Palm Desert, California.

 

In addition to her immense experience, Julie has had the opportunity to be choreographing for the 55th Oilman’s show held in Banff, and recently stepping into a new role as Artistic director in Canada and Germany. Now a member of the Adjudicator Alliance as well as, the International Dance Council, hoping this will allow her to share her passion and love for dance to both dancers and audience members all over the Globe.

 

Julie has been choreographing gymnast routines at Stampede City for a number of years and joined the Stampede City coaching staff as our main choreographer in 2014.