Meet Our Staff


 

Janet Murray

Role: General Manager
  
 

John Tram

Role: Men's Coach & Women's Coach
It is quite a feat to attempt to cram in all that John has done and experienced in the sport of gymnastics. He began his life (and future career) with the YKGC when he was a tot over 20 years ago. He is the YKGC most distinguished gymnast, having earned numerous medals at national competitions. His athletic accomplishments aside, he continuously gave back to our Club. He is heading into at least his 12th year of coaching and he has energy to rival his gymnasts! His athletes continuously prove to be strong, successful gymnasts. John is also our highest ranked judge, having his Women’s Provincial level III and Men’s National level Judging certifications. John is our Men's Competitive Program Coordinator.
 
 
Coach Jess

Jessica Smith

Role: Recreational Director/WAG Coach
Qualifications: Active Start, Foundations, Trampoline 1, Competition 1, Competition 2 and Trampoline 2 certified.
Jessica has been with the gymnastics club as recreational, competitive athlete from 1990-2002 and as a part time coach since 2003. She has taken time off to focus on her family. Rejoining the team as a full time coach since August 2016. Jessica has work with all ages of our members. Jessica enjoys spending time with her 3 young children, playing outside, going to the park and any winter activity. On her very limited down time, she enjoys reading, watching movies and looking up new gymnastics drills and activities. Growing up in the north and raising her children in Yellowknife, she knows the importance of family, community and taking time to appreciate your surroundings.
 

 

Coach Jose

Jose Carlos Esteban

Role: Part Time recreational & Pre-competitive Coach
Qualifications: Foundations, Comp 1, Trampoline 1, Active Start, Artistic With a Major in Physical Education, and minor in History.
Jose is an excellent addition to the Yellowknife Gymnastics Club. Going on his 7th year as a coach, he offers a welcoming presence for the Summer Camp students. Jose's skills extend far beyond coaching, He’s also a support worker for the Yellowknife Association for Community Living. As for the hobbies he enjoys in his free time, Jose enjoys cooking, photography ,Reading, running, and dogs! We can’t wait to Welcome him back for the following Summer
 

Coach Quin

Quin Chiasson

Role: Part Time  recreational, Pre-competitive & competitive Coach
Qualifications : Foundations, Active Start and Trampoline 1 certified, Competition 1 trained , Trampoline 2 trained.
Quin has been apart of the YKGC for the past 6 years as a part time coach in both our recreational and competitive programs. Having grown up in Yellowknife, Quin has started out her career as a competitive gymnast for approximately 10 years, and is now sharing her passion for the sport with our younger generation of athletes. She has also represented the NWT at The Arctic Winter Games in 2010, and the 2016 JO8 Westerns Team. Did we mention she has also majored in Dance at the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. What doesn’t she do!
 

Coach Jamie

James Basset

Role: Part Time Coach 

Qualifications: Foundations, Active Start, Foundations Trampoline, MAG/WAG Level 1 trained.

Coach Jamie coaches in both our recreational and MAG programs. 

 

 

Coach Lara 

Lara Esclante 

Role: Part Time Coach

Qualifications: Foundations certified and Active start trained. 

 Lara has been a coach for the YKGC since 2017 and was a competitive gymnast here until 2019. She became a coach so she could pass on her love for the sport to other young gymnasts. She is a contortionist and also collects hotwheels!

 

Coach Hille 

Hille Stewart

Role: Part Time Coach

Qualifications: Foundations and Active start certified. 

Hille became a coach after taking a couple adult gymnastics classes. She has been coaching since 2016 and enjoys working with our recreational gymnasts. She is always looking for new ideas to keep gymnastics fun and engaging especially for our youngest gymnasts. 

When not in the gym you can find her working at Mildred Hall School or spending time with her busy family. 

Fun Fact: As a child Hille used to do vaulting - gymnastics on a moving horse!!

 

Coach Anna

 Anna Lalonde

Role: Part Time Coach & Admin

Qualifications: Foundations (in training) 

Coach Anna is a former competitive gymnast at YKGC. She became a coach in 2020 and loves working with our recreational athletes. She was a competitive dancer at Bella dance too! 

 Coach Zefer

Zefer Jordison 

Role: Part Time Coach 

Qualifications: Foundations (in training) 

Coach Zefer is one of the men’s competitive gymnasts at YKGC. He became a coach in 2020 and loves teaching athletes . He loves to show off the cool tricks he can do and is also part of the circus! 

 

 

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