Jennifer Hood, Owner and Director
Jennifer Hood has over 15 years experience working in six different gymnastics organizations
across Canada. She has developed recreational programming for young children, and is a
certified teacher, specializing in primary education. She is also a mother of three daughters, 11, 8 and 5.
All of her experience has led her to one important conclusion: when it comes to our children’s
physical fitness, we can do better. Conventional approaches to children’s sports have a
vocabulary that includes words like early specialization, burnout, boredom, over-scheduling, dropout,
intimidating, overly competitive, stressful, too late, and unfortunately, too often, childhood obesity.
Children are more likely to remain active if they are involved in something they enjoy. The problem? We
do not know what our children will be interested in as they grow, and we certainly can’t enrol them in
everything to ensure they don’t “miss out” later. Fortunately, this is a problem with an answer.
For many years Jennifer has had a vision for a program that gives our children the basic building
blocks of physical movement. A program that would ensure that they have the necessary
foundation to be active for life, no matter what sport they choose and no matter whether their goal
is recreation or excellence. Following the birth of her second child, she decided to make her vision a reality.
In the spring of 2007, Jennifer was accepted into Langara College’s Self-Employment Program,
where she spent ten weeks developing her business plan. She then dedicated the next 14 months to creating
the curriculum, training staff and designing her facility.
Jump! Gymnastics opened its doors on September 2nd, 2008 and quickly became a destination
for parents from across Vancouver and classes are now running at near capacity each session.
Jennifer was recently one of only thirteen women accepted to BC’s Forum for Women Entrepreneurs 2010
E-series. The FWE’s highly competitive E-series is a six-month program for women entrepreneurs of
early-stage, high-growth, leverageable businesses. Jennifer is honoured to have been selected in such
great company and looking forward to exploring opportunities to bring Jump! Gymnastics to more children.
“This isn’t about training gymnasts,” says Jennifer, “this is about using developmental gymnastics -
the sport that offers the best opportunities to develop foundational movement skills – as a starting point to help
our children be active for life.”
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Education: Industrial Design
Background: Recreational Gymnastics for students ages 4-17
Favorite Activities besides gymnastics: Hiking, Drawing.
Favorite Travel Destination: Ladakh, India
Coaching Philosophy: All of us are unique learners, positive growth and development comes from
continuous, equal dedication to each child and their individuality. Every class is a new opportunity
to share in learning, laughter, and growth!
Personal Mantra: Never stop learning, honour your passions.
Hometown: Rosetown, SK
Three most important things in her life: Family, friends, staying active and healthy
Her favourite food: I love eating ! My favourite thing to eat would be freshly caught salmon
Favourite sports other than gymnastics: Jujitsu, dancing, yoga and swimming in the ocean
Favourite travel destination: French Polynesian Islands and Philippines
Personal mantra/philosophy: Live, love, laugh and dance
Her favourite food: SUSHI!!!
Favourite sports other than gymnastics: Yoga, Snowboarding and Dance
Favourite travel destination: Can’t choose just one place, so I’m going to say anywhere on a sailboat
Personal mantra/philosophy: Live every day collecting moments not things, and always
have the courage to dream, create and inspire!
Coaching Philosophy : To provide an environment that encourages interactive, play-based
learning so children can develop in a holistic way, as well as, support parents in helping their
children build a strong foundation so they can reach their full potential
Hometown: Sackville, NB
Background: Competitive Swimming
Favourite Travel Destination: My Imagination
Favourite Activities besides gymnastics: Yoga, Golf, Snowboarding
Coaching Philosophy: To provide an environment that encourages individuals to have fun learning and
developing an appetite for future participation and discovery of themselves through sport. To continue
to learn from the children I teach and the family I work with.
Personal Mantra: To step with great care and tact and remember that life’s a great balancing act.
To never forget to be dextrous and deft and to never mix up my right foot with my left. And to
keep right (or left) on stepping regardless of fears, with curious eyes and wide open ears!
The three most important things in her life: The Fam Jam (including my dog / friends; they’re family too), continuous learning, challenging herself
Favourite sports other than gymnastics: Horseback riding, Ultimate Frisbee, Dog agility, Skiing, Skating
Activities she does in her spare time: University, dog agility, volunteer for various events (typically help coordinate), hiking, riding, piano
Favourite travel destination: So many…Slovenia, Japan, Slovakia.
Her favourite food: Salmon – so good with everything
Personal mantra/philosophy: Nothing great was ever created by being realistic
Coaching philosophy: Every athlete has the opportunity to be great, it’s our job to help them find their limitations and then teach them how to surpass them.
Her favourite food: Tomatoes
Favourite sports other than gymnastics: SUP, Snowboarding, Dance, Horseback riding
Favourite travel destination: San Francisco
Personal mantra/philosophy: Treat others how you would like to be treated
Coaching Philosophy : Honour the individual and to have fun
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Education: finishing up degree at UBC
Background: Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics
Favourite Travel Destination: Liberec, Czech Republic
Favourite Activities besides gymnastics: Biking, Dance, Yoga, Hiking, Skiing.
Coaching Philosophy: I like to think of myself as passing on life skills, knowledge, and fun!
While I may be the “teacher”, it’s still a learning exchange between you and the kids….
I’ve discovered they can teach you a lot as well!
Personal Mantra: Do what makes you happy and healthy!
Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario
Background: Retail in a funky boutique on Main Street and many years as a nanny.
Favourite Activities besides gymnastics: Hiking, biking, and reading fiction inspired by true events.
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Travel Destination: Spain – in part because of siesta time!
Personal Mantra: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
Three most important things in her life: Family, Friends, Laughter
Her favourite food: Sushi
Favourite sports other than gymnastics: Volleyball, soccer
Favourite travel destination: Havana, Cuba
Personal mantra/philosophy: Motivate children while having fun learning fundamental skills in the gym
to build confidence in order to be able to go out in the world and say, “Yeah, I can do this.”
The three most important things in her life: Family, Love and Health
Her hobbies are: Reading, permaculture, gardening, any kind of movement, admiring beauty, thinking, spending time and laughing with my family and friends.
Favourite place she has travelled to: In my mind. And I also like Italian Dolomite Mountains.
Her favourite food: Real, fresh food.
Favourite sports/activities other than gymnastics: Hiking, Pilates, horseback riding, canoeing, cycle-seeing (lazy cycling), dancing and nature walks with my children.
Favourite colours: Green and yellow
Coaching philosophy: Treat each child and parent as individuals, at the same time learn how to work in a group setting and be sure to have fun.
Personal Mantra: Hm, not sure yet… But I think it is important to sing and be happy when you are working …
Hometown: Limerick, Ireland
Education: B.Ed Primary Level Education
Background: Primary level physical literacy, physical education, gymnastics.
Favourite Activities besides gymnastics: Soccer, Gaelic games.
Favourite Travel Destination: Vancouver!
Coaching Philosophy: To teach children new skills in a way that’s fun and exciting,
motivating them to want to learn, highlighting their strengths and building their confidence.
Personal Mantra: Live life as it happens.
Hometown : Negombo, Sri Lanka
Three most important things in her life: My family, friends and education/career goals
Her favourite food: Dessert !
Favourite sports other than gymnastics: Yoga, running, hiking, dance
Favourite travel destination: Paris
Personal mantra/philosophy: To value each person I interact with and perform at my personal best
in everything I attempt to do
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Three most important things in her life: 1. My son, Tommy; 2. Establishing healthy eating habits for
Tommy; 3. Maintaining an active lifestyle for every member of the family.
Favourite Activities Besides Gymnastics: Volleyball, scuba diving, swimming, jogging, hiking,
biking, cooking and dancing with my son. Also, I like bowling, playing pool, and taking my son to the
Favourite Travel Destination: Koh Samet, Thailand
Favourite Colour: Turquoise Green
Personal mantra/philosophy: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
Hometown: Morris, Manitoba
Three most important things in her life: Hazel, Cohen and Esme (my children)
Her favourite food: I love love Thai food
Favourite sports other than gymnastics: I play lot of soccer with my son
Favourite travel destination: Spain
Personal mantra/philosophy: To encourage, try to build confidence and instill a sense of pride
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Education: BA in Health Sciences
Background: 10 time National Wrestling Champion, Junior world wrestling bronze medalist 2008,
Winter Olympic torch bearer 2010
Favourite Travel Destination: The Great Wall of China
Favourite Activities besides gymnastics: wrestling, anything outside in the
sun, running/walking my dog.
Coaching Philosophy: Treat each child as an individual, but learn to work as a team!
Personal Mantra: Live each day to the utmost.
Three most important things in his life: Me – my mind, body and spirit need to be healthy;
my family; and being happy !
His favourite food: I love steak!
Favourite sports other than gymnastics: Lacrosse and hockey! I also love pow wow dancing.
I am a grass dancer in the pow wow community
Favourite travel destination: I am from Ontario. Grew up playing hockey, lacrosse and baseball
and those sports took me many places. So my favourite place that I have travelled has been Whistler!
Personal mantra/philosophy: What ever your 100% looks like, give it your all!