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Jennifer

Jennifer Hood, Owner and Director
Jennifer Hood, Owner and Director

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, 9, 7 and 3.

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 enroll 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.”

Kalifa

Kalifa
Kalifa

Kalifa

Hometown: Scarborough, Ontario

Background: Retail in a funky boutique on Main Street and many years as a nanny.

Favorite 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

Chris

Chris
Chris

Chris

Hometown: Sackville, NB

Background: Competitive Swimming

Favorite Travel Destination: My Imagination

Favorite 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!

Alysha

Alysha
Alysha

Alysha

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 contiuous,

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.

Stacie

Stacie
Stacie

Stacie

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

Favorite Travel Destination: The Great Wall of China

Favorite 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.

Hannah

Hannah
Hannah

Hannah

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Education: BofA in Anthropology and International Developmental Studies (McGill),

currently studying Nursing at BCIT

Background: Rhythmic gymnastics (from 8 – 11) and dance (from 11-15)

Favorite Activities besides gymnastics: Ballet, biking, yoga and snowboarding.

Also trying to build up courage to go rock climbing!

Coaching Philosophy: So long as I am patient, enthusiastic, and confident,

while being supportive of my students’ needs, we will all enjoy ourselves and learn a lot.

The best way to learn is to have fun while doing it!

Personal Mantra: “Believe nothing. No matter where you read it or who has said it,

not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

Charlotte

Charlotte
Charlotte

Charlotte

Hometown : Paris, France

Three most important things in her life: Friends, family, and her adorable cat

Her favourite food: Chocolate

Favourite sports other than gymnastics: Running, rock climbing, and hiking

Favourite travel destination: All around the world

Personal mantra/philosophy: Prends la vie comme elle vient tu ne sais pas de quoi sera fait demain!
Take life as it comes you do not know what will happen tomorrow!

Johanna

Johanna
Johanna

Johanna

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Education: finishing up degree at UBC

Background: Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics

Favorite Travel Destination: Liberec, Czech Republic

Favorite 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!

Michelle

Michelle
Michelle

Michelle

Hometown: Limerick, Ireland

Education: B.Ed Primary Level Education

Background: Primary level physical literacy, physical education, gymnastics.

Favorite Activities besides gymnastics: Soccer, Gaelic games.

Favorite 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.

Kaelin

Kaelin
Kaelin

Kaelin

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Education: BA and currently in a BSN program at BCIT

Background: Summer camp counselor at St.Georges, Women’s Metro Soccer

(and still playing in competitive women’s soccer!)

Favorite Travel Destination: Ireland

Coaching Philosophy: Always seek out new and exciting challenges (inside and outside of the gym)

but remember to have fun as you work towards achieving your goals!

Personal Mantra: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…unless it’s not meant to be!

Then you must let it go and move on to the next adventure!

Monica

Monica
Monica

Monica

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Education: Kinesiology

Background: Hockey, Biking

Favorite Travel Destination: Heron Island

Favorite Activities besides gymnastics: Yoga, Running, Field Hockey, Soccer, Softball

Coaching Philosophy: A strong base in physical activity is vital to being comfortable with a variety

of sports and activities throughout life.

Personal Mantra: Healthy mind in healthy body, karma.

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