These are our Coaches.


Tony Smith
Chief Gymnastics Advisor

Men’s Program


Grant Golding
Competitive Men’s Coach

Grant Golding has been involved in gymnastics for over twenty-two years. He was a member of the Canadian national age group team for three years, and spent ten years on the Canadian senior men’s national team. Grant’s biggest gymnastics career highlight was having the honor of representing and competing for Canada at the 2008 & 2004 Olympic games. Grant also competed internationally at: five world championships, three Commonwealth Games, and five world cups. After his successful career in gymnastics, Grant ran away and joined Cirque Du Soleil for eight years performing acrobatics in the shows “KA” and “VIVA ELVIS”. Currently Grant is coaching men’s & boy’s gymnastics at the University of Calgary Gymnastics center. Grant’s coaching philosophy is: without hard work and dedicated, talent will take you only so far.

Graham Kelly
MAG Coach

Graham has been a gymnast for the last 10 years and has been coaching for 9 years. He has been a gymnast and coach at the University of Calgary for the past 6 years.

Jordan Garcia
MAG Coach

Jordan has been doing gymnastics competitively for the past 9 years and started coaching at the age of 14. He has also been judging MAG for the past 3 years. Jordan is a student at the University of Calgary in the school of business.

PS. Jordan likes coffee, a lot… if you don’t want rope climbs, bring me a coffee.

Carter Shelton
MAG Coach

Carter started doing gymnastics when he was about three years old and started competing when he was eight. He trained in Edmonton at Capital City Gymnastics Centre until the age of 21 then moved to Calgary to train at the U of C. Carter has been on team Alberta numerous times, is a national level gymnast, and has attended multiple Canadian national championships and Elite Canada. His goal is to be on team Canada and compete internationally. Carter has been coaching for almost 10 years and has successfully taken 3 groups from pre-competitive to competitive. He is currently a student at U of C taking Urban Studies with the intention of going into City planning as a Master’s degree. In his spare time, Carter enjoys biking and hiking in the mountains.

Women’s Program


Joel Cornelius
WAG Head Coach

Joel was born in 1994 in Romania. He was adopted the following year and raised in Fonthill, Ontario. Joel started training at Gymnastics Energy in St. Catharines, Ontario. His first nationals was in 2008 in Calgary. He competed in the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax and then trained at Burlington BG’s from 2011-2016. In January 2016 Joel moved to Alberta to train and work at the University of Calgary. Outside of gymnastics Joel enjoys skiing, photography and the outdoors. He has also started a drone company to film real estate.

Ariane Wilson
WAG Coach

U of C gymnastics has been a part of Ariane’s life ever since she can remember. She started off doing gymnastics in the preschool program and continued on to compete at the provincial level for nine years. She has been coaching for three years, and loves sharing her passion for gymnastics with the athletes that come into her life. Ariane believes in not only helping athletes achieve gymnastics skills but also in developing skills such as hard work, perseverance and dedication that will carry through into their lives outside of the gym. She is currently studying Political Science at the University of Calgary with the goal of eventually becoming a lawyer. Ariane is also a member of the UC cheerleading team, and enjoys hiking and reading in her spare time.

Sydney Smith
WAG Coach

Sydney has been at the U of C her whole life. She spent her early childhood playing in the gym while her parents coached. Sydney trained and competed until she was thirteen and started coaching at fourteen. Sydney is currently attending Makami college for massage therapy.

Devon Earl
WAG Coach

Devon started gymnastics at the U of C Gymnastics center when she was four years old. She trained there for my entire gymnastics career and retired when she was 18. Since retiring from gymnastics, she has explored the worlds of fitness, parkour, circus arts, Latin dancing, and bouldering. Devon loves gymnastics because it gave her the skills and body awareness to be able to learn any other sport and to stay active for life. Devon started coaching at the preschool and recreational level when she was 14, and in the competitive stream when she was 18. Aside from being a gymnastics coach, DEvon is also an Environmental Science student at the University of Calgary and an executive of the Environmental Science Students Association.

Gabriella Wong Ken
WAG Coach

For 13 years, Gabriella was a gymnast competing at the provincial level. Through gymnastics, she has gained lifelong friendships and learned many principles; such as dedication, perseverance, and discipline. Gabriella has been coaching for 6 years, and has spent the last 3 with pre-competitive female athletes. Coaching has allowed her to share her love and understanding of gymnastics with a new generation of gymnasts. She is always learning from and working with her athletes and other coaches to find new techniques and approaches that best allow progression in the sport. Currently, she is studying nursing at the University of Calgary, and she remains passionate about staying active in the gymnastics community when she can. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and hiking.

Wolfe Gazerh
WAG Coach

Wolfe is 22 years old and has been working at the U of C for 2.5 years. He grew up in Ontario, and worked there coaching men and women. Wolfe is currently an athlete at University of Calgary Gymnastics and is training to be on the Canadian National Team. Gymnastics has been a huge part of Wolfe’s life for more than ten years and is looking forward to coaching you and bringing you to your full potential!

P.S. climb the rope!

Stephanie Jurkova
Dance Instructor

Stephanie is a dancer, choreographer, and coach. She began her athletic career as a young rhythmic gymnast, where she discovered her love of sport and the thrill of competition. Her passion for dancing and artistry later led her to a career in Ballroom and Latin dancing, where she has experienced great success as a two-time Western Canadian Latin Champion and Canadian Latin Championship Finalist. She launched her coaching career with the University of Calgary’s rhythmic gymnastics program three years ago and has since expanded into artistic gymnastics, offering dance coaching and choreography to the U of C gymnastics team. Her dream is to inspire younger generations of athletes to pursue their passions. Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the Haskayne School of Business, a National Coaching Certification (NCCP Level II), and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.