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REPORTING · 18th August 2012
Walter McFarlane
Angela Pitzle has been the head coach of the Kitimat Dynamic Gymnastics Club for around 7-8 years, she started as a gymnast herself from a young age and is now leaving the club for personal reasons. She has trained many gymnasts in Kitimat during this time.


The new coach is Bogdan Ilyushchenko . He grew up in the Ukraine capital of Kiev where he started in gymnastics at age 7. At age 12, he attended a special boarding school which focused in Gymnastics after school. At age 14, he became a part of the Junior National Gymnastics Team.

“I was an international Gymnast. I went to competitions. My best one was in Japan Junior International. I went to European Junior Championship,” said Ilyushchenko . “Now I watch the Olympics and I see my coaches on the Olympic Games Gymnastics and I see the guys who were young.”

Ilyushchenko was living in Montréal and came to Kitimat because he likes the outdoors and he likes boating. With his background, the position of head coach was appealing because, due to his background, he does not feel comfortable working under someone.

He expressed he wants to get more people involved into gymnastics. He wants to develop gymnasts who can compete on a National Level. His objective is to develop them with the proper psychological development and develop happy and strong people. A healthy mind and a healthy body.

Early registration starts on Saturday, August 18th in the Upper City Centre Mall and will be at Riverlodge for Club Registration Day. Programs are available for youth from 18 months old (accompanied by a guardian) to 18 years. There is a potential for private lessons for adults.