Satellites Gymnastics Club
Paula Mercer, B.PE., B.A., B.ED.
Paula returns to the Satellites after being the first Head Coach many, many years ago. She is a retired OSCVI teacher where she taught Physical Education, Dance and Fine Art. She brings decades of experience as a Level 3 Gymnastics Coach, a retired Level 4 Woman’s Judge, former NCCP Level 1 and 2 Gymnastics Course Conductor, Certified Pilates Instructor, Level 2 Trampoline Coach, Clinician, Dance Educator and Choreographer. She is also coaching Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastics.
The Owen Sound Satellites Gymnastics Club has been in operation for the past 40 years and has had thousands of members over those decades as the premier Gymnastics Club in the region. Our coaching staff includes the two highest qualified coaches in the region as well as many other energetic, engaged coaches your child will love. Our staff have over 200 years collective experience both in gymnastics and coaching gymnastics. We focus on the overall development of children through fundamentals that stimulate physical, mental, social and spiritual growth. Our athletes have excelled as provincial medalists as well as received hundreds of interclub merits. We have invested in our professional coaching staff to ensure the highest quality of instruction regardless of the age or skill level of the athlete. The Satellites has a strong history and is partly responsible for the creation of hundreds of well rounded young people and lifelong friendships.
Florin Matei - Head Coach and General Manager
Florin was born in Romania were he trained in men's artistic gymnastics and competed with the Romanian Junior Olympic Team. Later he moved to Israel where he managed a local gymnastics club and taught physical education at a school in Haifa. Florin is a Master's candidate in Behavioral Sciences and specializes in children with behavioral challenges.Florin is an integral part of the Ontario Representative Judges Team at the Canadian High-Performance Meets and we are fortunate and proud to have Florin to leading our club.
Debra Taylor - Competitive/Recreational Coach
Debra was one of original seven Satellite Gymnasts and has been coaching in Owen Sound, Toronto and Vancouver for over 35 years. She completed a 2 year advanced Coaching Program at Seneca College (a National high performance program for Artistic Gymnastics) where she received her level 3. Debra also has her Bachelor of Education and recently moved back into the area after teaching junior school and high school Performing Arts for 15 years at Fraser Academy a school for students dealing with Dyslexia, ADHD and PDD. Debra is excited to be back in her home club where this area’s gymnastic programs all began!
At Satellites Gymnastics you can discover the true greatness of this sport. We have the most equipped facility, most decorated history, and most importantly, the highest quality coaching this side of highway 7.
Contact us to book an assessment of your child's gymnastics ability.