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AMAJ

Name: Amaj
Location: WHGF NYC
Role at WHGF:
Coach – helping beginners become team kids
Joined WHGF:
2017
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Trampoline
Favorite gymnast/athlete:
Simone Biles
What do you like most about your work with the WHGF? 
I enjoy the events and working harder to become a better coach.
What is the best part about being a part of the WHGF? I love seeing the smiles on the kids face when they are ready to work.
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs? Wendy helps within the community.
What are your goals for your athletes? For most of the kids to reach intermediate or pre-team level.

SHANNON BROWNLEE

Name: Shannon Brownlee (former rhythmic gymnast)
Location: WHGF Detroit
Role at WHGF:
VolunteerCoach 
Joined WHGF:
2017
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Trampoline
Favorite gymnast/athlete:
Simone Biles
What do you like most about your work with the WHGF? 
I enjoy the camaraderie.
What is the best part about being a part of the WHGF? I enjoy giving back to my community and being involved with a sport that was such a huge part of my life growing up.
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Ribbon
Favorite gymnast/athlete: Serena Williams
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs? This club is like family. I’m honored to be a part of this club!
What are your goals for your athletes? I want them to enjoy the sport while also working to be the best they can be.

FABU COX

FABU COX

Name: Fabu Cox (former Level 10 artistic gymnast)
Location: WHGF Harlem NYC
Role at WHGF: Artistic Coach
Joined WHGF: 2012
What do you like most about teaching gymnastics or your work with the WHGF? Giving back to the community
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Vault
Favorite gymnast/athlete: Dominique Dawes
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs? The usual “minority” is majority at WHGF
What are your goals for your athletes? While learning good quality gymnastics, they also should learn life skills
Gymnastics philosophy: What you think is what you do!

PHOTO OF ALEXANDRIA

Name: Alexandria Jasieknowski (self-taught dancer and international performer)
Location: WHGF NYC
Role at WHGF:
 Assistant Coach, Rhythmic and Instructor, Exposure and Recreational classes
Joined WHGF:
2018
What do you like most about teaching gymnastics?
I love working with kids and helping them achieve their goals.
The best part about being a part of WHGF: Being part of an organization, to represent the community and share the love for movement of all form.
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Ribbon
Favorite gymnast/athlete:
Alexis Page
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs?
It is not just an gym, it i a community. The kids are not only talented, but they love and support each other like family.  
What are your goals for your athletes?
To reach their personal best.

RENEE LEE

Name: Renee Lee (former NCAA Division 1 swimmer)
Location: WHGF NYC
Role at WHGF:
Operations Manager
Joined WHGF:
2018
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Floor
Favorite gymnast/athlete:
Simone Biles
What do you like most about your work with the WHGF?
The kids that come to WHGF.
What is the best part about being a part of the WHGF? The staff and the kids that participate in gymnastics.
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs? We serve the community of Harlem. 
What are your goals for your athletes?
To mobilize and move up in levels.
Gymnastics philosophy: Get in! Go hard! Go home!

MESIDI

Name: Mesidi (dancer since age 3)
Location: WHGF NYC
Role at WHGF:
Administration – Anything that needs to be done, Mesidi is usually there to help out.
Joined WHGF:
2017
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Trampoline
Favorite gymnast/athlete:
All athletes work really hard, so I give credit to all of them
What do you like most about your work with the WHGF? 
I really love seeing how close knit the team kids are with each other and have a good time cheering each other on no matter what.
What is the best part about being a part of the WHGF? Getting to know the people that play a role in making WHGF what it is today!
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs? More students are able to get scholarships and financial assistance.
What are your goals for your athletes? For all WHGF students, I want them to have learned the disciplinary skills that they can apply in the real world, while having fun with gymnastics.

 

Name: Alexis Page (former internationally competitive rhythmic gymnast)
Instagram: @thealexispage
Location:
WHGF NYC
Role at WHGF:
Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach
Joined WHGF:
2003 (team); 2012 (coach)
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Clubs
Favorite gymnast/athlete:
Anna Bessonova
What do you like most about teaching gymnastics or your work with the WHGF?
Seeing gymnasts improve.
What is the best part about being a part of the WHGF? I enjoy the feeling of not only being on a team, but part of a family.
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs? Along with offering affordable gymnastics, the WHGF continues to make gymnastics fun. 
What are your goals for your athletes?
I want the discipline and work ethic they attain through gymnastics to cross over into their lives outside of the sport.

JEIDA PARKINSON

Name: Jeida Parkinson (former cheerleader and Level 7-8 T&T athlete at WHGF)
Location: WHGF Harlem NYC
Role at WHGF: T&T coach
Joined WHGF: 2005
What do you like most about teaching gymnastics and your work with the WHGF?
The kids! The family bond we all have.
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Double mini trampoline
Favorite gymnast: Simone Biles
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs? Family bond!
What are your goals for your athletes? To share the same love and passion I have for gymnastics.

JOCELYN PERUSINA
Name: Jocelyn Perusina (former cheerleader)
Location: WHGF NYC
Role at WHGF:
Human Resources
Joined WHGF:
2017
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Clubs
Favorite gymnast/athlete:
Simone Biles
What do you like most about your work with the WHGF?
The staff and working with the community. I’m very grateful to be a part of the WHGF family.
Gymnastics philosophy: I enjoy watching the sport.



Name: Dennis Rivera-Lopez
I train for two hours and I coach for two-and-half hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. But when I train for those two hours, I make sure I make them work. If you only have a limited amount of time, make it work. That’s what I do.

What I like about coaching is teaching kids new tricks that they haven’t learned before, and I get to learn and progress as a coach as well.

Dennis’s top tips for gymnasts: Don’t be hard on yourself. I tend to do the same thing. Train hard and keep working hard, but don’t be hard on yourself. We all have our bad days and our good days.

PHOTO OF SAMANTHA

Name: Samantha Villalta
Location: WHGF NYC
Role at WHGF:
 Gym Administrative Assistant; I help with the running of kids and communication with parents
Joined WHGF:
2016
What do you like most about working with the WHGF?
I enjoy interacting with kids and their parents when they’re coming in for class. I enjoy witnessing the kids progress and how excited they become.
What makes WHGF unique compared to other gymnastics clubs? It is more focused on community outreach than others.

JENNA QUIAN

Name: Jenna Quian
Location: WHGF NYC
Role at WHGF:
Administration – Executive Assistant
Joined WHGF:
2013
Favorite gymnastics apparatus: Ribbon
What do you like most about your work with the WHGF? Working with great people, and learning new skills.
What is the best part about being a part of the WHGF? I get to work with kids and other staffs who share the same mindset as me.

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