Our Coaches & Instructors

photo Olga Khabarova -Head Coach - Technical Director

Olga has been the head coach of Chinook Rhythmique since she was invited to coach in Canada in 1990. Olga has NCCP certification Level 3, and a Master of Sport distinction from Russia. Olga has two university degrees, one of them is from St Petersburg's academy of physical culture and sports, a highly qualified instructor. Additionally, Olga is a Brevet 2 Judge in Individual and Brevet 3 in Group, certified to judge international events. Olga is also a renowned choreographer who has worked with the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Shows, Grey Cup and various accomplished dancers.
Many gymnasts from Chinook, trained by Olga, have won places on the Canadian Junior and Senior National Team, and represented Canada at a variety of international events. In 2003, Olga received the ASRPWF 2003 Alberta Coaching Recognition Award and in 2010 she received her 20 year long term service award from GCG.  She was the recipient of the Barbara Miller Leadership and Volunteerism Award in 2015. Gymnastics Canada honored Olga with an International Achievement Award in 2017.

     
photo Olivia Jack-Coach

Olivia trained as a national rhythmic gymnast with Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastic Club for 12 years under head coach Olga Khabarova. She was the Alberta Provincial Champion several times over the years in Novice, Junior and Senior levels. She was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team in 2004 and 2005, Western Canadian Senior Champion in 2008, and Bronze Senior Medalist at Canadian Nationals in 2008. She was Silver Senior Medalist at the 2009 Canadian Nationals and became a member of the Canadian Senior National Team. Olivia is a certified NCCP Level 3 Coach and a National Level 2 Judge. She has also competed Alixa Sutton's Flexibility Module 1 teacher training. Olivia is also a candidate to judge at future Youth Olympic Games and is working towards her Brevet judging certification.  Olivia has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and currently works as an assistant project manager at a large Canadian construction company.

     
photo Rima Nikishin-Ballet & Body Technique

Rima is our Ballet & Body Technique Coach. Rima has a Bachelors Degree of Arts & Sports Acrobatics from the University of Grozno-Russia. With over 45 years of experience, she is a renowned choreographer of gymnastic and dance, specializing in movement preparation. She has trained students at Israel's National Youth Sports Training Academy, Lermontov Theatre of Drama & Ballet in Russia, U.S.S.R. National Team and Belo-Russia National Team where she coached legend Olga Korbut, gold medalist at 1972 Olympic Games. Rima has coached many artistic gymnasts at Calgary Gymnastics Centre and we are very happy to have her expertise in our club!

     
photo Iveta Milciute-Coach

Iveta has been with Chinook Rhythmique since 2004 when she moved with her family from Lithuania. She started off in the provincial stream but quickly moved into the national level where she was coached and mentored by Olga Khabarova. In 2009 she was a bronze medalist at the Canadian Western Regional Champions in the Novice level, as well a finalist at the Canadian National Championships. In 2011 she became the Junior level 9 Canadian Champion. She was on the Junior national team of Canada from 2011-2012, and was a silver medalist at the 2012 Canadian Championships in the Junior high performance level. Throughout the years shes been both the provincial and south zone champion in the Novice, Junior, and Senior levels. In 2013 she was invited to be part of the senior national group and at 16 years of age she moved by herself to Toronto in order to train with the team in hopes of going to the Rio Olympics. After moving back to Calgary, she rejoined her family at Chinook RG and continued competing as an individual for more year. After a hip injury she was forced to retire, and is now happily competing in International Latin Ballroom.

     
photo Aurin Kuhn - Coach
Since she was very little, Aurin has liked to perform.  She has been involved in many different dance and gymnastics disciplines for the past 10 years, specializing in rhythmic at the age of 10. She enjoys working with young gymnasts, helping them to develop new skills, and improve their craft.  Aurin loves the artistry and story each routine brings. Last year Aurin placed seventh at Westerns and third in the province of Alberta.  She is currently a level 2 coach at Chinook.  Aurin will focus on math and science in university, and hopes to continue further with her coaching education as well. 
 
     
photo Maria Sachyk - coach

Maria was born in Minsk Belarus and moved to Calgary from Toronto at the age of 11. She has trained with Chinook Rhythmique for 7 years, making her first achievements with coach Natasha Pavlovic taking first place in various invitationals and marking her first big step in Western Regional Provincial Championships. Soon head coach Olga Khabarova acknowledged Maria's hard work and dedication and took Maria under her wing in 2014 and allowed her to train and travel with the national level gymnasts to various parts of the United States and Canada until 2017 when she decided to retire due to a foot injury mid season. Since then Maria has been gladly working with our Provincial and Recreational gymnasts helping them recognize the beauty of her favorite sport, encouraging them to reach their full potential and bring out the individual character of every gymnast in her charge. Maria would like to make a career out of coaching and  in order to make this her full time profession she is planning to apply for kinesiology and health sciences in University of Calgary.

     
photo Ingrid Diaz Cespedes - ballet

Ingrid was born and raised in Cuba. At the age of 10 she started her professional dance training in the specialty of Modern, Contemporary and Afrocuban Dance at the National School of Art in Havana. Right after graduation Ingrid joined the National Afrocuban Dance Company where she performed for three years. In 2005, she received a full scholarship to the School of Ballet Creole in Toronto. Ingrid was involved with Ballet Creole as an apprentice and later became a full company member. While in Toronto, Ingrid also performed with COBA and Newton Moraes Dance Theatre. Ingrid has also performed as a guest artist with NAfro Dance, Winnipeg based Company directed by Casimiro Nhussi and with the South African Musical “Umoja” in its 2008 Canadian Tour Production. In 2009, Ingrid moved to Calgary to follow her newly sparked interest in jazz dance and take part in Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program.  Ingrid is now an independent artist and is very happy to contribute to the Calgary dance community. We are happy to have Ingrid teach our Saturday ballet!

     
photo CHINOOK RG