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, a National Level 1 Judge, and is working towards her Brevet judging certification.  She is certified to teach Alixa Sutton's Flexibility Module 1. She has also recently completed the teacher-training for Ballet Barre Works, a Calgary-based barre fitness studio.  Olivia has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and currently is a project manager at a large Canadian construction company. 

photo Anya Patlosova - Coach
We are excited to welcome Anya Patlosova to our Club!  Anya is a former Ukrainian rhythmic gymnastic in both individual and group programs. She began her gymnastic career at the age of 6-years-old.  At 13-years-old, we was accepted into the School of Olympic Reserve "Spartak" in Dnepropetrovsk city where she trained and studied for 4 years at the "Dnipropetrovsk Regional College of Physical Education".  As well she attended training camps at the Olympic "Deriugins School". 
At 14 she received a "Master of Sports" of Rhythmic Gymnastics Ukraine.   She was a member of the national team and a multiple times winner of the Ukrainian championships in the team and group compound.  Anya finished Pedagogical University where she studied and trained and worked as a young coach. 
In October 2014, Anya joined "Wascana Rhythmic Gymnastics Club" in Regina, Saskatchewan as a Competitive Head Coach until May 2020. Up to the present moment, Anya will continue to be Head RG judge in Saskatchewan.


photo Iveta Milciute - Coach

Iveta has been with Chinook Rhythmique since 2004 when she moved with her family from Lithuania. Throughout the years shes been both the provincial and south zone champion in the novice, junior, and senior levels. She became the junior level 9 Canadian championin 2011, and was on the Junior National Team from 2011 to 2012. In 2013, she moved to Toronto to train with the Canadian senior national team in the group event. As a coach, she enjoys helping the younger generation of gymnasts achieve their greatest potential and loves watching them grow and develop in the sport. After retiring from gymnastics herself, she entered the world of latin ballroom and now incorporates these skills to help teach the girls about expression and musicality. She is currently studying Athletic Therapy at Mount Royal University and is hoping to pursue a future career in medicine. 

photo Katarina Yakimchuk - Coach

Katarina was 5 years old when she joined Chinook Rhythmic Gymnastics Club’s recreational program and she fell in love with the sport instantly. She moved through to the pre-competitive level and eventually started competing on the Provincial Level. After a few seasons she moved onto the National Level and stayed in the program until her retirement in 2015. During her career she travelled all over North America and to Europe to attend regional, national and international competitions. Many times a Provincial Champion, she was also consistently ranked in the top 10 overall at Western Regional Championships, qualifying her to compete at National Championships. Katarina qualified for the High Performance category in the Senior Level at the 2014 Elite Canada Competition and later in the 2015 National Championships. She has always been interested in helping younger gymnasts and was assisting with coaching while she was still competing herself. She has been coaching for over 6 years now and is Foundations Certified.  She is currently working on her degree in psychology through Western University in Ontario. She hopes to practice both family and sport psychology.

photo Karina Boeckx

Karina has been with Chinook Rhythmique Gymnastics Club since 2008 when she started as a recreational gymnast at the age of five.  Karina moved though the Provincial pre-competitive and competitive levels and in 2014 was the Western Canadian Provincial Level 3B Champion, following which she moved on to national level competition.  Through her national level years Karina was the Alberta South Zone and Provincial Champion on numerous occasions as well as consistently ranked in the top ten at Western Canadian Championships, in both Junior and Senior levels.   In 2018 Karina was the Bronze Junior medalist at the Canadian National Championships and in 2020, at Elite Canada, Karina joined the Senior Canadian National Team pool when she qualified for the High Performance category.  During her career Karina travelled extensively for both competition and training throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.  Karina is both passionate about rhythmic gymnastics and compassionate in her interactions with others.  Throughout her career as an athlete Karina truly cared about her teammates and would often reach out to the junior gymnasts when they were facing training challenges to provide them with encouragement and advice.  This is a valuable trait that Karina brings to her coaching, bringing a positive and understanding approach when dealing with the younger gymnasts. Karina is currently Foundations Trained and is working towards achieving her Certification.