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 works as an assistant project manager at a large Canadian construction company. 

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 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.

  Katarina Yakimchuk