Goodluck to our Senior AGG Team "Rhythmic Expressions" who are competing at the Pan American Tournament in Merida, Mexico!

Goodluck to our Senior AGG Team "Rhythmic Expressions" who are competing at the Pan American Tournament in Merida, Mexico!


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Teresa Orr, National Team Director of Rhythmic Gymnastics presented Evelyn Koop with the Gene Sutton Memorial Award. Her words of kindness are below;

I just experienced “Déjà vu”!

“Why do I feel that the moment I am in right now has happened before?”

Well, it just so happens that in 2006, Rhythmic became part of the GCG Awards Gala & there I was honoring Evelyn Koop with the inaugural RG Program Award, named of course after her. She received her Diamond Pin that year & in 2013 she became a GCG Life Member recognizing her long time and I mean “long time” service to the Federation.

So here I am privileged once again to recognize this distinguishing, extravagant woman.

Rhythmic Gymnastics in Canada simply would not be if it were not for the efforts of Evelyn Koop, known by many as the “godmother” of RG. You just need to look at the Kalev Estienne website and you will find 65 years of highlights from bringing the sport of RG to Canada, developing World & Olympic gymnasts to hosting Provincial, National and International Events.

Evelyn Koop, the founder & President of Kalev Estienne, has been involved as a gymnast, coach, performer, choreographer, educator, author, administrator, judge, event manager and most importantly …remains as one of the major promoters of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Canada and volunteer extraordinaire!

There is so much information to share with you about Evelyn but unfortunately 65 years is a challenge to culminate in a few minutes so I will do my best to provide the highlights.

In her early years, Evelyn taught Physical Education courses in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Universities of Toronto, McMaster & McGill. She authored books “Basic Rhythmics” and “Judging”, developed Technical Manuals, By-laws, and Constitutions.

She has trained many teachers and coaches and created awareness of RG through endless touring with her gymnasts throughout Canada and the United States. I was fortunate as a young artistic gymnast to have Evelyn come to our club to assist with upper body movement for beam & floor.

In 1968, Evelyn along with a few others formed the Modern Gymnastics Federation and later the Canadian Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics Federation.

1971 was the year Evelyn received international standing as a judge and was awarded a Brevet 2. She was also a member of the FIG RG Technical Committee. From 1976 to 1980, and in 1998 she was awarded the FIG Honorary Diploma “in recognition of her long –term distinguished service as an International Judge atthe World Level”. 1976 proved to be a busy year. Evelyn was the lead choreographer for the opening Ceremonies of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. Evelyn worked hand in hand with Juri Titov, President of FIG and others to get RG accepted as an Olympic Sport. 1976 was also the year she initiated “The Maple Leaf” International Meet which was held for four consecutive years. In 1978 she created the Pan Pacific Championships, which later became the Four Continents Championships. These events were created with one main goal in mind…to give Canadian rhythmic gymnasts the opportunity to experience international competition.

For the same reason, Evelyn introduced “The World’s best” International Invitational competition in 1991 which was later named by the federation as “Koop Cup” in Evelyn’s honour.

Evelyn has recruited many world-renowned coaches & judges which helped spearhead the development of RG in Canada. Tamara Bompa, originally from Romania and brought over as a coach, judged for Canada at six Olympic Games. Liliana Dimitrova from Bulgaria took gymnasts to 3 Olympic Games & more recently Janika Moelder from Estonia. RG became an official sport at the Olympic Games in 1984. BC gymnast Lori Fung, a former member of Kalev was crowned the Olympic Champion. The second gymnast, Adrienne Dunnet was also from Kalev. Representing Kalev at the 1996 Olympics was Camille Martins and in 2000 Emilie Livingston. As you can see Evelyn was responsible for producing a lot of firsts. In 2010, it was the Kalev Junior Group that represented the America’s at the first Youth Olympic Games and captured the Bronze medal. The group became part of the Olympic Games in 1996. The Senior group from Kalev made history qualifying Canada to their first Olympic Games in London 2012. One first that Evelyn may not want me to mention but I will – Evelyn was the first National judge to arrive at Elite Ontario one year wearing two different shoes. Different colours & different heal heights. Evelyn – I checked your shoes tonight and you are good to go!

Last year, Evelyn Koop President & Program Director of Kalev Estienne celebrated their 65th anniversary promoting Rhythmic Gymnastics in Canada & her club. Kalev continues to host Provincial, National & International Events. This year alone, Kalev under the management of Evelyn Koop hosted Slonny Cup international invitational, Elite Canada & the famous Koop Cup FIG event. She even gets the Mayor of Markham to come out to these events to help present awards. Evelyn has always been passionate about growing the sport so that all Canadians can participate and learn about the beautiful sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Evelyn deserves recognition for her continuous commitment and energy in exposing Canadian gymnasts to International Competition in Canada. Many of her former gymnasts are still with her as coaches, in her performance groups, as staff or return as dedicated volunteers that assist with the hosting of her successful events.

I know that Gene will be smiling down and giving us the thumbs up with her approval just as we are!

Congratulations Evelyn on receiving the Gene Sutton Memorial Award.


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KALEV TRIAL CLASSES ARE COMING


Classes Available:

  Monday - 5:30 to 7:30 pm Beginners
Tuesday - 5:30 to 7:30 pm Beginners
Thursday - 5:30 to 7:30 pm Beginners

This program is offered only at our Doncaster Location - 60 Doncaster Ave., Unit #7, Thornhill

Come see if Rhythmic Gymnastics is right for your young budding gymnast! 
 




Photo by: Raul Kling

Photo by: Raul Kling


AGG Junior Team 'Canadiana' in Denmark  

AGG Junior Team 'Canadiana' in Denmark

 

Joy coming in 1st at Elite Ontario 

Joy coming in 1st at Elite Ontario 

Marbella 2017. #esp #marbella #kalevestienne

Marbella 2017. #esp #marbella #kalevestienne

Highlight from Elite Ontario 2017 

Highlight from Elite Ontario 2017 

Highlight from Elite Ontario 2017

Highlight from Elite Ontario 2017

Elite Ontario 

Elite Ontario 

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup


Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup


Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup 

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup 


Kalev Estienne novice Sianna Tsakiridis is participating at RG Camp in Estonia, Tartu. Today she got first place at control competition in Tartu. The best score was given for free routine (11,65). Next weekend all our girls will compete at Eastern Regionals in Toronto! #kalevestienne#canada #estonia #camp #controlcompetition

Kalev Estienne novice Sianna Tsakiridis is participating at RG Camp in Estonia, Tartu. Today she got first place at control competition in Tartu. The best score was given for free routine (11,65). Next weekend all our girls will compete at Eastern Regionals in Toronto! #kalevestienne#canada #estonia #camp #controlcompetition



Tonya and gymnasts at training 

Tonya and gymnasts at training 


Bianca - Kalev Provincial Gymnast - Level II 

Bianca - Kalev Provincial Gymnast - Level II 


Audrey, Paula, and Julianne at practice 

Audrey, Paula, and Julianne at practice 


Gretchen and Sion at practice 

Gretchen and Sion at practice 


Albina Deriugina and Evelyn Koop at the Koop Cup, Albina is a world famous creator of Rhythmic Gymnastics at the 2016 Koop Cup

Albina Deriugina and Evelyn Koop at the Koop Cup, Albina is a world famous creator of Rhythmic Gymnastics at the 2016 Koop Cup


Judges at the Slonny Cup

Judges at the Slonny Cup



Mrs. Koop presenting awards

Mrs. Koop presenting awards


Mrs. Koop presenting an award to gymnast

Mrs. Koop presenting an award to gymnast


Coaches at  competition 

Coaches at  competition 



Mrs. Koop and Carmel 

Mrs. Koop and Carmel 


Kalev's Novice Group at the Provincials 2016 (members: Valentina, Melody T, Sonya, Bobbi, Jasmine and Melody C).

Kalev's Novice Group at the Provincials 2016
(members: Valentina, Melody T, Sonya, Bobbi, Jasmine and Melody C).


Joy in Otepää 2017!  

Joy in Otepää 2017!
 

Congratulation to our girls at Miss Valentine 2017!

Congratulation to our girls at Miss Valentine 2017!


Otepää 2017! Congratulations girls and Alla! Thank you Otepää!  

Otepää 2017! Congratulations girls and Alla! Thank you Otepää!
 


Good start! Kalev Estienne Junior Team! Gold medalist! Congratulation!

Good start!
Kalev Estienne Junior Team! Gold medalist! Congratulation!


Sweet 16!!! Happy Birthday dear Jaclyn!

Sweet 16!!! Happy Birthday dear Jaclyn!


Highlights from Miss Valentine with Dora Yudeikin, Katia Kharlip, Rosanna Tso, Esther Chi,Stephanie Koop and Diana M Kwon.

Highlights from Miss Valentine with Dora YudeikinKatia KharlipRosanna TsoEsther Chi,Stephanie Koop and Diana M Kwon.

Small stars and big stars! Kalev Estienne summer camp 2016!

Small stars and big stars! Kalev Estienne summer camp 2016!


Joy stretching 

Joy stretching 


Joy and Sienna in Baku, Azerbaijan 

Joy and Sienna in Baku, Azerbaijan 


Tallinn

Tallinn


  After long training. Streching😜 — at A Le Coq Spordihoone.

 

After long training. Streching😜 — at A Le Coq Spordihoone.


Joy at European training camp 

Joy at European training camp 


  1st competition of the 2016 season: done ✔

 

1st competition of the 2016 season: done ✔


2010 Competition at Miss Valentine World Cup in Tartu, Estonia 

2010 Competition at Miss Valentine World Cup in Tartu, Estonia 

Training day in Spain 2012

Training day in Spain 2012



We always love representing Canada 

We always love representing Canada 


Kalev Alumni back for a return show 

Kalev Alumni back for a return show 


Bollywood dancing at the Koop Cup 2011

Bollywood dancing at the Koop Cup 2011


Backstage ready for our performance at the 2011 Koop Cup

Backstage ready for our performance at the 2011 Koop Cup


With Evelyn Koop, Alla, Marie-Eve St-Arnaud, Kate Musen, Esther Chiand Rosanna Tso.

With Evelyn Koop, Alla, Marie-Eve St-ArnaudKate MusenEsther Chiand Rosanna Tso.

Sasha Lukashova, Zoë Goldstein, Kate Musen,Alena V., Esther Chi, Rosanna Tso and Dora Yudeikin, Emily Ruppert, et al. in Estonia

Sasha LukashovaZoë GoldsteinKate Musen,Alena V.Esther ChiRosanna Tso and Dora Yudeikin, Emily Ruppert, et al. in Estonia



With Sasha Lukashova, Rosanna Tso, Kate Musen, Esther Chi andDora Yudeikin. 2011 in Tartu, Estonia - World Championships 

With Sasha Lukashova, Rosanna TsoKate MusenEsther Chi andDora Yudeikin. 2011 in Tartu, Estonia - World Championships 

Diana Kwon

Diana Kwon


World Cup in Czech Republic — with Kerstin Koop, Katriina Isberg, Esther Chi, Christina Koop, Ashley J. Hassard, Nina Dobrev, Dasha Lukashova,  Stephanie Koop.

World Cup in Czech Republic — with Kerstin Koop, Katriina IsbergEsther Chi, Christina Koop, Ashley J. Hassard, Nina Dobrev, Dasha Lukashova,  Stephanie Koop.


Starting pose from Falling Angels AGG routine, Czech Republic 2014 World Championships

Starting pose from Falling Angels AGG routine, Czech Republic 2014 World Championships


AGG Team competing in the Czech Republic  - with Kerstin Koop, Katriina Isberg, Esther Chi, Christina Koop, Ashley J. Hassard, Nina Dobrev, Dasha Lukashova,  Stephanie Koop.2014

AGG Team competing in the Czech Republic  - with Kerstin Koop, Katriina IsbergEsther Chi, Christina Koop, Ashley J. Hassard, Nina Dobrev, Dasha Lukashova,  Stephanie Koop.2014


AGG Gymnasts fresh from competing in Salou, Spain 206

AGG Gymnasts fresh from competing in Salou, Spain 206


At the AGG World Cup in Salou Spain with Evelyn Koop, Elsa Sinijärv, Carolyn Jennifer, Christina Koop, Jacqueline Graham, Diana M Kwon, Dora Yudeikin and Nataliya Murzenko.

At the AGG World Cup in Salou Spain with Evelyn Koop, Elsa SinijärvCarolyn Jennifer, Christina Koop, Jacqueline Graham, Diana M KwonDora Yudeikin and Nataliya Murzenko.



AGG Gymnasts at training 

AGG Gymnasts at training 


Kalev gymnasts Rosie Cossar and  Sasha Lukashova on a bus in Japan

Kalev gymnasts Rosie Cossar and  Sasha Lukashova on a bus in Japan


Kalev RG Gymnasts in Belarus at the World Cup 

Kalev RG Gymnasts in Belarus at the World Cup 


Kalev Gymnasts in Estonia 

Kalev Gymnasts in Estonia 


Representing Canada in Estonia 

Representing Canada in Estonia 


Two of Kalev's teams representing Canada in Estonia 

Two of Kalev's teams representing Canada in Estonia 



Highlight from Elite Ontario 2017

Highlight from Elite Ontario 2017

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup


Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup - A.N.T. RG Club Coached by Diana Kwon

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup - A.N.T. RG Club Coached by Diana Kwon


Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup


Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup

Highlight from 2017 Kalev Cup


Team A.N.T. at the Kalev Cup, coached by Diana Kwon

Team A.N.T. at the Kalev Cup, coached by Diana Kwon



Sonia in action

Sonia in action


From the Elite Rhythmic Centre, girls in training 

From the Elite Rhythmic Centre, girls in training 


AGG team preparing for Denmark competition 

AGG team preparing for Denmark competition 


Girls rolling the carpet at practice 

Girls rolling the carpet at practice 


Farah at practice 

Farah at practice 


Sophia, Presley, and Daphne 

Sophia, Presley, and Daphne 



Gymnasts competing 

Gymnasts competing 


Whitney M. at the Koop Cup

Whitney M. at the Koop Cup





Carmel going up to accept an award at the Slonny Cup 

Carmel going up to accept an award at the Slonny Cup 


Gymnast in action 

Gymnast in action 


Camille Martin - Former Kalev Olympian 

Camille Martin - Former Kalev Olympian 


Tonya and Valeria coaches with Mrs. Koop and their rope and ball group 

Tonya and Valeria coaches with Mrs. Koop and their rope and ball group 


Sianna with coaches in Otepää 2017!  

Sianna with coaches in Otepää 2017!
 


Joy and Sianna are ready for Otepää competition! Good luck for today😘

Joy and Sianna are ready for Otepää competition! Good luck for today😘


Blanche Lu-Sullivan and Stephanie Koop fundraising for Kalev

Blanche Lu-Sullivan and Stephanie Koop fundraising for Kalev

Good morning from Tartu!

Good morning from Tartu!


Dora Yudeikin, Esther Chi, Katia Kharlip, Diana M Kwon,Rosanna Tso and Stephanie Koop competing at Miss Valentine 

Ballet time!  

Ballet time!
 


  Our small girls learning how to make a throw!#kalevestienne #training

 

Our small girls learning how to make a throw!#kalevestienne #training


Joy performing her routine 

Joy performing her routine 


First training can start! 

First training can start! 


Kalev Gymnasts at the annual Christmas party

Kalev Gymnasts at the annual Christmas party


Carmel, Joy, and Sienna with Janika

Carmel, Joy, and Sienna with Janika


Tartu

Tartu


Carolyn Rotenberg, Esther Chi, Natasha Art,Stephanie Koop, Dasha Lukashova, Michelle Kush, Evelyn Koop, and Coach Alla at the World Cup in Czech Republic 

Carolyn RotenbergEsther ChiNatasha Art,Stephanie KoopDasha LukashovaMichelle Kush, Evelyn Koop, and Coach Alla at the World Cup in Czech Republic 


Joy, Sienna, and friend at the European Training camp in Baku, Azerbaijan 

Joy, Sienna, and friend at the European Training camp in Baku, Azerbaijan 


Highlight from our competition at the 2011 World Cup  in Barcelona,  Spain 

Highlight from our competition at the 2011 World Cup  in Barcelona,  Spain 



  "When They Say You Can't, Then You Have To." --NIKE 20 more days until #aestheticgroupgymnastics#fourcontinents in #japan

 

"When They Say You Can't, Then You Have To." --NIKE

20 more days until #aestheticgroupgymnastics#fourcontinents in #japan



  AGG World Championships Finland, Lahti 2013

 

AGG World Championships Finland, Lahti 2013


Fundraising for our next competition 

Fundraising for our next competition 


Bollywood dancing at the Koop Cup

Bollywood dancing at the Koop Cup

Fundraising for our future.

Fundraising for our future.

Kalev Alumni Group Performance at the Koop Cup 2011 

Kalev Alumni Group Performance at the Koop Cup 2011 



soooo cute <3 — with Alena V. and Varia Aleksandrova.


Highlight from our trip to the AGG World Championships in  Estonia 2011

Highlight from our trip to the AGG World Championships in  Estonia 2011


Gymnasts in Cape Town, South Africa 2014

Gymnasts in Cape Town, South Africa 2014



RG Worlds in Japan

RG Worlds in Japan


Our gymnasts showing off their costumes

Our gymnasts showing off their costumes


Rosie Cossa, Sasha Lukashova, Stefani Viinamae and Rylee Jane Haubrich competing in Japan 2009 World Championships

Rosie CossaSasha LukashovaStefani Viinamae and Rylee Jane Haubrich competing in Japan 2009 World Championships


World Gymnastrada in Austria  - with Michelle Hankin, Esther Chi, Nataliya Murzenko, Dasha Lukashova and Stephanie Koop.Performing at the TATTOO festival in Virgina 

World Gymnastrada in Austria  - with Michelle HankinEsther ChiNataliya MurzenkoDasha Lukashova and Stephanie Koop.Performing at the TATTOO festival in Virgina 


AGG Kalev Gymnasts at the final World Cup banquet in Salou, Spain with famous choreographer Anton 2006

AGG Kalev Gymnasts at the final World Cup banquet in Salou, Spain with famous choreographer Anton 2006


Michelle Hankin, Zoë Goldstein, Emily Cossar, Emily Ruppert, Evelyn Koop, Coach Alla, and Alena V.. World Championships in Estonia 2011. Canadiana B Team

Michelle HankinZoë GoldsteinEmily CossarEmily Ruppert, Evelyn Koop, Coach Alla, and Alena V.. World Championships in Estonia 2011. Canadiana B Team


Kalev Gymnasts backstage at a competition




AGG Agenels in action

AGG Agenels in action


"Northern Lights" team competing in Sofia, Bulgaria 

"Northern Lights" team competing in Sofia, Bulgaria