Women's Competitive Coaches

Steve Iliesu Women's Head Coach

Steve Iliesu is a level 4 NCCP certified gymnastics coach. Steve, along with his brother Tony, was a provincial champion in tennis doubles and ranked in the top 8 in Canada. His experience from a variety of sports makes him a versatile coach. Steve became an uneven bars specialist and has produced provincial and national level gymnasts and prepared an Olympian for 2004. His experience ranges from working with gymnasts from pre-competitive to national levels.

Shallon Iliesu

Shallon Iliesu has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for over 20 years.  First as a competitive athlete and now as a certified level 3 coach.  Shallon specializes in choreography, artistry and physical preparation.  She is experienced on beam and Floor.  Shallon has worked with many Provincial Champions along with Western Canadian Champion s and medalists at Canadian Championships!  Shallon is looking forward to build the program to new heights.

Horia Iliesu

Horia Iliesu holds a Masters Degree in Physical Education from the University of Bucharest, Romania. Horia was the Romanian Olympic Coach for the Romanian National Bobsled team, participating in both the Sarajevo and Calgary Olympic Games. Horia produced Olympic athletes for both the 1984 &1988 Winter Games and the 2004 Summer Games. His extensive experience in sport and sport administration at an International level has enriched the gymnastics program.

Andry Freisen

Andry is a former women’s competitive team member at Twisters Gymnastics. She reached the National Open level and was the 2009 level 5 Western Canadian Champion as well as the 2011 vault silver medalist at Canadian National Championships in the National Open category. Andry has coached with Twisters since 2010 and is certified level 2 NCCP in women’s artistic gymnastics and level 1 certified in trampoline. She teaches both Beginner Girls Dynamos classes as well as competitive groups. She feels privileged to coach such incredible athletes at Twisters, and views Twisters as a second home! Looking forward, Andry is working towards becoming a nurse at UFV. 


Julie is a former National level gymnast with 9 years of experience as a competitive gymnast. She brings 9+ years of experience to Twisters and has coached with Twisters since 2015. Julie is certified level 2 NCCP in artistic gymnastics and level 1 trampoline. Julie competitively danced for 2 additional years after gymnastics in hip hop and contemporary.   Julie actively teaches recreational and competitive groups and enjoys teaching parent and tot and 3 year old classes.