from Sue Weiss
The Owen Sound Satellites Gymnastics Club announced the hiring of Florin Matei, from Israel as their new Head Coach and General Manager.
Matei is an Olympic Level Coach and a former member of the Romanian Junior Olympic Team
His tenure with the club is to begin in 2012
Matei will be looking to further advance the competitive Satellite athletes to higher Provincial and National competition, and to mentor the existing coaching staff at all levels to maximize their potential.
Owen Sound Satellites Gymnastics Club – Non-profit organization providing gymnastics and related activities at recreational and competitive levels for 33 years. Approximately 240 members currently enrolled, coming from as far as Kincardine, Tobermory and Mildmay. Among Satellites is reigning Provincial Men’s Champion and numerous Women’s Provincial and OFSAA medalists and past Provincial Champions, plus 200 or so recreational gymnasts from age 3 -18.
Mr, Florin Matei, 40, of Haifa, Israel – Olympic Level Coach, International Level Fédération Internationale de Gymnastque (FIG) judge, former member of Romanian Junior Olympic Team, teacher and M.A. candidate in Behavioural Science, also certified in special needs instruction. Operates a 100 member Club in Haifa Israel where he has lived for 15 years.
Satellites is bringing world class coaching to Owen Sound. Mr. Florin Matei has conditionally signed on as Head Coach and General Manager. This is unprecedented and a tremendous opportunity for a small Club and the community, to put the Club and Grey-Bruce on the map in gymnastics.
The Club is maintaining its largest and strongest competitive team ever, plus boys/men’s classes are growing each session. Present coaching staff is as strong as ever but The Club needed an expert in the sport and in day-to-day operations of an organization, and someone with the experience to raise the quality of recreational training and advance the competitive athletes to higher Provincial and National competition, and to mentor coaching staff at all levels to maximize their potential.
Florin flew to Canada from Tel Aviv to spend Thanksgiving weekend in Owen Sound. He loved the Club, said the culture was amazing, the kids are eager and talented, and he really likes Owen Sound as a place to raise his family.
To start in 2012