Meet Our Coaches
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Kamena Petkova
Head Coach, Aura Rhythmics
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Annabelle Kovacs
Coach
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Demetra Mantcheva
Coach
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Ada Maria Stantcheva
Coach
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Gina Mikhlin
Assistant Coach

Kamena Petkova is a Canadian National Team Coach, with 26 years experience coaching in Canada. Formerly Chief Choreographer of the Bulgarian National Team, and assistant professor at the Bulgarian National Sport Academy, Kamena is a noted specialist in our sport.

Over the course of the past two decades Kamena has trained the most Canadian Champions to emerge from British Columbia, consistently placing Aura athletes on National Team every year since 1995. She holds a Masters of Physical Education, is a certified NCCP Level 3 coach, and a published author in the field of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Kamena is also a certified Brevet judge, and is often called upon to lead coaching and judging workshops for our BC coaches.

Respected by coaches, athletes and her peers alike for her innovative choreography and expertise, she has been honored by Gymnastics Canada, and named Canadian National Coach of the year four times.

Her philosophy of coaching, which is athlete centered, and respects the specific skills and talents of each individual gymnast, has proven to produce admirable results. Kamena focuses on the unique qualities of each student, and this approach has resulted in the well deserved successes of her gymnasts on a consistent basis. Her vision, her talents, and her superior work ethic, have impacted the lives of over 300 rhythmic gymnasts who have trained with our club, Aura Rhythmics.

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Kamena Petkova
Head Coach, Aura Rhythmics

Ada began rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 4 years old. By the time she was 7, she was deeply in love with the sport; her experiences in the gym, and the expertise of the older gymnasts, inspired her to apply herself to training. As she advanced, she continued to love the rigorous work that was required to reach her true potential. Throughout her 12 years of training, she participated in numerous competitions as a national stream athlete, and qualified to nationals on a number of occasions.

Although she would say she is more of a performer, than a competitor, she still appreciates the life lessons that her journey as a competitor has brought forth, and the lasting friendships she made along the way. After retiring she took a break from the rhythmic world to explore other avenues and passions such as dance and yoga. Now, as a coach, she is equally as dedicated to the sport, and feels very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be seriously involved, once again. She specializes in flexibility conditioning, and is also working with competitive skaters in this capacity.

Ada considers it a huge blessing to have had rhythmics in her life, and wants all girls to experience that same feeling as well. She wants nothing more than to pass on the lifelong benefits of rhythmic gymnastics to young girls, and be a part of creating wonderful childhood memories.

Ada is a certified NCCP coach, and is fluent is English and Bulgarian.

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Ada Maria Stantcheva
Coach

Rhythmic gymnastics has been a huge part of Annabelle’s life. After being involved in the sport for over 10 years, Annabelle finds that the best way she can give back is by sharing the knowledge and lessons she has learned along the way to help inspire future rhythmic hopefuls. She is currently completing her final year at the Sauder School of Business, but her love for the sport brings her back as a coach. She focuses on developing strong body technique and adapting to each individual’s strengths in order to maximize everyone’s potential. She likes building close relationships with her gymnasts. Annabelle also excels at creating routines tailored to each individual’s personality and abilities and is a master at inventing new apparatus tricks.

Annabelle Kovacs, Canadian/Romanian : Highlights of career

  • Certified Coach
  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist 2014
  • qualified to two RG World Championships
  • National Team Member (5 years)
  • Represented Canada in over 10 countries
  • Trained for over 10 years
  • 3-years of coaching experience (all ages and levels)
  • Skills and experience developed from training and competing around the world
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Annabelle Kovacs
Coach

Demetra Mantcheva has been involved in Rhythmic gymnastics for over 18 years. She was a 3 time Canadian National Team Champion and Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist.

As an athlete, Demetra won placing in the top 3 gymnasts on the Canadian National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team for 7 consecutive years.

During her career she represented Canada internationally in many Grand Prix, Pan American Championships, University Games and World Championships.

As a result of her exceptional performance, she was awarded numerous athletic awards, including the Premier’s Athletic Award; 2008,2009,2010 and Outstanding International Gymnast:Gold Award; 2013.

Currently Demetra is a full time coach and choreographer at Aura Rhythmics as well as a National Level Judge. Since the start of her coaching career Demetra has travelled both nationally and internationally with National Team athletes as a Coach and Judge and is a certified Level 3 Coach in Canada.

Demi looks forward to a long affiliation with Aura Rhythmics and her fellow coaches in the club. Gymnastics is her passion, and upon completing her University degree, she has committed to coaching young athletes, like herself, to success. She has developed her own signature style, and her young gymnasts have received many awards both provincially, and nationally.

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Demetra Mantcheva
Coach

Gina has coached Rhythmic Gymnastics for over 20 years in the Ukraine, Israel, and Canada. Formerly a rhythmic gymnast herself in the Ukraine, she trained for 14 years in the sport, and went on to qualify for her Masters Degree in Physical Education. Her focus as a coach at Aura Rhythmics has been the beginners, precompetitive, and first years of competitive training for our athletes. Gina has produced many BC Provincial Champions, and is loved by parents, athletes and her colleagues for her inspiration, creativity, and upbeat personality. She is optimistic and supportive, and has brought many recreational athletes into the program from her contacts in the Richmond community. Gina spearheads the after school programming at our Richmond gyms, and is an integral part of the coaching team.

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Gina Mikhlin
Assistant Coach