Introducing - Veronique Leclerc
Coach of the Month - February 2016
Wildfire Gymnastics would like to introduce you to our Coach of the Month – Veronique Leclerc. Coach Veronique began coaching at Wildfire in May 2015. She came to us from having coached in Utah and was a fit for Wildfire right away with her great love for kids and a true passion for the sport.
Veronique grew up in St. Hubert, a suburb of Montreal, Canada. She has a younger brother and an older sister who both still reside in Canada. Veronique started gymnastics at the age of four. By the time she was seven she was in developmental classes and on a competitive team a year later. She trained at Richelieu Gymnastics in Montreal for 12 years. Veronique’s gymnastic successes took to out of the country to compete in places like Austria, France, Germany, Puerto Rico, and Malaysia as well as many meets in the U.S. Veronique’s favorite event was the uneven bars and in 1997 she competed in the World Championships in Switzerland representing Canada.
Upon graduating from high school, Veronique attended the University of Utah from 2000-2004 on a full scholarship and was an NCAA All American in 2003 with her second place finish on bars. Veronique double majored in Exercise and Sports Science and Anthropology.
Even though Veronique is from Canada and speaks French, her favorite kind of food is Indian – she loves curry anything. Veronique has a set of twins, Sage and Rami – almost 6 years old and a daughter Sunny, 9 years old.
In her “free” time, Veronique loves to read all kinds of books. She loves the out doors, running trails and camping. Veronique truly loves Wildfire and the favorite part of her experiences coaching here is when kids “ring the bell” and she sees the pride they have from accomplishing something they’ve been working on for a long time. She said each child brings their own unique personality to her classes and they make her smile every single day. Veronique teaches the tiny Embers all the way though Girls Academy and this year she has added coaching a Gym Team to her schedule. She enjoys the opportunity to choreograph and teach more advanced skills.
Just as Veronique loves working at Wildfire we love her back. She is very open to subbing classes when we need her and just smiles and says sure when we have to pull her off one class to help us out in another area. She works our PNO events and camps and birthday parties too. Veronique, Wildfire thanks you!