Coach AlexBorn in Prince Edward Island, Alex MacInnis grew up like most kids in Canada being surrounded by a passion for hockey and baseball. But even at the young age of 6, MacInnis was always drawn to watching the strong men of gymnastics seemingly fly through the air on his TV screen and decided that’s where he wanted to hang his heart. After years of training upward of 15-20 hours every week, MacInnis became a leading athlete for gymnastics on PEI, competing at his first Canada Winter Games in 2003 and moving forward to represent his province at 7 Canadian National Championships.
Viewed as “one of the strongest, fittest and most flexible” gymnasts in PEI history, MacInnis used these skills to earn a spot as the first PEI gymnast to ever compete in event finals on pommel horse at National Championships.
In 2011, MacInnis retired from competitive gymnastics and started coaching recreational gymnasts ranging in ages from 4-60 as well as competitive National level gymnasts. His passion for working with others and helping them improve their skills made for a natural transition as he pursued a career as a youth counselor. Studying at Holland College, he moved to Ottawa to expand his knowledge and began working with high risk and troubled youth.
Now, as the founder of “Alex Kazam Gymnastics” MacInnis has combined his gymnastics skills and coaching experience to form a unique blend of gymnastics and CrossFit. Having trained and coached with some of Canada’s top Crossfit athletes at Crossfit NCR, he continues to grow as a coach and learning from other perspectives and coaching styles from around the world.
Natalie has been involved with the sport of gymnastics since the age of 3 and has been an active participant ever since. At the age of 12 she began coaching and currently holds her NCCP level 2 in artistic gymnastics, level 1 in trampoline, and is a provincial level judge. Natalie enjoys coaching all ages and levels and has experience coaching kindergym, recreational, competitive, and adult gymnastics. Her favorite apparatus is bars, one that easily translated into her newest hobby, rock climbing.
On her free time, Natalie enjoys rock climbing and taking trips to nearby bouldering destinations. Natalie is a full-time social service worker and holds her M.A in Criminology with concentration in Social Policy.
Melissa got into gymnastics the same way most kids do; too much energy at home and a need to burn it off somehow. Being in the sport since the age of 4, gymnastics became more than just a sport, but a passion, a method of therapy, and a way of life. Starting to coach at the age of 16 was inevitable given the love of the sport combined with the amazing, and not so amazing, coaches along the way.
Coaching recreational and competitive adults is a new avenue for her and allows her to grow and expand in her teaching approach. Growing up, along with gymnastics, Melissa has taken part in and has a love for staying active through a multitude of sports including; rugby, cheerleading, soccer, figure skating, martial arts, and dance. Now, you can find her either at a rock climbing gym, gymnastics gym and mostly on the dance floor; dancing her problems away to any and all kinds of Latin dances.