We're delighted to welcome Julie to North Vancouver as our Facility Leader. You'll see her coaching and keeping things shipshape when you're in the gym (and maybe even bouncing around!) so feel free to connect with her with your questions anytime! Julie hails from Germany and by way of introduction we've asked her a few questions to get to know her better and shared her answers here: Q. How long have you worked for Jump Gymnastics? A. I first started working for Jump in 2009 when I was last in Vancouver. In May 2015 I came back and started working at Jump Yaletown and transferred to Jump North Vancouver at the beginning of September.
Q. Do you have a background in athletics or other sports? A. When I was four years old I started with track and field. My disciplines were running long and short distances and jumping high and far. I kept doing it for over 10 years. When I turned six I also started with horseback riding and it is still a big part of my life. My favorite sports these days are snowboarding and swimming.
Back in Germany I used to work as a sports teacher for an elementary school, as a fitness coach for all ages and as a swim teacher for children. I did my education at a private sports academy for three years and have been working as a sports teacher since then.
Q. What's your favourite part about working with kids? A. Working with kids is always a pleasure and fun. Kids are honest and straightforward, which makes work very interesting and varied. They always appreciate your work and are mostly open for trying new ideas for movements and games.
Q. Have you spent much time in North Van before you started as Facility Leader? A. I actually have never really spent much time in North Vancouver even though it is already my second time in Vancouver, but I'm enjoying discovering the North Van community. There is so much nature just around the corner. I am getting really excited about the winter, just grabbing my snowboard before or after work and heading up to one of the local mountains.
Q. What's the best thing about managing Jump North Van? A. There are more than just one best thing about managing North Van. I get to know a whole new community with its families. Also I get to work with a whole new coach team which I am enjoying. My work standards are always high and I like that I have opportunities to implement these.
Q. How did you end up in Vancouver from Frankfurt? A. My wish was to live in a different country for a year. I was looking for a city where I had a chance of improving my English, being close to the ocean and go snowboarding as much as possible. And here I am!!! Vancouver is made for me.
Q. What would you like Jump families to know about you? A. I feel so lucky having a second chance to live in Vancouver. My goal is for my English to become fluent. So please feel free to help me with this!