Sasha Zavadych Receives Stan Stenoff Career Coaching Award

After 45 years of dedicated service to the sport of gymnastics, Sasha Zavadych is setting his sights on a well-deserved retirement and looks forward to spending time with his family.


Sasha began his career in 1975 at gym “Zarya” in Ukraine, and in 2000 he made the brave decision to come to Canada to further his coaching career and share his knowledge.  From 2000-2020 Sasha’s family remained in Ukraine as he continued to help Ontario develop high level provincial and national level men’s artistic athletes.   The Ottawa Gymnastics Centre was very fortunate to have acquired his expertise and knowledge in 2015 and has benefited ever since.  His dedication to the sport of gymnastics and to his athletes has not gone unnoticed and will be greatly missed not only by the OGC but by the entire gymnastics community.


Sasha has successfully produced high level provincial and national athletes during his career.  Highlights include:


  • Former and current National Team members Casey Sandy and Samuel Zakutney
  • Eastern Canadian champion Riley Gonzalez


Sasha has also produced numerous Ontario provincial champions and many more talented athletes!  Success and medals aside, his athletes have also grown into amazing individuals.  This is due to his well-rounded approach to coaching, paying attention not only to the gymnasts skills but also to their mental and emotional growth, allowing them to be successful both inside and outside of the gym.