Mary Morice, GFA Chair

Mary is currently serving her second term as Gymnastics for All Chair and brings a diverse range of experience to her role. For the past 30 years, she has honed her skills as a talented coach, program coordinator and club administrator in a variety of organizations, from YMCAs and recreation commissions to schools and non-profit clubs. Before joining the board in 2012, Mary played an active role on the GFA Committee for several years. Through her committee work, she led the development of the Performance Plus program, which extends performance and training opportunities for recreational gymnasts ages 9 and up. She is a graduate of the Douglas College Coaching Diploma Program, a level 3 Women’s Artistic coach, a Level 2 Trampoline coach, a Kids Can Move coach, and a former Level 2 judge.

Mary is currently employed at Nanaimo Gymnastics School as the Interclub Coordinator and Coach, lending decades of expertise to the development of recreational and preschool programs. What she loves most about her job is the ability to help clubs offer programs for all ages and abilities. Mary is also a fierce advocate of the “Gymnastics for Life” philosophy and is committed to building confidence in today’s youth through physical literacy education.  Before moving to Nanaimo, Mary spent 19 years at Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics as a coach and Interclub and Adult Coordinator. At Phoenix, she co-chaired the Luau Cup for several years and also ran the Adult Competition while continuing to compete in it.

Mary was recognized with the Gymnastics BC GFA Leader of the Year Award in 2012, as well as numerous coaching awards from both the Coaching Association of BC and Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics. She has dedicated countless hours to volunteering—mostly on awards committees— at major gymnastics events in BC, including the Sagit Cup, The Pacific Alliance Gymnastics Championships, and the Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

Fun fact: Mary was a late bloomer in the world of competitive gymnastics, having entered her first meet at the age of 20! Outside of gymnastics, she loves exploring Nanaimo’s natural wonders and spending time with her dog, husband, and two kids.