Hello my name is Quiana Foster I am 22 years old and have been involved in rhythmic gymnastics for close to 7 years. I started when I was 8 years old and competed in competitions on the island up to Vernon. In 2010, I participated in the BC winter games. Shortly after I took a break from rhythmics for a handful of years , one day I was asked by my coach if I would like to assist with coaching with her! I’ve been in this position for 2 years now, and I love it. What I find is most fascinating in rhythmic gymnastics is everyone is unique in their own way, yet when you put multiple people together it works in unity.
As a coach I strive to be more involved with the gymnasts learning each day. It’s important to me to help the gymnasts see what they’re capable of, how if they push themselves today tomorrow will be easier. Rhythmics for me is a way to express emotion through out every single bone and muscle in your body, I love to see the creativity and passion that comes from within.
I dedicate my time equality between rhythmic gymnastics and school, I’ve recently graduated from the Mental Health and Addictions Program at Camosun College. On the topic of mental health, we see a lot of younger people who are experiencing anxiety, depression and other challenges. In the gym, as a team we work with them to be open about how they’re feeling , we encourage them to ground themselves when feeling anxious and we practice mindfulness to achieve being in the moment. This helps the gymnasts focus on what they’re doing in the present moment – this helps especially in routines. With my schooling background I am confident in supporting the gymnasts with any challenges that come their way. I want the gymnasts to enjoy their time in the gym, working on their own goals , and new personal achievements and most of all have fun!