Tammy DeJong, CBTF Level 3 Coach
Tammy has been involved with baton almost her entire life. She started lessons at the age of four and competed as an athlete until she was seventeen in both individual and group events, and as a member of the Provincial Twirl Team. She began coaching with Ellen Cook in East St. Paul at the age of fifteen. Two years later, she took over a baton group out of Dakota Community Centre, and grew a successful club, “Tammy’s Twirlers.” It operated until she went to teach English in Japan, where she continued to coach recreational baton classes in Kitaibaraki, Japan. After two years away, she came back and taught at Dakota CC, until her oldest daughter was born. She is a certified CBTF coach and former judge. She looks forward to sharing her passion with the students at Aerial Fusion.
Jenny Parisian, CBTF Level 2 Coach & NCCP Part A and B
Jennifer started with the club at the age of 6. She is the 2009 Manitoba Provincial Junior Freestyle Champion and competed at the 2009 Canadian Championships where she placed 10th overall. In 2011, she won the Manitoba Provincial Senior Freestyle competition and also won a bronze medal at the Canadian Championships in 2011 in the pairs event. In 2013, she was a member of Team Toba, gold medal winners at the International Cup in Almere, The Netherlands. At the International Cup in 2015, Jenny earned a bronze medal in the Adult B 2 Baton event and a bronze with Team Toba in the group event. She completed the CBTF Level 2 Coaching course in December 2010. Jennifer's love for the sport is evident as she even takes time to teach others the sport while at her lake in the summer! Jennifer will be teaching recreational baton classes and will also coach in the competitive baton program. Outside of baton, Jenny is also a student at the University of Manitoba.
Leisha Strachan, CBTF Level 3 Coach and NCCP Level 2
Leisha began twirling at Crestview Community Club in Winnipeg at the age of 5 (because the tap class was full) and continued for 18 years. She is a former Canadian Senior Freestyle Champion (1994), Grand National Solo and 2-Baton champion (1994), CBTF Senior Athlete and Overall Athlete of the Year (1994), and a 7-time Canadian Contingent member competing in freestyle (highest placing - 6th in 1994) and pair events garnering 2 world bronze medals for her efforts (with Kristin Macaraeg). In her time on the national team, she traveled to France, Japan, Holland, Italy, and Hawaii. Leisha is one of the founding coaches of Aerial Fusion Baton in Winnipeg. In addition to being a CBTF Level 3 coach, she is also a certified M1, M2, M3, M5, and Masters judge and, a highlight to her judging so far has been judging at the Catalonian National Championships in Barcelona, Spain in 2009. She has had the opportunity to coach provincial and national team members and has also choreographed for different athletes across Canada, the USA, England, and Scotland. In 2012, she coached a Trans Canada team with Kristin Macaraeg. The team represented Canada at the World Championships in France earning a 5th place finish. In 2013, Leisha was one of head coaches of Team Toba and the team went on to win the gold medal in the Level B Team division at the International Cup in Almere, The Netherlands. In 2015, Leisha also coached with Jane at the International Cup in Abbotsford, BC - check the bulletin board to see how the athletes did! Outside of baton, Leisha is a professor at the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (specializing in sport psychology and youth development).
Jane Tan, CBTF Level 3 Coach and NCCP Level 2
Jane has been coaching with Aerial Fusion Baton since its inception and is one of its founding members (having coached for 1 year with Fusion Baton Club with Leisha Strachan). She started baton at the age of 5 at Orioles Community Club and continued for 11 years. In fact, Leisha and Jane twirled together in the same club, the Joycettes, from age 7 until 16. She achieved many accomplishments over the years as a twirler, competing at a provincial and national level. She cites twirling on the provincial team and traveling all over Canada as highlights of her involvement as an athlete in the sport. Jane has developed many athletes in the club who have excelled in the sport including the 2009 Junior Level A Provincial Freestyle champion. She now has a daughter who is following in her footsteps! In 2013, Jane travelled with AF athletes to Almere, The Netherlands to support and coach athletes who had qualified for the International Cup. She also coached at the 2015 International Cup in Abbotsford, BC. She was very proud to witness many personal bests and to bring home some medals for Canada! Outside of baton, Jane is the Assistant Branch manager for BMO Bank of Montreal.