Mission Statement

Panthers Gymnastics is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to provide gymnastics and trampoline instruction to children of all ages. We strive to support child development and active healthy living through involvement in sport and foster self-confidence, pride and perseverance in everything they do.

The club is committed to the belief that gymnasts can best be supported through a full spectrum of introductory and development programs. We offer a variety of programs from tiny tots and pre-school all the way to recreational and competitive programs at the regional, provincial and national levels.

We believe that children involved in sports including gymnastics, are more likely to avoid trouble, score higher on achievement tests, stay in school, have greater self-esteem and live a healthier lifestyle. At Panthers our children not only learn motor development skills, but also interpersonal relationship skills, discipline, determination, commitment, teamwork, humility and leadership skills that will last them a life time.


Panthers Gymnastics Club was formed in 1966 as a parent-run organization operating out of gymnasiums and community clubs in the St. Boniface community. In 1990 we moved to our current permanent facility and have undergone two expansions over the years to be able to continue to grow and offer state of the art equipment to our members. We continue to provide high quality gymnastics programs to children from all over Winnipeg and the surrounding rural regions.

Panthers Gymnastics Club has been proud of the coaching skills provided by the husband and wife team of head coaches, Robert Persechino and Hélène Desmarais. Robert and Hélène both hold the NCCP Level 4 coaching designation, which is the highest coaching certification achievable in gymnastics.

Over the years Panthers has had members on the Canadian Olympic Team, World Team, Commonwealth Team and representing Canada at a variety of International Events. We have regularly produced high performance athletes and had multiple members on Team Manitoba going to Westerns and Nationals yearly. Many alumni went on to receive full scholarships to NCAA Universities in the USA and have gone on to compete at high levels in other sports after retiring from gymnastics.