My involvement in the Island Hoppers started 14 years ago, after I saw one of their demonstrations at my elementary school. Shortly after that, I joined the Recreational Club (as it was once called!). It was then off to the competitive team where I competed at a regional, provincial, and national level for 10 years. In 2011, I was first introduced to the world of coaching; I was still competing at the time, but found that my interests no longer lied in choreographing and perfecting my own routines and beating my own personal bests, but in watching and helping other jumpers succeed. I love experiencing the moments when routines that I create for jumpers slowly transform into something that is both mine and theirs at the same time. For the past few years I have had the amazing opportunity to choreograph our team's large group routines, which usually help to qualify our jumpers for Nationals. This is one of my favourite events to work on because I really feel as though it exemplifies what the sport itself is all about: cooperation, awareness of teammates in the gym, hard work, dedication, and above all else, the jumpers willingness to keep coming back time and time again to perfect new skills.