Vanessa D Meloche is our head coach and director here at NSG. This is her second year with our program and her passion and dedication for the sport and the gymnasts shines through her commitment to our program. She is originally from Canada, Montreal native, and her first language is French. She is married to her Husband, James Tessier and they have two little girls, Lyla who is 4 years old and Emma who is 1 year old.
At the very young age of 5, she began to train in gymnastics to increase her flexibility, balance, and strength to enable her to become a better competitor in ice skating. She quickly changed her path and became a Canadian National Team Member at the age of 12. For the next seven years she competed all over the world in hopes to attend the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Unfortunately, she suffered several injuries requiring multiple surgeries. Losing faith was never an option and in fact, her mantra has always been “don’t stop believing”.
In August of 2004, she became a member of the University of Nebraska Gymnastics Team. Although English didn’t come as easily as the rest of the other gymnasts on the team and injuries continued to be part of her career, graduating with a degree in exercise science became her motivation. Gymnastics may have come to an end without her permission, but she did learn some very valuable life lessons. One being, to always dream regardless of the outcomes. With a degree in exercise science, she perused a career in Physical Therapy as a Physical Therapist Assistant over the last 5 years.
Being able to follow her dreams of being a mom and follow her passion as a gymnastics coach, has led her to continue to push the boundaries and grow our program like never before. Gymnastics and its sacrifices go well beyond the sports in itself. It is about finding the complete balance between the mental aspects, whether emotional or psychological, and the physical aspects of the sport. The mind and body must come together as one and be able to embrace the challenges placed upon them.
Although gymnastics tends to be the main focus during practice, our goal is to entrust value, integrity, and respect for one another and the sport. Success comes from working together as a team and to be an integral team member. It’s a reminder that we are not alone through this journey and that we need to stay in the moment and be present for the good times and the more trying times. As we embark in this upcoming competition season, our focus is to embrace both our successes and failures and yet to continue to grow and shine our light brighter.