Mits Ikeda

Builder - inducted in 2006

Mits has been a legendary name in gymnastics for his dedication and foresight in Canadian since he immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. Under Mits’ tutelage he has taken about 40 gymnasts to National Championships, produced 7 Senior National level gymnasts, 5 of which made the Senior National team. Mits has been involved with the Abbotsford Twisters since 1988 when he began the expansion of the boys program to a degree that it became a gymnastics force in British Columbia and eventually in Canada. He has attended 6 World Championships as one of Team Canada’s coaches, was head coach for the 1999 Pan American Games and has been the Coaching Chair of the Men’s Technical committee of Gymnastics BC. Mits’ successes earned The Abbotsford Twisters Club the recognition as a national training centre for men’s gymnastics. He is a consummate leader, creating a positive environment that has inspired young athletes to reach their potential and he has encouraged them to continue their involvement in gymnastics as coaches, judges and volunteers. Mits was awarded Artistic Coach of the Year in 1996, 1999, 2001 and 2002 by Gymnastics Canada. In 2009 Mits was awarded “Coach of the Year” from Coaches BC. Mits is an Olympic level coach whose greatest achievement has been his ability to inspire young athletes to reach their greatest potential and to encourage them to continue their involvement in gymnastics as coaches, judges and volunteers.