Founder & President

Ying Wang has spent a lifetime devoted to sports in both Asia and Canada.  Before coming to Canada, Ying worked for both the Chinese and Singapore Sport Councils.  Sailing is Ying’s true love.  He is a past Chinese national sailing coach, and founded a surfing event in China in the 1980s.  One of the highlights of his coaching career was being asked to coach the Chinese Sailing team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  He truly understands the positive impact that participation in sport at any level, has on developing young children.


Director of Swim Program

Gen has devoted her life’s work to teaching, training and inspiring young athletes.  She too, worked for both the Chinese and Singapore Sport Councils before immigrating to Canada in 1998.  Gen was a previous national swimmer and coach in China. Her expertise in the sport of swimming sparked her passion for educating young athletes to guide them to become more independent and capable of building self-awareness through sport.  Gen and Ying have built an extremely successful one of a kind swim program in Canada.  In 2004, Wayland Sports received a National Entrepreneur award.

June Booth

General Manager & Program Director – Maple Ridge

June has over 35 years experience working in a variety of different gymnastics clubs in Britain and across Canada, including 25 years managing her own business in BC. As well as an experienced business owner she is a level 3 certified coach in both Artistic and Trampoline gymnastics. She has coached everything from pre-school to International level competitors. Gymnastics Canada recognized her as a builder in the sport across Canada and presented her with a Life membership award. She also spent 20 years as an international judge and is a Master Coach Developer and Master Coach Evaluator.

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General Manager & Program Director – Nanaimo

Mary has been coaching in BC her whole life. Since Mary was a teen, coaching gymnastics has been her passion. Mary has coached all levels, ages, and many disciplines, from trampoline to rhythmic, boys, girls, babies to adults. Her favourites are preschool and advanced recreational. As a learning facilitator, Mary is actively teaching the National Coaching Certification Program at the Foundations level and the KidsCan Move program to teachers in Elementary schools. Mary is currently the Chair of the BC Gymnastics for All (GFA) committee and sits on the board of Gymnastics BC.  She is so excited to be able to lead her amazing team of coaches and bring Wayland Sports programs to Nanaimo!

Merle Pyke


Merle Pyke has been coaching artistic Gymnastics MAG & WAG for the past 35+ years. He coached several Provincial, Eastern Canadian, Western Canadian and National Champions throughout his career. In 2012, he had one athlete who was Provincial Champion, Western Canadian Champion and then National Champion all in one season. A triple crown victory. Merle holding an Honours Degree in business admin, MAG and WAG Level 3 Certified, Trampoline Level 2 Certified, NCCP Learning Facilitator with Gymnastics BC and Gymnastics Canada, NCCP Foundations Trainer, NCCP Competitive MAG & WAG Trainer with 35+ years experience coaching Parent & Tot to High Performance.

Merle is married to his wife Lynn, who is also a Level 3 WAG coach. He is a proud father to four awesome grown up boys and eight awesome grandchildren. In his spare time, he is an author of children’s book as well as subs as a Teacher when he is not coaching.

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Annette Card

Manager & Head Coach – Penticton

Level 2 artistic gymnastics and Level 1 certified trampoline and Children’s fitness coach. Annette has been coaching Gymnastics for 38 years and used to be an art. gymnastics competitor in West Germany. After coaching in Germany and Switzerland she moved to Canada/Ontario in 1985.  She has lived in the Okanagan since 1992.  January 2007 she became the head coach and general manager of  FitKidz Gymnastics.  Fitkidz changed ownership Dec. 31st 2019 and is now part of the Wayland Sports for kids family.  She has 2 grown children, actively involved in Sports professional and recreational.  When she is not at the gym you can find her kayaking, biking or hiking…:)

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Brandon Pyke

Manager & Head Coach – Squamish

Brandon Pyke is an NCCP Certified Level 2 WAG Competitive Coach, Brandon is certified in Trampoline, has his First Aid Level C, Respect in Sports and trained in Making Ethical Decisions. Brandon brings over ten years of Management experience and is keen in working with the community of Squamish to have the best gymnastics experience for the young athletes he will coach.

Carissa Williams

Manager & Head Coach – Chilliwack

Carissa started gymnastics as a toddler and joined interclub at the age of 6. When she was 7, the competitive coaches recruited her to be a part of their competitive program, where she competed for 9 years. She began coaching both competitive and recreational gymnastics at the age of 13 and is now a fully-certified NCCP Level 2 gymnastics and trampoline coach. She loves working with kids and passing along her love for gymnastics!