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Our Story


Head Coach / Owner

Cartwheel Academy is owned and operated by Nicole Aucoin. She is a certified Gymnastics Foundations instructor with over 10 years of coaching experience. She was also a competitive gymnast for 11 years in Ontario.

Nicole has a passion for the sport of gymnastics and is excited to bring this fundamental sport to Inverness County.

Nicole is a retired Canadian Forces Medical Technician with a current Emergency First Aid certificate. She served 13 years in the Canadian Forces alongside her husband, Terry, who is a Grand Etang local, Lemoine Volunteer Fire Fighter, and Canadian Forces Veteran.

Our Family

Our family moved to Grand Etang, NS in August 2020, Nicole had just enrolled in full-time university (online). She graduated in the Spring of 2023 with an undergraduate degree in leadership & business.

Terry is enjoying retirement while he renovates our family home (in-between the hunting and fishing seasons of course).

We have two beautiful little girls, Samantha & Hanna. Samantha is completing her second year as a Spark in the Cheticamp Girl Guides and is excited to be taking piano lessons at Raveston. Hanna is loving her Pre-Primary class at CBHA and is anxiously awaiting her 5th birthday so she can become a Spark with her big sister.

Our dog Norton has adjusted well to life here in Cape Breton, as a typical Labrador retriever, he loves going hunting for rabbits, partridge, and ducks!

We also love the snuggles from our new cat, Cheddar.

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