Monica Goermann was born in Winnipeg, and was introduced to the sport of gymnastics at a very young age. She entered her first gymnastics competition at age seven and under the guidance of Elfriede Goermann, her mother and coach, she became one of the finest gymnasts to emerge from the province.
In 1978, Goermann won the all around silver medal and was a member of Canada’s gold medal team at the Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton. That same year, Goermann represented Canada at the World Gymnastics Championships and was awarded the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) pin for having attained an average score of 9.0 in all events. Her achievements resulted in Goermann’s designation as Manitoba Athlete of the Year in 1978, a feat that she repeated the following year.
Goermann won her first Canadian championship in Winnipeg in 1979 and carried the momentum into the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico where she won the all-around Gold Medal as well as two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in individual competitions. Although she secured a place on the Canadian national team in 1980, Goermann did not realize her Olympic dream due to the boycott of the Games in Moscow. She finished as the top Canadian at the World Cup of Gymnastics held in Tokyo in 1980, but an unfortunate back injury at the 1981 World Championships in Moscow eventually caused Goermann to retire from active competition.
Monica Goermann took an interest in coaching while she was a teenager and instructed ballet technique to younger gymnasts. Later, she became a certified instructor after fourteen years of training with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In the late 1980’s, Goermann became a coach with the national gymnastics team of Guatemala. Upon her return to Winnipeg in the early 1990’s, Goermann established a business where she continues to instruct gymnastics and dance to her pupils.
b. September 1, 1964