Erika Howard is a former National Level Rhythmic Gymnast. When she was competing, her name was Erika Leigh Stirton, but has since married Canadian Olympic Rower Malcolm Howard. Her most Successful competition was the 1998 Commonwealth games in which she earned 5 gold metals.
Erika believes in sport as a way to set youth up for success. She says that gymnastics can teach you “discipline, work ethic, persistence, taking criticism and learning from it, self development, becoming an independent learner, and working well in a team.”
After Competing in rhythmic gymnastics Erika began dancing and did a 3-year program in contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance. Additionally, she got involved with CrossFit, and yoga. Erika received a general degree at the University of Guelph, but had an interest in psychology. From there she went on to coach in rhythmic gymnastics and teach dance classes.