Category Archives: gymnastics

Reconnecting to my Gymnastics Past


Mya, Shalini, Hannah and Veronica hanging off the beam @ Birchmount Gymnastics!

One of the best things about deciding to self-publish a kids book with a gymnastics theme is the opportunity I have had to visit and connect with gymnastics clubs in the GTA.  Entering the gym and walking on or around all the cushy mats, listening to the hum of the AC, seeing the progressions unfold, smelling the chalk, listening to the chatter – it has been eye-opening and strangely familiar. In some ways I feel like I’ve Continue reading

An upside down journey to draw Kika


Chronicled below are some of the ups, downs and upside downs of transforming Kika – the idea in my head – into an illustrative reality.

This is Kika. She is being co-created and transformed as we speak. I am hoping her zest for life, adventurous spirit and spunk come through here. Next pictures to be upside down – promise!

In deciding to self-publish Kika the Upside Down Girl, I had some immediate questions about the illustrations: How does one bring to life a character inside your head? What will she look like and wear? What are her dimensions? What feelings will come up when you see her? Is she the Kika I am imagining? Continue reading

Honouring excellence @ Markham Gymnastics Club Awards Banquet

markham group kids only

What a privilege it was to speak to the amazing gymnasts, coaches and parents at Markham Gymnastics Club’s annual awards banquet recently.  In addition to handing out celebratory medals, I was asked to speak about the impact that gymnastics has had on my life. Where to start?!

In recounting my journey from recreational athlete to elite Olympic gymnast, I shared with the group how I loved being upside down, that I was sometimes afraid of the new skills I was learning, missing out on social activities because of training was challenging at times,  how making the Olympic team at 15 was stressful and then a great thrill and, how I will never forget Continue reading

Kickstarting Kika the Upside Down Girl


Things are gonna get upside down busy around here! To successfully self-publish Kika the Upside Down Girl, I’ve decided to launch a kickstarter crowdfunding campaign this fall. This story, about a fearless and feisty girl who loves living her life upside down despite the pressure to remain right side, is near and dear to my heart. As Kika finds her way to the Gymnastic Emporium, she discovers Continue reading

News from the new blog!


Welcome to a world of creativity, inspiration, fun and innovation!

I am so excited to be leading off with an update about “Kika the Upside down Girl” my children’s story about a young girl who loves living her life upside down despite the pressures to remain right side up.

After Kika finds true happiness at the Gymnastics Emporium, I, too, hope to find true happiness after my kickstarter campaign this fall! My goal is to raise enough money to self-publish and print a minimum of 1000 full colour picture books that I know will inspire and entertain kids of all ages. Excited to be sharing the process with you…stay tuned!

Off the Couch and onto the Bars!


As the proud parent of a preschooler enrolled in recreational gymnastics at the Birchmount Gymnastics Club, I often get asked if I think my son will compete in the Olympics as I did in 1984.  He’s not even 3 so who knows…but what I do know is that gymnastics is building his confidence and enhancing his physical, mental and social/emotional wellbeing.  He is learning skills and behaviours that will serve him well in whatever he chooses to do in his life.  Continue reading

Athletes as Innovators – Achieving Success by Managing Fear

I have been asked to give a keynote speech at the upcoming Gymnastics Ontario Coaching Congress October 26-28th in Toronto which is very exciting and timely.

My session, “Managing Fear through the Development of a Competitive Mindset” will address not only how to manage the damaging and sometimes paralyzing effect fear can have on athletes, but also how overcoming fear in sport teaches athletes to overcome fear and challenges throughout life.  Once athletes know how to deal with their fears – which can include… Continue reading

Welcome to kika creative news!

Welcome to kika creative news, a newsblog about innovative events & ideas!

My name is Jessica Tudos and I am the founding director of kika creative. Through collaboration, creativity and focus, my team and I make things happen, turning great ideas into great projects with a lasting, positive impact on communities.  Some call me the “agile educator”- fluid, flexible, and constantly moving in non-linear patterns to make things happen.

This newsblog was inspired by a job application request which asked me to send “something more unique and personal than a paper-based resume”, and although that job did not transpire, this newsblog emerged from the process so thank you to the Institute at Havergal!