Vanda Hadarean (ROM)
Photo used with the expressed permission of Sato Takeo of OEFC
1990 Chunichi: 14th AA
1990 Recontre Beaucaire
1990 Canadian Cup: 7th AA, 2nd UB
1991 Junior European Championships: 1st AA, 1st UB, 6th BB, 4th FX (tie)
1991 USA vs. Romania: 1st T
1991 World Championships: 3rd T
1991 China Cup: 5th AA
1991 Swiss Cup (mixed pairs): 7th (with SUI's Koster)
1991 Arthur Gander Memorial: 3rd AA
1992 Europeans: 3rd AA, 6th UB, 7th FX
1992 Olympics: 2nd T
1992 Balkan Championships: 1st T, 3rd AA (tie)
1992 Medico Cup: 3rd AA
1993 American Cup: 6th AA
1993 Swiss Cup
The majority of these
results were compiled from information found within the 1991 USA vs. Romania program guide. Additional results obtained from various back issues of IG
Vanda Hadarean began gymnastics in her native Romania at age 5,
after a local coach spotted Vanda's talent and potential while
she was playing in the park. At age 13, she was selected to the
Junior National team and moved to Onesti to train. One year
later, she joined the Senior National team in Deva.
Vanda was a consistent member of
the Romanian team, assisting the team in their strong
international results. Vanda was, however, often overshadowed by
many of the other strong Romanians of her time such as Lavinia Milosovici, Cristina Bontas, and Gina Gogean. As a result, Vanda did not have as many opportunities to
compete in the AA due to the 3-per-country rule.
Vanda retired from competitive
gymnastics in 1994. She finished high school in Deva,
then moved on to a sports university. Shortly after
enrolling in university, Vanda received an offer she
could not refuse: a coaching position in Canada.
Vanda quit school and moved to Canada.
During her time in Canada, Vanda
worked at Mountain Star Gymnastics in Hamilton,
Ontario and a second gym in Peterborough, Ontario.
Although her time in Canada was unfortunately not her
happiest, things were much improved when former
teammate Cristina Bontas
arrived in Canada to coach alongside Vanda.
After more than two years coaching
in Canada, Vanda moved to the USA to coach in Houston, Texas at
Moceanu Gymnastics Incorporated (MGI). When MGI closed, Vanda moved to South
Carolina to coach at Golden Strip Gymnastics (now renamed Champions Gymnastics).
This position was short-lived however, and Vanda returned to Romania.
Back home, Vanda began
working for a private aerobics club, EOS Aerobic Centre, in Cluj-Napoca. The gym is owned by Mariana
Bagiu, a retired
basketball player, and her husband, the owner of Cluj University
Vanda returned to
Canada in early November 2000, and began coaching at Mountain Star Gymnastics in
Hamilton again. In mid-2001 she began a new coaching position at
Tumblers Gymnastics Centre in Ottawa, Canada's capital. She served as the
club's first provincial-level coach, focusing on choreography and strengthening
the club's female elite programme. "I like to be in the gym with the
girls, trying to give them a feel for it and having them like it,"
she told the Ottawa Citizen.
In 2005, Vanda represented Canada at Fitness competitions!
Hadarean was born on May 3rd, 1976.
. This page was created on April 8th, 1999 and last updated October 30,