Tetyana Volodymyrivna Pasichna. Aerobics – the work of the whole life

Tetyana Volodymyrivna Pasichna, the pride of homeland sport and Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute itself, is a head of sport club “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute’s mascot”, honored coach of Ukraine in athletic aerobics, the head coach of national athletic aerobics’ team(since 1999), international certified referee (since 1990), the head of Ukrainian Federation of athletic aerobics and fitness ( since 1993), the world champion of stranflex in 2003 and 2006, the owner of Certificate recognized by International aerobics federation.

At Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Tetyana Volodymyrivna has been working the professor of P.E. for more than 40 years. Till 1998 to 2004 she was working as a vice-dean of the Faculty of physical education and sport (today FBMI). The club “Mascot” was created at the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 1984, which became the center of athletics aerobics and sport of Ukraine. This coach has prepared 12  international masters of sport, 37 masters of sport in athletic aerobics, including 2 European champions, 5 silver European medalists and 3 bronze world-famous medalists. Being awarded with honorable “100 anniversary of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, this woman is “A honored worker of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”.

In Ukraine. It is really hard to estimate her investment to establishment and development of aerobics and fitness on Ukraine. Her professional skill and modern approaches to preparation and holding Ukraine-wide competitions level up our country to international level. Ukrainian team without any doubt joined the best teams of Europe and world itself. Ukraine has been taking part in the international competitions for 30 years. Thanks for activity of Tetyana Volodymyrivna such changes happened: world championship of stranflex (a new kind of fitness program) was held, European champions and world championship’s winners were prepared, new specialization in aerobics was made, new Chair of aerobics and Junior Sport School (JSS) was opened, two European championships were organized and held in Kyiv (1998, 2006) and others. These facts are the evidence of her complete professionalism and devotion to her favourite work.

The aerobics’ training is a synthesis of musical and choreographic education, advanced development of physical human features, owning your body and thematic communication, competition, victories, and finally studying geography by the calendar of national and international competitions.  The meeting with Howard Schwartz, the founder of athletic aerobics in the world, was very important for Tetyana Pasichna. The couple Karen and Howard Schwartz has generalized the criteria and rules, initiated the meeting with the champions in the USA. International federation was created in 1990 and the first world championship of athletics aerobics was held at the same time.   

About T.V.Pasichna. Her students, colleagues and everyone she met and worked with, told about her with great delight and gratitude.

Igor Kirollev, a journalist of newspaper “Young Ukraine” said: “We can call Tetyana Pasichna “the mother” of Ukrainian athletic aerobics. Thanks for her energetic spirit and enthusiasm, we were selling parallel to the USA at the field of athletic aerobics.”

Lina Poydenko, an alumna of the faculty physical education at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute admitted: “Late 90-th was the time when we got acquainted and the aerobics started to exist. Tetyana Volodymyrivma was the first in Ukraine to start develop this field as a kind of sport. There were no aerobic trainers, that is why gymnasts, acrobats and synchronized swimming trainers were the coaches in athletic aerobics. Thanks for T. Pasichna, a great number of them got higher education and became real professionals. I also used to get my second higher degree at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. I’m really thankful to my teachers for attention and help.

A lot of different competitions are held in Ukraine – it needs a great enthusiasm and patience. We are proud that our teams present us on international competitions, under the leadership of Tetyana Volodymyrivna. I’d like to wish her good health and inspiration for this active work. We really appreciate her.”

Svitlana Tolmachova, a professor of physical education Chair at  Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute said: “ The coach of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute’s team T. V. Pasichna suggested to create a new training aerobic section in 1983. At that time this kind of sport was on its peak, the crowd of students was extremely huge. Five teachers were working with Tetyana Pasichna at the same time. As concerns our aerobic room, there were held different lectures and European fitness instructors performed there. Lessons of aerobics started to appear on the television and our teachers were invited. That time gave me a lot of colorful memories, when we were young and green. Thanks for this new section, working here transformed into new interesting place, new breath of fresh air.”

Svitlana Atamaniuk ,a chairholder of physical education at ZNTU, said: “ Each person has his own success formula and way. I want to tell a few words about the president of Ukrainian Federation concerning athletic aerobics and fitness, honored coach of Ukraine, the Coach from the capital letter, the teacher from the God and just a pretty woman and true friend T. V. Pasichna.

 Having brought up a lot of champion generations, Tetyana Volodymyrivna teaches her pupils not only to win everywhere, but also be happy after a great sport. The generations of sportmen are changing, but Tetyana Pasichna is still here and is keeping everything under her control. She inspires and move us up. Training staff of Ukrainian aerobics’ team, heading by Tetyana Pasichna, is successfully preparing our students for big winning. Her life always prepared different challenging choices: earning money or making favourite things. However, she was always doing what she really loves. This actually leads her to a big success.

“Sport which is upper your achievements” doesn’t exist without childish and mass ones! That is why Tetyana Pasichna gives a great attention to development of student and childish sport. The athletic aerobics is included into the program of P. E. in different universities and colleges of Ukraine, where a lot of  Junior Sport Schools and sportclubs of different regions. A huge educational program of  P. E. is functioning , which is headed by Tetyana Pasichna.

She gets a good support and understanding from Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute itself  and ZNTU. A great interest of M. Z. Zgurovky and S. B. Belikov allows creating new cooperative scientific and educational projects, helding training lectures and competitions on  Ukrainian and international levels that move up level of aerobics nowadays.”

At the family circle. Tetyana Pasichna is a mother of two beautiful daughters, who are also succeeded at athletic aerobics. The Pasichny travels a lot, that is why there is almost nothing left for them to visit and perform. But today their main salt of life is their four awesome grandchildren: Nikita, Beata, Matvey and Solomia.

When there is very complicating or conversely extremely joyful situation, such words as these come of their own volition:


И быть, и слыть, и в памяти остаться…
Как лучший друг, желанный тренер, опытный судья.
Уметь, иметь, и на плаву всегда держаться
На благо мира, света и добра – судьба моя.

С судьбою спорить я не стала,

Всю жизнь трудилась и мечтала,

Мечты сбывались, новые являлись,

Так жизнь прошла, воспоминания остались…

N. M. Lozenko,  FBMI professor