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Matt Scholes

High Performance Manager

Matt Scholes

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Phil Stewart

High Performance Support Coordinator

Phil Stewart

Gymnastics History: Senior MAG level gymnast with multiple team selection to international events.

Accreditation: Intermediate MAG & TRP

Extra Qualifications: GA Commission member, ASCA Accreditation, Elite Athlete Management course

Fun Fact: I am a casual DJ

Coaching Philosophy: Always be personable and approachable to your athletes

My Favourite Thing About Gymnastics: The bar of what’s possible is continually raised

Favourite Coaching Moment: Seeing any athlete overcome adversity and build resilience

Favourite Apparatus: Floor

Competitive Coaching Staff

JOHN HART

John Hart

Head Coach

John Hart

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Yusuf Topari

Yusuf Topari

Gymnastics History: A New Zealand National team member until 2005. Became GNSW High Performance Manager from 2013 - January 2023. An Australian Team Coach for numerous International events including World Cups, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

Accreditation: High Performance Accreditation (MAG and WAG)

Extra Qualifications: First Aid Certificate. Business Management. Certificate 3 and 4 Personal Training. Elite Athlete Development.

Fun Fact: I hate olives.

Coaching Philosophy: Work as a team to create a motivating and positive environment whilst always aiming for excellence.

My Favourite Thing About Gymnastics: It's merging of art and sport

Favourite Coaching Moment: Every time one of my gymnasts learns a new skill

Favourite Apparatus: Beam and Bars

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Candice Visser

Candice Visser

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Ally Walker

Ally Walker

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Jessica Haintz

Jessica Haintz

Gymnastics History: Trained and competed at Ballarat

Accreditation: FIG 3

Extra Qualifications: FIG 2 Judging, First Aid & CPR, Bachelor of Laws (honours), Bachelor of Forensic Science (honours).

Fun Fact: My two favourite places are the beach and the snow

Coaching Philosophy: To provide a safe and positive athlete-centred environment that empowers athletes to develop life skills through the sport of gymnastics.

My Favourite Thing About Gymnastics: It challenges you to push yourself out of your comfort zone

Favourite Coaching Moment: Seeing the girls achieve their goals

Favourite Apparatus: Vault

Lisa Grant

Lisa Grant

Lisa Grant

Gymnastics History: Was national level 9 gymnast at BTYC and then went on to coaching. Have been coaching for 20 years.

Accreditation: WAG Advanced

Extra Qualifications: First aid, CPR qualified. Diploma of Early Childhood studies

Fun Fact: I have 2 English Staffies

Coaching Philosophy: To give every child the opportunity to reach their full potential while having fun learning gymnastics

My Favourite Thing About Gymnastics: That it teaches children not only gymnastics skills but also life skills outside of the gym.

Favourite Coaching Moment: Seeing gymnasts achieve goals they didn't think were possible.

Favourite Apparatus: Floor

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Nicole De Sensi

Nicole De Sensi

Gymnastics History: Started gymnastics at Frankston City Gymnast ics in 1988. National Level 8 Victorian State Team 1993, National Level 9 and 10 ACT State Team 1994-1997. Started tumbling at WGC in 1999. 17+ National Champion in 2002. Started coaching at Canberra City Gymnastics Club in 1996. Moved to WGC in 1999. Was Victorian Level 7 Team Coach in 2003. Had a break from gymnastics from 2014 and returned to Waverley in 2021.

Accreditation: Advanced

Extra Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), Bachelor of Applied Science (Nutrition and Dietetics).

Fun Fact: I love chocolate!

Coaching Philosophy: You get out what you put in. Hard work, quality and consistency.

My Favourite Thing About Gymnastics: The incredible life long bonds made between team mates when you work so hard and spend so many hours together.

Favourite Coaching Moment: Seeing any gymnast get their first kip.

Favourite Apparatus: Floor

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Qinghua Yang

Qinghua Yang

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Sage Harris-McGovern

Sage Harris-McGovern

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Sarah Rankin

Sarah Rankin

Gymnastics History: Started at the age of 7 in Albury/Wodonga( now known as flyaway gymnastics). Continued until 21, achieving level 10

Accreditation: WAG advanced, intermediate kinder gym

Extra Qualifications: First Aid and CPR

Fun Fact: Am a masters springboard diver. Competed in South Korea in 2019

Coaching Philosophy: To help gymnasts realise their potential in a safe, fun and supportive environment

My Favourite Thing About Gymnastics: Gymnastics teaches fundamental life skills all while having fun.

Favourite Coaching Moment: Seeing gymnasts overcome challenges to achieve skills they never thought were possible

Favourite Apparatus: Beam

Stacey Bull

Stacey Bull

Stacey Bull

Gymnastics History: I begun gymnastics when I was 5 and fell in love with the sport instantly. I then begun coaching when I was 15 and have been coaching competitive gymnastics for the last 10 years. I have coached in many programs at different gyms.

Accreditation: Advanced

Extra Qualifications: First aid, Bachelor of Education

Fun Fact: I used to be a volunteer firefighter

Coaching Philosophy: I believe that as coaches we are here to not only help children develop the skills needed for gymnastics but to teach them life skills that they will be able to use beyond gymnastics.

My Favourite Thing About Gymnastics: The thing I love most about gymnastics is seeing each and every kid grow to achieve their goals. It doesn’t matter what how big or small their goal is I love seeing the moment they are able to achieve it and how proud they feel.

Favourite Coaching Moment: There is so many to choose from as I love any moment I see a child achieve their goals, but a stand out is when a level 4 team I was coaching won Victorian Championships for their age group and division.

Favourite Apparatus: Bars

Vic Whitehead

Victoria Whitehead

Victoria Whitehead

Nat Bray

Natalie Bray

Natalie Bray

Grace Yang

Grace Yang

Grace Yang

Support Services and Sports Medicine Team

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Jenni Candler

(Lead Physiotherapist)

Jenni Candler

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Brett Robertson

(Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach) 

Brett Robertson

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Fiona Jacobs

(Physiotherapist)

Fiona Jacobs

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Marlize Wessels

(Strength and Conditioning Coach)

Marlize Wessels

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David Madigan

(Myotherapist)

David Madigan

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David Madigan

(VIS)

David Madigan