COACH PROFILES

Name: Aimee Sorensen (Beginner Coach)

Gym Sport: WAG / GfA  

How long have you been in the sport?  5 years +

Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? Level 7

Why do you enjoy coaching? Watching the kids develop 

Favourite apparatus to coach? Floor

Most difficult skill to teach? Handstands & cartwheels

Goals and long-term hopes? Coach high levels

Hobbies/interests: Dance

Name: Becky House (Programs Manager)

Gym Sport: WAG National Level

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Name: Jessica Edward (Advanced WAG Coach)

Gym Sport: WAG Interclub, State Level and National Level

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Name: Megan Hockaday (ACRO Coordinator)

Gym Sport: Acrobatics

How long have you been in the sport? 8 years with 4 years of coaching

Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? Yes, WAG Level 6, ACRO Level 6 Aerobics Level 6.

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Name: Kippa Kikalis (MAG, WAG & Adults Coach)

 

GymSport: MAG and WAG

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Name: Kylie Hart (Kindergym & REC Coach)

GymSport: GfA, KG and Team Gym

How long have you been a coach? 5 yrs

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Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? Yes, rec for 1 yr then dancing for 20yrs, Jazz and Hip Hop teacher for 7yrs

Why do you enjoy coaching? Love learning about the sport and teaching the gymnasts to achieve their goals, and have fun

Favourite apparatus to coach? Floor, tumbling and dance

Most difficult skill to teach? Straight Jump

Goals and long-term hopes?  Finish Advanced WAG accreditation and help to build the WCG recreational program.  To be 15 mins early to every class :)

Hobbies/interests: Longboarding, dancing, trying out gym equipment

Name: Jodie Nel (Advanced State Levels Coach)

Gym Sport: WAG

How long have you been in the sport? 9 years coaching

Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? Yes when I was 5/6yrs old

Why do you enjoy coaching? I love my group!  I enjoy all aspects of the sport.  I love kid's face when they get a hard skill.

Favourite apparatus to coach? They all have good points.

Most difficult skill to teach? Kips, because they hover between getting it and not quite getting it for ages and then suddenly lose it.

Goals and long-term hopes? For my athletes I coach to get their "hard" skills.

Hobbies/interests: Reading books, movies and sport

Name: Marie Pudelek (Advanced Silver WAG Coach and Life Member)

GymSport: WAG Squad 1

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Name: Jessica Greene (Advanced WAG Coach)

Gym Sport: WAG National Levels 5 and 6

How long have you been in the sport? 9 years coaching but been in the sport over 20 years.

Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? Yes from age 3, to National Level 8

Why do you enjoy coaching? I love helping kids achieve their goals & seeing their smiles once they achieve them.

Favourite apparatus to coach? beam

Most difficult skill to teach? anything on bars

Goals and long-term hopes? own either a dance studio/gym or both :)

Hobbies/interests: dancing, makeup & of course, gymnastics!

Name: Linda James (WAG Coach)
 

GymSport: WAG Interclub Levels 

How long have you been a coach? on and off for 38 years

How long have you been in the sport? on and off for 47 years

Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? yes, can't remember, 7 I think

Why do you enjoy coaching? To see the improvement and progression, the wonderful energy of the kids, building relationships

Favourite apparatus to coach? Beam, floor and bars

Most difficult skill to teach? Handstands on beam

Goals and long-term hopes? to help develop the sport further and to continue learning

Hobbies/interests: weightlifting/body building

Name: Clare McCall (MAG Coach)

GymSport: MAG

How long have you been a coach? Starting coching in England, in 2004.

How long have you been in the sport? On and off for 23 years

Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? Yes, to intermediate level

Why do you enjoy coaching? Really enjoy helping the children to develop new skills

Favourite apparatus to coach? Floor

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Goals and long-term hopes? To become an intermediate coach

Hobbies/interests: I run a sport psychology business called Winning Mindset

Name: Kris Pudelek (Advanced Silver WAG, MAG and Acrobatics Coach & Life Member)

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Name: Zoe Rintoul (Beginner Coach)

GymSport: GfA & DEV

How long have you been a coach? 2 years 

How long have you been in the sport? 9 years

Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? Started in Kindergym and got to level 5 before moving into diving

Why do you enjoy coaching? Seeing children's faces light up with joy when learning new skills, and working towards personal goals.  When an athlete achieves their goal it makes me happy to know that I have had an influence on their gymnastics journey.

Favourite apparatus to coach? Bars as kids seem to enjoy it

Most difficult skill to teach? Not too sure, as most skills depend on their experience and willingness to learn

Goals and long-term hopes? To eventually represent my state in diving and improving my artistic skills.

Hobbies/interests: Outside of coaching, I am a diver.  In my spare time I enjoy painting and sketching and trying new sports, like tennis and rockclimbing.

Name: Regan Davies (Intermediate WAG Coach & Advanced Judge)

GymSport: WAG

How long have you been a coach? 9 years 

How long have you been in the sport? 19 years

Did you do gymnastics as a child? If so, to what level? Yes, to level 6 then did power tumbling, now I'm doing cheerleading!

Why do you enjoy coaching? I like seeing lots of different children overcoming things they find difficult and seeing them progressing.

Favourite apparatus to coach? Bars!!

Most difficult skill to teach? Step hops :)

Goals and long-term hopes? for all my groups to have fun and learn new skills at gymnastics!  Also, to be a teacher.

Hobbies/interests: Movies, cheerleading & gymnastics.

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