GymSports FNQ Staff:                                                              

Manager & Recreational Co-ordinator – Karen Magee
Accounts and Reception – Nicki Newman
Competitive Co-ordinatorBriony Yoshida
Cheerleading Co-ordinator – Melanie Orders

Coaching Team:

Briony Yoshida  is the Head Coach for GymSports FNQ, co-ordinating the competitive program and overseeing the coaches of competitive classes.  Briony has over 15 years of gymnastics experience as a Head Coach and coordinator, including 2 years with the Victorian Institute of Sport and has been part of the Victorian coaching team at Senior Nationals and Trans Bass on multiple occasions. Her coaching experience also includes Kindergym, Recreational programs, Schools gymnastics, Special Needs and Vacation care. She is an instrumental part of the development of our gymnastics programs on a whole.  She currently holds the following accreditations:

  • FIG Level 2 WAG (Federation of International Gymnastics)
  • Advanced Silver WAG (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Trainee Coach Supervisor (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Anatomy & Sports Physiology (University of the Sunshine Coast)
  • Hatha Yoga Teacher YT 200HR (Yandara Yoga Institute)

Karen Magee  following on from studies in Nutrition, Karen started as the Recreational Co-ordinator with Southside Gymnastics and went onto become the Manager of GymSports FNQ and is now going into her fourth year in this role.  The growth and development of GymSports FNQ @ South Cairns Gymnastics is largely due to her passion and tireless dedication for supporting children and mentoring coaches in their chosen sport.   Karen is the senior programmer for the recreational classes and managers the entire GymSports FNQ staff.  She has 5 years’ experience in coaching Kindergym, LaunchPad programs, Recreational programs, Schools gymnastics, Holiday programs and Foundations Competitive programs.  She currently holds the following accreditations:

  • Intermediate Coach WAG (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Kindergym (Gymnastics Australia)
  • LaunchPad (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Trainee Coach Supervisor (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Certificate III in Nutrition (Beck Health & Nutrition)

Melanie Orders  has 20+ years’ experience as a dance teacher / performer, trained in Jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and contemporary/lyrical styles.  Having operated her own Dance School for a number of years Mel brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. She moved into Cheerleading 5years ago and is now our Cheerleading Co-ordinator and senior choreographer. In 2015 Mel completed her Beginner Coaching Course in gymnastics and is part of our Recreational program coaching team. February 2016 will see her complete the Intermediate Coaching WAG course.

She currently holds the following accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Performance Studies (Victorian University of Technology)
  • Level 2 Cheerleading Coach (US Allstars Federation)
  • Beginner Coach General (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Remedial Massage Therapist

Tayla Tabone through 7 years training as a competitive gymnast Tayla’s passion for gymnastics has been developed. Her enthusiasm for the sport is being passed on to her students, as she moves into her third year of coaching. Tayla is a valued employee, coaching Kindergym, Recreational programs, Schools gymnastics, Holiday programs, Foundations and Junior Competitive programs. This year Tayla will begin as a trainee programmer and oversee the GymSports Levels program.  She is currently studying to gain her Advanced Module 1 Coaches accreditation and currently holds the following accreditations:

  • Intermediate Coach WAG (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Intermediate Judge WAG (Gymnastics Australia)

Macey Blight has been a member of South Cairns Gymnastics for 5 years as a gymnast, finishing at the end of 2015 competing national level 4.  She joins our team as one our junior coaches, showing great enthusiasm and proving to be an asset to the team. Currently in year 11 she is also completing her Beginner Coaching accreditation and will be assisting in our recreational programs.