GymSports FNQ Staff:                                                              

Manager & Recreational Co-ordinator – Karen Magee
Accounts and Reception – Nicki Newman
Competitive Co-ordinator – Briony Yoshida

Coaching Team:

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 in 2012.  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 9 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)

Briony Yoshida  is the Head Coach for GymSports FNQ, co-ordinating the competitive program and overseeing the coaches of competitive classes.  Briony has over 20 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)

Lauren Mercer – is a former Level 5 gymnast who grew up in Tully. Lauren has always loved gymnastics, starting at the Tully Gym and Tramp Club when she was 5 and stayed there for a further 10 years, she then began cheerleading and contemporary dancing for another 6 years. Lauren is our Recreational Coordinator and coaches across all of our Launchpad programs; Kindergym, GymFun and GymSkills as well as MiniGym and our GymSports Levels Program.

  • WAG Advanced coach (Gymnastics Australia)
  • MAG Intermediate coach (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Beginner Judge (Gymnastics Australia)

Alysha Magee – has recently retired as a Level 6 gymnast. Alysha has grown up in the gym and has had 5 years experience as a Competitive Gymnast and 2 years as a Competitive Cheerleader. Alysha has been coaching for the past 2 years and is currently doing a School-Based Traineeship with GymSPorts FNQ to gain her Cert III in Sport and Recreation.

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


Janelle Stewart – has had experience in administrative management and has extensive knowledge of safe work practices in both workplace and gymnastics hall settings. Janelle began coaching in 2006 where she thrived in her coaching role with both WAG and MAG gymnasts. Janelle brings to the GymSports Team a wealth of knowledge having coached and judged gymnasts from Kindergym to WAG and MAG Level 9. Janelle’s greatest enjoyment is watching her gymnasts achieve new skills and goals.

  • Advanced Silver WAG Coach (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Advanced MAG Coach (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Advanced WAG Judge (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Intermediate MAG Judge (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Kindergym (Gymnastics Australia)

Philp Stewart – developed an interest in the sport of gymnastics through his 4 children, 2 of which reached level 8. Phil began coaching gymnastics in 2010, and has trained boys that have been on the Queensland Team. Philp has a quiet nature and a great re-pore with children of all ages, he is an instrumental part of the development of our boys gymnastics programs both Recreational and Competitive. Phil also coaches our Adult class, School Programs and NinjaGym.

Phillipa Beckham – Level 6 gymnast
– GymFun, GymSkills, GymSports LP coach
– WAG Intermediate coach
– WAG Beginner Judge

Meet our Beginner coaches: Our Junior coaches are an inspiration to our recreational gymnasts. Junior coaches play a vital role in teaching our young Launchpad gymnasts strong fundamental skills.

Brianna Burgess – Level 8 gymnast
– GymFun, GymSkills coach
– NinjaGym coach