GymSports FNQ Staff:                                                              

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

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 19 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 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)


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)


Lauren Hudson – is a former South Cairns Gymnastics Level 5 gymnast. Lauren joined the GymSports FNQ coaching team in early 2018, and her passion for gymnastics can be seen in the delivery of her classes. Lauren coaches a variety of programs including our Competitive Squads, GymSports Levels Program and also delivers our School Programs.

  • WAG Advanced coach (Gymnastics Australia)


Emma Taylor –  trained as an Elite Athlete, representing NSW twice in International Level 6 and 8. Emma went on to train up until International Level 10 and was often trained by Peggy Liddick at the NSW State Squad training. Since retiring from Gymnastics Emma has turned to her passion for the sport to coaching and has over 9 years experience in NSW and QLD.

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


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.

Kirra Mattinson – Level 8 gymnast
– GymFun, GymSkills coach
– Beginner coach
Beginner WAG Judge

Amy Dowley Level 4 gymnast
– Kindergym, GymSkills and Foundation squad assistant coach
– Beginner coach

Holly Flanagan
– GymFun, GymSkills and GymSports LP coach
– Beginner coach