THE TEAM

GymSports FNQ Staff:                                                              

Manager & Recreational Co-ordinator – Karen Magee
Accounts and Reception – Nicki Newman
Head Coach – Janelle Stewart

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)

 

Janelle Stewart  is the Head Coach for GymSports FNQ, co-ordinating the competitive program and overseeing the coaches of competitive classes.Janelle 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. Phil holds the following accrecitations:

  •  Advanced MAG Coach (Gymnastics Australia)

 

Briony Yoshida has over 20 years of gymnastics experience as a Gymnastics 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)

 

Alysha Magee – has recently retired as a Level 7 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 since she was 14 years old and completed her School-Based Traineeship with GymSports FNQ to gain her Cert III in Sport and Recreation in 2019-2020. Alysha coaches a variety of programs including Kindergym, JuniorGym and our WAG Level 3-4 gymnasts as well as assisting our Head Coach with events and competitions. Alysha is currently studying her WAG Advanced Accreditation.

  • WAG Intermediate coach (Gymnastics Australia)
  • WAG Intermediate Judge (Gymnastics Australia)
  • MAG Intermediate Judge (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Kindergym Coach (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Cert III in Sport and Recreation

 

Jess Brech – was a gymnast and dancer in her younger days and then moved into Aerial Silks which she still trains and performs occasionally. Jess brings to the team a burst of energy and enthusiasm which is a delight to all of the kids she coaches. Jess overseas our Recreational programs including Ninja and our GymSports Levels Program. Jess takes our Junior Coaches under her wing providing them the training and confidence they need to become a great coach. Jess is currently studying her WAG Advanced Accreditation.

  • WAG Intermediate coach (Gymnastics Australia)
  • WAG Beginner Judge (Gymnastics Australia)
  • Kindergym Coach (Gymnastics Australia)

 

Amy Dowley – trained as a gymnast up to Level 4. Amy has been assistant coaching under Miss Karen since she was 14 years old. Amy has recently returned to the GymSports FNQ Team after taking time off to study. Amy is coaching a variety of our Recreational Programs including our three Under 5 Programs (MiniGym, Kindergym and JuniorGym) as well as GymFun, GymSkills and GymSports Levels.

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

 

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 – Retired Level 8 gymnast
– GymFun, GymSkills coach
– NinjaGym coach
* Beginner Coach Accreditation

Mahlinee Ryan – Retired Level 7 gymnast
– GymFun, GymSkills coach
– NinjaGym coach
* Beginner Coach Accreditation
* WAG Beginner Judge

Macayla Jones – Level 8 gymnast
– JuniorGym, GymFun, GymSkills coach
– NinjaGym coach
* Beginner Coach Accreditation
* WAG Beginner Judge

Chelsea Jackson – Retired Level 6 gymnast
– GymSkills assistant coach
– NinjaGym coach

Shannon Edward – Retired Level 6 gymnast
– GymFun, GymSkills assistant coach
– NinjaGym coach