Meet Our Fabulous Gymnastics Coaches

 

All our staff are fully vaccinated, have passed their NSW working with children check and hold  current first aid qualifications.

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TAMZIN McSWEENEY

Owner & Programme Director 

Tamzin is the founder and programme director and is extremely passionate about child development through gymnastics. She relocated to Sydney with a vision to build the sport of gymnastics and improve young children's movement vocabulary through basic gymnastic skills. She is a qualified International Women's Artistic Gymnastics coach (FIG level 1) and holds an Advanced Coaching Accreditation through Gymnastics Australia.

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KRISTINA KNAGGS

Team Leader

Kristina is a Newtown local and mum to two daughters under 4. Previously a competitive gymnast in England and most recently a Primary School Teaching Assistant. Kristina has a sharp understanding of how gymnastics can be used to support children inside and outside the gym and shares a huge passion for early childhood development, with a particular interest in providing an inclusive environment for neurodivergant children.

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GRACE LENNON

Senior Coach 

Grace has been involved in artistic gymnastics since the age of 6 and since retiring from competing is continuing to pursue her passion for the sport by teaching at Gymkidz. She is currently studying a Business degree at UTS and tutoring students in primary and high school.

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CAROLINE ABEL

Senior Coach 

Caroline was a competitive gymnast for many years, and is currently completing a degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney. She spent a year working full time at an English boarding school, where she assisted with the gymnastics team and coached various sports. She has vast experience working with children, and is passionate about learning through fun.

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CAITLYN PURWA

Senior Coach

Caitlyn is enthusiastic and has a strong passion for teaching and gymnastics, along with extensive experience working with children. She has trained as an acrobat for 4 years and holds her coaching accreditation through Gymnastics Australia. Along with teaching at Gymkidz she is currently studying a Bachelor of Music and Education at UNSW

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MIA D'ORLAN DE POLIGNAC

Recreation & Kindergym Coach 

Mia has extensive experience as a swimming instructor and nanny and has worked with children for over 3 years. She is passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching children and creating a nurturing and inspiring environment for them to learn in. Along with coaching at Gymkidz, Mia is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications and International Studies 

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LUCY HING

Recreation & Kindergym Coach 

Lucy trained as a competitive artistic gymnast for many years and now holds an Intermediate Coaching Accreditation through Gymnastics Australia. She is dedicated to her role as a coach, driven by her love for the sport, and hopes to create a space for children to make memorable experiences. Along with coaching at Gymkidz, Lucy is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering and Science at the University of Sydney.

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AMELIA STEWART

Recreation & Kindergym Coach 

With 6 years of varied experience across day care centres, camp counselling and babysitting in Sydney and the UK, Amelia enjoys working with children of all different ages group and shares a passion for child sports development. She is currently studying a Bachelor of science and animal bioscience at the University of Sydney

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LAUREN JAQUE

Recreation & Kindergym Coach

Lauren has extensive experience nannying and has worked with children for over 5 years. She is passionate about helping all her students reach their full potential and feel accomplished. Along with teaching at Gymkidz, Lauren is currently undertaking her commercial helicopter licence. 

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ELLA GLEAVE

Recreation & Kindergym Coach 

Ella is very patient and kind, working as a nanny for over 2 years whilst also helping children in primary school in before-and-afterschool care centres. Along with working at Gymkidz she is currently studying a Cert IV in fitness and nutrition.

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EMMA BOLTON

Recreation & Kindergym Coach 

Emma was a competitive acrobatic gymnast  for many years and has worked with kids for over five years. Through working with children she strives to create an inspiring and positive learning environment. Beside coaching at Gymkidz, Emma is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at UTS. Emma also holds her Intermediate coaching accreditation through Gymnastics Australia.

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EVIE CLARKE

Junior Mentorship Coach

Evie is close with the Gymkidz family having grown her love for gymnastics over several years as a gymnast in our very own programme. We are proud to foster her passion for the sport and to further her new journey into coaching and child development.

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APRIL FORD

Junior Mentorship Coach

April loves gymnastics and is very enthusiastic and passionate about teaching children. As well as gymnastics, April enjoys performing arts and has worked with younger children in choir, dance and drama activities. April hopes that children in her classes enjoy their experience learning new skills and having fun.

We're always on the lookout for amazing coaching talent. Enquire about our Casual and Part-time roles available in 2022

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