Inaugural Young Leaders Stimulate Their Minds

The Gymnastics WA Young Leaders Program is a program aimed at developing the next generation of leaders within the gymnastics community. The Program was offered to 14 – 21 years of olds and offers both theoretical and practical training to improve their leadership skills, motivate to become better leaders and give the attendees knowledge to take back to their clubs and regions. Gymnastics WA has 15 participants taking part in the Young Leaders Program supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The Young Leaders represent 8 clubs and  6 Gym Sports and live across 4 regions Perth Metropolitan, Great Southern, South West and the Pilbara.

The Young Leaders recently all came together to spend two days stimulating their minds and experiencing leadership opportunities. The first day started with Leadership Workshop presented by Jodii Maquire Think Performance, Jodii is a highly respected performance psychologist and wellbeing practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in psychology. The workshop focused on the topics of Leadership Styles, Coaches as Leaders, Communication Skills for Coaches and Your Leadership Plan. The Young Leaders expressed that the session was “thought provoking” and engaging providing them with strategies to take back to their own club.

The Young Leaders also got an opportunity to visit a National Centre of Excellence (Perth) training session. This gave the Young Leaders an insight into a High Performance Program, including skill sessions, physiotherapy and Strength and Conditioning activities. The coaches and physiotherapist at the NCE were engaging and ensured that the Young Leaders were given an opportunity to learn whilst viewing the 2.5 hour training session.

The next day the Young Leaders participated in the Go for 2 & 5 Athlete Clinic and Come “N” Try event either as coaches, or engagement specialist. The Young Leaders were assigned sessions and asked to deliver either a warm up or cool down as part of their session, this provided them with an opportunity to practice the leaderships skills they had learned from the day before. The engagement specialists had fun dressing up as Aiden (GymSquad Mascot) and entertaining the young children involved in the Come N Try event. A group of Young Leaders were tasked with parent engagement and approached parents to complete surveys and discussed the benefits of doing Gymnastics.

The Young Leaders have also been paired up with a Mentor as a part of the Gymnastics WA Young Leaders Program. Mentors will have the opportunity to support our Young Leaders to build confidence and knowledge both within gymnastics and general life, offering guidance using past experiences and personal knowledge. Mentors will have the opportunity to complete an online course, to develop the practice of mentoring and how to best support our Young Leaders. Gymnastics WA is proud to announce our Inaugural Young Leaders Program Mentors are:

Cairo Leicester

Northern Districts Gymnastics Club

Jessica Greene

West Coast Gymnasts and NCE Perth

Mathew Smith

NCE Perth

Janet Du Plooy

Northern Districts Gymnastics Club

Joshua Fabian

NCE Perth

David Marion

Northern Districts Gymnastics Club

Soula O’Meara

Vital Gymnastics

Sue Owen

Northern Districts Gymnastics Club

Elliot Stratton

High Flyers Gymnastics and Trampoline Academy


The Inaugural Young Leaders are:


Northern Districts Gymnastics Club


High Flyers Trampoline and Gymnastics


Albany PCYC


Hedland Gymnastics


Hedland Gymnastics


Northern Districts Gymnastics Club


Northern Districts Gymnastics Club


Northern Districts Gymnastics Club


Northern Districts Gymnastics Club


Bunbury PCYC


Karratha Gymnastics Club


Hedland Gymnastics Club


Southern Star Trampoline Gymnastics


Karratha Gymnastics Club


Horizon Gymnastics