Gymnastics WA Partners with AFL Sportsready to Kick Start Careers!

Gymnastics WA have partnered with AFL Sportsready to provide employment opportunities for two Business Administration Trainees, Nikita Burton and Layne McCarthy. Both Nikita and Layne will complete a 12 month work placement traineeship including completing a Certificate III in Business Administration through the AFL SportsReady program. AFL SportsReady is a national not-for-profit company that has facilitated employment and education for young Australians for over 25 years across a range of industries. The national not-for-profit organisation has helped over 16,000 young people commence a traineeship and assist young people to find their career pathway.

              Layne McCarthy                                             Nikita Burton

Layne has previously completed a Certificate II in Business and comes from the Cheer, Tumble and Dance community, as a former trampoline competitor and Nikita is one of our WA State Team Aerobic athletes who is heavily involved in the Gymnastics community through Northern Districts Gymnastics Club.

Both Nikita and Layne have a background in coaching and will spend the next 12 months rotating through each department to gain valuable skills and experience across the organisation to build the foundations for their respective careers. Our two new recruits will learn and grow their skill sets across events, member services, education, marketing and supporting the delivery of the Gym Warriors program.

Nikita was delighted to be joining the team at Gymnastics WA and combine her passion for aerobic gymnastics with her desire to learn sports administration. “Being involved in the gymnastics community for so many years now I am excited to learn the other side of things like how all these events I’m involved in are run. I am also hoping to build my business skills throughout my time working within Gymnastics WA. I started in WAG when I was really young, like 3 or 4, I loved it but my family moved to Port Hedland and I ended up changing into ballet for 4 or 5 years. I got back involved in gymnastics till 2016 when I started Aerobic Gymnastics at NDGC. I fell in love with the sport and everything else it brought. I’ve been on the state team every year since then and been to nationals 6 times now. I also began coaching in 2019/2020 and now I have a squad I coach as my own which I love.”

Layne is equally as excited to be a successful candidate for the AFL Sportsready Traineeship in a competitive field of applicants, and start her professional career in a sport that she loves. “I am hoping to learn a lot of valuable skills about working in a business environment that can help set me up for the future. I also hope that I’ll be able to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes and about what really goes into the sport of gymnastics. I started gymnastics when I was 3 at Star-Mites and then started their cheerleading program because my sister was a cheerleader and I wanted to be like her. I did cheerleading at Star-Mites for four years and even got to travel with them to Melbourne for Nationals in 2010. When I was 8, I started trampolining at High Flyers. After two weeks of training I got moved to the competitive group and started competing. I won a few competitions and a few years later, in 2015 I even competed at nationals. I did trampolining for 6 years. I took two years off from sports but in 2018 I started cheerleading again at CA Flyers, and I am now a Level 4 and 5 athlete as well as coaching a Youth Level 2 team.”

Gymnastics WA are thrilled to welcome both Nikita and Layne and look forward to seeing their growth and development over the next 12 months and beyond.

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