Mandy Mclean

Mandy got her start in gymnastics coaching Men’s and Women’s gymnastics at the Ingleburn RSL for the Campbelltown City Council. There she worked her way up to be head coach and ran the program for 12 years. Since then, Mandy has gone on to work with some of the finest gymnastics talent to come out of NSW and joined the NSW HPC team in 2015 as the Junior Development Coordinator.

Hongwei Du

Originally starting his coaching career at the Hebei State University in China, Hongwei relocated to Malaysia where he was appointed Head Coach of the National women’s team in 2000. He has coached athletes to World University and World Championships level, and joined the the NSW HPC in 2008. Since then he has produced multiple Australian Champions and National Team members.

Robert Hong

Robert Hong, former gymnast and coach from Shanghai China is the founder of the NSW High Performance Centre from 1988 to 2010. During this time Robert lead the way to build and evolve a program that could produce successful Junior and Senior International level Gymnasts.

Yusuf Topari

A former New Zealand national team member and with over 10 years of coaching experience, Yusuf has produced multiple Australian medalists and National team members. A High Performance accredited coach, Yusuf is also a fully qualified personal trainer and has an extensive background in strength and conditioning, fitness and business management.

Dzmitry “Dima” Kachan

Dima began tumbling and trampoline at the age of 6 when he was scouted from a playground in his home town of Gomel in Belarus. He began attending one of the country’s best full time sport schools and by the age of 13 he had attained his ‘Master of Sport’ in Tumbling.

​At 16 Dima chose to further his skills and joined the world renowned ‘Great Moscow Circus’. For the next 5 years Dima toured all over Russia and Europe performing in a variety of acrobatic numbers such as Russian Bar, Russian Swing and other Tumbling Troupes.

Dima has been coaching Gymnastics and Tumbling in Australia since 2008. In 2009 he worked hard on his own training as well and became both State and National Champion in Senior Men’s International Tumbling (Level 10).

Now he chooses to focus on the training and progression of the athletes at KSTP. He is a full time coach and along with his squad dedicates up to 30 hours each week in the gym.

He is the National Tumbling Coach and is a Level 2 Tumbling Judge. Dima’s goal at the club is not to only to produce tumbling champions at KSTP, but tumbling champions in Australia’s future. Dima strives to help the children find the best in themselves.

Valeria Vatkina

Gymnastics NSW is proud to announce the appointment of Valeria Vatkina to the position of Head Coach.

Valeria has an outstanding background in rhythmic gymnastics as both athlete and coach.

Career highlights

1995 Junior European Champion
1997 and 1999 World
Championship silver medallist
2000 Sydney Olympic Games representative for Belarus.

Her passion and experience as an international athlete have contributed to her development as a successful coach, currently working as a consultant and choreographer to clubs around Australia.

Damian Ryan

Damian has been involved in Trampoline Sports for over 20 years. He was firstly involved as an athlete, where he competed at 15 National Championships and a total of 5 Senior World Championships.

Damian is a course presenter, FIG judge and was previously a member of the Gymnastics Australia Athletes Commission. Damian is excited to work with the GNSW Elite athletes in assisting them to achieve their goals.

Belinda Cox

Belinda has been involved as an athlete and official in Trampoline Sports for over 30 years. Currently a High Performance Gold Coach, National Coaching Course Presenter and FIG Judge, she is a part of the Gymnastics NSW and Gymnastics Australia Coaching Team. Belinda is also the National DMT Coordinator. She will be working as a coach to extend our high performance athletes as a part of this program.

Brett Austine

Brett was the National Coach for the successful bronze medal winning men’s trampoline team at the 2013 World Championships. 2014 saw Brett celebrate 45 years of official involvement with trampolining. As an athlete, he won a total of 6 gold’s, 3 silvers and 2 bronze at the World Open Championships and he has judged at 2 Olympic Games, chairing in London. Brett has been the NSW head State coach since 2001 and currently holds the National Coach position for Gymnastics Australia. He is the only gymnast currently recognised in the NSW Sports Hall of Fame.