About Us

CANTERBURY SPORTS AWARDS

Olympia Gymnastic Sports has been the Canterbury Gymnastics New Zealand Club of the Year since 2014 until present.  This is a huge achievement and one we are extremely proud of as an organisation.

HISTORY OF THE CLUB

Olympia Gymnastic Sports is the amalgamation of three Canterbury clubs: Avon City Gymnastics, Kudos Rhythmic Academy and Aerials Trampoline. Planning for the amalgamation commenced in January 2000 and culminated in the move into the Wigram Gymnasium on 1st July 2003.

Olympia Gymnastic Sports is a new breed of gymnastics club in that it combines coaching expertise from four different types of gymnastic sports (Women's Artistic Gymnastics, Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampolining).  Olympia offers a wide variety of recreational and competitive pathways and we can positively state that "you can trust us to do the job for you".

Olympia Gymnastic Sports' objective is to promote excellence in gymnastics sports, with coaches focused on the fostering of highly successful athletes whilst still retaining a safe, positive environment and offering opportunities for participants at all levels.  Olympia has over 900 members.

Olympia currently has:

·         A unique governance structure

·         A talented and knowledgeable Board of Directors

·         A facility which houses the latest in FIG (“Federation of International Gymnastics”) equipment

·         Outstanding results

·         A continually growing recreational, school, pre-school and other user group programs.

OLYMPIA GYMNASTIC SPORTS STRATEGIES & OBJECTIVES

Olympia Gymnastic Sports has developed five key strategic objectives/themes that lead towards;

"Providing gymnastic and sport related programmes and facilities that develop and grow community participation, supporting pathways to achievement at all levels"

The Strategic Objectives are;

  • Value, Develop and Celebrate our Gymnasts, Coaches, Administrators and Volunteers
  • Participating and Competing at the Highest Level Possible
  • Providing Pathways across and within all Gymnastic codes (GymSports)
  • World Class Gymnastic Facilities
  • Financially Independant & Efficient Operations

Careful consideration has ensured these objectives align with Olympia's strategic partners at a National and Regional level.

OLYMPIA GYMNASTIC SPORTS GYMSPORTS NEW ZEALAND - Financially Independant & Efficient OperationsStimulate Participation & Develop a Sustainable & Efficient Organisation  Participating and Competing at the Highest Level Possible Develop Performance Excellence Providing Pathways across and within all Gymnastic codes Strengthen the Gymsports Community

OLYMPIA GYMNASTIC SPORTS and the CHRISTCHURCH CITY COUNCIL - World Class Gymnastic Facilities Provide facilities for sport participation in all geographical areas of Christchurch

OLYMPIA GYMNASTIC SPORTS and SPORT CANTERBURY - Participating and Competing at the Highest Level Possible Increasing participation amongst young people across Canterbury 

Introducing the Board

The current board of Olympia has a wide range of skills and expertise and runs the club in a highly professional manner.   

Members are welcome to attend Board meetings between 5.30pm-6.00pm, which is the open meeting timeslot. To ensure the Board can prepare for any agenda items, please email manager@olympia.org.nz with any item you wish to have placed on the agenda at least five days prior to the Board meeting.  Any item raised for discussion that has not been placed on the Agenda will be placed on the following month's agenda.  Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month.  With thanks.

The expertise of individual board members are detailed below:

Richard Green – Chairperson Richard's gymnastics achievements are numerous, including New Zealand National titles in MAG and Australian Universities Championship titles in MAG. He has also coached MAG and WAG up to elite level and judged MAG at National level in Australia. He was on the Canterbury Gymnastics Association and Canterbury Trampolining committees (which have now been disbanded).Richard holds a PhD in computer science, in which he developed a software system which can be applied to assist gymnastics coaching and judging, and has lectured in biomechanics at the University of Sydney. He is currently an academic in the Computer Science Department at Canterbury University.

Vicki Cowley – International Vicki Cowley comes to the Olympia board into the International Portfolio having been involved for over 10 years in the club as a parent of an international athlete, RG  judge and former RG code committee member. Vicki has a background in education having worked for the University of Canterbury in teacher education for over 20 years before moving on to GymSports NZ as a senior relationship manager for the South Island. Currently Vicki works at Sport Canterbury as the Community Sport Manager and is a member of the RG Sport Development Committee.

Andy Worrill - Finance Andy has an extensive background in Chartered Accountancy. Financial modeling of proposed business opportunities, optimizing business structures and taxation matters are particular interests and strengths that Andy has. He has also advised Charitable and Non Profit Organizations in accounting matters, and is Secretary of a Statutory Research Trust.

Linda Harrison - Strategic Planning Linda is a Communications Professional with extensive experience having worked for Lincoln University (Interim Director) and the Christchurch City Council in varying roles from Communications Manager to Public Affairs Manager.  Having been a member of Olympia many years ago when her two children competed in rhythmic gymnastics, Linda has now joined the Board and combines a strong knowledge of the Club with her extensive skill base.

Ceri Benger - Marketing Ceri is an astute business owner and pharmacist.  Ceri has a daughter currently in the international rhythmic programme at Olympia.

Jules Wilke - Human Resources Jules practised as a physiotherapist for 14 years in both private and public health and operated a private physiotherapy practise for 11 years, employing four staff. After selling the practise she joined her husband as a director of their tourism marketing company, employing seven staff and managing digital online marketing and social media, print, distribution, website and online reservation system development. Jules currently manages the Active Kids programmes at Sport Canterbury and brings a sound working knowledge of policy around Health and Safety, Child Protection, and HR. She joined Sport Canterbury two and a half years ago as part of the physical activity team working in Green Prescription.  Health fitness and wellbeing is important to Jules. A keen swimmer, she challenges herself and her children to partake in the annual ocean swim series. 

Introducing the Coaching Team

Men's Artistic Gymnastics

David Colvin - MAG Head Coach (Gymnastics New Zealand Senior MAG Coach and Anadia International Coach Academy Portugal)

Patrick Smith, Bethany Gibbens, Alexy Vitry Audibert, Zack Bennett, Theo Nankivell - MAG Coaches in Training

Women's Artistic Gymnastics

Angharad Wintle (AJ) - WAG Head Coach (Federation of International Gymnastics WAG Brevet Coach)

Angela Meier - WAG Senior Coach and Code Manager (Federation of International Gymnastics WAG Brevet Coach)  

Melissa Wakeham - WAG (Gymnastics New Zealand Junior Advanced Coach)

Tracy Jones - WAG (Gymnastics New Zealand Junior Coach)

Caitlin Shanks - WAG (Gymnastics New Zealand Junior Coach)

Bethany Gibbens, Lauren Bruce, Rebecca Morrison - WAG Coaches in Training 

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Elena Mesheryakova - International Rhythmic Coach (Federation of International Gymnastics Brevet Coach and FIG Brevet Judge)

Stephanie Birkett - RG - (Gymnastics New Zealand Senior Coach)

Nisha, Brie Gullery, Rosie Yeatman, Emily O'Connor, Amelia Coleman - RG Coaching Team

Trampoline, Double Mini & Tumbling

Alexandr Nilov - International Trampoline Coach - (Federation of International Gymnastics Brevet Coach)

James Darroch - Trampoline Age Group and Double Mini Coach (Gymnastics New Zealand Elementary Coach) 

Brooke O'Neill - Trampoline Age Group Coach (Gymnastics New Zealand Foundation Coach)

Reegan Laidlaw, Charlotte Worley, Amelia Greet, Holly Fisher, Tamara Marcijasz - Trampoline Coaches in Training 

Introducing the Administration Team

Kathryn Searle - General Manager A past Board member of Olympia, Kathryn took up the position of Marketing and Business Manager in 2009/10.  With a background in sales and key account management and an interest in sport, children and the community, Kathryn works together with the Board, Administration Team and Coaches to build on the Club's strategic goals and meet the underlying vision and mission of the Club. Kathryn has had two children involved in gymnastics, both at Olympia, in the rhythmic and trampoline codes, and also served as the Gymnastics New Zealand Trampoline Sport Development Committee Chairperson for 3 years. Kathryn holds a Graduate Diploma in Not For Profit Management and considers herself to be a life long learner.  In 2016 at the Marriott Hadlee Sports Awards Kathryn was awarded Outstanding Administrator of the Year.

Maree Diver - Administration Manager Maree is our longest standing administrative member and has had a significant administration role in the club since the club was formed in 2003. Before that, Maree was heavily involved in gymnastics coaching and judging. Today Maree is still voluntarily judging competitive women's artistic gymnastics and actively involved in the administration of competitions, recreation programmes and the overall running of the club.  Maree's institutional knowledge is such that Gymnastics New Zealand selected her into a task group in 2016 to review all GNZ programmes.

Sandra Marcijasz - Competition Codes and Coach Manager and Resources Manager Sandra had a daughter in trampolining here at Olympia who had a successful career as a trampolinist and double mini specialist. Further to her daughters involvement Sandra is the code manager for the trampoline code and has been an active volunteer on the trampoline code committee, a necessity for the smooth running of the trampoline programme. The role of Competition Code and Coach management was created thanks to NZCT funding and is designed to allow the competitive aspects of the four codes to run smoothly and efficiently. Sandra also has the important role of securing funding from our community funding partners and stakeholders in her role as Resources Manager.

Melissa Wakeham - Recreation Manager As well as managing the recreation programme, Melissa is a WAG coach in the competitive steps programme.  Having this coaching knowledge is a huge asset when planning the recreation programmes, ensuring that there are appropriate progressions for all levels of participants.  Melissa's administrative capabilities are fast growing in the world of gymnastics as well, with the Canterbury Junior Champs and Ribbon Day administration tasks being handed over to her now.  She has a can do attitude and a positive solution based focus on tasks.

Viktoriya Nilova - Administration Assistant You will not only see Viktoriya behind a desk in the office keeping our database and enquiries up to date, but upstairs on the mezzanine floor after 3.30pm running her cafe with a range of delicious healthy foods and beverages.  Working part-time Viktoriya has worked extremely hard completing her English (first language Russian) courses to ensure that she can communicate effectively with our membership both face to face and via the telephone.  Her skills of picking up new work and getting the job done is a credit to her hard working approach.

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