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Youth Leader Awards

Mission Recognition Awards

Each year we like to recognise our young leaders who are living our mission as part of the Youth Leadership Program.

Developing friendly, active and responsible people

2023 Award Recipients Kingborough

Archie McKenna – Active and Friendly

Archie is very encouraging towards all students and provides positive feedback. He is always actively involved in all aspects of his coaching and leads by example in his dedication to responsibilities.

Will Morgan – Responsible

Will is quick to take initiative and ready to make the activities challenging and fun. He is a responsible coach who creates a very safe environment for all the participants.

Harrison Witcomb – Active

Harrison is very enthusiastic and engaged in all aspects of his coaching. He is eager to learn and participate and is always grateful for feedback.

2023 Award Recipients Clarence

Sophie King- Responsible

Sophie always displays consistent responsibility with all aspects of her coaching.

Mia GourlayFriendly

Mia displays consistent engagement during her class and is always very friendly and approachable.


Phoebe Mulcahy – Active

Phoebe is a positive, focused, goal orientated Youth Leader with clear communicating skills within her class. She is always actively involved in her coaching.

2022 Award Recipients Kingborough

First Year Youth Leaders

Archie McKenna – Active

Archie is clearly going above and beyond what is expected of a first year youth leader. He is positive towards all students and provides feedback and encouragement where he can. When asked if he would like to learn some spotting techniques Archie will always say yes without hesitation. He is great at taking on feedback which allows him to quickly improve.

James Coburn – Friendly

James is always happy to learn and improve his teaching skills and displays a good attitude towards his work and the students. He’s encouraging and positive with his students which means they respect him.

Second Year Youth Leaders

Annelin Townsend – Active

Annelin does well in all aspects of coaching, but specifically by being active. She is always involved and is able to adapt her coaching depending on the gymnasts specific needs. She does really well in helping gymnasts get great quality in their skills, whilst building confidence in their ability’s and having fun.

Chloe Short – Responsible

Chloe Short has already she shows the ability and responsibility to take a class of her own. She is confident, knowledges and is going to be a brilliant coach.

Daisy Tunstall – Friendly

Daisy is seen to produce a friendly outlook throughout her coaching. She constantly strives to encourage and connect with the athletes and demonstrates consistent care with her coaching abilities.

2022 Awards Recipients ClareFrom day one of working with Harrison he has been enthusiastic, engaged and a very active part of the class. He is eager to learn and participate, wanting to take whole class from a very early stage (even beanbags, which no youth leader ever wants to do).
He is always grateful for feedback and takes on what I say, demonstrating it in the following weeks.
I am nominating Harrison for Active as I have never had a week working with him where he hasn’t demonstrated these qualities.
I believe that if Harrison continues on the way he is going and with good guidance he will be a brilliant coach and a great asset to the team!nce

Lily Kay – Active

Lily is an active YL at Clarence. She observes and spots the gymnasts in class as they perform on various apparatus, this is done in conjunction with her bite sized training. This includes physical contact and lifting the smaller children. Her experience is growing each week.

Jessica Hampton – Friendly

Jess is an excellent youth leader and coach.  She shows genuine care and respect for the gymnasts she coaches as well as actively seeking help from more experienced coaches when needed. Jess takes feedback on board and implements where possible and is an overall great team person.

2021 Award Recipients

Claudia Sampson

Claudia is an impressive and active youth leader. She demonstrates activities with enthusiasm. She engages, by spotting, encouraging and listening to the gymnasts and displays positive body language.

Huw Mumford

Huw is very caring and friendly when he coaches. He always looks and acts happy to be to be coaching. He speaks with enthusiasm and confidence and is always willing to lead the group. He is a very capable coach and always maintains a caring and enthusiastic demeanour.

Chloe Short

Chloe is a very responsible young person, she easily takes  control of the class and runs it well. If she sees something going wrong or someone needs help she will straight away go and help .She is very good at spotting and always ensures that the children are safe.

Taia Graham

Since day 1, Taia has been on the ball and taken maximum initiative every class, going above and beyond to help the children and myself.

Lachlan Kemmis-Cole

Lachlan is always actively engaged and obviously enjoys working with the children. He encouraging the students and takes the initiative to help the class in their development.

Billy French

Billy positively encourages the students as well as going the   extra mile to take an interest in them individually. He makes the class inviting and has helped create an environment where everyone can become friends with one another.

Oliver Murphy

Oliver has shown many times this year how responsible he is. With a lot of confidence he is able to be take charge of many parts of the class, games, filming, calls the class down on time, takes them to correct areas safely and follows the lesson plan well.  When things don’t go to plan Oliver is able to deal with is calmly. He also works really well with the Boys in the class and is a good example and influence.

Thea Dobie

Thea has been a wonderful youth leader. She’s not just a responsible coach she’s also friendly and active at the gym. I chose to nominate her for responsibility as she does take initiative with her coaching and she understands the importance of safety for the class participants within the gym.

Ruby Bayer

Ruby engages well with the class participants. I have had her as a youth leader when she first started and I have her now and I’m impressed with how much she has progressed.