WELCOME TO KOALA GYMNASTIC CLUB AND KOALA DANCE STUDIOS.
Koala Gymnastics and Koala Dance are run By Cathy and Elizabeth and their family.
The Koala Gymnastic Club was founded in 1975 by Mr and Mrs O'Donoghue. It was run for the Noble Park Public Hall Trust for 45 years in the Noble park Public Hall and for the last 12 as part of the Paddy O'Donoghue Centre 18-34 Buckley street Noble Park. June 2019 we moved into our present Fully set up Facility as Unit 2/174 - 176 Atlantic Drive Keysborough where we now run both Gymnastics and Dance for all ages 1 Year - Adult. Gymnastics Classes and Dance Classes run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Koala Dance Studios Opened in June 2019 upon moving into our lovely new factory. Started with only three dance classes and now offer over 10 different classes for a variety of ages and abilities.
Cathy has been coaching Gymnastics for 30 years. She is also a qualified primary school teacher.
Cathy began as a gymnast a koala Gymnastics club when she was about six years of age. She worked hard gym and became an assistant coach in her early teenage years.
Her qualifications include women’s advanced coach, men’s intermediate coach, gymnastics for all advanced coach, rhythmic gymnastics advanced silver coach, with me Gymnastics intermediate judge, Kindergym intermediate coach, tumbling intermediate coach, acrobatics intermediate coach, state presenter and assessor, Sporting schools coach, launchpad coach and coaching supervisor.
For many years Cathy has taught gymnastics in schools programs at local primary schools as Well as providing in coaching sporting schools Gymnastics programs during an after school.
Over her career she has worked at a variety of gymnastics clubs gaining a vast amount of experience, including Mordialloc gymnastic club, Dingley Village community Centre, Springvale community Centre, fantastic gymnastics, teaching general gym and Kindergym programs. She is also worked on the gym bus and for Jets gymnastics through their gym schools program.
Cathy has developed a great relationship with the city of greater Dandenong providing free come and try and display sessions at local community events.
In 2010 Cathy was awarded the Noble Park community coach of the year award and in 2015 received a high commendation as coach of the year at the city of greater Dandenong sports awards. In 2019 she received the recreational coach of the year award from Gymnastics Victoria.
Cathy loves flamingos and koalas as well as her great passion for Gymnastics.
Hi my name is Elizabeth, I was practically born into Gymnastics and I’ve been at the club since I was two weeks old. I began learning gymnastics when I was two.
I have participated in Gymnastics for all, artistic and rhythmic as Well as countless display events and competitions. My passion in Gymnastics is rhythmic gymnastics. I’m currently competing level eight in Rhythmic Gymnastics. I love Rhythmic because you can be very creative with routines, the leotards are stunning and working with hand apparatus is a lot of fun to. My favourite hand apparatus in rhythmic is hoop.
I’ve had experience in a lot of different areas of Gymnastics including Kindergym, local competitions, group Victorian championships, Victorian intermediate championships, volunteering at state competitions and August championships otherwise known as fusion fx.
I have taught your mastics in schools and assisted with sporting schools programs and community events as well as coaching at our club and taking Gymnastics GFA, rhythmic and GymStar competitions. I have also choreographed many routines for annual displays competitions and fusion fx competitions.
Koala Gymnastics is a special place, will you encouraged to become part of the family have fun make new friends and work to achieve your full potential. I have the following qualifications, intermediate rhythmic gymnastics coach, beginner with me gymnastics judge, intermediate GFA coach, intermitted acrobatic coach, and intermediate Women’s artistic coach.
I have also completed a certificate for in dance teaching and management and Dance and I’m currently completing a diploma of elite performance of dance. I love dancing, singing, state shows/musicals and performing.
My name is Sarah and I am a qualified GFA intermediate gymnastics coach at Koala Gymnastics club.
Koala Gymnastics was a big part of my life grown-up both as a gymnast and a coach and Gymnastics or something I’ve always been passionate about.
When I do gymnastics I enjoy doing both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics as well as competitions and display groups. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to rejoin the amazing coaching team at Koala Gymnastics in recent years and continue teaching something that I love doing as a child to the next generations.
I enjoy coaching gymnastics because it’s for all ages and abilities in such a fun and positive environment.
Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am an Intermediate Rhythmic Gymnastics and a beginner coach at Koala Gymnastics. I’ve been a member at the Koala Gymnastics club for the last seven years and have enjoyed every single day that I’ve spent there. I started gymnastics because as a child I always loved to move and gymnastics was a place where I could be with other kids who also enjoy to move and play. The highlight of coaching the gymnasts at Koala for me is seeing their faces light up when they learn a new skill and see them try harder when they make a mistake. What I will always love about the sport is having the chance to compete in front of judges and showcase the product of all our preparation as a team or individual, the one minute and 30 seconds of a rhythmic gymnastics routine always makes me feel like I’m on top of the world and I hope to bring the same joy to other gymnasts.
Hi, my name is Divnoor! I have always had a strong passion for Gymnastics from a young age and have my mum in rolled me into recreational artistic gymnastics when I arrived in Australia in 2007. When I moved houses, I also move gym clubs and started my journey with Koala Gymnastics. I attended this club for a few years before I started competitive gymnastics at groups gymnastics club to whom I was recommended by the head coach of Koala Gymnastics Cathy. After competing for a few years, I joined Koala Gymnastics once again to stay in touch with Gymnastics whilst completing my studies. I became a beginner coach in 2017 a Koala Gymnastics and I am an intermediate WAG and MAG coach. I love Gymnastics with all my heart and being able to coach in a family like environment at Koala gym club, well let’s just say I couldn’t have asked for anything more!
Hi, my name is Tanya and I started gymnastics at the age of nine a Patterson Lakes Gymnastics club, moving into artistic gym. After developing chronic fatigue syndrome in my early teenage years I change to rhythmic to feel safer, as my strength had diminished. Later in my teenage years I commenced coaching Kindergym and artistic at Patterson Lakes. I first connected with Koala gym club when I did my rhythmic coaching training under Cathy. Too many years ago to mention. Koala Gymnastics has been special to me since that time and I am very happy to be back as part of the Koala Gymnastics family especially working in the rhythmic area.
Hi, my name is Masha. I began gymnastics when I was seven years old high youth club after I stopped ballet because I didn’t want to wear the tutus. When I was 12, I moved house therefore can I longer continue Gymnastics at height Youth club. In 2016 I joined Koala Gymnastics club and they can learn in with me gymnastics. The following year I started learning artistic gymnastics as well. After my first year back at gymnastics I completed a beginner gymnastics coaching course and started helping teach the younger gymnast. I recently completed an intermediate rhythmic gymnastics coaching course as well. I also have a beginner rhythmic judging qualification. I love gymnastics because it’s such a great way to have fun and get fit all at the same time.
My name is Chris. I started gymnastics when I was four years older Koala Gymnastics club. I have been with Koala ever since.
My lifelong passion for sport sparked my interest in the science behind human movement which led to my current studies at Deakin University.
I’m currently studying a bachelor’s in exercise and sport science where I am majoring in biomechanics and human physiology. I predominantly coach the men’s artistic gymnastics groups, however your semi coaching some of the other classes from time to time.
I am currently qualified GFA intermediate coach, personal trainer and health scientist. I have recently just completed my mag intermediate course too.
Hi! My name is Elizabeth and I am the founder and principal of Koala Dance Studios. I am 21 years of age and have been dancing for over 14 years. I have just completed a certificate 4 in Dance and Dance Teaching and Management and i have just begun my Diploma of Elite Performance (Dance).
I have been trained in Classical Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. As well as teaching Dance at Koala, I am also a qualified gymnastics and acrobatics coach and have been coaching for over 12 years. I am so excited to be running my Koala Dance Studios and love seeing all my student grow and develop their dance technique and training.
Hey! My name is Eirini Vergaki and I am a gymnast and dance teacher at Koala. I am 15 years old and I was born in Greece. My family and I migrated to Australia in 2014, which is when I joined Koala Gymnastics Club. Although this is my first time teaching a class, I have been doing rhythmic gymnastics for 9 years and dancing for 12, and I have always loved to help out with coaching. I also really like acting, travelling, journalling, swimming and playing volleyball. My favourite styles of dance to teach are hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and contemporary because I have the most experience in them. I'm very excited to start teaching at such a great club!
Hi! My name is Lauren, and I am a dance teacher at Koala dance studios. I began my dance journey at a young age training in classical ballet, tap, and Jazz. I continued on to study contemporary dance at Deakin university and I am currently studying a certificate 4 in dance teaching and management. I enjoy creating a positive and uplifting environment where dancers can excel in artistic expression while developing technical skills. As a new member of Koala studios, I am excited to be a part of the team and hope to spread my love and passion for dance to my students.
It's never too late to start dancing! With a little bit of motivation and hard work, you'd be surprised how much you can achieve so quickly! My name is Fiona and I am a 21 year old new teacher at Koala Dance Studios. While I am currently completing a Certificate in Dance Teaching, I have also been trained in Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. I enjoy training my students to become the strongest and best dancers they can be, and take pride in watching them improve while on their dancers journey. I am thoroughly looking forward to teaching dance at Koala and am excited to watch my students learn and grow with each lesson.