Meet the Team

Here’s a little info on just a small part of the team here at CNGA.  More team info and photos to come soon.


Karen Chapman
Club Manager and Chief Executive

No Female Photo AvailableI was a gymnast at Wallsend Gymnastics Club who then became North Tyne Gym Club and then City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy. I started coaching as a volunteer aged 15. I volunteered for over 20 years running Wallsend from the age of 18, North Tyne and now Newcastle.

Over the years, (with a good team around me) I have coached National and International competitors and squad members. I was a Great Britain Squad coach before I had my 2 children and over recent years have been the England Coach.

In January 2012 I retired from coaching. I am still judging nationally and will continue to do so.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nadia Comaneci.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: A Bars.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: as the top club in the country.
Little Known Fact: I took Russian gymnastics coaching legend Leonid Arkajew shopping in Newcastle for his wife’s birthday present.


Shirley Sunderland
Trustee

No Female Photo AvailableA former gymnast whose absolute love of this fantastic sport over many years led my dad, Ken Sunderland, to become a coach, judge then ultimately to help establish the CNGA as we know and love it today. I’m now a Trustee of the Academy.

I can still handstand pirouette, but with the added bonus of seeing stars afterwards.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nadia Comaneci.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: All of it.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: As a thriving, busy, happy, exciting place to train and work.


Glenn Armstrong
Trustee and Coach

No Male Photo AvailableI’ve been a trampoline and gym coach since the war, Ex judge and tutor. I’ve also worked with Anj at Scotswood, Cowgate and Kenton clubs.

I love working with little gymnasts and seeing them develop into awful teenagers!

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nadia Comaneci.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Vault and Bars.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: Bigger, better and free coffee for coaches.


Kerry Scott
Women’s Coach and Trustee

No Female Photo AvailableI’m an ex Wallsend gymnast and former national squad member. I have my own group of gymnasts aged 5-7 and we train 9 hours per week within the Women’s Development Squad. I’m proud to be a trustee and a member of the funding committee too – you’ll see me at the gym most days.

I’m so pleased that my daughter has taken up gymnastics too, it’s not until you grow up that you realise just how much more than gymnastics you learn in the gym, those days, weeks and years of training set you up for life – it’s priceless!

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Olga Korbut.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Bars.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: with record numbers of gymnasts from women’s, men’s and teamgym, representing their country. We will also have had at least 1 Olympian. I can feel it in my water.


Hannah Brown
Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI was a gymnast in Leeds and made the national progression gymnast to coach at aged 14. I coached in Leeds until I came to university.

Then started coaching rec, I’m now head coach of general gym squad. I am also a competitive cheerleader with Skyline and coach tumbling to the seniors. In addition I work full time as a physiotherapist.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Shawn Johnson.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Coach: floor, Watch: bars.


Joanne Glynn
Women’s Artistic Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI am an ex gymnast who competed at national level.

I now coach a group of gymnasts aged between 7 and 10 19 hours a week.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Svetlana Khorkina.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: all of them!
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: continuing to grow as a club and having lots of success.


Vicki Gray
Women;s Artistic Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI was a gymnast in my younger days who turned to coaching when I realised I didn’t bend the way I should! I had five years out to heave 2 children but then was back into the sport when fortunately my daughter decided she wanted to try and also fell in love with the sport. I coach up to 12 hours a week and think our facilities at CNGA are among the best!

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Beam.


Sue Rogers
Rec Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI am a mum of 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. I got involved in coaching as my daughter Kelly did gymnastics from 3 years old. I volunteered as a coach for 3 years before deciding to take the plunge. I became a judge first then moved onto coaching which helped with the judging.

I really enjoy it.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Beth Tweddle.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Vault.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: Back at the top!


Lynn Morrison
Pre-School and One to Ones

No Female Photo AvailableI’m an ex gymnast turned coach and I live, breathe and sleep gymnastics!

I love teaching pre school children and get as much out of it as they do.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Natalia Shaposhnikova.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Floor.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: with a fantastic squad of Elite gymnasts, many of which in National Squad.


Hannah Rowley
Team Gym

No Female Photo AvailableAm an ex gymnast who started off in general gymnastics. I moved to team gym aged 14 and now help coach the primary national team. I also compete as a part of Skyline cheerleading team.

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Tumble.


Jill Tan
 

No Female Photo AvailableFormer gymnast Jill started coaching aged 14, then became involved in gymnastics again when her two boys, Ryan and Douglas, took up the sport. She is heavily involved in Sports Development and also coaches our Boys’ Development Squad.

Little Known Fact: Jill is a very talented artist who particularly likes big canvas work!


Karen Weir
 

No Female Photo AvailableThe first time I stepped through the door of CNGA was about 5 years ago, when my daughter Annabel was sent for a ‘trial’ by Gail at Whitley Bay.

I could see that the charity needed helpers, so I have done everything from fundraising, cleaing, cooking, coaching and judging, “MC”, and now trustee. You can’t change, improve or help shape the future of an organisation if you don’t step forward and get involved.

But be careful, you might never get away…

In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: bursting at the seams with Olympians. We have a wonderful pipeline of young talent at the moment, and I think we will see some exciting things gymnastics on Tyneside in the future.


Paula Thomas
 

No Female Photo AvailableFormer Olypmic Gymnast Paula works at CNGA as a Women’s Artistic Coach. Paula started gym aged 7 and represented GB at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Paula is a Senior Club Coach and National Judge.

Little Known Fact: Paula was a stunt double in film “Lost in Space”!


Ruth Tonks
Team Gym

No Female Photo AvailableI began team gym at CNGA as a gymnast in 2003. For the past 5 years I have worked as a voluntary team gym coach. I also coach general gymnastics and some recreational classes.

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Anything team gym! Especially tumble.


Angie R
 

No Female Photo AvailableFormer zone squad gymnast, Angie is the Choreographer at CNGA. Angie started coaching aged 14 and is also a coach in our Women’s Development Squad.

Little Known Fact: Angie co-presented the NE Sports Awards with Roger Thames, and was on TV!

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