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.


Gary Mort
Head Cheer Coach

No Male Photo AvailableI began cheerleading while at university in Leeds. I have won numerous national and grand championship titles as a member of unity all stars and have competed in both the 2008 and 2011 cheerleading world championships.

I now coach Newcastle skyline cheerleading who are looking to continue their two time national championship winning streak!

I also work full time as a management consultant for a UK asset management company.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Shawn Johnson and Victoria Swain.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Beam and baskets for cheerleading.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: expanding further to build a cheer gym and taking over the world!


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.


Shalana Adrian
Rec, Team Gym and General Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI started Artistic Gymnastics at 5 in Northern Ireland and started coaching Trampoline at 18, gymnastics at 20. I coached in America for 1 Summer before starting at CNGA in 2010. I now coach Rec, TeamGym and General Gymnastics.

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Bars and Floor.


Shannon Charlton
Rec Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI am an ex recreational gymnast. I came into coaching to help Liz and to try it out. Since then I have enjoyed it and want to carry it on.

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Floor and Bars.


Vicky Wilson
Rec Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI’m an ex gymnast who started at age 4 at North Tyne and trained at City of Newcastle until age 13. I worked my way up to become British Beam champion at age 10. Competing was amazing such a great atmosphere and made some amazing friends throughout my time. Being a gymnast meant I got to compete in Canada.

Now I am going to use what I know to coach gymnastics.

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Beam.


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!


Sarah Taylor
Rec Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI’m an ex gymnast from Wallsend Gymnastics Club which Karen Chapman ran many years ago.

I am a mum to two daughters and I work as an HLTA in a primary school as well as coaching twice a week with recreational gymnastics.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nadia Comaneci.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Floor.


David Patmore
Rec Coach

No Male Photo AvailableStarted gymnastics at the age of 10 in Leicestershire, since then have been involved in gym and became a coach.

I coach recreational gymnastics once a week coaching a boys group.

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Vault.


Rachel Hodgson
Rec Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI started gymnastics when I was 4 and since then have not been able to leave gymnastics… not even a fractured back stopped me! I’m now a coach and hoping to develop through the sport and inspire a new set of gymnasts.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nastia Liukin.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Vault.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: Producing some of the best GB gymnasts.


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.


Pat Jamieson
Assistant Coach

No Female Photo AvailableI trained at Scotswood Gym Club with Glenn Armstrong for many years. After retiring, I coached for 10 years with Vicki Grey.

I have my assistant club coach qualification. However, I have been out of practice for 15 years. I assist with coaching 9 hours each week during my daughter’s training.

My employment at present is as a district nurse.

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Floor and Beam.


Lucy Carr
Young Helper

No Female Photo AvailableI am an ex gymnast of 10 years. I started volunteering as a Young Helper as I don’t want to leave the gym forever.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nadia Comaneci.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Floor and Beam.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: with Olympic Gymnasts.


Caroline Pope
TeamGym Young Helper

No Female Photo AvailableI am part of TeamGym and 15 years old. I decided to become a Young Helper with TeamGym because I want to start coaching at a young age and stay part of the gym community. I am also a Newcastle United fan.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Louis Smith.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Beam.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: with Gymnasts in the Olympics.


Molly O’Brien
Young Helper

No Female Photo AvailableI’m an ex gymnast of 10 years. I started to volunteer for D of E and to stay in the gym community and not to leave the gym completely. I am 14 years old.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nadia Comaneci.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Bars and Floor.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: Producing Olympic Gymnasts.


Hannah Rutherford
Young Helper

No Female Photo Available

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nadia Comaneci.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Floor.
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: Producing Olympic Gymnasts.


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.


Sammy Shaw
Women’s Artistic Gym

No Female Photo AvailableI am an ex gymnast from Cleveland who became a coach then moved south for 10 years. I then had to move back to the North where I met and married my fantastic husband who gave me two lovely children Josh and Emmie. By the time we discovered CNGA Josh was nearly 9 years old and too stiff but the Emmie showed an interest very early joining rec. She mentioned my gymnastics background to Lynn who dragged me in and snapped me up! The rest is history.

I still love coaching and learning.

Favourite Gymnast of all time: Nastia Liukin.
Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Beam but floor to watch, I’m a fantastic dancer in my head!
In 10 years’ time I see CNGA: Back at the top if we keep going the way we are.


Angie F
 

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!


Brittainy Fuller
Rec

No Female Photo AvailableI am an ex sports acrobatics gymnast and started coaching when I was 14. I have also competed in and coached cheerleading. I help out with recreational gymnastics 3 times a week.

Favourite piece to coach/watch is: Beam.

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