Coaches

Coach Dion Smith

Dion Smith

Being 17kgs overweight ignited my health and fitness journey. Having worked in Nutrition at the Westmead Children's Hospital further developed my nutritional knowledge base, and further educate myself in health and wellbeing.

A number of years later, I made a career change and in order to secure employment within the line of work, certain fitness requirements were demanded. It was from this moment on my life and my physical training became a high priority. So did my knowledge of training methods.

Throughout the years, I've continued to learn, and personally experiment with different styles of physical development and coaching.  As an accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of physical training.

As a fully qualified health and fitness coach, and currently studying a Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition), there is nothing more satisfying than to see a person achieve what they set out to accomplish, and to be involved in that person’s journey is very rewarding.

I believe equally important is physical health, nutritional status, and psychological wellbeing. “BALANCE” is what I often advise those who seek my expertise.

Having the right support and assistance is often the difference between those who reach their goals, and those who don’t. An investment in a coach is essentially an investment in your future self; your well-being, physical state, and even your knowledge base.

Our body can only function as a result of what our mind communicates to it. Mental strength is a very important facet to also “train”, it directs us to where we want to be.


Jon Wotton

I coach because I like to be a positive influence on people’s lives. I believe fitness and wellbeing can answer most problems in people’s lives. Through regular exercise you can better your health and increase your longevity in life. I like to use practical approaches to coaching, involving the basics of gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning. I enjoy coaching people and getting to see their improvements and the joy on their face when they achieve something they believed to be the impossible.

I coach the mindset of my clients as well as the physical state. A holistic approach in having a positive outlook on all situations in the gym particularly in the face of adversity can help keep a similar mindset in day to day life. Seeing the positives in performance and not the negatives and rewarding all achievements big or small can have a huge impact. I also coach because there is no better job than being able to help or change someone else’s life. I believe my actions are as convincing as my words, I lead by example and practice what I preach.

I started a career in the fitness industry as I was very passionate about my own training and it interests me to understand how everything worked on a more intricate level. Taking on education to advance my understanding in the industry was the first step. From there it was all fun. Engaging with new clients and helping them achieve their goals. Whether it be from joining the air force to achieving a single pull up! No goal to small and no goal to big the dedication and delivery is all the same. I wish to further educate myself in CrossFit and continue to create fitter and healthier people every day.

Qualifications

Cert III and Cert IV in personal training

ASCA level 1 strength and conditioning coach

CrossFit level 1 trainer

  • 2018 CrossFit judges coarse
  • Spot the flaw (online)

I believe that nothing beats hard work. Coming in and going through the motions is not acceptable. There needs to be a relative intensity when training. I believe the use of weightlifting, callisthenics, metabolic conditioning is the key to better performance in the gym and in life. Nutrition should be kept very simple and not over complicated. We should be eating to maintain our goal body composition and aid recovery instead of over eating for indulgence. I believe in staying functional into an old age.

Methodologies: I like to follow the protocols of CrossFit for lifestyle and training; they are simple, uniform and have proven over and over again that it works. Following their protocols will lead to a healthier lifestyle and create a buffer against illness and move you into better health.

“Intensity and dedication gets results”


Loren

Loren Carter

I started training in the gym when I was 11 years old. I was a serious competitive swimmer and used the gym to assist my training. I remember walking into the gym for the first time and being so scared because I had no idea what to do. My goal is for everyone to feel comfortable in the gym and to not be afraid to have a go. I retired from swimming due to injuries and continued to only train in the gym. I then pursued my passion for fitness by studying and becoming a trainer!

I have now been coaching for over a year in the gym and over 2 years at the pool. I’m experienced in training a wide variety of clients; athletes competing at national level, injury rehabilitation and defence force personnel and weight loss clients.

I have a passion to make sure people feel good not only about themselves, but within themselves. That is why I work at WSU Gym, our team all have the same value to make sure our members  get results and feel special every time they walk in the door.

Qualifications

  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Teacher of Competitive Stroke (Swimming Coach)
  • Cycle Instructor
  • Aqua Instructor
  • Sports Trainer Level 1
  • Strength and Conditioning Level 1
  • Qualified Children’s Trainer
  • First Aid & CPR

Lyn

Lyn Campbell

I am a qualified personal coach and have also completed numerous associated courses such as Aerobics, Boxercise, Aquaerobics and Les Mills programs in Body Combat, Body Pump, Body Jam and RPM.

Over the years I have grown my exposure to the fitness industry in numerous Gyms across North Western Sydney from Blacktown to Penrith and most recently concentrating in the Hawkesbury Region where I currently run 20 classes per week in addition to coaching a number of private clients.

My sporting background covers swimming, baseball and netball where I am still actively competing as well as umpiring in the Hawkesbury District competition.

Over the last couple of years I have developed a special interest in fitness for older populations and have completed training in “Heartmoves” as a “Functional Aging Group Exercise Specialist”.

I love the challenges presented by working in the fitness industry and take a keen interest in keeping up with trends.

I am well known for building confidence in my classes and providing a professional, enthusiastic and fun approach to classes.

I work hard to be a role model and promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. I hope to continue working in this profession for many years to come.


Todd Williams

Qualified level 1 CrossFit coach

I am Currently studying my Cert III and IV in personal training and have been training at Western Sydney University gym for over 2 years.

I have been working in the gym for 6 months and been involved in various activities as a member prior to my employment.  I have especially enjoyed assisting with the power lifting competitions.

Over the years I’ve played a variety of sports to maintain my fitness and learn new skills including Soccer, Rugby league, Cricket, Baseball, Basketball, Regional Athletics and Cross Country which have all contributed to the level of fitness I hold today.

I began my gym training career like most others, jumping in head first with a friend, not having much of an idea about training and waking up the next day the sorest I have ever been in my life. Over time I built my knowledge about how to train and the importance of good nutrition and have managed to achieve the goals I have set out for myself over the past few years. Training in the gym and keeping fit is something that I intend on doing for the rest of my life.

I have recently gained a passion for CrossFit.  Its introduction into the gym resulted in me attaining my level 1 CrossFit Trainers qualification. Through the completion of my training I have learnt to program CrossFit to achieve certain goals, teach movement progressions and correct technique, train different metabolic pathways and how to use nutrition to enhance results.

My goal as a coach is to inspire and help people to reach their full potential, create relationships and make the hour’s people spend in the gym the best hours of their day. The most exciting parts of my day are when people make break throughs in their training. This is something I get to witness nearly every day in CrossFit through the development of new skills or improvements in execution and technique through a variety of different movements. There is nothing more rewarding than playing a role in teaching someone something new and watching them achieve their goals which is why I love coming to work every day and seeing all our members.


Jemma

Jemma Wotton

I am a big promoter of loving the life you live.  I have a passion for learning and utilising opportunities to apply that knowledge to practice and I like to do this constantly with exercise.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Bachelor of Health Science

and I am currently completing:

  • My final year of a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours
  • Certificate IV in Fitness

These are only the beginning of many I wish to complete…

I am a strong advocate that everyone and anyone should be able to participate in exercise and sport.  After the completion of my degree in Occupational Therapy I wish to take this goal and the knowledge I currently have on sport and exercise into the fields of disability as well as rehabilitation.  Combining two areas I am very passionate about I hope to spread the love for functional training.

I believe that an individual should feel challenged by their training but ultimately view exercise as fun and therapeutic.  I am always mindful of how I am coaching and how to get the best out of everyone involved.  I like to have focus on coaching good form and good habits during every session.

I became a coach after the guidance and support I was lucky enough to receive through various sports whilst growing up. Sports that guided my relationship with health and fitness included 2 years of touch football, 10 years of soccer, and 10 years of athletics and of the past 3 years, a growing interest in team training.  In each, I had exceptional mentors that helped develop and promote a happy, healthy and strong relationship with exercise and being able to enable this in even one person would be considered an accomplishment for me.

In summary, I wish to motivate and inspire those around me to continually challenge themselves and not settle for what is comfortable. I can only hope that I create a coaching environment with members and clients that enable people to turn to me for constant support and direction with their training.


Shay

Shay Southern

I completed a Bachelor Degree in Health Science (Sports and Exercise) in 2017.  From a young age I have been highly committed to an active lifestyle.  From the age of 10 I was training several times a week in both squads and Athletics. The following 10 years I competed as a long distance athlete with Little Athletics.  In this time I competed at national meets several times around Australia. I have a sporting background which also includes dancing and netball. I moved on to resistance training in the gym in 2014 when My goals and interests changed. In this time I have put a lot of effort into getting stronger, fitter and healthier than ever.

I love training and believe that the best results come from doing something you love. I emphasises balance and finding a style of training that works best for you, something that you can stick to while getting the results you are after. I love seeing people reach their goals, no matter how big or small they are it is always rewarding.

I am also interested in nutrition and how it comes hand in hand with training.  I have done a lot of personal research and I am very passionate about helping others improve their nutrition and even relationship with food. I believe that it is important to find an approach that works for you, again one that you actually enjoy and that you can stick to long term. I also have experience through my personal approach to food choices for those interested in a plant-based diet.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise)
  • Cert III in Fitness

Carly

Carly Sanford

My coaching experience first began when I was 15, assistant coach of U12 Girls Soccer team which I led to a Champion of Champions NSW State Final in the first year. This was my first experience at coaching and understanding how incredible it felt to help others work hard and achieve their goals. I continued coaching team sports throughout high school and went on to study Sport and Exercise at Western Sydney University.  It was here that I found my passion for training myself and others in the gym and on the field, especially with my sporting background in swimming, triathlons, soccer/futsal and touch football. Throughout my degree, I tailored training to be more specific to myself and others’ sports, using the knowledge and training mechanisms which I learnt through my studies.

Since then, I have completed an internship at Newington College, as part of the Strength and Conditioning Faculty in the sport of Rugby Union, assisting in all facets of the sub-elite athletic teams competitive season. Currently, I also work as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Rugby League ISP team, involved in the roles of gym (strength/resistance) training, field conditioning (fitness) and player nutrition and hydration.

As a Strength and Conditioning Coach, my emphasis is placed on good technique and striving to get the best out of my members and athletes. I believe good form is the foundation for which progression is built upon and this decreases the incidence of injury. I thrive off members and athlete’s success in achieving their personal goals, inside or outside of the gym. I believe that all individuals can achieve their goals, through consistency and accountability in their nutritional habits and training routines. My thorough knowledge in the mechanics behind each exercise is essential to ensure my program prescription is specific for the individual and facilitates progression and the achievement of goals.

Coaching at Western Sydney University Gyms has provided me with an invaluable opportunity to develop my skills, experience and knowledge in the increasingly competitive and progressive fitness industry. The team culture at WSU is very positive, encouraging and motivating for all staff to strive to be our best and value what we do, individually as coaches and as a team. This culture ensures our members have the finest, most fun and inclusive environment to train and progress in. I love the team attitude at WSU and the celebration between staff and members with all successes experienced in and out of the gym, no matter how big or small.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Level 1 ASCA Strength and Conditioning
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • Level 1 SMA Sports Trainer

Coach Jodie Wood

Jodie Wood

My method when coaching my clients is to help create strategies with the individual to help them find their best version of themselves. I want to teach my clients balance, awareness and sustainability. I want exercise to be part of the picture in everyone's life. As a coach and (almost) Exercise physiologists I have harnessed my own set of unique training values and insights to pass onto my clients. What is important to me is to improve people's overall health, change their lives and make them feel great!

My passion lies in strength training. I gravitate towards strength training and those wanting to get strong and more powerful in sport and life, changing their body composition along the way. I want everyone to experience the strength and confidence this brings to your life. I want everyone to create a powerhouse version of themselves.

I am genuinely interested in your growth and progress. I want to leave an impact on each person that I coach. I want you to leave feeling empowered and informed.
Coaching at WSU gym allows me to be a part of something greater than a commercial gym with profits as its bottom line.


Amanda Findlater

Amanda Findlater

The reason I chose to study to become a personal coach is a very simple one...I truly believe strength and fitness training is the most under-utilised form of therapy.

I feel at my best mentally and physically when I'm participating in physical activity.

I love training and I want to share that with others...there is no better feeling than getting fitter and stronger!

Qualifications

  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness
  • Performance Boxing Instructor
  • Completed Kettle Bell Basic's through the Australian Fitness Network
  • Completed Active Anatomy Rehabilitation through the Australian Fitness Network
  • Completed a Certificate of Nutrition through Cadence Institute of Nutrition & Health Coaching

I'm particularly fond of team training and team sports.

I've previously played netball for Hawkesbury City at a representative level, and I currently play Oz Tag in the Penrith Competition.

Training in a team environment brings the best out in you.

Running my Bootcamp is one of the highlights of my week

I was a member of Hawkesbury Gym for over 15 years before being given the privilege to work there.

I'm proud to be a part of our team here at the gym. From the fantastic, passionate, hard working coaches to our awesome members who make the gym such a fantastic place to work and train.


Jeff

Jeff Palise

I have been a coach for 11 years.

My love of fitness started at an early age with sport. My sporting background has included soccer, swimming, running, volleyball, water polo, snowboarding and surfing.

As I got older I realised the importance of exercise and how it can prevent health problems, improve quality of life and slow down the ageing process. I now look forward to helping everyone achieve their fitness, health and lifestyle goals.

One of my main focuses is training smarter because more doesn’t always equal better.  My training methods focus on improving your health through proper technique and quality of movements that safe and effective. I am a firm believer in training diversity. I am all about encouraging new ways of training and giving them a go.

I have a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science) from Sydney University.