Head of Coaches – Rachel O’Neill
Head Coach Girls Team Gym – Lucy Jewell
Has been a member of Waterside Gymnastics Club since the age of 4 she has seen the club grow from a 2 piece Floor and Vault Artistic club to how you see it today. She has represented the club as a gymnast at Club, Regional and National levels and is now passing on that experience to the next generation.
At the age of 12 she began coaching within the mini sections, progressing through the coaching levels within the General gymnastics and Women’s Artistic sections.
In 2000 she discovered and helped to form the Team gym section. This has become her love and focus within the club. In 2004 Waterside competed in their first Team gym competition and qualified for the British finals. Since then Team gym has competed every year at regional level competitions.
Since gaining her Level 4 coaching qualification in 2010 she has been able to develop the gymnasts to a higher level and has recently taken teams to National and International competitions.
To help develop Team gym at Waterside, Lucy has also gained a National judging qualification. She Judges regularly throughout the year at major Team gym events, Including the Team Gym British Finals and European qualifying competitions.
Head coach of Boys Team Gym – Della Downes
Della has been coaching now since 2009 having started as a parent helper. She has coached within both general gym and teamgym sessions for girls and boys. She became head of the boys section, which currently has over 30 boys aged between 6 – 25 years of age, in April 2012. Della is keen for the boys to continually have a goal to work towards and so encourages them to compete twice a year. The boys regularly perform well at their competitions at both regional and national levels and qualified for the British Finals this year. She is currently planning to coach Waterside’s first Senior Men’s full team with the hope of taking them to the finals in 2018.
Della is also a qualified regional TeamGym judge and judges nationally several times a year.