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Coaches
Our Coaches have been involved in the Club for a number of years starting as Competitors before moving on to Coaching.
Our 2017 Coaches are listed below.

Meg Allison


Tinies Navy Coach
Sub-Junior White Coach

I started calisthenics when I was three and a half years old with Vermont Calisthenics Club. In my first year as a Sub-Junior I joined Plympton Halifax when they amalgamated with Vermont. I was fortunate to be coached by many excellent coaches, including Laurel Hawke, Cate Bell, Josie Kerr, Leah Nankervis, Hayley Edwards and Courtney Marshall.

In addition to Club, I participated in two state teams, first as a Junior and then as an Intermediate. I enjoyed broadening my calisthenics horizons and the opportunity to improve with the extra practices. Over the years, I have particularly liked doing clubs and rods routines, and my favourite part about calisthenics is competing as a team, especially with my two younger sisters who both also still compete in the Seniors team with me.

While competing as an Intermediate I first started demonstrating in the Junior age group, then demonstrated for the Sub-Junior team for a few years and became qualified as a cadet coach. During my final school years and first few years of uni I stopped demonstrating, before returning to demonstrate for Sub-Junior Navy with Courtney Marshall in 2014 and Hayley Edwards in 2015 and 2016.

I am looking forward to continuing to coach the Tinies Navy team and see the girls improve further in 2017. I am also excited to co-coach in the Sub-Junior age group with my sister Emma, and to continue to work one on one with girls teaching solos, duos and graceful girls.
Lisa Beecken


Junior Coach
Coach Co-Ordinator


I began Calisthenics at the age of 6 at Plympton Methodist All Saints with my Coach being Diane Winterling. I continued competing at the same Club through its name changes to Plympton and Plympton Halifax for the next 21 years! I was a member of four State Teams - Intermediate A Grade and 3 Senior A Grade Teams. My coaching aspirations began whilst demonstrating for State Teams for Bev Bahr.

In 1990 I began coaching the Sub-Junior 2 Team at Plympton. The following year I began coaching at Vermont where I coached the Tinies and Sub-Juniors for the next 6 years.

When Plympton and Halifax amalgamated I coached the Seniors, Intermediates and Junior teams until I moved 7 years later. In 1995 I was the Assistant Coach of the Senior National Team and in 1996 I coached my own State Team, Intermediate A Grade, gaining second place in Ballarat. I coached the Seniors at Hackham in A Grade for 2 years.

In 1998 I moved to Yorketown and a few years later started up my own Club. This was a challenging and rewarding experience. Very few knew what calisthenics was! The Club grew quickly in numbers and I was coaching Tinies, Sub-Juniors, Juniors and Intermediates. The Sub-Juniors quickly moved through the Divisions winning the Aggregate each year. I was awarded an SA Great Award for Services to Sport.

In 2006 we moved back to Adelaide and I began coaching back at Plympton Halifax. In 2006 I coached the Tinies and Junior 2 team. Since 2007 I have coached the Juniors for all but one year - in 2011 there was no Junior team and I coached Intermediate 2. .
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The Plympton Halifax Juniors have competed in Ballarat 3 times and in 2006 they won the aggregate and won all items. In 2015 the team won the Reserve Aggregate.

I was very fortunate in my participant days to have excellent Coaches who have greatly influenced my Coaching. Now I have much pleasure in seeing the girls I have coached become Coaches themselves.

I am married to Daniel who has always been a great support. We have three children, Charlotte (who is a member of the Senior Team), MacKenzie and Cooper.

Calisthenics has provided me with many great life skills, many friendships and many memories and I hope there are many more to come! Although I have been coaching for many years I am still as passionate about my teams and Plympton Halifax as the day I started.
Caitlin Carroll


Tinies White and Sub-Junior Gold Coach

I started Calisthenics aged 5 at Largs North Calisthenics Club. Where I competed in 4 State Teams in the Championship Division at Royal South Street. In 2008 I made the move to Plympton Halifax as a last year junior, the club welcomed me with open arms and I have loved every minute since. I have made lifelong friends and opportunities that I am so grateful for. While at Plympton I have been to Ballarat on 5 occasions. I was a part of the 2008 Junior team which won the State CASA Championships and Division 3 at Ballarat placing 1st in all items taught by Miss Lisa and Miss Josie.

2017 will be my 10th year here at Plympton all of which I have demonstrated for various teams after completing my Class Assistant and Cadet course. 2015 saw me receive my Level 1 coaching badge which led me to coach the non-competitive Sparkles team. After a fantastic 2016 I am lucky enough to continue with the competitive Tinies and Sub Junior 2 team. 2017 also sees a fantastic new experience for my coaching career as I join the Sub Junior National Team as the second assistant. I look forward to this new opportunity.

I am currently part of the Plympton Senior team while also competing in gracefuls and solos. Along with Calisthenics, I am studying a bachelor of Podiatry and play softball in the Adelaide A grade competition along with competing at a National level where I became a National Champion in 2015.

Amelia DeLaine


Tinkerbells and Tinies White Coach

I started Calisthenics at Plympton Halifax at the age of three, dragged along by my mother who had previously competed for both Plympton and Halifax when she was younger. I fell in love with Calisthenics right from the start and still remember my very first `fancy item`, "Truly Scrumptious" taught by Miss Josie. Throughout my many years at the Club I have been fortunate enough to participate in a Junior State Team as well as many Club trips to Mt Gambier and Ballarat, each time creating unforgettable friends and life long memories.

In 2013 I received my life membership with the Club - 15 years of competing at the Club. I have also received many Coaches Awards and the Club Girl award in 2014 and 2016. I was very honoured to receive this award. Being a very shy child I decided to start demonstrating for the Tinies team to help build my confidence. I ended up loving it so much that I demonstrated every Saturday morning for nine years before beginning coaching my own Tinies team in 2016.

My desire to become a Coach developed from my commitment to the sport as well as Plympton Halifax as a Club. I also have a great passion for working with children which has driven me to study education - middle and secondary teaching.

Outside of calisthenics I am a very active person playing tennis and netball, as well as holding two part time jobs in hospitality and out of school hour's care. Although I am a very busy person I always have time for calisthenics and cannot wait for what my coaching career brings me.
Hayley Edwards


Sub-Junior Navy Coach
Intermediate Coach
Senior Coach


I started calisthenics with Plympton Halifax as a Tiny in 1989 at the age of 4. As I grew older I moved through the different age groups learning new skills every week.

As a youngster I was a very enthusiastic participant of the sport often driving my mum crazy with impromptu performances to showcase my talents. Throughout my many years with the Club I have been fortunate enough to achieve many awards, have been a state competitor both solo and as part of a team and have had the opportunity to participate as a demonstrator and worked up in some of the older age groups.

My desire to become Coach came from my passion for the sport. On the road to becoming a Level One Coach I completed a course as a Cadet Coach at 15 which enabled me to work alongside the Coaches while they instructed and choreographed their students and I was even given the chance to add my own choreography. In my first year as a Coach in 2003 I coached the Tinies section. I then moved on to the Sub-Junior section all the while helping out in the Intermediate section and competing as a Senior myself. My first year as the official coach of the Intermediate section the girls took home the 1st place trophy.

Calisthenics as a pupil and as a coach has been a very rewarding sport. I am so grateful to my mum for putting me into this sport as a child, and even more grateful that it was Plympton Halifax. This club and all my coaches have taught me so many things that have helped me in other areas of my life. Things such as co-ordination, discipline, deportment, creativity, confidence and patience. Outside of calisthenics I participate in other sports like netball, softball and baseball, and in each of these, in some way or another, I use the skills that callisthenics has taught me. I have also made some lifelong friends along the way and I can only hope that as a coach I am able to pass on some of the lessons and experiences that have given me so much joy over the years.
Josie Kerr
Masters Coach

I began coaching at Valley View with my Auntie Bev Bahr. In 1986 I took over Plympton Calisthenics Club and began teaching the whole Club. Prior to the amalgamation of Plympton and Halifax I also coached at Halifax, Seacliff and Brighton. In 2006 I was fortunate to coach the Sub-Junior Championship team and over the years assisted Bev Bahr with many of her State teams. Much of my coaching has been influenced by two special people who have guided me along the way, Bev Bahr and Karen Hicks.

It has been a rewarding experience to see the girls I coached now become our talented and creative coaches at Plympton Halifax.

Calisthenics has provided me with many wonderful experiences and memories and I look forward to many more as I continue to coach and hope my daughter Zoe (currently in the Tinies) enjoys calisthenics as much as I do!!
Courtney Hill


Junior Coach

I started calisthenics as a Sub-Junior when I was 6 years of age at Plympton-Halifax Calisthenics Club. In that time, I was privileged enough to work up in the older age groups as well as my own, and am currently still at the same Club. In my years at this Club, I have achieved 1st Place prizes in my age group, High Achievement Awards, as well as the Best Club Girl Award. I was awarded 20 years membership in 2015.

As well as competing in the Plympton Halifax Seniors team at both Ballarat and Glen Waverley Competitions in Victoria, I also competed at Ballarat in the Junior Championship Team of 2000, as well as the Intermediate National Team in Perth in 2003 and the Senior National Team in Melbourne 2014 where we were the national champions. I have competed in Graceful Girl competitions from a Junior to a Senior Level. I have also enjoyed competing in Solos, as well as having some fun with friends in the Duo competitions.

While competing I also demonstrated and assisted for the younger age groups as a cadet coach, and eventually achieved my Level One Coaches badge in 2008. For the past five years I have coached Sub-Juniors and Senior teams. This year I will be coaching our future stars in the Junior section and will again be working closely with my Solo and Graceful competitors.

I have been loyal to Plympton Halifax Calisthenics Club for my entire calisthenics career. I love our Club and the coaches I get to work with. Each lesson I learn something new, and accomplish something different whether it be as a competitor or as a coach. I have learnt many life skills from calisthenics that will assist me in my future life, and have made life-long friendships that I know I will cherish forever.
Emma Allison
Sub-Junior Gold and Sparkles Coach

I started calisthenics at the age of 5 and did most of my competing with Geelong Calisthenics club in Victoria, with my 3 younger sisters. During my years at Geelong I competed at many venues with achievements of CVI aggregate winners and Ballarat winners on 3 occasions as a Junior, Intermediate and Senior. I was awarded the Jean Nash award as an Intermediate that acknowledges the best team girl.

I moved to South Australia in 2007 and joined the Senior team at Plympton Halifax in 2008; I competed in Ballarat with the team in 2009, I enjoyed going back to the familiar stage of Her Majesty's theatre and the Royal South Street competitions and would encourage any calisthenics girl to do so if given the opportunity.

I was acknowledged for my 20 years of service to the sport of calisthenics in 2010 by Plympton Halifax, I have loved my time as a "cali girl" and it is very much apart of who I am. I will be joining the Seniors again in the Championship Division for Plympton Halifax in 2016.

I started assisting the Sub-Junior team in 2012 and achieved my Level One coaching in 2014. I thoroughly enjoying coaching and take pleasure in watching the girls improve their skills and make long-life friends like I have.