Athleta Gymnastics founder Nicholas Packou has spent the better part of two decades training to be an elite gymnast. He started by working his way up to an elite level at the High Performance Centre, which was later renamed the National Centre of Excellence. After taking part in many different local and interstate competitions, Nicholas won the all around state championship title in 2005. After his success in competitive gymnastics, he decided it was time to give back to the sport by becoming a coach.
Nicholas was appointed head coach of a staff that focused on students of all ages. The primary goal of the school was to train students to compete in local and national events, but Nicholas was always happy to help students who wanted to benefit from the discipline and physical fitness aspects of gymnastics. Athleta Gymnastics is a culmination of his gymnastics programs and ideas while looking to international best practice in Gymnastics and professional sports.
Throughout his years of coaching and competing, Nicholas has developed a deep affection for the many positive ways in which gymnastics can affect anyone. He believes that every student, whether they want to compete or not, deserves the highest quality coaching to get the most out of themselves. He is driven to help every student achieve their dreams, and to show students how gymnastics can change their lives.
Nicholas started Athleta with the dream of offering opportunities in gymnastics to everyone from recreational level students to elite competitors. His goal is to dedicate his talents to the long-term support of those who are looking for a healthy way to express themselves and choose to do so through gymnastics. Athleta represents all of the dreams Nicholas has had regarding gymnastics coaching since his very early days as a student.
Tracey Penaluna has decades of experience as a gymnast and coach. Early in her career, she was a senior coach and program manager for the Victorian Institute of Sport Gymnastics. She is an accredited Level 3 Federation International de Gymnastic Brevet Coach and Senior Mentor for students at the National Centre of Excellence for Women's Artistic Gymnastics in Melbourne.
Throughout her career, Tracey has worked with gymnastics students at different skill levels and in different settings. She is an intermediate Kindergym and men's artistic gymnastics coach, and she attended the Gymnastics Victoria inclusion workshop. Her diverse coaching background and her history as a strong competitor make her an ideal part of the team at Athleta Gymnastics.
To go along with her distinguished career as a competitor and her years of coaching experience, Tracey is also a formally-educated instructor. She has her teaching graduate diploma of education from Deakin University, and her Diploma of Teaching from Monash University where she majored in Physical Education. Her coaching style is a combination of her educational background and her years of experience, and her ability to work well with children makes her a highly sort after mentor, coach and adviser.
Tracey has a list of accomplishments that shows how hard work and dedication can pay off. She was a member of the World Championships Team, part of the Australian Olympic Team and she has been coaching Commonwealth Games medalists since 2002. At Athleta Gymnastics, Tracey is proud to use her experience and education to benefit every student and help bring out the superhero in everyone.