Coach Dean

Coach & Coaching Manager

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Time with my family and doing anything adventurous outdoors.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Water Police especially on the Jet Skiis

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

I would be Thor. He is awesome, super strong, can fly and battles with an awesome hammer!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

David Beckham, I would stand the trampoline up on its side as a goal and put the bins in front and try and curve balls around the bins into the goal... may have broken a few windows in the process. I loved him because he was able to move the ball like I have never seen and I wanted to do it.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love they way they are free spirited and always wanting to enjoy life. The funny things they say and they are not scared to tell it how it is. They can change your mood and just gives me such a buzz to work with.

What is your Favourite Quote?

Live life to the max
Don't spend life longing on the future, but don't spend life dwelling on the past, life is short, so enjoy it while its yours!

Coach Tim

Operations & Business Development Manager

Coaching Experience:

I started coaching with the local U8 soccer team while in high school. I’ve since been able to deliver school coaching clinics to primary schoolchildren across the Brisbane area.

Favourite Quotes:

“You’re given a gift. Whatever that gift is, you don’t question it. You don’t betray it.”

“There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’.”

“You’ll never walk alone.”

Favorite Words:

Positivity, Resolve, Excitement, Passion.

What I Love About Coaching Children:

I love the excitement and joy children bring to sport. Sharing knowledge and experience to foster a passion for the game is a special feeling!

Hobbies & Interests

Soccer, playing sports, photography, hiking, and camping.

Favorite Coaching Game

Anything fun and energetic!

Coach Matt

Coach & Coaching Development Assistant

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

If I'm not coaching soccer you'll probably find me playing soccer. Either that or down at my local beach.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

I always thought I'd be a firefighter.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Spiderman, something about swinging from a web appeals to me, I'm not sure why

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Not so much in the backyard but on the track, Mika Häkkinen, I always wanted to be an F1 driver.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

The unpredictability of children keeps me on my toes. They always tell it as it is, they have no filter.

What is your Favourite Quote?

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Coach Ash

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I like to spend time with my fiance, family and friends.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Police Officer

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Spider-Man has always been my favourite for sure. Why? Because he's awesome of course.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Steven Gerrard or Ronaldinho! I always loved watching Gerrard's strikes from distance and Ronaldinho's incredible close ball control & skill. He was always such a joy to watch the way he went about his business with a smile on his face.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I enjoy coaching children because they are always so pure. Not a day goes by when I'm not blown away by some of the things they say or do. It's important that little ones have lots of positive influences in their lives and so many coaches here at Ginger Sport are fantastic role models for them.

What is your Favourite Quote?

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take

Coach Abby

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I love to go to the beach, attempt to surf, watch live music, keep fit and I love to play AFL and basketball.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Weirdly I wanted to be a physiotherapist because mum convinced me I was good at giving massages.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

I would be Spider-Man because it looks fun to swing from webs and he saves the most people cause he’s got the whole package a superhero should have.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Kobe Bryant! Because I thought he was the greatest basketball player and everything he did looked so smooth. He meant a lot to me growing up and taught me a lot about hard work.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love that they don’t expect anything from you other than to just have fun and put a smile on their face. They have such a vivid imagination and you can take them to another world so easily. They inspire me to be a better person and to see the good in every day.rk with.

What is your Favourite Quote?

If you’re afraid to fail, you probably will fail.

Coach Alexi

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I love being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, reading, surfing, or playing soccer!

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

I wanted to join the army, but really I think I just wanted to be outdoors, running around and having fun (Ginger Sport to a tee).

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Batman, because he doesn’t need super powers to take down the baddies.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Not sure about impersonation but I was OBSESSED with David Beckham. The reason? Have you seen him??

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I believe kids represent the best parts of us all, displaying the qualities that are sometimes lost through the natural turmoils of becoming an adult. It is my philosophy that they should be happy, safe and supported through all endeavours. I regard it as a privilege to play a role in the lives of children all around South East Queensland, through Ginger Sport. I hope to continue that role as a child psychologist on completion of my studies.

What is your Favourite Quote?

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.

Coach Brendan

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Anything to do with soccer whether that be playing in my own team, futsal with my mates or kicking back playing FIFA!

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Professional Soccer Player

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Black Panther, because he just an all round boss.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Cristiano Ronaldo, because he was always the goat. I loved him because he played for the greatest club ever Manchester United.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love working with children because I love seeing them smile and find achievement in every thing.

What is your Favourite Quote?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

Coach Cameron

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Training CrossFit

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Astronaut

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

The flash - so I can time travel and be fast at park run

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Steve Hooker, because pole vault looked fun.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I think they are cute and fun, and it makes me happy seeing them happy.

Coach Chris

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

When I'm not working I enjoy running, swimming, indoor soccer, playing tennis, golf and table tennis. When I need to chill I watch Netflix or play the Ps4.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

The first job I dreamed of was being a fitness coach.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

If I could be a superhero I'd be Indiana Jones so I could travel the world and discover lost treasures.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

The sporting icon I used to impersonate and still do is the AFL player ``Kouta``, who used run around the field with the ball in one hand.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love working with children because it's fun and it's satisfying having a lasting positive impact on them.

What is your Favourite Quote?

My favourite quote is ``Run like a tiger is chasing you``

Coach Damo

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Spending time with my family.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

A professional soccer player !

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

The original Batman from the TV series. Adam West was so cool !!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Graham Roberts of Tottenham FC fame, who was an uncompromising defender.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I regard teaching young children as tremendously rewarding. Witnessing their growth and development is a privilege to be part of.

What is your Favourite Quote?

``“It always seems impossible until it is done.“
Nelson Mandela.``

Coach Dido

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Really would like to spend my free time with my family.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

To be an Engineer.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Jumper because you can go at any place immediately no barriers.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Volleyball because I used to be an international VB player and coach as well.David Beckham, I would stand the trampoline up on its side as a goal and put the bins in front and try and curve balls around the bins into the goal... may have broken a few windows in the process. I loved him because he was able to move the ball like I have never seen and I wanted to do it.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

Because they are pure and you can help them to be on track as well as you can be their role model.

What is your Favourite Quote?

``Daily ripples of excellence-over time-become a tsunami of success``

Coach Jack L

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

My main passion is sport so love watching, doing, reading about all sport. I play cricket over here competitively in Australia.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Being a professional sportsmen. Unfortunately unsuccessful, but its good to have dreams right!

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Wolverine, love his regeneration and healing power. Wouldn't that be handy!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Freddie Flintoff, my english cricket hero! He was the coolest guy that hit the ball the furthest and bowled the quickest!

Why do you enjoy working with children?

With Child sport being a huge part in my upbringing, coaching kids is a great way to give something back!

What is your Favourite Quote?

Dont cry because its over, smile because it happens.

Coach Jack W

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Hanging out with friends and attending football matches.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Outside football I loved cartoons as a kid and wanted to be a cartoonist/ story board artist.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Korg from Thor (if he counts?) because he just seems like a nice dude. Inclusive, kind and hilarious - Korg has good value!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Roberto Baggio. He was a remarkable player with such brilliant ball control, balance and scored the sort of goals I wanted to score when I was playing.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

What I enjoy the most about working with kids is seeing their enjoyment when they improve and succeed. It’s incredibly rewarding and when you see those milestones then become positive playing habits.

What is your Favourite Quote?

``“Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it.”
-Rudyars Kipling

Coach Jacob

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

When I'm not working I love to catch up and spend time with family or mates, play some PlayStation or do some boxing.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

When I'm not working I love to catch up and spend time with family or mates, play some PlayStation or do some boxing.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

If I could be any superhero I would be Thor, he's just so epic and cool.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

I always impersonated Cristiano Ronaldo whilst in the backyard practicing my skills because he is arguably the biggest star in world football and hes so big even people who don't like football know who he is!

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love working children because there is never a dull moment with them and everyday is different and there is always potential to help them grow as a person.

What is your Favourite Quote?

I'm the biggest Muhammad Ali fan so my favourite quote would be ``If you even dream of beating me you'd better wake up and apologise!``.

Coach Jonathan

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I like play soccer on my free time, also when it is hot going to the beach is the perfect plan for me.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Professional soccer player

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Superman, because I always think how my life would be in the case I could fly, also it would be awesome helping people as he does.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Ronaldinho, when I was a child always wanted to be like him as he used to play fantastic football, when he played it looked really simple. I am a big fan of him.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

Because it is totally different to any conventional job, when you work with them you really forget all the problems about adult's life as you turn into a kid.

What is your Favourite Quote?

``I will forgive if the players cannot get it right, but not if they do not try hard.``
-Pep Guardiola

Coach Lachlan

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

When I'm not working I like to kick back and watch any sports I can get my hands on whether that be Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, NRL or NFL. I am a fan of a lot of sports.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

The first job I dreamed of having as a kid was managing Manchester United.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

If I could be a superhero, I would definitely be Batman because he has lots of awesome tech and drives really cool cars whilst also helping make the world a better place.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

I always impersonated Cristiano Ronaldo in the backyard as kid. Mainly because I was a massive fan of Manchester United and he was their best player when I was around 6, 7 and 8 years old and I loved scoring goals, like he did quite a bit.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love working with kids because they are always ready to have loads of fun and learn new stuff at the same time.

What is your Favourite Quote?

My favourite quote is “There’s a reason that God gave us two ears, two eyes, and one mouth. It’s so you can listen and watch twice as much as you talk. Best of all, listening costs you nothing.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

Coach Lockie

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

When I'm not working I like to spend my time watching movies, tv shows, playing video games and spending time with my family.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

The first job I dreamed of as a kid was an astronaut.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

I would love to be, The Flash. Definitely one of my favourites!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Always impersonated being Tim Cahill practising my headers.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

The energy that they bring to the sessions are always put me in a good mood due to their laughable mindset.

What is your Favourite Quote?

``Do or do not, there is no try`` - Master Yoda

Coach Luka

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Spending time with my friends

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Being a Sports star

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Probably the flash because obviously he is really fast

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Luke Hodge from Hawthorn because he won 4 premierships

Why do you enjoy working with children?

Working with children is the best because they always say the funniest things

What is your Favourite Quote?

Those who say they can and those who say they cant are both usually right

Coach Matt G

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Relaxing at home playing Fifa or at football training.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Being a professional footballer

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Spider-Man, because he can crawl up walls and swing from buildings with his Web and he’s just the best superhero.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Steven Gerrard, because he was such an icon for Liverpool and I always loved to recreate some of his world class goals.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

Because they bring such fun and ethiasum to everything and their imagination in wild

What is your Favourite Quote?

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

Coach Meg

Coach

Coaching Experience:

I have experience coaching kids netball through the Net Set Go program. I also have experience coaching girls to umpire netball. I am also a tutor, working with kids from grade seven to twelve.

Favourite Quotes:

“You learn more from losing than winning. You learn how to keep going”

Favorite Word:

Determined, persistent, fun

What I Love About Coaching Children:

I love seeing children grow and develop their skills. Sport can instill confidence, teamwork skills and sportsmanship, all important life skills. I love seeing children develop these skills and grow as people.

Hobbies & Interests

I love playing sport. My main sports are netball and touch. I love to be involved, get active and even umpire netball.

Favorite Coaching Game

Rob the nest

Coach Micheal

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

When I am not working, I spend a lot of my free time studying and going to university. I also play lots of sports so a lot of my spare time is taken up by training, which is awesome as I love sport and staying fit and healthy.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

As a kid I remember dreaming of becoming a wildlife photographer for the National Geographic or something similar as I love animals and being outside.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

I would choose to be Batman as I love going around and saying “I’m Batman!” in a really deep voice because its pretty cool.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

I wouldn’t say he was a sporting icon, but I always tried to play like my big brother in the backyard when I was alone or with friends. I looked up to him as the best sports player I knew at the time and I always tried to move and kick a ball just like him.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

Working with children would have to be one of the most rewarding experiences someone could have. Seeing kids develop new skills as well as friends always brings out the best in me, and makes me strive to be the best role model I can be, inside and outside of the workplace.

What is your Favourite Quote?

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh

Coach Mitchell

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Usually playing sport or drawing for other people.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

To be a paramedic either civilian or military.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Oliver Queen, otherwise known as Green Arrow. Due to his selflessness in the face of crime, equality and justice. And the mercy whom he grants to even the worst of criminals.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Sally Pearson was my idol when I was younger because I've always had a passion for track and field. Especially hurdles.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

because of their energy and eagerness to learn matches my energy and eagerness to teach.

What is your Favourite Quote?

I have two, one short one and one long one.

Coach Ned

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Spending time with my wife, Amber, or getting barrelled.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

A professional sports player in almost any sport.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

The flash because he’s so fast!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

I had many sporting icons I would impersonate in the backyard, from Ricky Ponting to Tim Cahill - it just depended what sport I was playing!

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love the energy and enthusiasm of kids and how much fun they love to have!

What is your Favourite Quote?

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” - Matthew 6:33

Coach Sam P

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Playing soccer is my favourite thing in the world. Otherwise, I enjoy sailing, painting, playing guitar, reading and I am somewhat obsessed with dogs.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

I have a vague memory of wanting to work a farm. I still have the dream of being a professional footballer.. it’s never too late!

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

If there is a superhero that can turn into animals, then that one!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Pele, Ronaldinho, Kaka & Fabregas were always my favourites. They are all amazingly talented and yet still seem very humble and modest, even in how they play football.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

``Seeing them grow and develop is something I find super rewarding. Especially when it’s in regards to soccer. Also their creativity, energy and flat out honesty is great fun!``

What is your Favourite Quote?

“A man that don't love a horse, there is something the matter with him. If he has no sympathy for the man that does love horses, then there is something worse the matter with him.” - Will Rogers

Coach Sofyan

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I am very interested in software development but I also love to cook

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Professional Footballer

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

I would be Ironman because he is so talented at making new technology and I would use it to improve people's lives

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Whoever my brother liked. Messi or Ronaldo

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love seeing the joy they get from being able to do something they couldn't before and making them laugh

What is your Favourite Quote?

Be the change you wish to see in the world

Coach Takudzwa

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I am a past time law clerk so I love researching on current law and writing articles. I enjoy watching series and movies too.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

To be superman

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Iron Man

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Matthew Hayden, he was a fantastic and intimidating cricketer that batted with total aggression.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I enjoy adding value to their lives and role modelling so they can be impacted in a positive way

What is your Favourite Quote?

When life throws you lemons, make lemonade

Coach Tash

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I love reading. I enjoy different categories of books.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

A teacher

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Spiderman, only because he has been my favourite growing up.

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

I got into soccer at the age of 11, but I did not follow soccer until after that. I enjoyed AFL and was followed Fletcher from Essendon always wanted to be as good as him.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

It gives me great joy to see the smiles on the children faces after they have learnt something new.

What is your Favourite Quote?

Success isn't over night. It's when everyday you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.

Coach Tee

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

When I'm not working, I spend a lot of time watching and playing sport, especially soccer. I also enjoy listening to music, watching movies and hanging out with family and friends.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

As a kid, I always dreamed of playing for the Matildas.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

I would be Captain Marvel. She is the most powerful superhero in the universe and is an overall boss. Girl power represent!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Lionel Messi. Because he is the greatest of all time!

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love working with children because they always bring something different to each session. Their energy and happiness is infectious and they always manage to bring a smile to my face.

What is your Favourite Quote?

Dream big because dreams do happen - Alex Morgan

Coach Thanasi

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Playing football, going to the Beach, 4 wheel driving, fishing, with family and friends and dog

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

I always have and always will dream of being a professional footballer

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Iron Man - He is super smart, has numerous super powers and is in avengers and looks very cool

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Cristian Ronaldo - because he is the greatest player of all time, and has a fun celebration to do

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I get a lot of enjoyment from seeing children smile and having fun especially while playing the best sport in the world. No day is ever the same when you work with children so you never know what the day is going to bring.

What is your Favourite Quote?

“When you’re good at something, you will tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they will tell you” – Walter Payton

Coach Zach M

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

Playing footy and watching Netflix

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

Professional football player

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

Hulk because hulk smashes

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

Marty Bowen because he was small and lightning quick and loved a classic chip and chase

Why do you enjoy working with children?

Because they are always happy and have no worries in the world

What is your Favourite Quote?

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them” Michael Jordan

Coach Zach P

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I like going to the beach with my friends and learning how to make music!

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

I always dreamed of being a racecar driver or professional stuntman

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

I would love to be The Flash, I just really want to go super duper fast!

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

I Played as a Defender in my soccer games and in the backyard, so I always Impersonated Lucas Neill, who was the Australian captain and also played defence

Why do you enjoy working with children?

Kids can be brutally honest and yet so encouraging at the same time, it's an amazing thing to be able to see every day! hearing them laugh is also the greatest sound in the world!

What is your Favourite Quote?

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” - Dr. Seuss

Coach Zak

Coach

When you're not coaching how do you like to spend your time?

I enjoy spending time with my Wife and 3 daughters. We spend time at the park, doing arts and craft plus learning new dance routines.

What’s the first job you dreamed of having as a kid?

I always wanted to be a PE teacher from a very young age.

If you could be any superhero who would you be?

``My favourite superhero of all time is Superman; i even have a superman tattoo which kids love to point out. I was very close to my grandfather and he suffered from cancer for 15+ years, he was the strongest person i knew, i would always tell him he was the man of steel, superman.``

Which Sporting Icon did you always impersonate in the backyard?

I wouldnt actually impersonate a famous sporting icon, however i would pretend i was my soccer coach. I think thats why being a coach means so much to me because i know how much my coach meant to me in the past.

Why do you enjoy working with children?

I love helping kids learn new skills and watching their amazing progress. A child is not afraid of showing thier happiness when they achieve somthing new, which is a great reward for me.

What is your Favourite Quote?

I have always lived by the quote:
``Treat others the way you would like to be treated``