Our Staff
Gwen Harrop
General Manager

Gwen was appointed General Manager in August 2021. She returned to New Zealand in 2016 having built and successfully managed her own gymnastics club in Bangladesh. Not only has she coached Gymnastics from the age of 14 and across 5-different countries, her work as a Sports Physiotherapist has defined her career. She acquired a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy in 2012, has worked as a Physio with the Australian and Victorian Gymnastics teams and more recently completed a 3-year contract with Netball New Zealand as the NetballSmart Development Officer for the South Zone. Her breadth of experience across the health and sporting arenas provides her with a unique perspective on athlete wellness. Her holistic view is well aligned with DGA’s philosophy of a positive and inclusive club environment as well as balance and athlete wellbeing.

Hayley Storey
WAG Lead Coach

Hayley, a full-time WAG Lead & Coach for DGA, is a qualified FIG Level 2 WAG Coach. Her incredible organisational skills, innovation and dedication to our gymnasts make her a valuable asset to our team. Hayley began with DGA in January 2021 having worked at Tri Star for nearly 7-years prior. She has a depth of experience from Pre Comp to Senior WAG and in her first 6-months in the role has helped facilitate one of DGA's most successful years at Gymnastics Nationals.  Adding another string to Hayley's bow is her Bachelor of Teaching (Primary Education). Hayley is passionate about Crossfit and this passion has brought a nice sense of diversity to our WAG programme. 

Alex Pearson
Parkour Lead Coach
Sapphire Schwarz
GFA & PlayGYM Lead Coach

Sapphire has been a valued member of DGA for many years. As GFA (Gymnastics for All) Lead she steers our GYMfun and SportGYM programmes as well as our preschool programme - PlayGYM. Sapphire is an Elementary qualified Coach & Judge  and further enriching her skill set are her dance qualifications.  Her creative, fun and dynamic approach to coaching makes her a popular and well loved coach. Sapphire also coordinates our Holiday Programme. Outside of gymnastics she enjoys Cheerleading.

Carmel Leslie
Life Member & Club Mentor
Todd Gordon
Mandy Watkins
Mike Brummit