Instructors

We all hold a current blue suitability card for working with children!

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Kayleen Tolley

Instructor since January 1997

Owner since July 2003

Hello, my name is Kayleen Tolley and I have worked as a Physi kids Instructor since 1998. I have a Diploma in Education and a background in athletics and child care. I have attained my Beginning Coaching Principles Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission, my Grass Roots License through the Australian Football Federation, and I have completed my Small Business Certificate. More recently I attained my Level 1 Coaching Certificate through HockeyEd and my Level 1 Junior Coaching Certificate through AFL Queenlsand. I have two sons and a very supportive Husband (below). My job now is mostly managerial, as I run everything in the background from Physi kids Headquarters. I do occasionally need to relieve our Instructors during busy times! My favourite day of the week is when I volunteer at ACT for Kids!

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Chris Tolley

Co-Owner since July 2003

With my Beginning Coaching Principles Certificate from the Australian Sports Commission in hand,  I went on to enjoy coaching all aspects of athletics with children aged 8 to 13 years. During the football season, I coach the under 8’s soccer team at Mansfield Eagles, which led me to attain my Grass Roots and Junior License’s through the Australian Football Federation. Before all of this I was a chef, trained in Sydney, and working at The Hilton Hotel in Brisbane. I am one of a very rare species, as I have spent many years as a SAHD (stay at home dad).

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Hannah Smith

Level 3 Instructor

Brisbane’s South East and Party Instructor

From 2006 to 2007 and again from October 2011

I had an awesome time as a Physi kids Instructor quite few years back, and left to experience working within a child care centre. But I really enjoyed the years that I spent as the Co-ordinator for before and after school care. I have already gained my Certificate III in Child Care, and an After School Sports Coach Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission, and my Level 1 Junior Coaching Certificate through AFL Queenlsand. I am currently studying my Bachelor in Early Education.

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Teesh Jelinek

Level 4 Instructor

Brisbane’s South West

Since August 2010

I completed a Bachelor in Physical Education majoring in exercise prescription and management in 2008. I have also gained certificates in touch and badmington coaching. In my homeland of New Zealand, I worked for Sport Otago providing physical activity advice and sessions to adults and children. I also worked as an Active Youth Co-ordinator for Tasman Regional Sports Trust, and as a sales consultant for Fitness First.  I have also completed my Beginning Coaching General Principals Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission.

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Chelsea Low

Level 4 Instructor

Brisbane’s South Relief Instructor

Since January 2011

I really love being around children and plan to be here for a long time!  I enjoy running and love taking very long bike rides. I have also completed my Beginning Coaching General Principals Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission. I love to write my own music, sing and perform. Sometimes I will bring my guitar along to work, especially the week we teach the children how to hula, and it’s great when learning our version of ‘Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes.’ (skull and shoulder blades, patella and phalanges)

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Kym Brookhouse

Brisbane’s North

From 2011 to 2014 and again from October 2016

I am so thrilled to be part of the Physi kids team again.  I was employed with Physi kids as a Level 2 instructor from 2011 to 2014 before leaving to work for a small business in an administration/marketing role.   I missed being active and working with children so I jumped at the chance when an opportunity came up to return to Physi kids.  I have attained my Beginning Coaching General Principles Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission and I am an accredited Foundation Touch Football Coach.  Sport has always been a part of my life: netball, swimming, gymnastics, water polo, touch football to name a few but my latest passions are boxing and participating in obstacle course races such as Miss Muddy, The Stampede and Tough Mudder.

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Liam Tolley

Level 2 Instructor

Physi kids student from 1999 until 2001

I.T. support since 2010

Party Instructor since June 2012

Kindy Instructor from September 2013 to January 2017

I am in my third year of studies at QUT, majoring in Economics and Finance in the Deans Honours Scholarship Program. In 2012 I attained my Beginning Coaching General Principals Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission. And last year I  gained my Junior Football License through the Australian Football Federation. I have played representative soccer, rugby league and rugby union. A few seasons ago, I took on the coaching role of the under 16?s soccer team at Mansfield.  At Physi kids I specialise in sports parties, particularly with children over 6 years of age, with football parties being my favourite. I love helping the children acquire new skills, and working with our speed gun is lots of fun!

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Amie Ralph

Level 2 Instructor

Brisbane’s South East and Party Instructor

Since February 2014

Kai is the absolute light of my life and I spent his first two years at home with him. Prior to becoming a Mum, I worked at Redlands gymnastics in Cleveland, coaching all ages and stages, from 3 to 17 years, putting my gymnastics coaching certificate to good use. I have also gained my Beginning Coaching General Principals Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission, and more recently gained my National Rugby League Coaching Certificate. I love working with children, and have a great connection with them. It is an awesome feeling to see them acquire new skills that you were responsible for introducing them to! I am also lucky enough to have my one son in one of my Physi kids classes!

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Melinda Beutel

Level 1 Instructor

Early Start Programs and Party Instructor

Brisbane’s South East

Since April 2015

I have a Certificate III and IV in Fitness and run my own small personal training business from home. I also spent 5 years as a Child Care Centre Nominated Supervisor, and then Director in Sydney before having children of my own, and have a Certificate in Child Care Studies. More recently I have gained my Level 1 Junior Coaching Certificate through AFL Queenlsand. I can’t believe my luck in finding a position that combines my two passions, children and sport!

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Kym Wojtasik

Brisbane’s South

From March 2016 to August 2016 and again from January 2017

I am so excited to be back at Physi kids. I am energetic & fun loving and always looking for an adventure. I have run my own athletics coaching clinics and have many qualifications in this area: Level 1 Community Athletics Coach, Level 2 Athletics Club Coach, IAAF Kids Athletics Accreditation, Level 1 Sports Trainer, Level 2 Recreational Running Coach, Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach and I have gained my National Rugby League Coaching Certificate. I love learning and acquiring new skills.

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Christine Larsen

Brisbane’s South and Party Instructor

Since November 2016

I am passionate about fitness, play and helping young people develop a lifelong love of movement. I have spent 5 wonderful years working as a Flipside Circus Trainer with children aged 18 months to 18 years! I have worked in school programs for Queensland Schools, and Outside of School Hours with Care Workshops, Corporate Workshops, Festival drop in workshops, and have delivered specialist programs for Educators. I have just completed my Certificate III and IV in Personal Training through FIAFitnation. I get a big buzz out of helping others learn new skills and gain physical confidence!

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Shaun Hayden

Brisbane’s North and Party Instructor

Since January 2017

Starting out as a gymnastics student, I easily moved into the role of Gymnastics Coach in 2011. I went on to achieve my Certificate III in Sports and Recreation, as well as my Beginner Coach, and Intermediate Coach Qualification. Most recently I have gained my MAG Judging Qualification. I continue to work with children aged 5 to 14 years at the YMCA in Enoggera. I believe this role will fit in perfectly with my new role as Sports Instructor here at Physi kids.

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Sophie Baas

Brisbane’s South and Party Instructor

Since February 2017

I spent most of my young years in Nippers (life saving) and I danced from age 6 to 16 years. I also worked as a child care assistant before the travel bug bit, and I went out to explore the world! I am enthusiastic, enjoy fitness and I absolutely love and adore children.

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Amy Magri

Brisbane Central Relief and Party Instructor

Since January 2017

I have recently completed a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, which included planning and holding sessions for younger children from Kindergarten to grade 9. In addition to this practical experience I also hold a Community Coaching Certificate and an Introductory Officiating Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission, . I am currently studying my Diploma in Legal Services at Mt Gravatt TAFE. I am extremely passionate about providing fun and inclusive fitness and sporting programs for children of all ages, to help them realise early on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

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Sarah Phegan

Brisbane’s Northside and Party Instructor

Since May 2017

I have extensive experience working with children and am passionate about helping children develop their gross motor coordination and general self confidence. Previous roles have been as an Active Afterschool Coach, Camp Counsellor in America and most recently, a learn to swim instructor. I have gained my certificate III and IV in Fitness and have two daughters in primary school.

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Braiden Pfeffer

Party Instructor

Since May 2017

I am currently completing year 12 at Iona College, and close to completing my Business Diploma. I keep active by playing Rugby Union on the weekend, and I hope to study speech pathology at Uni next year. I love children and I love helping people!

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Karen Vesovic

Brisbane’s South Relief Instructor

Since May 2017

I have been an Educator at Scallywags Child Care Centre in Mt Gravatt since 2006, putting my Diploma in Childcare to good use.  In 2014 I gained Water Safety and Infant Aquatic qualifications and began teaching ‘learn to swim’ on Saturday mornings. When the weather is warmer, I do like swimming myself. My twins are currently mastering their bike riding skills, so this is a really fun time together. They are now in Prep, and they loved participating in Physi kids classes when they were still at kindy! It’s a privilege to be part of children’s lives as they learn and grow, and I enjoy taking a key role in that journey.

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Reece Cottrell

Brisbane’s South Relief and Party Instructor

Since May 2017

I am currently in my second year of university at QUT, studying a Bachelor of Design (Architecture & Construction). I have gained a lot of experience with children and the community through volunteer roles which included Rosie’s Outreach Centre, St Vincent De Paul, Nazareth House, Blue Care, Plaster Fun House, Sam Smiley Smarties Daycare, and Darling Point School. I also became the Cross Country Coach at Iona College after graduating Iona in 2015. I find it easy to be around children and motivate them to actively participate. I’m looking forward to running sports parties for primary aged children on weekends!