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. I attained my Level 1 Coaching Certificate through HockeyEd and my Level 1 Junior Coaching Certificate through AFL Queenlsand. I am currently studying a Certificate in Coaching through Health Academy Australia. 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! I have two sons – Liam has grown up and left home, and Jai is in high school. 

Liam Tolley

Instructor from January 2012 to December 2017

Assistant Office Admin 2021

I’m Kayleen’s eldest son, and I normally live in Sydney, as I am a Finance Business Partner at Qantas. My role at Qantas enables me to work from home whilst I assist Mum with running her business this year. Before moving to Sydney, I spent my teen years working as a Physi kids kindergarten and party instructor. I have played representative football, rugby league and rugby union, and enjoyed coaching under 16’s football.

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Teesh Topine

Level 5 Permanent 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 badminton 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. I am a mother to two young children, Alani – who has just started school, and Zane, my toddler.

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Kym Brookhouse

Level 4 Permanent Instructor

Brisbane’s North and Party Instructor

From 2011 to 2014 and again from October 2016

I have just attained my Certificate III in Fitness, and prior to that, I completed Childcare studies. I gained my Beginning Coaching General Principles Certificate through the Australian Sports Commission, my Level 1 Junior Coaching Certificate through AFL Queensland,  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. I have two sons, one is still in high school, and the other has recently finished school.

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Amie Ralph

Level 4 Permanent 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. He is now in primary school! 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! 

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Melinda Beutel

Level 3 Permanent Instructor

Brisbane’s South East 

Since April 2015

I have a Certificate III and IV in Fitness and spent a few years running 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 (now adults themselves). I have a Certificate in Child Care Studies and my Level 1 Junior Coaching Certificate through AFL Queensland. I can’t believe my luck in finding a position that combines my two passions, children and sport! 

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Christine Larsen

Level 1 Instructor

Brisbane’s South Relief & Party Instructor

Since November 2016

I am passionate about fitness, play and helping young people develop a lifelong love of movement. I have spent many 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 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! Currently I am studying Primary Teaching externally.

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Sarah Phegan

Level 2 Permanent Instructor

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. In 2019 I created Backyard Big Screen – the ultimate backyard cinema experience. I am currently studying my Diploma in Library & Administration.

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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 primary school, 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.

Mitchell De La Roche

Brisbane’s North Party Instructor

Since September 2017

I have been the Venue Manager at Ferny Hills Oztag since 2015, and have been playing Oztag myself for around ten years. This Venue has become my home away from home, as I pour all of my energy and enthusiasm into the families that come through. I also run my own primary school clinics, which is so rewarding. I have a lot of passion for sports and fitness, and love bringing children out of their shell and encouraging them to get active. I have attained a Bachelor of Business Management, and am looking into gaining a second BA in Education, with the goal to become a Primary Physical Education Teacher.

Kay Gray

Level 1 Permanent Instructor

Brisbane’s South 

Since July 2018

I’m a certified Group Fitness Trainer and Personal Trainer Cert IV. I have been working in the Fitness Industry for 5 years. I am also a mum of two primary aged children, Albie and Isla, so I know how important it is to keep fit and healthy from a young age. I am passionate about assisting children feel strong and healthy through movement. I like to encourage children to try new things in a fun and safe environment like Physi kids.  I also feel strongly about building children’s confidence through providing activities for them to conquer!  Working with children is very rewarding and I am always learning new things about them and myself.

Rylie Douglas

Brisbane’s Relief  & Party Instructor 

Since February 2021

I have recently attained my Bachelor in Science & Economics at the University of Queensland, where I also play women’s rugby union.  Outside of Physi kids I work as a Sports Data Collector at Stats Perform & referee netball and touch football. I have coached girls rugby union from ages 4 to 13, and also coached touch football, athletics, soccer and netball at St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s School. I am very passionate about encouraging females to play sport, and am excited by this opportunity to work with the next generation.

Jennifer Cockerill-Wright

Brisbane’s Relief  & Party Instructor 

Since February 2021

I have attained my Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness, and I’m currently studying a Bachelor in Business online. I have coached children from 6 months to 16 years in previous roles and have come to value play-based learning. I have a highly energetic and adventurous 4 year old of my own, so I understand and needs of our children personally as well as professionally. Prior to becoming a Personal trainer, I worked in the Navy for five years.

Breana Carey

Brisbane’s Relief & Party Assistant

Assisting Since March 2013 – Permanent from April 2021

I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing at QUT, and still deciding the area I would like to specialise in. Previously I worked as a Touch Football Referee at Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association for three years, and also enjoyed playing touch myself. I grew up next door to Physi kids headquarters and was occasionally invited by Kayleen to assist at Fitness Expos and major public events. I think it’s pretty awesome that I get a chance to work here now.

Teagan Turpin

Brisbane’s South Relief & Party Instructor

Since April 2021

I have my Certificate III in Education Support, and lots of experience with school aged children. For the past five years I have worked as a freelance make up artist, with a Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services. I have two children of my own, Levi 12, and Hannah 7. I am excited about joining the Physi kids team and making a positive impact on children’s lives.

Alison Perkins

Brisbane’s North Relief Instructor

Since April 2021

I have a Bachelor & Graduate Certificate of Health Science & a Graduate Diploma in Public Health from QUT and have experience running healthy lifestyle programs. My family moved to Singapore for over 6 years, so my career took another turn, leading me to gain my Certificate III in Fitness supported by Certificates in Pilates (Reformer, Matwork, Back Pain and Pregnancy). I am now a mother of 2 kindy aged children, Zoe & James. I understand and value the huge impact we can have on a child’s confidence and well-being when we create a supportive environment.

Joel Haddock

Brisbane’s South Relief & Party Instructor

Since June 2021

I finished a Diploma of Sports Development (coaching) in 2019 and have also completed some of the community coaching courses provided by Football Australia. I have previously worked as a community coach for Brisbane Roar along with being a volunteer junior coach with my soccer club and rep team. I have been a volunteer at a kid’s holiday day camp at my church since I was 13, as group helper, then a group leader, sports coordinator and more recently as a camp director. I have played a number of sports over the years including; soccer, rugby league, AFL, tennis, just to name a few. I have a passion for the sports industry and hope to work in it for a long time. 

Jai Tolley

Party Assistant

Assisting Since 2012

I am currently in grade 9 at Citipointe Christian College. My favourite subjects are Physical Education and Hospitality. I hope to represent Australia for swimming in my future, and am considering joining the police force when my swimming career is over. I played soccer for 7 years outside of school, and continue to represent school in the First XI Football team. I have competed in the All Schools Aquathlon at State and National levels. When not swimming on weekends, I will sometimes assist at sports parties. A few years ago, my older brother also coached at Physi kids, and I would sometimes go along to work with him too.