About Active Attitude

Active Attitude was established in 2007 and produced a children’s fitness DVD titled “Beat the Feet.”

Today, Active Attitude’s focus is on developing quality physical activity programmes to assist young people with leading an active lifestyle through recreational sport and fitness.

The three sports Active Attitude encourages are:

  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Athletics

These sports provide fantastic opportunities for children to acquire fundamental movement skills and provide great foundations for children wishing to go on and participate in other sports.

 

Check out this newspaper article about Ashleigh and Active Attitude: Back flips mastered with attitude – Northern Advocate 22.04.2015

 

Meet the Active Attitude Coaching Team…

 

Ashleigh McCaw

About Ashleigh:

Ashleigh has always enjoyed sport and being physically active. From an early age she was swinging on bars in the playground and doing handstands. As a youngster, Ashleigh played netball and did competitive gymnastics.

Started coaching gymnastics at the age of 14 and has been involved with instructing children’s physical activity ever since. She enjoys teaching gymnastics, swimming and athletics, as these sports develop fundamental movement skills which provide the foundations for other sports.

Ashleigh previously worked for GymSports New Zealand and assisted gymnastics clubs to host School Gymsport Festivals throughout the Waikato. Ashleigh is looking forward to getting gymnastics into more schools in Northland.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Sport and Leisure (Hons).
  • Fitness Business Diploma
  • Certificate in Personal Training (REPs registered)
  • Certificate in Sports Administration
  • GymSports NZ Qualifications (Gymnastics/Gymsports): Basic Skills, Recreation Coach, PlayGym Leader, Junior Women’s Artistic Coach & Junior Aerobics Coach.
  • Swimming NZ Swim Teaching Certificates: School Age, Adult, Early Childhood, and Teaching Swimmers with Disabilities.
  • Trained Level 3 Run Jump Throw (Athletics) Coach
  • Trained Get Set Go (Athletics) Coach

Favourite Sport: Gymnastics

Favourite Healthy Food: Strawberries

Favourite Quote: “Your attitude determines your altitude.”

 

Kellie Clarke

About Kellie:

Kellie is a super mum of three…two are our Active Attitude participants – Jerecho (an Active Attitude “Coach in Training”) & Willow (one of our Aerobics Academy members).  Kellie also assists with coaching Willow’s school netball team.  Kellie has grown up in a gymnastics environment with her siblings being gymnasts and her mum also being a gymnastics coach.  You will find Kellie coaching at our Dargaville Gymnastics Club and she often travels to our other clubs to assist us from time to time.

Qualifications/Training:

  • Trained Run, Jump, Throw, Level 3 Coach (Athletics)
  • GymSports NZ Qualifications (Gymnastics): Coaching Today & Understanding Movement
  • Kellie is also currently working towards completing her first AustSwim (Swim Teaching) qualification.

Favourite Sport: Gymnastics

Favourite Healthy Food: Rock melon

Favourite Quote: “Learning should bring Joy” & “Every child deserves a champion:  an adult that will never give up on them,  who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the very best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson

 

Genie Blasingame

About Genie:

Genie is a Whangarei Girls High School student and is completing her Honours year of the XTND Youth Leadership and Coaching Programme.  Genie currently teaches at our Whangarei Gymnastics and Youth Physical Activity Centre.

Throughout her childhood, Genie participated in gymnastics at a competitive level.  Genie’s sport of interest is now Cheerleading and is a 2014 World Champion in the sport.  Genie also participated in the NZ Secondary School Gymsport Championships in 2014, and achieved a gold medal in Aerobics (Level 4 pairs), bronze in Aerobics (Level 4 Individual) & silver in Tumbling (Women’s A Grade).

Qualifications/Training: Currently working towards completing her XTND Honours qualification this year.

Favourite Sport: Cheerleading

Favourite Healthy Food: Bananas

Favourite Quote: “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

Grace Houghton

About Grace:

Grace began gymnastics as a preschooler and has continued her love of gymnastics through coaching, which she has been doing since the age of 11. Grace enjoys coaching gymnastics and loves when gymnasts achieve their goals and learn new skills. Grace previously worked for Gymnastics Nelson where she was a Competitive Coach, Centre Administrator and Gym For All Manager. Grace has played netball and has done Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop for many years growing up.

Qualifications/Training:

  • GymSports NZ Qualifications (Gymnastics): Basic Skills, Understanding Movement, Recreation Coach & Elementary Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Judge.
  • Certificate in Business Administration

Favourite Sport: Gymnastics

Favourite Healthy Food: Strawberries

Favourite Quote: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth”

 

Dean Watson

About Dean:

Dean is in his final year at Tauraroa Area School and currently assists us with running our holiday programmes.  Dean loves dancing, singing and acting.

Favourite Sport: Competitive Rock’n’Roll Dancing

Favourite Healthy Food: Tropical fruit such as Pineapples, Watermelon and Mango.

Favourite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr Seuss

 

Natalie (Nat) Cossey

About Nat:

Nat is currently working towards a Diploma in Sport and Recreation by studying at Northtec.

Qualifications/Training:

  •  Diploma Sport and Recreation

Favourite Sport: Netball

Favourite Healthy Food: Fruit Salad

Favourite Quote: “Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” – Jack Canfield

 

Justice Erihe

About Justice:

Qualifications/Training:

  • Certificate in sport studies
  • Certificate in Health and fitness leadership

Favourite Sport:Volleyball

Favourite Healthy Food:Summer fruit

Favourite Quote: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader – John Quincy Adams

 

 

Chelsea Edmonds

About Chelsea:

Favourite Sport:Swimming and Volley ball

Favourite Healthy Food: Yoghurt fruit salad and Subway

Favourite Quote:: “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver and gold” – Bob Marley

 

Bridget Lambert

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Jane Heapy

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Jaimee Mason

About Jaimee: 

Jaimee is one of our Active Attitude “Coaches in Training” and is a student at Whangarei Girls High School.  She has been a member of Active Attitude since we first started our club in Dargaville in 2012.  Jaimee is a member of our Active Attitude Aerobics Academy and in 2015 was the National Champion in Step 4 Aerobics (ages 12-14) and the NZ Secondary School Champion in Step 4 Aerobics.

Qualifications/Training: Has completed her first year of the XTND programme.

Favourite Sport: Aerobics

Favourite Food: Strawberries

Favourite Quote: “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there is foot prints on the moon.”

 

Jerecho Clarke

About Jerecho: 

Jerecho is one of our Active Attitude “Coaches in Training” and is a student at Pompallier Catholic College.  He has been a member of Active Attitude since we first started our club in Dargaville in 2012.

Qualifications/Training: Has completed his first year of the XTND programme.

Favourite Sport: Gymnastics

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Gemma Lawton

About Gemma: Whangarei Girls High student. I have been doing Aerobics at Active Attitude since 2015

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Favourite Sport: Aerobics

Favourite Food:Pomegranate 

Favourite Quote:You are your only limit 

 

Blake Williamson

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Heidyn Harrison

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Paige Parkinson

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Grace Murdoch

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Lucy Bland

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Katie Thirkettle

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