Meet the Active Attitude team

We pride ourselves in having coaches who care about your child more than they care about the sport they are teaching. Our coaches teach sport because they want to make a difference in the lives of young people. For us, sport is a way we can help your child grow and bring out their best. All of our coaches have their First Aid certificate and are dedicated to continuous education to ensure the tuition we are providing your child is fun, safe and developmentally appropriate.

Want to join us? Learn about our Coach in Training Programme and Employment Opportunities.

Ashleigh McCaw - Director & Coach

Ashleigh McCaw headshot

Ashleigh has always enjoyed sport and being physically active.  As a youngster, Ashleigh played netball and did competitive gymnastics. 

Ashleigh has previously worked for sports organisations at a local, regional and national level.  She has been coaching youth sport for 20 years and developed Active Attitude to be a Youth Sports Club in Northland 10 years ago.

Delivering fun and educational physical activity programmes in ECE centres and schools is also something Ashleigh is extremely passionate about.  She enjoys teaching gymnastics, swimming and athletics, as these sports develop fundamental movement skills which provide the foundations for all sports. 

Ashleigh aspires for youth sports coaching to be seen and valued as a recognised profession in New Zealand.

Qualifications/Training:

  • Bachelor of Sport and Leisure (Hons).
  • Fitness Business Diploma
  • Certificate in Personal Training
  • Certificate in Sports Administration
  • Gymnastics NZ Coaching Qualifications (Gymnastics/Gymsports): Basic Skills, Recreation Coach, Play Gym Leader, Junior Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach, Junior Tumbling 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
  • Coaching New Zealand (Level 2)

Favourite Sport: Gymnastics

Favourite Quote: “It’s is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” – Theodore Roosevelt

  

Donna Allen - Administrator 

Donna Allen

Donna is a mother of a daughter who grew up in the cheerleading world.  She has a background and qualifications in administration, cooking and as a pre-school educator.  

Donna is our Admin Angel and is fantastic at helping parents work out what class would be best for their child and is the master of timetabling solutions when it comes to assisting parents with finding sessions that fit into their busy family schedules.

Qualifications/Training: 

  • Qualified Chef
  • Level 4 Certificate in Business and Administration

Favourite Sport: Cheerleading

Favourite Quote: “The best therapist has fur and four legs.”

  

Trinity Peirson-Harrop - Coach

Trinity Peirson-Harrop

Trinity is very passionate about the benefits of being strong and active. She has participated in gymnastics with Active Attitude when she was younger and while studying towards her Sport and Recreation qualifications she became a coach here. Trinity is from a farm and loves exploring the outdoors.

Qualifications/Training: 

  • Level 6 Diploma in Sport and Recreation.

Favourite Sport: Gymnastics

Favourite Quote: “The struggles you face one day, builds strength for the next.”

 

Karlotta (Lotti) Unkel - Coach

Lotti Unkel headshotLotti is originally from Germany and loves being creative with movement and has spent years training circus skills.  She regularly attends our weekly Adult's Gymnastics class and is currently training with the goal to get into Circus School.
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Allan McGregor - Ninja Coach

Allan

Allan has been training in Martial Arts for over 30 years, and has experience teaching both adults and children. He first started training in Ninjutsu in 1989 in Whangarei, and sat and passed his black belt there in 1991 at the age of 15.
Allan also holds a teaching license for Bujinkan Ninjutsu issued in Japan, where he passed his Godan (5th Dan Black Belt) in 2009. He has hosted numerous seminars within NZ, both as the instructor as well as for guest instructors from within NZ and overseas. He has hosted biannual camps for practitioners from around the country and was one of the organizers of the NZ Taikai, an international event with one of the senior Japanese instructors. It was at this event where he was awarded his Judan (10th Dan Black Belt).

Qualifications/Training: 

  • 10th Dan Black Belt

Favourite Sport: Bujinkan Ninjutsu

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Dominic Lewin - Ninja Coach

Dominic Lewin headshot

Dominic teaches alongside Allan, making our Active Ninja class progressive and fun.  He also trains Bujinkan Ninjutsu.

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Favourite Sport: Bujinkan Ninjutsu

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Tyran Mirko - Parkour Coach

Tyran Mirko

Ty is a stunt man in training, clown and circus skills enthusiast. Not settling for a single talent, he has dabbled in acrobatics, parkour, juggling, knife throwing, archery and many other odd skills. When he is not training, he is filling his time with cartoons and Dungeons and Dragons!

Qualifications/Training: 

  • Certificate in Swim Teaching
  • 8+ years of Parkour/Tricking

Favourite Sport: Sword fighting (HEMA)

Favourite Quote: “And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” - Thomas Wayne (Batman Begins)

   

Thomas Davidson - Coach

Thomas Davidson

Thomas has been a member of Active Attitude since we first started our club in 2012 and currently trains in Trampoline & Tumble with us twice a week.  He is also currently in his final year of study at Pompallier Catholic College.

Qualifications/Training: 

  • XTND Youth Leadership and Coaching Programme.

Favourite Sport: Gymnastics

Favourite Quote: “Study your opponents and train against them and you will have gold.” - Sun Tzu.

 

Leah McRae - Coach

Leah Mcrae
Leah is a student at Whangarei Girls High School and has been a member of  Active Attitude for 8 years.  She has represented Active Attitude and Northland in Aerobic Gymnastics on multiple occasions.  In 2020 and 2021 Leah qualified to compete in the International category for her age group in Aerobics.  2022 has seen Leah take up a new sport (Obstacle Racing) and she competed in her first race (Ultimate Athlete) in May, winning the Under 20 Female 6km event.

 

Qualifications/Training: 

  • Active Attitude Coach in Training Programme Graduate 

Favourite Sport: Aerobics

Favourite Quote: “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

 

Annabel McIlhinney - Coach

Annabel McIlhinney
Annabel is a student at Huanui College. She has also previously represented Active Attitude and Northland on multiple occasions in the sport of Aerobic Gymnastics.  Annabel is currently a member of our Obstacle Racing class.

 

Qualifications/Training:

  • Active Attitude Coach in Training Programme Graduate 

Favourite Sport: Aerobics

Favourite Quote: “The difference between your dreams and reality is called action.”

 

Chevaughn Snowden - Coach

Chevaughn Snowden
Chevaughn is in her final year of Secondary School at Pompallier Catholic College.  She represents Active Attitude in Cheerleading and loves coaching the sport.

 

Qualifications/Training: 

  • Active Attitude Coach in Training Programme Graduate

Favourite Sport: Cheerleading

Favourite Quote: “Believe you can and you’re half way there.”

 

Toni Wright - Competitive Cheer Coach & Choreographer

Toni has been working as an Anaesthetic Technician for the past 5 years. Prior to that her life was dedicated to dance and cheerleading, as a gym owner, coach, choreographer and judge. She enjoys being outside, trail walking, running and enjoying the beauty of Northland.

Qualifications/Training: 

  • Diploma in Applied Science
  • Qualified Anaesthetic Technician
  • Lifetime dedication to dance and cheerleading.

Favourite Sport: Cheerleading 

Favourite Quote: “Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.”

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