Gymnastics Coach Profile: Paula Sargent-Tenuyl

Gymnastics Coach Paula
How long have you been with PCYC Sandgate?

I have been with PCYC Sandgate for 20 years! I started as a casual gymnastics coach, then moved into the position of Head Coach, and now I am the Gymnastics Coordinator.

What do you enjoy about your role?

I love overseeing the whole gymnastics program and being really hands-on with mentoring and training the coaches in the club. It is certainly a different role than being a gymnastics coach and working directly with the children, but now I feel as though I am contributing to helping gymnasts and the coaches to achieve their goals.  I still love coaching and seeing the children light up when they have achieved a new skill.

What are your highlights at PCYC Sandgate?

I’ve got lots of highlights from my 20-year career! I’ve achieved many special accolades over the years including Level 7 Open MAG State Teach Coach for Queensland, Queensland Men’s Coach of Year and Judge of Year, and a special recognition award for my services in Men’s Gymnastics in Queensland. I also have coached numerous regional and state champions over the years.

Above all though, what I really value from my job is being part of a family, seeing our gymnasts and coaches grow up through the club and reaching their own achievements, and being part of a community that interacts with one another across all generations. A definite highlight is our end of year club competition that we hold each year where we get dressed up in different themes!

Fun fact

Not many people would know this, but I am a qualified caterer! I worked in the hospitality industry when I was younger, but as the hours weren’t really suitable when I was trying to raise a young family, I went back to my other love as a gymnastics coach. I’ve never looked back!