Meet our Trainer of the Month: Jay Toope from PCYC Gold Coast
When did you join the PCYC Gold Coast team?
I started in 2009 as a boxer and joined the team as a coach in March 2014.
Why did you become a trainer?
I finished my boxing career at PCYC Nerang. I won my 2nd elite state title in 2009 and then left for the Australian Defence Force. After the army, I had a few more fights out of PCYC Nerang and injury forced me to retire. During the short time I spent in a club, I really liked how they gave back to the youth.
I joined PCYC Gold Coast in March 2014 as the Head Boxing Coach. I have been very fortunate enough to have impacted a lot of the kids’ lives who have walked through the door. I have coached state and national teams while I have been here and taken my own team overseas a few times.
In August 2020, I took over as the Gym+Fitness Manager as I could see so much potential in the gym and I enjoy helping members in their fitness journey.
I became a trainer to give back to a sport that saved my life as a teenager and gave me direction and hope.
What is your favourite moment in fitness or sport?
I won my 2nd elite state title in 2009. It was a pre-Commonwealth Games trial for Queensland. I had 7 in my division and I had 3 fights over 3 days. I won all 3, beating some good fighters and secured my spot on the team to go to the Australian titles.
As a coach, my favourite moment was training a kid who initially started to get more exercise but eventually took to boxing and a year later won his first Australian title. It was also our team’s first Australian title; it was a very big deal as he was still very much a novice.
What are you training for personally now?
I have quite a few injuries from my time in the army, so training has always been to help keep me strong, so I’m not in pain. But I have decided I want to do something for myself, and I am currently doing an 8-week challenge and loving it.
What is one word that describes you?
Passionate. Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.
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