For our 60th anniversary, we asked some of our former members to reflect on their time at Miranda RSL Youth Club. This is what they had to say:

“I loved being a part of the Youth Club, it was a constant in my life when I needed it the most. I was in my early teens when I found a sport that I finally enjoyed. The Bull family treated me like family and although I’m no longer involved my love for the Bull’s and the Youth Club will always be there. My proudest moment was probably when I became a coach, no one treated me differently, I was made to feel like I belonged.” 

Bec Humble

Bec Humble (Front) in 1992 with her Trampoline Class.

“Miranda RSL Youth Club has been a second home and second family to so many of us throughout the years. I was lucky enough to train & coach at the club from 2001 – 2010 and could not have enjoyed a more supportive and caring environment & team. The Bull family along with the Club Executive are truly inspirational community leaders who deserve all the praise in the world for their ongoing dedication to caring for and developing the youth of the Miranda community.

During my time at the club, I was lucky enough to be supported through many opportunities for personal growth, including coaching courses, first aid training and endless advice from the leadership team. One opportunity I was particularly grateful for was being selected to represent the Club in the 2007 RSL Youth Club reciprocal tour of New Zealand. This program aims to continue the ANZAC tradition of mate-ship between our 2 countries, offering the opportunity for members to gain leadership skills and exposure within the RSL community. 

As part of the program, a group of NSW RSL Youth Club members were selected to prepare a variety concert and tour throughout New Zealand performing at various RSA Club functions and ANZAC Day services. While being billeted with various host families and having the opportunity to get to know many New Zealand RSA members, this tour gave myself and the other participants invaluable experience and ongoing comradery with fellow youth club members in both countries, continuing the ANZAC spirit today. Opportunities like this are instrumental in building the youth of our community and future club leaders alike – something that Miranda RSL Youth Club has always sought and succeeded in delivering for our community.”

Victoria Timperon

Members of the Sydney East Trampoline Display Squad including Victoria Timperon (Back, in green) at the conclusion of an Education Week Display at Darling Harbour in 2005.

“I have so many great memories over the years and still even have my original t-shirt from gymnastics with badges!! 

I started at Miranda RSL Youth Club in about 1988 doing gymnastics. We trained a couple of times a week and represented the RSL at competitions. I have many memories of gymnastics and the friendships I made. In my teens I decided to try trampolining and went on to train and compete for many years. I also remember coming down for Thursday afternoon sport with my high school. Many years later I came back to the RSL when my children asked to do trampolining and I walked through the doors and was greeted by very familiar faces. Mr Bull, Louise and Rebecca were all still coaching. We talked about the memories and people we had met along the way, the youth club felt like a big extended family. For many years my children trained and competed in the trampoline community and I undertook a judging certificate. I remember attending ANZAC day ceremonies and marches when I was a child and this is something my children were able to participate in when they joined the youth club. I have many fond memories and have been lucky to form friendships over the many years I have spent at the Youth Club.” 

Alison Therkildsen

Youth Club volunteers including Alison Therkildsen (Far left) receiving their Certificates of Appreciation at Display Day 2017.


“Mr Bull has always made walking into the Youth Club feel like walking into your 2nd home. From the ages 6-17, I spent my time training, competing and coaching which were some of my most forming years. I credit so many of the opportunities, experiences and accomplishments achieved to him, the Bull family and the coaches alike.”

Marriann Corey-Hewitt

Marriann Corey-Hewitt (Centre) with other Youth Club members at a 2003 Trampoline Competition at Ryde RSL Youth Club.

“I had an absolute ball being a part of the Miranda RSL. Coming from a very strict elite level Gymnastics background I really wanted to find a way to continue my love of being upside down and twisted without the seriousness and punishing methods I had tired of at gym. 

We had a trampoline at home and lived on it growing up but didn’t realize it was a sport. I picked it up through my school sport program where Mr Bull was coach and in fact the maintenance man at my school too. 

When I found out about trampolining I’d never even seen a double mini. I was hooked!! It took all the great bits I loved from gymnastics and put them into separate events and left out the frilly bits and dance, I loved that, all tricks no fluff!! And separate events you could enter as opposed to gymnastics having to be good at all events because you had to compete in them. lt took the pressure off. It was fun. It was competitive but caring not cut throat. 

I joined Miranda RSL soon after starting in school sport with my great friend Anna Bradica, who had also just left gymnastics. We were two peas in a pod. Always class clowns and tumbling clowns. 

We started competing and progressed through levels quickly. We spent most days training and weekends competing. 

My favourite was double mini and tumbling but of course trampoline and sync wasn’t far off. I did have a weird phobia of back codys which freaked me right out after landing badly. So crazy .. I’d never attempt them in training after that (unless yelled at by Fred Austin Gosford club and Aus coach hehe) everyone else knew I was stubborn and would do it well in the comps; I just could not mentally commit to them unless I had to. I’d hold my breath in comps as I pushed those hands hard to the mat and just tuck it in and go for it. It was so silly in hindsight .. so much fuss over one trick and walk away with medals from routines with codys in them, crazy! The brain can be a massive hand break if you let it I suppose. A lesson for life there perhaps. Push off, tuck in, hang on and go for it. 

Mr Bull was like a second dad to us. We spent so much time over the years with the Bull’s and can remember all being so tightly cramped into that tiny little jelly bean van of his with the trailer and double mini being towed. I’m sure the trailer was longer than the car. I remember coming back from, I think a Gosford comp once, pouring rain and had a near collision, not our fault, but missed with the skilled driving of Mr Bull. It must have been hilarious to see that little van pull a full 360 hahaha … of course none of us daredevils really flinched. We were used to spinning and laughed afterwards, I’m sure Mr Bull did not haha. 

Representing the club for years was amazing; doing displays all over Sydney, the School Spectacular, ANZAC Days, and so many fun promotions of the sport was great. As well as competing and getting the opportunity to attend elite camps with Australian coaches was awesome.  

Representing NSW many times was an obvious highlight; getting to travel Australia and NZ with that team over the years was so much fun, as we picked up many medals. 

I remember one in particular; quite controversial at the time. Louise and I in Syncro. We placed always. But never first. We always had the amazing Jackie and Donna who were Australian team members in front of us. Until one day … the scores came through and we won but there was contention and a challenge so the judges had to watch video re runs again and again to finally confirm and award us gold. So exciting. 

Traveling to Japan for Pan Pacifics in ’89 was my highest achievement. Winning a silver medal in synchronized with Skye Pollard was epic. I was very proud. Skye was about 6ft tall and at the time I was about 5ft so our medal was very unexpected from our coaches as it was an unlikely pairing but we did it. I came up she came down and we nailed it with only 5 days training together in Osaka before the comp. 

Still training as I got older I began coaching junior levels under the guidance of Mr Bull. He was always making sure we were achieving and growing in the best way we could. I did my coaching qualifications and coached more often over the years including school sport groups. I believe this helped motivate me to become a teacher. 

My time at Miranda RSL stirs the warmest memories. We were a big crazy funny hard working dedicated family. We supported each other strongly and made many fiends. Our club was always seen as a fun club and for a while perhaps underdogs. I loved my time at Miranda RSL and writing this I’m actually a little teary. I haven’t thought this specifically about my years there for some time and realise how formative those years were/are to who I am today and I have Mr Bull to thank for so much.”

Shae Flemming 

Members of the 1988 NSW State Team for Trampoline Sports including Shae Flemming (Right)

Be sure to check out our latest Flashback Friday post on our Facebook Page as we celebrate 60 years of Miranda RSL Youth Club and the annual Youth Club Display. For more information or to RSVP for our upcoming Open Day and 60th Anniversary Celebration event, click here!

Display Week 1965 – Gymnastics display at Port Hacking High School.

Display Night 1976 – Ballet performance at the newly opened Miranda Youth Centre.

Display Day 1991 – Athletes performing a synchronised Routine during the Trampoline display.

Display Day 2015 – Athletes bow in at the start of the Karate display.

The next Youth Club Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 18th of May from 8pm at 11 Graham Avenue, Miranda.

Committee Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. All welcome.

Thank you to all those who attended the 2022 ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Miranda War Memorial.

A special mention goes to Youth Club Treasurer Bill Lewis who organised the set up for the ceremony and our amazing volunteers who helped with pack down and ran the community barbecue.

Lest We Forget.

There was a large turnout for the 2022 ANZAC Day Dawn Service despite the rain.
Sub-Branch President Arie Havenaar addresses the crowd.
Youth Club President John Boes with Youth Club members Jordan and Nathan Donaldson.

Thank you to everyone who came down to the Youth Club this morning to help install our brand new beds! The new Trampoline beds were purchased pre-COVID for our EuroTramp Trampolines and come with up-to-date horizontal displacement markings to assist our advanced athletes in their competition preparation.

Head to our instagram page @mirandarslyc to watch a timelapse of the installation process.

On the 27th of March, Youth Club coaches took part in an all day First Aid Course in order to renew or attain their First Aid Certificate. First Aid Training is just one component of the ongoing learning and professional development undertaken by our coaches which allows us to provide the utmost level of safety and care in the delivery of our programs.

Steve from Surf Life Saving NSW demonstrating how to use a defibrillator or AED.

Coaches were assessed on their ability to perform CPR on both an adult and infant dummy.

Beginner Coach Rhiannon practicing how to correctly administer an EpiPen.

Holiday training commences today for selected athletes. Please confirm your attendance for each session with the activity supervisor prior to attending. If you or an immediate family member is unwell or you have attended any of the locations listed on the NSW Health website, stay home and get tested.

All patrons will be required to wear a mask when attending the Youth Club except whilst training. All non-registered members will also be required to sign in via QR code. As such, parents and siblings should remain outside the Youth Club when dropping off or picking up members. If you have any questions or wish to speak with your activity supervisor, please get in touch via phone.

Be sensible, stay safe and we look forward to having you back for another year of fun and fitness at Miranda RSL Youth Club.


Term 4 is here and we can’t wait to finish off this year with a bang! Please be aware that our COVID Safe practices as listed in our Return to Training Plan are still in effect. Remember to bring a pair of clean socks and a pre-filled drink bottle with you to training and if you are unwell, stay at home!

Before attending the Youth Club, we also ask that you check the following list of locations from the NSW Government. If you or an immediate family member have been to any of the locations during the listed times, please do not come to training.

When the Youth Club shutdown in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we were unsure when we would be able to return. While our doors may have been closed, there was plenty going on behind the scenes to make sure that we would be ready to reopen when the NSW situation stabilised and restrictions eased.

During our closure, all coaches were required to complete the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training. Our Trampoline and Tumbling coaches were also engaged in a number of professional development activities including weekly online seminars on topics such as strength and conditioning, injury prevention techniques and behaviour management. Additionally, our four Beginner coaches begun their Intermediate Trampoline Coaching Accreditation while our Intermediate and Advanced Coaches begun accreditations in new disciplines including Tumbling, KinderGym and Gymnastics for All.

We also took the opportunity to undertake a number of maintenance tasks in and around the Youth Club including servicing our heaters and remounting the wall matting in the Trampoline Hall. COVID safety equipment such as perspex shields and a cover for the bubbler were also installed to protect the health of our members and staff. Finally, a deep clean of the Karate Room and Trampoline Hall took place in the week prior to reopening to ensure that the Club was safe and ready for our members to return.

Our COVID-19 Safety Plan was put together by Chief Instructor Louise Brown and Coach Emily. This information was communicated to our coaches through a COVID-19 Staff Handbook and to our members via our Return to Training Plan. In the week prior to reopening, all Youth Club coaches attended a Safety Induction to ensure they fully understood the new COVIDSafe policies.

It has now been a whole two weeks since we reopened and the Youth Club has quickly settled into the new normal. As always with this pandemic, it is an ever evolving situation and things may change quickly. Any changes to restrictions or Youth Club policies will be quickly communicated to our members via email and using our social media accounts. We are very grateful for your continued support throughout this trying time and we can assure you that our commitment to providing safe, fun and inclusive activities for young people remains unchanged.

All the best,

The Miranda RSL Youth Club Coaching Team.


Coaches in action during the Trampoline Hall Deep Clean.


Social distancing markers in place ready for athletes to return.


Temperature checks on arrival as classes resume.

Over the past week, a number of our coaches have given up their time to help clean up the gym in preparation for classes resuming on the 28th of January. This year the gym was particularly dirty due to the extensive amount of dust and ash in the air over the summer holidays, blown into the gym through ageing plastic windows and faulty doors. We are currently in contact with the council and hope to have the windows and doors repaired by March to better protect our equipment from the elements.

The entire gym was covered in a thin layer of dust and ash.

Sweeping, vacuuming and mopping all done.

Coaches preparing athlete folders for the new year.