Congratulations to everyone who competed at last week’s Regional Competition. This was the first competition held at the Youth Club in over 10 years and it was great to see so many members getting involved.

A big thank you to Southern Highlands Trampoline Club for joining us and to Michelle and Belinda for helping us judge. We would also like to thank all the coaches, judges, volunteers and parents who came along to help out and support our athletes, we really appreciate it!

Coaches and athletes from Miranda RSL Youth Club

Coaches and athletes from Southern Highlands Trampoline Club.

Founded in 1962, this year marked the 60th Anniversary of the Youth Club and what a year it was. Let’s take a look back at some of the year’s highlights.

  • After an extended closure due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Youth Club officially re-opened on the 31st of January.  Our school sport program also recommenced at the start of the year with students from Caringbah High School and Port Hacking High School participating in weekly trampolining lessons at the Youth Club. 
  • The 2022 Miranda RSL Youth Club AGM was held on the 9th of March at Miranda Diggers. At the meeting, Ann Corey-Hewitt stepped down as President after four years in the role and John Boes was elected as the Miranda RSL Youth Club President for 2022.
  • On the 21st of March, Sensei Wayne Budd attained his 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan). This grade takes years of dedication and we congratulate Wayne on his outstanding achievement.
  • At the end of the month, we installed two new beds on our EuroTramp Trampolines. This update brings our equipment in line with the current competition standards and will assist our athletes in their preparation for the 2023 competition season.
  • In April, the Youth Club hosted the Miranda RSL Sub Branch ANZAC Day ceremony held at the Miranda War Memorial. Thank you to everyone who attended and to all the volunteers who assisted on the day.
  • During Term 2, our coaches travelled out to Yarrawarrah Public School once a week to run Gymnastics Australia’s LaunchPad program with Stage 1 and 2 students. This program teaches basic gymnastics skills and promotes the development of fundamental movement skills at a young age. 
Image courtesy of Eleni Petinos.
  • On the 25th of June, we hosted an Open Day at the Youth Club to celebrate our 60th Anniversary. The event involved a range of athlete demonstrations, free ‘come and try’ sessions for the public and a reunion afternoon tea for former members and associates. One of our trampoline coaches, Emily Cox, put together a 28-page Commemorative Booklet for the event chronicling the history of the Youth Club using a variety of records and sources. You can download a digital copy of the booklet by clicking here.
  • In July we began running KinderGym classes for athletes aged between 3 and 5 years of age. These classes follow a structured curriculum and provide a safe and fun environment for children to develop their social, cognitive, and physical literacy.
  • On the 28th of July, the Youth Club hosted the 2022 Sydney East Combined High School (CHS) Trampoline Trials. Of the five athletes selected to represent Sydney East at the 2022 CHS Championships, three were current members of the Youth Club including trampoline coach Jensen Hawes.
  • In September, Ann Corey-Hewitt attended the Miranda RSL Sub-Branch Battle for Australia Day commemoration service on behalf of the Youth Club along with a number of local dignitaries.
  • Later that month, members of the Sydney East Trampoline Team along with several Youth Club Coaches travelled to Niagara Park for the 2022 CHS Championships. Congratulations to the whole team on their excellent results.
Image courtesy of Graeme Thom.
  • This year, SKIA Shotokan Week was held for the first time since 2019, taking place in Sydney from the 29th of September to the 2nd of October. Congratulations to Youth Club athlete Ethan Italiano who achieved his 2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan) during the event! 
  • Display Day 2022 was held on the 27th of November and featured the presentation of our perpetual trophies and the induction of a new Life Member, Amanda Donaldson. A full list of the award recipients can be found in our previous post.

2022 was not without its challenges for the Youth Club. Following two years of significant disruptions and extended closures, membership numbers were well down on previous years. At the time of writing, the Youth Club has 141 registered members and 18 coaches. Of those members, almost two thirds are new in 2022. With numbers slowly rebuilding, we are very excited to announce we the return of Wednesday classes in 2023. An updated timetable listing the new classes will be published early in the new year.

We must also mention the contribution of our sponsors Miranda RSL Sub-Branch and JFD Global. These organisations help us to keep our fees low, purchase new equipment and fund our coach education program to ensure our coaches continue to provide the best possible service for our members.

We hope you have a very happy holidays and look forward to seeing you in 2023!

Thanks for coming along to Display Day 2022!

Display Day is Miranda RSL Youth Club’s annual athlete showcase and presentation day. This was the first time we were able to hold Display Day since the end of 2019.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support our athletes! We would also like to give a shout out to our incredible volunteers who helped to set up and pack down the gym, run the raffle and marshal the athletes. 

Congratulations to our 2022 perpetual award winners;

Rita Emily Coulton Award – Miranda RSL Youth of the Year  Nate Ferlazzo

Bert Walker Award – Karate Athlete of the Year  Ethan Italiano

Ritchie Gillies Award – Karate Most Improved  Leonardo Luci

Kara Miller Award – Trampoline Encouragement Award  Penny Duff *

Joan McMaster Achievement Award – Female Trampolinist of the Year  Maia Manlias *

Alec Dengate Achievement Award – Male Trampolinist of the Year  Elijah Ryan

* Due to illness, Penny and Maia were unable to attend Display Day. They have since been presented with their awards during their regular classes.

We also made several special presentations on the day including inducting a new Life Member to the Youth Club, Amanda Donaldson.

Amanda joined the Youth Club in 1992 and has participated in Trampoline, Tumbling and Karate. She has also held the positions of coach and Committee Member, serving in recent years as the Youth Club Secretary. Amanda has spent countless hours working behind the scenes to keep the Youth Club running and is a very deserving recipient of this honour.

Two of our coaches, Keelie Smith and Kristen Chirgwin, also received their 10 Year Service Award for their contribution to our Club.

We hope you enjoyed your day and look forward to seeing you back next year!

New Life Member Amanda Donaldson with Arie Havanar, President Miranda RSL Sub-Branch.

Black Belt Liam Best performs during the Karate Display.

Our KinderGym athletes picked a fairy theme for their Display.

Flying high during the Trampoline and Tumbling Display.

This week was Halloween Week at KinderGym! These classes are appropriate for children 3 years and above and provide a safe and fun environment for children to develop their social, cognitive, and physical literacy. Our KinderGym classes are held every Monday from 4pm – 5pm and every Saturday from 9am – 10am and your first class is FREE!

One KinderGym athlete practicing her spell casting using a ribbon.

Wonder Woman takes to new heights on the Trampoline.

KinderGym Coaches Keelie and Sarah at the end of another successful class.

Did you know that Miranda RSL Youth Club works with local high schools to deliver tailored school sport programs? Here’s what Caringbah High School has to say about their school sport experience!

This is the perfect sport for those who enjoy being airborne. Students participate from start to finish in fun games, challenging drills and in the acquisition of new skills. You could say time flies at trampolining.

Caringbah High School

Congratulations to the Sydney East athletes who competed at the 2022 NSW Combined High School Trampoline Championships. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the parents and grandparents who helped get our athletes to and from the competition as well as the coaches, judges and volunteers who helped make sure the competition ran smoothly.

Congratulations to the following athletes on their achievements:

Grace D. – 13 years girls

4th Double Mini

4th Single Mini

4th Tumbling

6th Trampoline

Stephen B. – 14 years boys

2nd Double Mini

2nd Single Mini

3rd Trampoline

Jensen H.  – 14 years boys

2nd Trampoline

3rd Tumbling

Joshua S.  – 15 years boys

2nd Double Mini

3rd Single Mini

3rd Trampoline

Athletes Stephen, Jensen and Grace in their Sydney East uniforms.

On the 7th of September, Miranda RSL Youth Club committee member Ann Corey-Hewitt attended the Miranda RSL Sub-branch Battle for Australia Day commemoration service at the Miranda War Memorial. This service is held annually on the first Wednesday in September and recognises the men and women who drove back the Japanese advance in the Second World War.

On Thursday the 28th of July, Miranda RSL Youth Club held the 2022 Sydney East Combined High School (CHS) Trampoline Trials. Five athletes were selected to represent Sydney East at the 2022 Combined High School (CHS) Trampoline Championships which will be held in Gosford on the 27th and 28th of September. This will be the first CHS Trampoline Championships held in two years due to COVID-19 related disruptions.

Good luck to all our competitors!

This term we are introducing two new KinderGym classes for all our junior jumpers!

KinderGym is Gymnastics Australia’s fundamental movement program for children aged 0 – 5 years old and their families. Packed with activities to develop gross and fine motor skills, music and rhythm, success, and challenges, these classes provide a safe and fun environment for children to develop their social, cognitive, and physical literacy.

These classes will be held on Monday from 4pm – 5pm and on Saturday morning from 9am – 10am and your first lesson is FREE!

For more information or to secure your place, get in touch via our email address

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)